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• The has named Shenzhen, as the host city for 2019-2028, a deal that includes the building of a 12K-seat venue, and doubling the prize money to $14M for the Top 8 singles players and Top 8 doubles teams.

• 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.

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2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
6. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. James Harden, Houston Rockets
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The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. TNT will televise (8 PM ET)

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The All-Star teams will still feature 12 players from each conference, but the captains — James and Curry — will select the team rosters without regard for conference affiliation.

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Top Sports Marketers Of The Year 2015: At 50, PepsiCo's Gatorade Is Still Like Mike

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By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

January 12, 2016: PepsiCo began the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Gatorade in late 2014 with a TV spot, "50 Years," that highlighted 50 sports incidents, with 1-50 representing numbers of legendary athletes or iconic moments.

No. 1 was the first time Gatorade was tested in 1965 by the University of Florida (Gators) football players, No. 2 was the retirement of Derek Jeter's No. 2 New York Yankees uniform, No. 6 was Michael Jordan celebrating his sixth NBA title with the Chicago Bulls.

The campaign reached its finale with another all-encompassing spot, "Moving the Game Forward," in November, which included Dwyane Wade, Lionel Messi, Abby Wambach, Eli Manning, Usain Bolt and other brand endorsers.

After half a century, Gatorade is still dominant in the sports drink category with about 70% of sales. Though down from a high of 81% in 2008, it remains a $1 billion business and is still far ahead of No. 2, Coca-Cola's PowerAde (at about 29%).

Among other events that celebrated the anniversary, Gatorade in September produced limited-edition squeeze bottled for the Gators' football team, held in conjunction with the NFL Draft returning to Chicago for the first time since 1964, a special "Gatorade Evolution of Football" panel discussion at the Art Institute of Chicago and re-launched Jordan’s favorite Gatorade flavor, Citrus Cooler.

Early in 2015, Gatorade unveiled an eight-week, three-phase campaign celebrating one of its most iconic campaigns, “Be Like Mike." A digitally re-mastered version of the commercial, 23 seasons after its debut, launched in February return during NBA All-Star Weekend.

Phase Two updated “Be Like Mike” via  a trio of ad remixes, each bringing to life the essence of original ad through a variety of artistic and musical edits: "Move Like Mike," "Dream Like Mike" and "Groove Like Mike Remix."
          
Phase Three incorporated user-generated videos of "what it means to #BeLikeMike," along with videos from such Gatorade athletes as Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Usain Bolt, Bryce Harper, Jimmie Johnson, Cam Newton, April Ross, Jabari Parker, Serena Williams and Michael Jordan himself. 

Stand-alone commercials during the year included Wambach's "Forget Me" retirement ode, Cam Newton playing in the Australian Football League in "The Footballers" and a  spot, "From Virtual to Reality,"  in which the Prince George RBI Team took part in a Bryce Harper Virtual Reality Experience, which featured a visit from the real Bryce Harper.

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