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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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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*
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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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Zlatan Takes The Visa ‘Z’ Train En Route To 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 12, 2018: This has been a busy year for Zlatan Ibrahimović.

In March, the 36-year-old striker, who during 15 years as a member of Sweden’s National Team scored 62 goals in 116 games, joined MLS’ Los Angeles Galaxy following a storied career that has included 33 trophies playing for nine teams across England, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and now the U.S.

In April, Ibrahimović signed a deal with Visa, the official payment Services partner of FIFA, to appear in marketing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which begins next month.

Now, Visa has unveiled details for its World Cup activation, “Visa’s Ultimate FIFA World Cup FOMO,” which will document Zlatan’s journey to the tournament and his return to the FIFA World Cup stage, not as a player but as a Madison Avenue personality.

Social media tags for the campaign already include “Team ViZa” and “Everywhere Z wants to be.”

Zlatan joins a Team Visa roster of global social media influencers, including from Germany (freekickerz), Japan (Kotaro Tokuda), Mexico (Pamela Allier), United Kingdom (Chris MD) and Russia (Tatiana Vasilieva).

He himself has more than 60 million followers on social media, including Instagram (31.5 million followers), Facebook (26.3 million) and Twitter (5 million).

“I have been telling the world that I will be at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia — Visa is now helping me and fans around the world get in on the action,” Ibrahimović said in a statement.

“Visa is innovative. Zlatan is innovative. Together, we are helping fans not miss a moment of the FIFA World Cup.”

Developed globally and shot in the U.K., “Visa’s Ultimate FIFA World Cup FOMO” features a combination of “more than 20 hero and social films” and includes TV, digital, video, social, print and out of home.

The lead spot, "Zlatan Returns To The World Cup," comes complete with a Zlatan bobblehead  and a voiceover from Visa spokesman Morgan Freeman, who says after Zlatan gets on a bus to being his World Cup journey, “No one wants to miss the FIFA World Cup. As an official sponsor, Visa make sure you never have to.”

The tone of Visa’s effort with Ibrahimović was set in the teaser spot, "Welcome to the Visa Family," in which he appears to be standing at the front of a media conference holding a soccer jersey with the word Visa on the front.

He then puts it down and picks up another, in which the Visa “S” has been replaced with a “Z” to read, “ViZa.”

Zlatanised,” he says.

According to Lynne Biggar, chief marketing and communications officer, for Visa Inc., “Visa is committed to enhancing the fan experience at sporting venues around the world and FIFA World Cup is no exception.

“Our FIFA World Cup™ campaign is focused on helping football fans across the globe not miss a moment of the action, whether that is by implementing innovative new ways to pay in-stadium or by giving fans at home a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the tournament.”

Among  Ibrahimović’s other marketing deals are Samsung, Vitamin Well water, gaming firm Bethard, his own line of underwear (A-Z by Zlatan), Zlatan Perfumes and Zlatan Legends intergalactic arcade game for Apple devices.

FIFA partners include adidas, Coca-Cola, Wanda, Gazprom, Hyundai-Kia Motors, Qatar Airways and Visa.

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Zlatanised: Ibrahimović Puts The ‘Z’ Into Visa's Multi-Media World Cup Marketing

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