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• 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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3.  Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
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8. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460
9. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
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Top Sports Marketer Of The Year: Sager 'Time Is Simply How You Live Your Life'

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 26, 2016: In July, Craig Sager received the Jimmy V Perseverance ESPY Award in July, presented by Vice President Joseph Biden, where he delivered an emotional yet uplifting speech about his cancer battle.

His words from the ceremony will resonate for a long time to come.

'Time is simply how you live your life," were among the thoughts Sager shared.

Sager, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in 2014, revealed this past March that his cancer was no longer in remission.

After two-year battle, he passed away on Dec. 15.

But not before leaving a legacy of strength, courage and tenacity, supported by Turner Sports, the NBA and an extended family across all walks of life.

In the NBA and other sports immediately after his passing, coaches, players and fans wore special Sager T-shirts to honor the man. The outpouring has continued with players, coaches and media worldwide showing their respect for Sager while driving awareness of the Sager Strong Foundation.

A Turner Sports NBA sideline reporter who joined the company in 1980, Sager impacted millions, and continues to impact them, via the #SagerStrong battle cry and the Sager Strong Foundation, launched with his wife, Stacy.

In October, in cooperation with the Sager Strong Foundation, TNT/Bleacher Report and Auction Cause, NIKEiD auctioned off 100 pairs of Air Force One’s designed by the fashion icon himself, complete with paisley print panels, a seersucker tongue tab and multi-colored laces.

A portion of the proceeds went to the Sager Strong Foundation, which is raising funds and driving awareness to help those battling leukemia.

The Golden State Warriors also created a "Sager Strong" T-shirt that was given to all fans attending the team’s Opening Night game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Upon his passing Warriors coach Steve Kerr was among the countless friends who remember Sager.

"He had a spirit and an energy that very few people I’ve been around have ever possessed," Kerr said. "It’s not an easy day."

"Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us," David Levy, president for Turner, said in a statement upon Sager’s passing. "There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports.

"While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong," said Levy.

At Sager’s funeral, in response to the words from the man himself, Turner broadcaster and analyst and long-time friend of Sager, Ernie Johnson, said, "There’s no way to gauge the days we have and no way to tell how long, But know this, Craig, we’ll do our best to live them Sager strong."

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