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• Boston’s Public Improvement Commission has approved a request by the Red Sox to change the name of Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park, named after former owner Tom Yawkey (1933-1976), back to its original name, Jersey Street, following allegations about Yawkey (who died in 1976) being a racist. According to the Red Sox, “Today’s vote is an important step in our ongoing effort to make Fenway Park a place where everyone feels welcome.”

• Dale Earnhardt Jr. has written a book, Racing to the Finish: My Story, scheduled to be released Oct. 16. He calls it a “candid, first-person account of what seemed at first as a minor racing accident but ultimately forced life-changing decisions.”

• The NBA has signed a multi-year deal with Perform Media that will see the digital sports content-#media group manage the NBA’s official Web sites in 15+ international markets, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico and Spain. The NBA said it has 20 such localized sites

• The Drone Racing League has expended its presence in France with  a 2018 race in France at the Allianz Riviera stadium and a media partnership with Groupe AB. DRL has also signed an extension of the Allianz title partnership of the DRL Championship Race Series for an additional five years.

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6. Indianapolis Colts: Quentin Nelson G (Notre Dame)
7. Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen QB (Wyoming)
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Wednesday
Dec162015

Butterfinger Plans To Be Bolder Than Bold With Super Bowl 50 Commercial

By Barry Janoff

December 15, 2015: Nestles' brand Butterfinger is diving into the Super Bowl this February, and decided to unveil the news in a big way: By having professional sky diver Carson Schram jump out of a plane eating a Butterfinger and holding signs sharing the message.

Butterfinger said that a 30-second spot would air on CBS during the third quarter of the NFL's historic Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, which will launch the brand's umbrella campaign, "Bolder Than Bold."

This marks Butterfinger's second trip to the Super Bowl, having aired "Threesome" during Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 to help introduce  Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups.

Thirty-second spots are going for upward of $5 million, according to industry analysts.

"Next year’s Big Game is the perfect platform to let Butterfinger’s funny, bolder than bold attitude shine," Kristen Mandel, Butterfinger brand manager, said in a statement. "Butterfinger will be ready to celebrate boldness -- in bold moves, bold people and bold events."

Separately, PayPal said it would launch its "first major brand campaign as an independent company" via a 45-second spot during the first quarter of Super Bowl 50.

According to  Greg Fisher, PayPal vp-global brand marketing, "This ad is more than a commercial — it’s our opportunity to introduce the world to PayPal’s vision for the future of money — to empower people and businesses to move and manage money securely, efficiently and affordably."

For Butterfinger, a teaser spot opens with the text, "When we make an announcement, we do it Bolder Than Bold," then follows Schram of NorCal Skydiving (Cloverdale, Calif.) as he prepares for his jump, then leaves a plane at 12,000 feet.

While munching on a Butterfinger, he holds up cards that read, "On February 7th Butterfinger will unveil . . . A Big Game ad that is not just bold . . . It's Bolder Than Bold."

The ad directs people to the brand's Twitter account, complete with the hashtag #BolderThanBold. Social media support also includes YouTube and Facebook.

According to Mandel, “Butterfinger delivers a truly bold trifecta — a bold yellow wrapper, a bold brand personality and a bold, gets-stuck-in-your-teeth eating experience. Butterfinger has always strived to live life to the fullest — full of laughs and not taking itself too seriously . . . (This) is just the first step in Butterfinger’s quest to take bold and make it even bolder in a way that is guaranteed to make you laugh."

The spot will be created by Santo and directed by Armando Bo, co-writer of the Academy Award-winning film Birdman.

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