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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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1. LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors

4. Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Joel Embid Philadelphia 76ers
6. Kristaps Porzingas New York Knicks
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

8. James Harden Houston Rockets
9. Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers
10. Isaiah Thomas Cleveland Cavaliers
11. Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs
12. Gordon Heyward Boston Celtics
13. Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers
14. Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
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Athletes
1. Floyd Mayweather
2. Gordon Hayward
3. Aaron Boone
4. Paul George
5. Tony Romo
6. Aaron Judge
7. Gonzo Ball
8. Carmelo Anthony
9. Sergio Gracchia
10. Isaiah Thomas

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1. New York Yankees
2. Houston Astros
3. Boston Celtics
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Atlanta Falcons
6. Dallas Cowboys
7. New England Patriots
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
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10. Philadelphia Eagles

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Jan292017

Serena, Maria, Kerber Get Top Billing For beIN Coverage Of WTA ’17 Season

By Barry Janoff

January 27, 2017: Last May 2016, the Women’s Tennis Assn. signed a five-year deal with beIN Media Group that gave the communications company broadcast rights for all WTA tournaments — including 21 premier events and the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global — in more than 30 territories worldwide.

The live media rights and production alliance, currently running through 2026, begins in earnest this season, with beIN unveiling a season-long schedule that features 55 events in 32 countries.

Included are 17 premier tournaments worldwide, starring such top players as Serena Williams — who regained her world No. 1 spot following her Grand Slam win at the Australian Open over the weekend) — Venus Williams, Simona Halep, Garbiñe Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Agniezska Radwanska, Madison Keys and former No. 1 and now No. 2 ranked Angelique Kerber.

According to Antonio Briceño, deputy managing director for beIN Sports, "With the 2017 WTA season kicking off this month, we are proud to say that beIN Sports will broadcast more women's tennis than any other network."

Highlights include the 40th anniversary of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany (April 24-30), which is scheduled to mark the return of former world’s No. 1 player Maria Sharapova, coming off a 16-month suspension for use of a banned drug. (See the full beIN WTA schedule here.)

To support its premiere season of WTA coverage, beIN has launched a multi-media marketing effort, including TV, Internet, social media and on-site activation.

The main spot shows Williams, Kerber and other top-ranked players in action, with a voiceover, "These women will give it all in a quest that’s set to thrill. And only few will have what it takes to be on top of their game." Text reads: "You can’t stop these women."

Coverage of more than 40 WTA tournaments will be available live on beIN Sports Connect  the network’s streaming service, on a dedicated WTA channel within the platform. Select tournaments will also air on beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Español.

The WTA includes more than 2,500 pro tennis players representing nearly 100 nations, with the 2017 WTA competitive season including 55 events in 32 countries.

beIN coverage begins with the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, live from Russia, where Roberta Vinci will look to defend her 2016 singles title. Also on the calendar: the Rogers Cup in Toronto, (Aug. 5-13), to air exclusively on beIN Sports.

Tennis sponsorship spending hit a record $801 million in 2016, up 4.2% from the $769 million spend in 2015 and more than $130 million over the $667 million spend in 2012, according to research firm IEG, Chicago.

In addition to beIN, WTA marketing partners include SAP, USANA, QIY and Dubai Duty Free.

Serena Williams was the highest paid female athlete in the world last year with $9 million in winnings and $20 million in endorsements. Sharapova is the second-highest paid female athlete in the world, with under $2 million in winnings in 2016 (due to her suspension) but $20 million in endorsements, according to Forbes.

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