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• Overwatch League said that its first week of competition drew more than 10 million viewers via Twitch, MLG, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC and Panda TV. Opening day had an average audience per minute of 408,000.

• Coca-Cola, International Speedway Corp. and Nascar have signed an extension to their partnerships under which Coca-Cola, would "continue its deep-rooted history in the sport by engaging racing fans across Nascar’s three national series and 12 ISC-operated race tracks" and events including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Coca-Cola 400. Coca-Cola-sponsored drivers include Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. Coca-Cola said it "has been involved with stock car racing for 50 years," and became an official partner with Nascar in 1998.

• NBC Olympics will debut Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota, a live, daily figure skating show airing nightly (7 PM ET) on NBCSN beginning Feb. 10 and continuing through Feb. 24. Live Olympic figure skating competition will follow the show in primetime. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will present a digital-exclusive version of Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota immediately following prime-time coverage beginning Feb. 8.

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2.  LeBron James (CLE) 856,080
3.  Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
4.  Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161
5. Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 359,459
6.  DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 259,368
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3. James Harden (HOU) 602,040
4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 438,469
5. Klay Thompson (GSW) 359,442
6. DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) 356,340
7. Draymond Green (GSW) 325,612
8. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460
9. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
10. Carmelo Anthony (OKC) 194,239

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Giancarlo Stanton Bringing Home Run, Marketing Power To New York Yankees

By Barry Janoff

Updated December 11, 2017: According to a spot that Giancarlo Stanton does for Six Star Pro Nutrition, “You will be misunderstood. There will be detractors. But every day I hustle. This is my reality.”

Just days after Aaron Boone was introduced at Yankee Stadium as the next manager of the New York Yankees, the team added Stanton, the 2017 NL MVP, via a trade with the Miami Marlins.

When the news of the trade had been confirmed, new teammate Aaron Judge wrote on his Twitter page, “Hey, @Giancarlo818 . . .  attached to a Gif from the 2008 movie Step Brothers, with Will Farrell saying, “Did we just become best friends?”

Stanton’s addition also brings a player with a solid endorsement roster to the Yankees. Among his current and recent deals are Nike, Tag Heuer, Six Star Pro Nutrition, Majestic, T-Mobile and Barneys.

He also is featured in yearly MLB campaigns, including “This Season On Baseball” in 2017.

Stanton, being officially introduced at a media conference on Monday (Dec. 11), will appear in Yankees marketing, should continue to be one of the key faces for MLB efforts.

His expected to get a boost in personal endorsements with his move to New York, including local and national companies, according to industry analysts, potentially doubling his current endorsement income of about $4-$5 million over the next few seasons.

The deals would be in keeping with his Stanton’s self-professed lifestyle, which includes living and eating healthy and being well-groomed.

Stanton’s first official No. 27 Yankees jersey from Majestic on MLBShop.com is expected to become a top-seller, according to industry analysts.

His marketing is handled by WME (William Morris Endeavor) Agency.

During his introductory media event on Monday at the MLB Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Stanton was introduced by his new (and the Yankees new) manager, Aaron Boone.

"This will be a great new chapter in my life and my career," Stanton said while wearing his No. 27 New York Yankees jersey. "I will play wherever I can play to best fit the team even DH, whatever works to make us better."

Stanton said he had some discussions with new Marlins owner Derek Jeter — who spent his entire soon-to-be Hall of Fame career with the Yankees — but that they did not agree on the direction of the team.

"I wanted to go forward, add pitchers, they wanted to subtract," said Stanton. "I didn’t want to be part of another rebuild and what I saw would be a losing season."

He said he looks forward to playing alongside Judge but that they have not spoken as yet since the trade was finalized.

Judge this past season become became only the second rookie in baseball history to lead MLB in jersey sales for the entire season, joining Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, who accomplished the feat during this rookie season in 2015.

Judge has been adding to his marketing alliances, signing with Pepsi during the off-season.

He also has alliances that include Under Armour and Fanatics, and will be the cover athletes for MLB The Show 18.

Last season, Stanton hit 59 home runs while Aaron Judge hit a single-season MLB rookie record 52 home runs.

The Stanton deal had people running to the record books for the most-prolific home run tandem on one team in MLB history.

They didn’t have to look far: In 1961, Yankees teammates Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle combined for 115 homers — a then-season record 61 from Maris and 54 from Mantle.

In 1927, Yankees teammates Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig combined for 107 homers, 60 from Ruth alone.

Among non-Yankees, in 2002, Texas Rangers teammates Alex Rodriguez (later to be a Yankee) hit 57 and Rafael Palmeiro (43) combined for 100 home runs.

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