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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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First Post-Super Bowl Endorsement Deal Goes To Disney, MVP Malcolm Smith

By Barry Janoff

February 3, 2014: Malcolm Smith. linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks, signed the first post-Super Bowl XLVIII endorsement deal, when he declared moments after the Seahawks dismantled the Denver Broncos, 43-8, "I'm going to Disney World."

Smith, who was named MVP of the game, appears in the 47th in a series of "What's Next" ads that date back to Super Bowl XXI in 1987.

Smith made his proclamation even as Seahawks' colored blue-and-green confetti reined down on the field at MetLife Stadium.

As action from the Super Bowl is played out, including Smith's interception of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and the subsequent 69-yard return for a touchdown and a shot of Smith holding the MVP trophy, we hear the song "When You WIsh Upon a Star" as a voiceover says, "Malcolm Smith: You and the Seattle Seahawks just won the Super Bowl. What are you going to do next?"

"I'm going to Disney World!!!" exclaims Smith.

He followed up the commercial with this shout-out today on his Twitter account: "I'm going to Disney World!! No, literally, I am. #StillinShock."

Smith got to make his statement a reality as the focus of a parade down Main Street in Disney World on Monday, the day after the game. (See the parade here.)

Smith also recovered a fumble and had nine tackles.

Smith joins an all-star lineup of NFL players and coaches who have celebrated Super Bowl wins in "What's Next" commercials. Disney said he is the first NFL defensive player to appear in the campaign.

The first "What's Next" spot featured New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms. Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams said it the next year after being named MVP of Super Bowl XXII. Others include Joe Montana, John Elway and Tom Brady. Prior to Smith, the past four have been Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning and Joe Flacco, all quarterbacks.

Separately, Coca-Cola, the official soft drink of the Seahawks, said it would release a limited-edition Coke Zero cans at retail in the Seattle area to honor the team's Super Bowl win.

PHOTO: Disney

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