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• WWE said that Houston’s Minute Maid Park would host the Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The event will mark the second time the Royal Rumble has been held at a baseball stadium following this year’s event at Phoenix’ Chase Field (before a capacity crowd of 48,193). The event will stream live around worldwide on WWE Network.

• SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company and a leading provider of Sport Relationship Management software, is partnering with USA Hockey to promote participation in youth hockey during USA Hockey’s Hockey Week Across America (Feb. 17 - 24) and USA Hockey’s Try Hockey for Free Day (Feb. 23).

• MLS said its board of governors has extended the contract of commissioner Don Garber through the 2023 season. Garber, 61, has been commissioner since 1999, overseeing the league expanding from 12 to 27 clubs, adding 25 new owners and developing 19 soccer stadiums across the U.S. and Canada.

• Al Horford of the Boston Celtics is the new national NBA face for Built With Chocolate Milk. A TV and digital campaign will “spotlight his balanced approach to performance, recovery and nutrition. For the first time, the campaign will be bilingual, with Horford the first Hispanic athlete on the roster.

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Finalists For The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Unveiled at NBA All-Star Weekend as finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2019:

Players
• Marques Johnson
• Bobby Jones
• Sidney Moncrief
• Jack Sikma
• Ben Wallace
• Chris Webber
• Paul Westphal
Coaches
• Bill Fitch
• Eddie Sutton
Referee
• Hugh Evans

Finalists from the Women’s Screening Committee
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• Theresa Weatherspoon
Coaches
• Leta Andrews
• Barbara Stevens

The Class of 2019 will be unveiled during a press conference in Minneapolis at the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

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Weekend Box Office Feb. 9-11
1. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part $55M
2. What Men Want $21M
3. Cold Pursuit $9.5M
4. The Prodigy $7M
5. The Upside $5.7M
6. Glass $5.5M
7. Miss Bala $3.8M
8. Aquaman $3M
9. Green Book $2.7M
10. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $2.4M
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Visa Hits Winter Games With Collectible Payment Devices For Athletes, Fans

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November 8, 2017: Visa, a top tier partner with the International Olympic Committee, is using its position as the exclusive payment technology provider for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games to launch three wearable payment devices.

Visa said it has created NFC (near field communication)-enabled payment gloves, commemorative stickers and Olympic pins that “allow fans and athletes to complete seamless and secure payments with a simple tap at any contactless-enabled terminal.”

During the Games, all three wearables will be available for purchase at  Visa vending machines in Olympic Superstores. Visa is implementing more than 1,000 NFC-enabled POP terminals across the Olympic Venue in South Korea.

The financial firm’s presence at the Games will also be felt though multi-platform marketing and via a global Team Visa, with U.S. athletes and icons including Jamie Anderson, Meryl Davis, Sarah Hendrickson, Gus Kenworthy, Chole Kim, Hilary Knight, Oksana Masters, Angela Ruggiero, Mikaela Shiffrin, Maggie Voisin, Charlie White and Davis Wise.

“We are looking forward to transforming the payment experience for everyone who attends the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang,” Iain Jamieson, Korea country manager for Visa, said in a statement. “At Visa, we have been working tirelessly to ensure all of the Olympic venues are equipped with the very latest payment capabilities to provide the best experience possible for all of our clients and guests.”

Visa said it worked with Lotte Card, the financial arm of South Korean-based retail giant Lotte Department Store, “to produce and make these new prepaid payment wearables available for purchase in Korea.

Stickers and pins can be purchased from Lotte Card’s customer centers in Korea and the Lotte Card Web site.

The sticker collection includes eight distinct designs including Soohorang — the official PyeongChang 2018 mascot — and the Korean flag. Four unique lapel pins will feature custom PyeongChang 2018 designs

According to Mikaela Shiffrin, “It is important to me, as a Winter Olympian, to work with a brand like Visa that not only supports a diverse group of athletes, but also enables an enhanced fan experience for those at to The Games. Olympic pins are always the most coveted collectibles, these Visa pins really up the ante.”

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