Audit, tax and advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP and the PGA TOUR locked in a five-year partnership that will see the brand serve as a Proud Partner of THE PLAYERS Championship; and a second as an Official Marketing Partner of the PGA TOUR. In addition, Grant Thornton has signed a separate partnership with professional golfer Rickie Fowler. The partnerships with the PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS will provide Grant Thornton with premier positioning during THE PLAYERS telecast on the Golf Channel and NBC – alongside Morgan Stanley and Optum, as the three exclusive Proud Partners.
CBS Sports Digital picked up the National Lacrosse League, streaming live and on-demand NLL games on the subscription OTT service SportsLive, including regular-season and playoff games. “We are thrilled to continue to build upon our historic broadcasting partnerships with the addition of CBS Sports Digital. The future of sports is an ever-changing digital viewing experience, and bringing in a world class organization and platform like CBS Sports Digital is truly exciting for our fans,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “Last season we witnessed the additions of some major broadcasting partners and as a result more viewers are tuning in to NLL TV than ever before.”
Twitter released its slate of top lists from the 2017 year. Here are a few to browse…
Top Tweeted sports handles (Global): The Twitter usernames that appeared most frequently in Tweets, including replies and Retweets.
Top Tweeted athlete handles (Global): The Twitter usernames that appeared most frequently in Tweets, including replies and Retweets.
Top Tweeted team handles (Global): The Twitter usernames that appeared most frequently in Tweets, including replies and Retweets
NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue took to Reddit to announce the NBA 2K League Qualifier, described as the first step for potential players to try out for the league. The first stage of qualifying for the NBA 2K League will run from Jan. 1-31, and mandates that players need to win 50 games in NBA 2K18’s Pro-Am mode and complete an online application by Jan. 31. Players can compete as a walk-on, part of a team or a combination. Players who meet these requirements in January can be invited to the next round of tryouts in February, after which, the best players will be selected for the draft that will take place in March. Each of the 17 teams participating in the inaugural season will draft five players who will live in-market during the season, which tips off in May 2018.
David Shoemaker will step down from his role as the CEO of NBA China following the 2017-18 NBA season. He has been in his current role since June 2011 and will continue to lead NBA China through the season and will play an active role in the recruitment of his successor. “Under David’s leadership, our game and business in China have seen unprecedented popularity and growth,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We are grateful for David’s contributions during his tenure as CEO and are fortunate that he’ll be with us through the season to assist with the transition.”
Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions recruited Don Callis and Scott D’Amore to join the company as Executive Vice President, reporting to Ed Nordholm, President of the company. The trio will form a 3-member Executive Committee with overall responsibility for developing the creative direction for the Company and managing the execution of the Company’s business plan. Callis has built a critically acclaimed 15-year career in the wrestling business as a performer, color commentator and writer for WWF, ECW and TNA. D’Amore has held positions that include performer, trainer, promoter, writer and producer.
Soccer United Marketing President Kathy Carter is running for president of the US Soccer Federation. Carter has taken leave of her post at SUM, according to reports, and will be one of eight candidates for the position. The election will be held in February.
STATS announced the hiring of Troy Anderson as the Chief of Product and Technology Officer. In the role, Anderson will oversee product management and development, managing the current product set as well as upcoming portfolio offerings to the company’s clients including the world’s top technology and media companies, and dozens of world championship teams and leagues across the sports industry.
Blackhawks/Capitals on NBCSN at 8p.