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• Tennis Channel will provide exclusive, live coverage of the 2018 Davis Cup championship between France and Croatia in Lille, France, beginning Friday, Nov. 23, (8 AM ET). This will be the final entry for a Davis Cup format that has seen the tournament played during multiple weekends throughout the year. Starting in 2019, the Davis Cup will be contested in a season-ending, 18-nation event from Nov. 18-24.
 

• Calgary has decided not to pursue a strategy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a vote on Tuesday, in which citizens were asked in a non-binding plebiscite if they wanted to host the Winter Games, with 56% voting No. Sweden capital Stockholm and a joint bid between Italy’s Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo remain as IOC candidates.

• Tony Hawk, best known as a pro skateboarder but also a multi-platform businessman and entrepreneur, is among a group launching hybrid brand consultancy and creative agency D/CAL, with offices in San Diego and Detroit. “D/CAL offers a full suite of brand consultancy and agency services, but branches outside of industry norms by involving strategic and creative minds from outside the agency world.”

• Major League Lacrosse has named Troika as the agency of record for its rebranding initiative. The process will include a revamping of the MLL logo, website, branding on all marketing and communications materials, as well as all league-branded apparel and merchandise. The project will be finished before the 2019 MLL season begins

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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MLB FINALISTS MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox
• Jose Ramirez, 3B Cleveland Indians
• Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Nolan Arenado, 3B Colorado Rockies
• Javier Baez, 2B/SS Chicago Cubs
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

KEEPING SCORE

NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Houston Rockets (Rokit)
• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)
• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)
• Washington Wizards (Geico)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Nov. 2-4
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - 20th Century Fox - $50M
2. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms - Disney - $20M
3. Nobody's Fool - Paramount - $14M
4. A Star Is Born, - Warner Bros. - $11.1M
5. Halloween - Universal - $11M
6. Venom - Sony - $7.8M
7. Smallfoot - Warner Bros. - $3.8M
8. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - Sony - $3.7M
9. Hunter Killer - Lionsgate - $3.5M
10. The Hate U Give - 20th Century Fox - $3.4M
11. First Man - Universal - $2.3M
12. Night School - Universal - $2M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Jan252018

Big Game, Big Numbers: Consumers Will Spend $15B+ Around Super Bowl LII

By Barry Janoff

January 25, 2018: Even before the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles take the field for Super Bowl LII in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, there are a plethora of stats and figures that are defining the Big Game.

Broadcast network NBC said it anticipates more than $500 million in ad revenue, with 30-second spots going for more than $5 million.

More than 111 million people will tune in, based on audience numbers since 2010.

And Justin Timberlake will be on stage for most of the 30 minutes-plus Pepsi Half Time Show.

Now comes what might be the number with arguably the most impact of all.

People are expected to spend $15.3 billion related to the Super Bowl — up from $14.1 billion for Super Bowl LI — for parties, at restaurants, merchandise and other hoopla, according to the National Retail Federation, Washington DC, via a survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

“Consumers are carrying strong spending momentum from the holiday season into their Super Bowl festivities,” Phil Rist, Prosper Executive vp-strategy, said in a statement.

“This is evident through increased plans for purchasing while the number of viewers remains steady with last year. Fans aren’t afraid to spend a few extra dollars to make this year’s game the best one yet,” said Rist.

People will spend an average of $81.17, up from $74.83, according to the NRF. The highest average spend will come from those aged 25-34, an average of $118.43.

By comparison, in 2017, people spent an average of $967.13 on holiday gifts, $186.39 on Mother’s Day, $136.57 on Valentine’s Day and $86.13 on Halloween, according to the NRF.

Of the 76% of those surveyed who plan to watch the game, 82% said they would purchase food and beverages, which is not only up from 80% last year but also the highest in the survey’s history.

Another 11% said they would buy team apparel or accessories, the same as in  2017 when the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

According to the survey, 45 million people (18% of those surveyed) will host a Super Bowl party, and 69 million (28%) plan to attend one.

Bars and restaurants will see 11 million customers (5% of those survey) attending destinations because of the Big Game.

For people staying at home or hosting a party, new TVs 98%) and decorations (8%) are part of their purchases.

When it comes to Super Bowl commercials, “Super Bowl LI was the second most-cluttered broadcast in the 51-year history of the event,” according to Kantar Media, NY.

The 51 minutes and 30 seconds of ad messages and 102 commercials between the opening kickoff and the final whistle on Fox, including a two-minute ad break in the first overtime period in Super Bowl history, trailed only behind 104 spots (47:50 commercial time) during Super Bowl XLIV (Feb. 2010, CBS).

“Consumers are carrying strong spending momentum from the holiday season into their Super Bowl festivities."

According to NRF, of those people surveyed who will be watching Super Bowl LII, 41% said the most important part is the game itself, with 24% citing the commercials and 14% there for the halftime show.

The ad roster for Super Bowl LII, still to be finalized, currently includes Anheuser-Busch, Avocados From Mexico, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo (Doritos, Mountain Dew, Pepsi), Groupon, Hyundai, Intuit, Kia, Kraft, Toyota’s Lexus (pictured), Mars’ brand M&Ms, Monster Products, Kelloggs’ brand Pringles, Squarespace, Toyota, Intunit’s Turbotax, Verizon and WeatherTech.

The survey, which asked 7,277 consumers about their Super Bowl plans, was conducted Jan. 3-10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.1 percentage points, per the NRF.

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