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• ESPN and Uninterrupted, the digital media company founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, will debut an original series, More Than An Athlete, Nov. 20, exclusively on ESPN+. The eight-episode series follows James’ journey from basketball prodigy to global sports icon, businessman and philanthropist via the bonds of friendship and partnership among four men over more than two decades: James, Carter, Randy Mims and Rich Paul.

• The NFL and Mexico's President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that the third game of the existing agreement signed in 2016 will be played in 2019 at Estadio Azteca. The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the 2019 NFL schedule next spring

• NBC Sports and the Premier League are partnering to present their second Premier League Mornings Live, scheduled to take place in New York on Saturday, Dec. 8. The event will include a turf pitch, the Premier League trophy, club mascots and special guests. The initial fan fest in September was attended by more than 2,000 on a rooftop overlooking the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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MLB MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

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All-Time NBA Scoring Leaders (To Date)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38, 387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant 33,643
4. Michael Jordan 32.292
5. LeBron James 31.425*
6. Wilt Chamberlain 31.419
7. Dirk Nowitzki 31,187*
8. Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
9. Moses Malone 27,409
10. Elvin Hays 27,313
11. Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
12. Oscar Robertson 26,710
13. Dominique Wilkins 26,668
14. Tim Duncan 26,496
15. Paul Pierce 26,397
19. Carmelo Anthony 25,551*
22. Vince Carter 24,967*
30. Dwayne Wade 22,211*
*Still Active

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Weekend Box Office Nov. 16-18
1. Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald $62.2M
2. The Grinch $38.1M
3. Bohemian Rhapsody $15.7M
4. Instant Family $14.7M
5. Widows $12.3M
6. Nutcracker and the Four Realms $4.7M
7. A Star is Born $4.3M
8. Overlord $3.8M
9. Girl in the Spider’s Web $2.5M
10. Burn the Stage $2.3M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Apr112018

MLB’s MVFs (Most Valuable Franchises) Led By Yankees ($4B), Dodgers ($3B), Cubs

By Barry Janoff

April 11, 2018: The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in MLB, with a price tag put at $4 billion.

Good news for franchise owners, who this season added Giancarlo Stanton and his annual average $25 million contract, and have a team salary of more than $190.7 million.

That salary would be second in MLB only to the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a payroll at about $196.6 million, according to industry analysts.

Although tops in MLB in value, that still leaves the Yankees second behind the most valuable sports franchise in the world, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, valued at more than $4.2 billion, according to Forbes.

Something that many of the top-valued MLB teams have in common is a recent World Series title or appearance.

The Dodgers, valued No. 2 at $3 billion, played in the Fall Classic last season, losing to the Houston Astros, ranked No. 11 with a $1.65 billion value.

No. 3 on the list is the Chicago Cubs, winners of the 2016 World Series, valued at $2.9 billion, according to Forbes.

The San Fransisco Giants are No. 4, valued at $2.85 billion, and winners of the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The Boston Red Sox, valued at $2.8 billion, round out the Top Five; the team was World Series champs in 2004, 2007 and most recently in 2013.

Although the Yankees have not won a World Series since 2009, they have 27 titles to their name, average more than 3 million in attendance per year and last season won 91 games, the team’s highest total since 2012 (95).

According to Forbes writer Mike Ozanian, “The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue — $619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at 15% since a group led by George Steinbrenner paid $8.8 million for the team in 1973.”

Steinbrenner's sons, Hal and Hank, are co-chairmen for team owner Yankee Global Enterprises.

The average value of MLB teams is $1.645 billion, up 7% from last year, and average revenue was up almost 5%; but operating income was down 17%, per Forbes.

By comparison, NFL franchises are worth an average of $2.5 billion and NBA teams are worth an average of $1.65B, with all 30 franchises hitting the $1B mark for the first time, with the New York Knicks ($3.6 billion) topping the list.

Pulling down the average MLB franchise value, according to Forbes, are the Bottom Five.

That includes No. 26 Oakland A’s ($1.02 billion), No. 27 Kansas City Royals ($1.015 billion, World Series losers in 2014 but World Champs in 2015), No. 28 Cincinnati Reds ($1.01 billion), No. 29 Miami Marlins ($1 billion) and No. 30 Tampa Bay Rays ($900 million).

According to Forbes, “Average revenue and operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for MLB’s 30 teams were $315 million and $29 million, respectively, for the 2017 season. Revenue was up 4.7% from 2016 mainly due to more television, premium seating and sponsorship money.

“Meanwhile, operating income was down 17% primarily because of more spending on marketing, player development and analytics.”

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