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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.

• 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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9. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
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Top Sports Marketer Of The Year 2016: Rams Ramp-Up Marketing In L.A. Return

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 26, 2016: Even though the team is struggling on the field and the head coach has been fired, the NFL’s Rams franchise, led by majority owner Stan Kroenke, this year put up impressive numbers.

The big number: A $2.6 billion venue in Inglewood scheduled to open for the 2019 campaign, for which ground was recently broken and which already has booked a date with Super Bowl LV in February 2021.

Sponsorship top-tier deals beyond a naming rights deal could hit $40,425,000 if one team plays there, $74,294,278 for a two-team stadium, according Eric Smallwood, managing partner for Apex Marketing Group, St. Clair, Mich., a leading naming rights and sponsorship marketing firm.

Since relocating back to Los Angeles from St. Louis, where the franchise moved after the 1995 season following 48 seasons in L.A., marketers have filled the team’s roster.

Marketing and sponsorship partners include American Airlines (official airline), Wells Fargo (banking), Anheuser-Busch InBev (Bud Light, official domestic beer), Constellation Brands (Corona Extra, official imported beer), Papa John's (official pizza), Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions (official supermarket), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (official health partner), Vivid Seats (fan travel), Hyundai (official car partner) Banc of California (official banking partner for the Los Angeles Rams Foundation).

In addition, Microsemi Corp., Orange Country's largest chip-making firm, has naming rights to the Rams practice facility at University of California-Irvine, where the the Rams will hold their annual summer training camp for the next fews years.

"The big number: A $2.6 billion venue in Inglewood scheduled to open for the 2019 campaign, which already has booked a date with Super Bowl LV in February 2021."

The team was featured on HBO's Hard Knocks.

 And several of the team's players got star treatment on a new limited-run reality series, Hollywood & Football on E!.

Many players are popping up in local and national marketing, led by sophomore running back and 2015 NFL offensive rookie of the year Todd Gurley, whose deals include Nike, Gatorade, Carl's Jr., Bose and GameFly.

Due in part to the return of the NFL to Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board said that visitation to Los Angles is expected to set a new record in 2016 with more than 46.5 million total visitors, an increase of 2.4% from the previous record-setting year.

"In this world now that we have, content in any form is essentially, whether it’s sports, movie, a digital short, social media — content all blends together," Kevin Demoff, COO for the Rams, said during a panel discussion at the Variety-Sports Illustrated Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles prior to the season. "And I look at our franchise now as a content production company. We do 16 Sundays a year. We do the draft. We do the off-season. We do training camp. We produce a lot of content, and I think our games are just an extension of that."

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