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Alibaba Group Becomes Worldwide Olympic Games Partner Through 2028 – Davos

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Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group and the International Olympic Committee used the World Economic Forum as a platform today to announce a historic and long-term deal which sees the Chinese e-commerce giant become IOC’s Worldwide Olympic Partner through 2028. Under the digital pact, Alibaba will be the IOC’s official cloud services and e-commerce platform services partner, as well as a founding partner of the Olympic Channel. For Ma, the move falls in line with his strategy for… Read

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Bill O’Reilly To Interview Donald Trump During Super Bowl Pregame

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Fox has the Super Bowl this year, and sibling Fox News Channel said today that its primetime anchor Bill O’Reilly will interview Donald Trump during the pregame show, around 4 PM PT on February 5. The by-then president will tape the sit-down with his old pal at the White House earlier that day. Additional portions of the interview will air on FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor the following night and will be available in its entirely online. Trump will have been president for a… Read

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WME Boss Ari Emanuel Joins Chicago Cubs Celebration At White House

President Barack Obama holds up a personalized Chicago Cubs baseball jersey presented to him by Anthony Rizzo, right, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, where the president honored the 2016 World Series Champion baseball team. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ari Emanuel, who met with his former client Donald Trump soon after the election, was at the White House today with President Barack Obama as the WME | IMG boss helped commemorate his hometown Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory. The Cubs joined Obama in the White House celebration, which also included his brother, Windy City mayor and former POTUS Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Ari is a huge Cubs fan, and for the record WME | IMG also represents the team. He and his brother… Read

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Steelers-Chiefs Playoff Game Sunday Pushed Into Primetime On NBC

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The NFL’s AFC divisional playoff game Sunday between the Pittsburgh Steelers and host Kansas City Chiefs has been pushed back to an 8:20 PM ET start on NBC as a severe winter storm bears down on the Midwest. The game at the Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium was originally scheduled for 1:05 PM ET, but NFL officials this afternoon decided to delay the start as Winter Storm Jupiter is expected to hit tonight, causing freezing rain and ice in the Kansas City metro area and beyond… Read

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‘Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2017’ Special Set On CBS

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Ok, admit it. You only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. All right, maybe not. But for those who do love those ads, CBS has slotted its Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2017 special for 8 PM Tuesday, January 31, with CBS Sports analyst Boomer Esiason and NCIS: Los Angeles star Daniela Ruah as hosts. As usual, this year’s edition of Super Bowl Greatest Commercials will feature an interactive component, allowing viewers to vote live for their favorites. Fans can vote… Read

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Chargers Confirm Move To Los Angeles For 2017 NFL Season

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And then there were two. More than a half-century after they left their first home, the NFL’s San Diego Chargers are coming back to Los Angeles. Owner Dean Spanos confirmed the move in a tweeted memo this morning — note that new handle, and the Dodger-esque logo above: A letter from Dean Spanos pic.twitter.com/rTNIvrsN1ALos Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 12, 2017 The team, which started in L.A. in 1960 before heading south, will play at the 27,000-seat… Read

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Will This Season’s Sour NFL Ratings Bleed Over To Super Bowl LI? – TCA

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NFL’s average TV audience this season took a tumble of -8% after years of growth, with many pointing the finger at the intense Presidential election. In fact, Saturday’s playoff game between the Detroit Lions and the Seattle Seahawks was down 20% when compared to the same Saturday playoff game of 2015. Some have also blamed the decline in under 30 viewers and how they’ve traded in the tube for streaming devices. So will all this ugly ratchet down Super Bowl… Read

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Lionsgate Invests in eSports Franchise The Immortals

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Lionsgate just raised its bet on sSports by making an investment in one of its most popular franchises: The Immortals. No word yet on how much the studio is spending, or how big a stake it will own. It made the announcement as it kicks off an Investor Day series of briefings for Wall Street following its $4.4 billion acquisition of Starz last month. The Immortals competes in League of Legends, Counterstrike GO, Overwatch and Super Smash Brothers. Other Immortals investors… Read

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Lions-Seahawks Wild Card Game Hands NBC A Saturday Night Win – Update

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Update, 1:35 pm: Last night’s Lions-Seahawks Wild Card Playoff on NBC averaged a total audience delivery of 27.1 million viewers across NBC & NBC Sports Digital. NBC’s 26.9M viewers made the showdown the most-watched Saturday night show on any network since January 16, 2016 (Green Bay vs Arizona on NBC). The Lions-Seahawks game peaked at 28.4 million viewers from 9-9:15pm ET, and the game ranks as NBC Sports Digital's best-ever Wild Card Game with 1M uniques and 34M live… Read

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‘Undeniable’ Host Joe Buck Talks Up Pete Rose & Dennis Rodman At TCA

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Lightning rods Pete Rose and Dennis Rodman are among those interviewed by Undeniable with Joe Buck in its third season, debuting February 15 on AT&T Audience Network. Not surprisingly, Buck got asked about those interviews in particular when he and Fearless host Tim Ferriss came to TCA to talk about their Audience shows, along with exec producers Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley. Half of the audience at the taping did not know who Rose was, Buck told TV critics at TCA… Read

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Chris Berman Re-ups At ESPN But Is Stripped Of NFL Duties

ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman walks on the sideline before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Chris Berman, who joined ESPN a month after its launch in 1979 and has been the face of its NFL coverage for decades, has re-upped with the sports giant in a multiyear deal. But there’s a catch: He won’t be hosting any NFL shows after this season. The man who made sports nicknames fun again — who can forget Oddibe “Young Again” McDowell? — is taking on a new role at ESPN: The Worldwide Leader sad today that he “will make appearances on-air and will also serve in… Read

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Turner Creates One-Stop Shop For Its Sports Advertising – CES

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Sports advertisers who’ve been befuddled by the opportunities Time Warner offers at the various sports ventures it has taken on over the last few years will finally have a one-stop shop to do business. The entertainment company today unveiled Turner Ignite Sports, which will “deliver enhanced value and solutions directly to brands, mitigating the waste of working across multiple properties and agencies,” Turner Sports EVP  of Sales and Property Sponsorships Will Funk says… Read