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• NFL Network’s Good Morning Football is in London for six days starting today (Monday, Oct. 22) leading up to the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game in Wembley Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 28). Good Morning Football will air Monday-Friday (7 AM ET) from Westminster Live Studios. 

• Charles Wang, 74, businessman and former owner of the New York Islanders (2000-16), passed away on Sunday morning. RIP.

• ESPN said it generated its best NBA opening week rating since 2014 on Saturday for LeBron James’ home-opener with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers vs. Rockets game telecast, won by Houston, 124-115, drew a 2.5 metered market rating, also making it the highest-rated NBA regular season game on ESPN since the Warriors 73rd win game in April of 2016.

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• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
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1. Venom $35.7 M
2. A Star Is Born $28M
3. First Man $16.6M
4. Goosebumps 2 $16.2M
5. Smallfoot $9.3M
6. Night School $8M
7. Bad Times at the El Royale $7.2M
8. The House With A Clock In Its Walls $4M
9. The Hate U Give $1.8M

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State Farm Expands NBA Presence With Atlanta Hawks Arena Naming Rights Deal

By Barry Janoff

August 29, 2018: State Farm, one of the NBA’s most active partners, has extended its reach in the league with a naming rights deal for the arena that is home to the Atlanta Hawks.

State Farm Arena had been known as Philips Arena since the venue opened in 1999.

Although specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, they were put at 20 years for $175 million by industry analysts.

State Farm Arena will officially open its doors in October following the completion of a $192.5 million-dollar renovation timed to celebrate the team’s 50th year in Atlanta.

The venue is also home to the WNBA's Atlanta Dream.

In addition to signage outside and within the venue, State Farm will support with multi-media marketing and fan activation.

State Farm and the Hawks will also “co-create impactful community initiatives and bolster existing community and social responsibility programs.”

Coca-Cola holds pouring rights in State Farm Arena through its Sprite brand, which is a founding partner of the building.

The address is 1 Philips Drive, which might also get a name change.

Upcoming events include WWE Smackdown, Def Jam 25th Anniversary, Twenty One Pilots, Pink, Drake and Fleetwood Mac.

In 2013, State Farm signed a 30-year deal with the University of Illinois, valued at $60 million, for naming rights to sports venue, State Farm Center.

The Bloomington, Ill.-headquartered insurance firm also has naming rights to the multipurpose State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.

The State Farm deal is the second naming rights pact signed this summer by NBA venues.

In July, the Milwaukee Bucks signed a naming rights deal with Fiserv for their new arena, Fiserv Forum, which officially opened this month, in a 25-year pact valued at $100 million.

According to the Hawks, the transformed arena will feature the “third-largest center-hung scoreboard in the NBA and most immersive video experience, new sightlines with 360-degree concourses and new seating.”

It will also feature Topgolf Swing Suites, the company’s “first permanent amenity in a major sports arena”; Killer Mike’s SWAG Shop (a four-chair barbershop overlooking the court) and the venue’s signature Hawks Bar, the NBA’s first courtside bar.

State Farm Arena will also be the first NBA venue to offer fan-friendly food pricing with 12 popular food and beverage items priced at $5 or less, according to team executives.

The Hawks are valued at $1.15 billion, according to Forbes.

“This decision symbolizes our pledge to making a difference in communities, building our brand locally and nationally, and ultimately growing State Farm."

Fans will get their first opportunity to enter the new State Farm Arena on Oct. 20 at a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” Open House Party, a free, public event.

State Farm is the NBA’s most active partner, with 68% of properties with a sponsor in the insurance category report a partnership with the insurance firm, according to the 2018 ESP NBA Sponsorship Spend Report.

State Farm, which has been an NBA partner since 2010, has featured numerous NBA stars in its marketing campaign, most recently Chris Paul and James Harden.

State Farm also sponsors the NBA’s 2k eSports league.

“This decision symbolizes our pledge to making a difference in communities, building our brand locally and nationally, and ultimately growing State Farm,” Michael Tipsord, State Farm chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

“The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club is well known for giving back in this community. Along with our Neighborhood of Good initiative, we’ll have new opportunities to invest in the local community.”

State Farm said that one of its three regional hubs based in Dunwoody, Ga., and that it is “an active member of the local community employing approximately 7,000 individuals with over 6,000 located in metro Atlanta.

“Over the past four years, State Farm staff has volunteered over 2 million hours in their respective communities,” according to the insurance firm.

According to Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler, “Our ownership group considers the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club a community asset, and we are excited to have found a partner that shares our vision and has committed to working with us to expand on the community engagement and philanthropic initiatives we do that benefit the many communities that make up this great metropolitan area.

“Generations will be positively impacted by the work we do throughout Georgia, and we could not be prouder to have the State Farm name on our new arena.”

PHOTOS COURTESY STATE FARM, ATLANTA HAWKS

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