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• ESPN and Uninterrupted, the digital media company founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, will debut an original series, More Than An Athlete, Nov. 20, exclusively on ESPN+. The eight-episode series follows James’ journey from basketball prodigy to global sports icon, businessman and philanthropist via the bonds of friendship and partnership among four men over more than two decades: James, Carter, Randy Mims and Rich Paul.

• The NFL and Mexico's President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that the third game of the existing agreement signed in 2016 will be played in 2019 at Estadio Azteca. The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the 2019 NFL schedule next spring

• NBC Sports and the Premier League are partnering to present their second Premier League Mornings Live, scheduled to take place in New York on Saturday, Dec. 8. The event will include a turf pitch, the Premier League trophy, club mascots and special guests. The initial fan fest in September was attended by more than 2,000 on a rooftop overlooking the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

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All-Time NBA Scoring Leaders (To Date)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38, 387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant 33,643
4. Michael Jordan 32.292
5. LeBron James 31.425*
6. Wilt Chamberlain 31.419
7. Dirk Nowitzki 31,187*
8. Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
9. Moses Malone 27,409
10. Elvin Hays 27,313
11. Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
12. Oscar Robertson 26,710
13. Dominique Wilkins 26,668
14. Tim Duncan 26,496
15. Paul Pierce 26,397
19. Carmelo Anthony 25,551*
22. Vince Carter 24,967*
30. Dwayne Wade 22,211*
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Weekend Box Office Nov. 16-18
1. Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald $62.2M
2. The Grinch $38.1M
3. Bohemian Rhapsody $15.7M
4. Instant Family $14.7M
5. Widows $12.3M
6. Nutcracker and the Four Realms $4.7M
7. A Star is Born $4.3M
8. Overlord $3.8M
9. Girl in the Spider’s Web $2.5M
10. Burn the Stage $2.3M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Nov302017

NBCU’s Telemundo Deportes' Goal: Historic Coverage Of 2018 FIFA World Cup

By Barry Janoff

November 29, 2017: In 2011, Telemundo Deportes won the exclusive Spanish-speaking rights to broadcast the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in the United States, paying an estimated $600 million, according to industry analysts.

Fast-forward to November 2017, and Telemundo has unveiled extensive multi-platform plans for its first FIFA World Cup broadcast, supporting what it said is likely to be the most-watched, most-consumed event in Spanish-language history.

Telemundo’s activation for the FIFA World Cup in Russia officially begins Dec. 1 with the Final Draw of the 32 nations that have qualified, and then builds to the matches themselves, scheduled for June 14 - July 15.

“We have been looking forward to Russia 2018 since 2011 when Telemundo, with the support of NBCUniversal, became the new Spanish-language home of the FIFA World Cup,” Ray Warren, president of Telemundo Deportes, a division of Comcast’s NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, said Wednesday (Nov. 29) during a media conference call.

“As we approach the World Cup Draw this Friday and the World Cup Finals next June, we at Telemundo and NBCUniversal renew our commitment to deliver the highest quality, most consumed, and most talked about FIFA World Cup coverage in the event’s history,” said Warren.

Telemundo Deportes said it plans more than 500 hours of World Cup-related programming across Telemundo Network and its sister cable network Universo.

Telemundo Deportes’ digital platforms will provide more than 1,000 hours of content, including a live-stream of all Telemundo Deportes’ programming, exclusive short- and long-form content and highlights.

During the FIFA World Cup Final Draw, Telemundo said it would launch the first elements of a multi-media, multi-language marketing campaign, from lead agencies Anomaly (bi-lingual) and Republica (Hispanic).

The campaign will support the fact that Telemundo and Universo will broadcast all 64 games live: 56 on Telemundo and eight on Universo.

All the matches will also stream live via the Telemundo Deportes’ En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com.

The digital coverage will be supplemented by “extensive social media content” on YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook and other platforms.

In addition, for the first time during a FIFA World Cup, Telemundo Deportes said it would offer “a full-service virtual reality app that enables (viewers) to enjoy select content from a virtual VIP suite through a super wide angle feed, experiencing the best of both worlds: feeling like being at the stadium, while watching the high-quality TV signal.”

A wide variety of VR content produced for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will be available in the VR app: 2D feeds, 180° views, 360° short-form video content and near-live multi-angle clips, according to Telemundo.

“This will be a historic World Cup in many ways,” said Warren. “We are harmonizing all of NBCU's assets into production and coverage . . . This will be the most exciting World Cup coverage ever."

Although some observers said that viewership in the U.S. would be lower than initially anticipated due to the U.S. Men’s National Team failing to make the cut, Telemundo said it would maintain an aggressive attitude in its coverage.

“It’s unfortunate that the U.S. didn't make it, but we are spending what we thought we would spend, maybe more.” said Warren. “Our strategy is that it has to be ‘World Cup Great.’ Nothing less. We want to serve all our fans.”

According to Warren, “Ad sales are way beyond 50%, but I won't get too forensic. The World Cup is the World Cup. It’s a live event. There are a lot of dollars floating around out there. If you are Toyota or any big company, if you want to sell your product, you have to sell to a Spanish audience.”

Telemundo Deportes said it would share ad sales figures in the near future.

FIFA partners include adidas, Coca-Cola, Wanda, Gazprom, Hyundai/Kia Motors, Qatar Airways, Visa

FIFA World Cup sponsors include Budweiser, Hissende, McDonald’s and Vivo.

Fox, which has English-language broadcast rights in the U.S. — also awarded back in 2011 — indicated it might alter some coverage due to the lack of an American team.

Fox will air the FIFA World Cup Final Draw Dec. 1 in English. The network has signed such companies as Volkswagen and Verizon to sponsorship deals during the tournament.

In 2015, both Telemundo and Fox extended their exclusive deals with FIFA to include the 2026 World Cup.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is being held in Qatar. The 2026 World Cup is currently in the pre-bid process, including a potential three-nation host bid from the U.S.-Canada-Mexico.

Telemundo rival Univision had U.S. Spanish-language rights to the 12 World Cups prior to 2018.

Regarding its marketing support, Telemundo Deportes said, “The campaign reflects how soccer viewers live the World Cup together, aiming to create a cultural movement for Telemundo’s most unique, exciting, authentic World Cup coverage among all Hispanics across every platform, regardless of language, ever."

The campaign will debut across Telemundo, Universo and several NBCUniversal platforms.

“Our marketing strategy is to honor and serve our core (Hispanic-speaking) audience and then win the war with the bi-lingual audience,” said Warren. “The English-speaking audience will arrive.”

Breaking down its more than 500 hours of World Cup-related programming throughout the tournament, the schedule on Telemundo would have 250-plus live hours of game coverage, including pre- and post-shows on each match-day, and more than 170 hours of programming on Universo.

In addition, Telemundo’s regular daily programming will supplement the coverage with more than 100 hours of content during the month-long event, covering all angles of the tournament.

To complement the live action coverage, Telemundo Deportes said it would launch a one-hour prime time show exclusively dedicated to the World Cup, airing nightly (7 PM ET) on Telemundo, throughout the duration of the tournament.

“NBCU has Super Bowl LII, the Winter Olympics and (on Telemundo Deportes) the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” Jim Bell, executive producer for NBCUniversal for the Olympics and Telemundo World Cup, said during the media conference call. “That's a pretty cool trifecta. I’m not sure that's ever happened in one year.”

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