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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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6. Kristaps Porzingas New York Knicks
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

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Dec222016

Top Male Sports Marketer Of The Year 2016: Rockin' And Rollin' With The Rock

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 21, 2016: When actor/comedian Rob Riggle, who was part of the Rock the Troops concert Oct. 22 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, was asked, "How do you rock the troops?" his reply was simple.

"You bring in killer actors, comedians and musicians, put them on stage with The Rock and you let them swing for the fences."

If you want to build a successful career that crosses many lines and encompasses demographics across the board, it should be rock solid, as in Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The Rock, who ended his full-time alliance with WWE in 2004, currently earns about $50 million in endorsement deals that include Under Armour and Ford.

He is the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, earning $64.5 million over the past year from his recent movie roles, according to Forbes, including Central Intelligence, Furious 7 and San Andreas.

Moana, an animated film from Disney in which he voices Maui, one of the lead characters, hit theaters in late November at No. 1. His upcoming scheduled movies include a reboot of Jumanji, Fast 8 and Baywatch; with deals in place to appear in San Andreas 2, Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon and Doc Savage.

Johnson has also done well on the small screen. He stars in HBO’s Ballers, now in its second season, as an ex-football player turned sports financial manager. And among the numerous projects under his Seven Bucks Productions is Clash of the Corps, a reality-based competition among top drum corps groups, that has been airing on Fuse.

He still is big with the WWE. In April, he teamed with John Cena to help The Rock beat The Wyatt Family at WrestleMania 32.

He has 57.1 million Likes on his Facebook page and 10.6 million followers on Twitter, and not all of them are WWE fans. This year, he was named "The Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine. In December, he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as well as other sports-related magazines.
Through it all, Johnson has not lost sight of his goals: Work hard, train hard and support those who have sacrificed for others.

When Under Armour, which signed Johnson to a deal last year, recently erica’s Armed Forces. In its first weeks, the UA Freedom x Project Rock Rock the Troops collection has exceeded expectations.

"Rock The Troops collection (is) not only Under Armour's  No. 1 seller but also the fastest-selling athlete apparel line of its kind,” Johnson wrote on his Facebook page. "In the world of business this is very big, considering I'm new to the apparel game. Yet with every new drop we continue to 'move the needle,' make (a) big impact and show tremendous growth."

As part of his on-going efforts to support current and former members of the military, Johnson hosted the free Rock the Troops concert Oct. 22 in Hawaii, where some 45,000 people watched a star-studded roster that included Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas. The concert aired on Spike in December.

"This just means I'm still up at 4 AM trainin' hard, takin' care of my babies, drivin' my pick up truck and tellin' a few dirty/nerdy jokes."

Also upcoming for Johnson: A sitcom in production for Fox chronicling his early days in the WWE, a sci-fi "time travel" series, Lifeline, in production for YouTube Red for 2017 and a scheduled appearance in WWE’s WrestleMania 33 this April in Orlando.

"This just means I'm still up at 4 AM trainin' hard, takin' care of my babies, drivin' my pick up truck and tellin' a few dirty/nerdy jokes," Johnson wrote on his Facebook page, responding to his People honor but, in effect, revealing a path that others could follow to entertainment and marketing fame and fortune.

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