11/02/18: The NBA confirmed the Cleveland will host NBA All-Star 2022

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The NBA formally named Cleveland as the host of NBA All-Star 2022, when the league will be commemorating its 75th anniversary. The 71st NBA All-Star Game will take place at Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers, on Feb. 20 of the year and marks the first time the city has welcomed the game since 1997. Oncourt event will tip off on Feb. 18 with MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars, while Feb. 19 will feature State Farm All-Star Saturday Night with the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and the Three-Point and Slam Dunk contests. The league will host several events for fans of all ages at venues throughout the city, including The Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University and Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.
 
“Cleveland is a passionate sports city with a proven track record of hosting large-scale, global events,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We thank Dan Gilbert, Len Komoroski and the civic leaders for their commitment, and we look forward to a weeklong celebration of our game.”
 
 
ON THE AIR

The NHL announced that the league is looking to play games in Prague, Stockholm, Germany and Switzerland next season as part of its Global Series. Teams and dates have yet to be finalized. “We’re in the planning stages of playing preseason games in Germany and Switzerland,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said, per NHL.com. “We’re looking at playing a season-opening game in Prague and then two games in November in Stockholm.”
 
ESPN is dedicating a week of multiplatform content spanning Nov. 6-12 as part of the 10th annual America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans initiative. Content highlights include SportsCenter from the U.S.S. Carl Vinson Navy Aircraft Carrier and First Take live from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona on Nov. 9. In addition, the annual Armed Forces Classic will be played from Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas on the same day. USAA and Applebee’s are sponsors of ESPN’s week-long Veterans Day activation and many well-known athletes, coaches and celebrities will provide daily “shout outs” to members of the military within ESPN programming.
 
ESPN also reports that multiple editions of SportsCenter are showing viewership growth. SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, which airs at midnight, has seen a 13% rise in viewership for the Monday night editions during the current NFL season. The 6p SportsCenter saw its eighth consecutive month of year-over-year growth in viewership during October. For the year, the edition is up 4% overall.
 
NBA TV carries 20 NBA G League games beginning with a matchup between the Delaware Blue Coats and the Maine Red Claws on Sunday at 1p. The network will televise five games from the MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase from Dec. 19-22 out of Las Vegas. \
 
WWE Legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin narrated NBCSN’s show open for the network’s Round of 8 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race telecast on Sunday. Being a fan of NASCAR, and a Texas native, NASCAR on NBC’s production team worked with Austin to “highlight the drama, excitement, and pressure” of this weekend’s Playoff race in “No Limits Texas”.
 
FOX Sports is once again adding Howie Schwab to its college basketball talent team, where he will serve as a bracketologist this season, appearing on pre- and post-game shows. Last season, Schwab nailed 66 of the 68 teams in his final bracket before selections were announced.
 
NBA All-Star Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media and Viola Davis & Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions inked a deal to serve as executive producers of Emanuel. The story takes place on June 17, 2015, when 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof walked into a bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and murdered nine African Americans during their closing prayer.
 
FOX Sports Southeast will televise the first-ever football game to be played at SunTrust Park on Nov. 17, at 3p. The game will feature Football Championship Subdivision teams Jacksonville State University/Kennesaw State University, marking the 17th FCS game to be played at a professional sports venue since 2010.
 
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SPONSORSHIP & PROMOTION

Navy Federal Credit Union and the NHL struck a multi-year US partnership designed to ‘recognize and support veterans, active duty service members and their families at NHL tentpole events, in broadcast and across the NHL’s digital platforms.” Navy Federal Credit Union will serve as the presenting sponsor of the inaugural NHL Veterans Appreciation Night broadcast on Nov. 7 on NBCSN, where the league and Navy Federal Credit Union will honor retired service members during the Wednesday Night Hockey broadcast doubleheader. As part of this partnership, the NHL and Navy Federal have launched “Stick Tap for Service,” a digital destination for veterans, active duty service members and their families to share personal stories of how hockey has impacted their lives. Navy Federal will also be an official partner and the presenting sponsor for military-themed ceremonial elements at the NHL Winter Classic, the NHL All-Star Weekend and the NHL Stadium Series.
 
LaLiga North America launched its #BringUStheGame campaign, highlighting the growth of soccer in America and “the desire from American fans to bring the greatest soccer league in the world to the US to play the first ever European club regular season match held outside of Europe.” The scheduled match between LaLiga champions FC Barcelona and Girona FC will take place at Hard Rock Stadium on Jan 26 in Miami, Florida.
 
E-Poll released its E-Score Celebrity rankings of the NBA’s most marketable players. Topping the list is Stephen Curry with an E-Score of 93, driven by the combination of his high Awareness (37%) and Appeal (56%). Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki hold the second and third places, while LeBron James comes in at fourth, down two spots from 2017, likely due to a dip in his Appeal, which often happens after changing teams, according to the company.
 
 
DIGITAL & STREAMING

FanSided named Jason Cole as Editor-in-Chief of FanSided.co where he will manage content and editorial operations for the flagship site. “As a former NFL beat reporter I know how much the home team means to its fans,” says Cole. “FanSided has built and grown a powerful platform that connects the most passionate fans to their teams in fresh, original ways. Our priority is to continue to meet that rabid appetite for conversation, debate and enlightenment around the more than 300 communities that we cover, and continue FanSided’s successful expansion into not just new sports communities, but also new corners of the pop culture zeitgeist. There is still so much opportunity to be mined here.”
 
International Speedway Corporation entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Racing Electronics. The company is known for its motorsports communications technology and equipment for motorsports drivers, teams, series, venues, and fans, as well as the exclusive provider of FanVision technology to NASCAR and NHRA. Beginning Jan. 1, ISC will assume operation of Racing Electronics. Leadership and nearly 70 full-time employees will remain intact with Racing Electronics President of Motorsports Chad Willis continuing in his role and reporting to Schwartz.
 
 
ESPORTS

Riot Games booked host regions for the next three years of the League of Legends World Championship. The company confirmed that the annual event will see take place in Europe in 2019, before moving back to Asia in 2020 with China as host before coming back to North America in 2021. The European stop will take place in Paris in 2019, marking a return to the continent after four years and taking place at the AccorHotels Arena. Meanwhile, Nov. 3 will see Europe’s Fnatic takes on China’s Invictus Gaming for all the marbles from Incheon Munhak Stadium in South Korea.
 
Turner & IMG’s ELEAGUE will continue to showcase top action from its recent charity streaming event featuring Activision’s Call of Duty : Black Ops 4 in the second episode of its three-part series tonight at 11p on TBS. The latest hour-long show focuses on a team led into the event’s various exhibition matches by long-time Call of Duty pro Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler, who recently transitioned his career from playing to casting.
 
 
ROSTER MOVES

fuboTV is adding its first chief strategy officer to the live TV streaming company’s management team with the appointment of sports media executive Hannah Brown. Brown is tasked with all strategic development and execution as fuboTV accelerates its sports-first cable replacement business in the U.S. and enters new territories internationally.
 
Super Soccer Stars named Adam Geisler as CEO. Geisler spent the first ten years of his career at Everlast, the 118-year old half a billion dollar global fitness and lifestyle brand. 
 
 
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ON THIS DAY in 1990: The Suns beat the Jazz in Tokyo, marking the first regular season game from the four major North American leagues to be played outside the continent.
 
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