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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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2.  LeBron James (CLE) 856,080
3.  Kyrie Irving (BOS) 802,834
4.  Joel Embiid (PHI) 433,161
5. Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 359,459
6.  DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 259,368
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2. Stephen Curry (GSW) 735,115
3. James Harden (HOU) 602,040
4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 438,469
5. Klay Thompson (GSW) 359,442
6. DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) 356,340
7. Draymond Green (GSW) 325,612
8. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460
9. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
10. Carmelo Anthony (OKC) 194,239

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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Visa Bringing Touch, Sound, Animation, Interactive Buying To Games, Marketing

By Barry Janoff

December 7, 2017: Visa wants fans, viewers, consumers and athletes to use all of their senses during the 2018 Winter Games.

Visa has unveiled two platforms to support its position as the official payment technology partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, both to be implemented for the Games in South Korea.

Visa said it would make it possible for people to dress like Team USA athletes while watching the Games at home by using Visa Checkout at a new Web site, where they can buy gear from the Team USA Shop.

NBCUniversal, the exclusive U.S. English-language broadcast partner for the Games, said it would for the first time during Winter Games coverage integrate the platform into on-air prompts and digital channels, “directing fans to a new shopping experience that features similar products to what they are seeing on athletes.”

The featured Team USA Gear presented by Visa from the Team USA Shop, powered by Fanatics, will include sweatshirts, beanies, mittens, T-shirts and hats, with purchases supporting Team USA athletes.

Visa said that the platform is now live with apparel available for purchase, but that the Opening Ceremony would mark the first time the shopping platform updates in real-time, an element that would continue throughout the Games.

Team Visa athletes, including Mikaela Shiffrin, Chloe Kim, Gus Kenworthy and Hilary Knight, will be featured on the platform when they are competing or appearing.

“We are committed to making the at-home viewing experience as engaging for fans as possible,”Dan Lovinger, evp-ad sales and sales marketing for NBC Sports Group, said in a statement. “Incorporating a retail component into our broadcast is just another way fans can bring the Games into their home and support their favorite athletes.”

Visa has also unveiled what it called a “suite of sensory branding cues that will support the Visa brand in an expanded universe of connected, payment-enabled devices.”

According to Visa, these new sound, animation and haptic (vibration) cues will help “signify completed transactions in digital and physical retail environments when you pay with Visa.”

The sound of Visa will debut in Visa’s global ad campaign ahead of the Winter Games.

“For 60 years, the Visa brand has been a global symbol of innovation, speed, trust and security,” Lynne Biggar, chief marketing and communications officer for Visa, said in a statement. “As payments become increasingly embedded in commerce, the notion of ‘Everywhere You Want To Be’ takes on even greater meaning for our brand.

“As new payment experiences continue to take shape in the world, this suite of sensory branding elements will give consumers the assurances we know they want every time they use Visa.”

Visa previously unveiled three wearables devices capable of completing payments, including NFC-enabled payment gloves, commemorative Olympic pins and stickers that allow fans and athletes to complete seamless and secure transactions with a simple tap at any contactless-enabled terminal.

Visa said that sensory branding would be available as a software development kit (SDK) on the Visa Developer Platform and through the Visa Ready program for deeper integration requirements in 2018.

Visa said it is also developing pilot programs with a national merchant and POS hardware vendors for 2018.

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