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The Special Olympics inked some heavyweight brands to its sponsor roster. Toyota Motor Corporation entered into an agreement with Special Olympics International to become a Global Partner. In addition to the Global Partnership with Special Olympics, Toyota has agreed to support Special Olympics Unified Sports which joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.
Meanwhile, the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Organizing Committee announced that Amazon will be presenting sponsor of the 2018 USA Games Closing Ceremony in the company’s hometown of Seattle. “We are excited to partner with the Special Olympics USA Games and welcome more than 4,000 athletes and coaches to South Lake Union,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Amazon Worldwide Consumer. “Special Olympics embraces diversity and inclusion – values that Amazon shares. It’s an honor to support the USA Games, athletes, coaches and families who have traveled from all over the country to compete in Seattle.”
StubHub is renewing vows with MLB, locking in a five-year renewal that will see StubHub continue to serve as the Official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace of MLB.com and the 30 Major League Clubs. This new agreement will provide StubHub with an exclusive ticketing integration with MLB.com and the 30 clubs, providing baseball fans with a secure and seamless experience to buy and sell MLB tickets.
DraftKings announced plans for a new campaign that brings back “Dr. AftKings” to cure Thanxiety, described as “the dreaded condition people suffer from the awkward and invasive questions, political debates, and life-scarring traveling experiences suffered during Thanksgiving.” Created by Deutsch NY, the campaign runs through Nov. 26 across DraftKings’ Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels.
Facebook is getting on the court, announcing a deal with Stadium for a season-long package of 47 college basketball games that will be distributed exclusively on social platform featuring matchups from the Mountain West, West Coast Conference, Conference USA, and the Atlantic 10. Additionally, Stadium will produce an exclusive, weekly live studio show dedicated to college basketball that will air on Watch via the Live: Stadium College Basketball Show Page on Wednesdays at 6:30p. “Stadium is thrilled to continue its partnership with Facebook after the overwhelming success of our football package,” said Adam Anshell, Senior Vice President of Properties for Stadium. “We are able to reach new fans and engage with them in ways that are only possible on a platform like Facebook, and now we’re able to share that experience across an amazing slate of college basketball games.”
FloSports announced plans to stream two major preseason tournaments — the Men’s Division I 2017 Paradise Jam and the Cayman Islands Classic on FloHoops.com. The agreements build on its recent agreements with bd Global to live stream 52 major college basketball games, an extension with Basketball Travelers Inc. (BTI) that aired the 2017 GCI Great Alaska Shootout, and a multi-year agreement with Big Ten Networks to provide coverage of 1000+ non-televised Big Ten Conference events.
The Players’ Tribune will debut a new documentary series, The Book of Isaiah II, in partnership with Slow Grind Media, a media company owned by Isaiah Thomas. The series chronicles the life of Thomas as he faces the challenges of playing for a new team
Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and his team have reportedly selected their moniker for its upcoming North American League of Legends Championship Series team, which will be known as the Golden Guardians, according to ESPN.
Who will emerge as champion? Ford EcoBoost 400 on NBC at 3p on Sunday.
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Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: What is the name of the team coached by Tony D’Amato in the movie Any Given Sunday? Answer: The Miami Sharks. Kudos: Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NY; Marissa Sunio-Columbia U/NY; Michael Ritz-BucStar Consulting/NY; Robert Zimmerman-Zimmerman Strategic Communications/NY; Brianne Maciejowski-Miles/Sarasota; Ken White-KWTV/Charlotte; John Langermann-WINK-TV/WXCW-TV/Fort Myers; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station; Matt Fumagalli-Levy/Chicago; Tom Doherty-Starcom Media/Chicago; Bill Robertson-WCHA/Bloomington; Larry Hutchings/Nipomo; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank; Jaymz Wooden-Bottelsen American Dart Lines/Santa Maria; Grant Hafer-AT&T Entertainment Group/LA
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