The ATP and Rolex inked a multi-year extension of their partnership that will see the brand continue as the Official Timekeeper of the ATP World Tour through 2020. “Rolex is a brand that is steeped in the history of professional tennis,” Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President. “They have been a valued partner of our season-ending finale since 2005, and to the ATP World Tour since 2013, and their commitment to our sport speaks volumes. We’re delighted to extend our successful partnership.”
The George Washington University Athletics Department announced a 10-year multimedia rights agreement with IMG. Under the agreement, IMG will manage and market the sponsorship and multimedia rights associated with the school’s 27 varsity athletics programs. “Our refreshed partnership with IMG College will allow us to continue to attract local, regional, and national corporate sponsorship opportunities for GW’s Department of Athletics and Recreation with more focus and dedicated resources than we have in the past,” said Patrick Nero, George Washington Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero.
The NFL opened voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl announcing plans with Twitter to offer a new way for fans to vote for the 2018 Pro Bowl roster through a Direct Message (DM) Voting Experience. Fans may participate via entry cards tweeted from all 32 team accounts or by directly visiting the @NFL profile page at Twitter.com/NFL. During the last week of the 2018 Pro Bowl voting period ending Dec. 14, fans will also be able to vote by tweeting directly on Twitter.
NASCAR is giving fans on smartphones and tablets access to live, 360-degree views of pre-race events at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first time before Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship finale on Nov. 19 at 3p on NBC. The live video, delivered by Ultracast, will see – in addition to Sunday’s driver’s meeting – much of the at-track content available via NASCAR’s GarageCam will be presented in live VR, 360 video during Ford Championship Weekend.
NBC Sports Regional Networks reports that its NBA streaming coverage this season drew more than 37 million live minutes and 343,000 unique devices for a rise of 46% and 86%, respectively, compared to a year ago. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s streaming coverage of the 76ers has seen the most significant year-over-year growth on a per game average basis, with live minutes and unique devices up 368% and 401%, respectively.
ESL One Hamburg powered by Intel saw more than 25 million unique viewers watch the tournament online, marking a 250% growth from ESL One Frankfurt 2016. Over 7 million hours of content were consumed through Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, HuomaoTV and Douyu with a peak concurrent viewership across all platforms topping 1.5 million viewers. Throughout the tournament, a high level of digital engagement was logged as 38.5 million social media impressions have been generated by over 8 million users, featuring a 50% increase compared to last year’s ESL One in Frankfurt.
The Game Awards laid out its roster of contenders for this year’s honors, which included three esports categories. Up for Best Esports Game will be Rocket League, League of Legends, Dota2, CS:GO and Overwatch. The Best Esports Player category includes nominees Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi, Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu, Nikola “Niko” Kovac, Marcelo “coldzera” David and Lee sang-hyeok aka “Faker.” For Best Esports Team, noms include Team Liquid, SK Telecom 1, Lunatic-Hai, FaZe Clan and Cloud9.
The Whitener Company locked in a comprehensive commercial partnership with Red Frog Events to enhance the large-scale event production company’s various lines of business. Joining Whitener in the partnership is sports media advisor Greg Byrnes and tech entrepreneur Ben Ackerman.
Rangers/Blackhawks on NBCSN at 8p.