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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Feb072011

What's Next: Aaron Rodgers Kicks Off Endorsement Deals With Disney Commercial

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

Aaron Rodgers (right) and Hines Ward in a 'Got Milk?" print ad for Super Bowl XLV.February 7, 2011: The Walt Disney Co. avoided a potentially embarrassing situation following Super Bowl XLV when Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, was named MVP of the game.

In what has become a post-game marketing tradition, Rodgers, who guided the Packers to a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, was asked by an off-camera voice, "Now that you've lead the Green Bay Packers to victory in the Super Bowl what are you going to do next?" As confetti rained down, Rodgers shouted, “I’m going to Disney World!”

The spot will air several times this week. It also is likely to be the first of many new endorsement deals for Rodgers, according to industry analysts. As with previous ads, the spot will feature clips from the game played out to the song, "When You Wish Upon a Star."

Rodgers already snagged what is believed to be his first national marketing deal, a Got Milk? print ad (alongside Hines Ward of the Steelers) that appeared in USA Today on Feb. 4., then scored a solo Got Milk? print ad in USA Today the day after being named  MVP.  Rodgers, who currently earns a few million dollars in annual endorsements, mostly from Nike, could follow quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints (Super Bowl XLIV), whose MVP award enabled him to boost his endorsement income from about $4-$5 million to its current $10-$11 million level.

The Green Bay quarterback will be part of another tradition for Super Bowl MVPs when he is the guest of honor on Feb. 7 at a parade down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disney World in Orlando. Among others, he will be joined by NFL Youth Football players, according to Disney.

Had Rodgers' counterpart, Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethliesberger, been named MVP, Disney likely would not have used him in the "What's Next?" campaign. Roethlisberger served a four-game suspension this past season as the result of a sexual assault accusation (plus a prior similar situation), events not in keeping with family friendly Disney's image.

Since Super Bowl XXI in 1987, when Phil Simms was the first MVP to be asked "What are you going to do next?", only two Super Bowl MVPs have been prevented from participating. The first was Ray Lewis (Super Bowl XXXV), who was bypassed by Disney because of his ties to a double-murder investigation the previous year. Disney instead opted to feature his teammate, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer.

The second was Deion Branch (Super Bowl XXXIX) of the New England Patriots. Blame that one on Janet Jackson, whose "wardrobe malfunction" at the previous Super Bowl half time show led Disney to opt out of advertising during the next Big Game.

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