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• The NFL's 100th season will begin with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers in Soldier Field on Thursday, Sept. 5 (NBC, 8:20 PM ET). This will be the 199th meeting between the Bears and Packers, including regular- and post-season. Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will begin their season on NBC Sunday Night Football Sept. 8. Their opponent will be named when the full 2019 regular season schedule is released later this spring.

• Kraft Heinz, in partnership with the NHL and NHLPlayers’ Association (NHLPA) has unveiled the top four finalist communities competing for the coveted title of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2019. Voting begins March 30.

• NBA Experience, the new destination coming to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando) will officially open Aug. 12, 2019. In collaboration with the NBA, Disney is developing NBA Experience with 13 interactive elements and hands-on activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors, also including a NBA-themed retail store.

• D.G. Yuengling & Son brewery has signed a deal with Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Aaron Nola, making him one of the first active, MLB players to have a partnership with a beer brand. Yuengling has been a sponsor of the Phillies since 2017,

• Alex Rodriguez' future is so hot he needs to wear shades. Good thing Jennifer Lopez also needs to wear shades. The celebrity couple stars in a new year-long marketing from Quay Australia, which is being called “their first major fashion campaign together,’ by industry analysts. Media includes print, digital and social media.

• The 2019 Alliance of American Football Championship, originally scheduled for April 27 in Las Vegas, will be played in Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas., which is owned and operated by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

POLL POSITION

Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

KEEPING SCORE

The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office March 22-24
1. Us $70.2M
2. Captain Marvel $35M
3. Wonder Park $9M
4. Five Feet Apart $8.8M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 3 $6.5M
6. A Madea Family Funeral $4.5M
7. Gloria Bell $1.8M
8. No Manches Frida 2 $1.8M
9. Lego Movie 2 $1.1M
10. Alita: Battle Angel $1M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Mar072012

Dove Men+Care Gets Fans Into March Madness With Major Social Media Campaign  

By Barry Janoff

March 7, 2012: Tapping into what might be one of the top two online sports viewerships of the year, Unilever brand Dove Men+Care plans one of the biggest social media pushes in NCAA men's basketball tournament history.

Dove Men+Care "Journey to Comfort" will include Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Amazon and Viggle. The campaign also features a series of March Madness TV spots, all anchored by new deals with former NBA star and current TV analyst Shaquille O'Neal, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and Michigan State University head basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Comparing 2011 against 2010, CBS and Turner reported a 63% increase in total digital visits and a 17% increase in total hours of streamed video, according to marketing research firm Kantar Media, New York. In 2011, advertisiers spend $738 million during the NCAA men's hoops tournament, second only to the $900 million spent during Super Bowl XLV in February 2011.

Analysts predict that the 2012 Summer Olympics in London might be the only sports event to surpass 2012 March Madness in online viewership.

Unilever is in the second season of a multi-year deal as an official "corporate champion" of the NCAA.

The Dove Men+Care “Journey to Comfort” campaign during the NCAA men's basketball Division I tournament will see O'Neal, Nash and Izzo share personal experiences that have helped them "become comfortable in their own skin." The campaign is breaking this week at Dove's Web site and dedicated Facebook and YouTube destinations.

It will expand beginning on March 11, aka "Selection Sunday," when the teams and brackets for the 2012 NCAA tournament will be unveiled.

Throughout the tournament, Dove Men+Care will air a series of TV spots with O'Neal, Nash and Izzo on the networks covering March Madness: CBS and Turner Network's TBS, TNT and TruTV, as well as their online properties. The 2012 tournament culminates with the Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on March 31 and April 1.

Among its social and new media activations, Dove Men+Care said it has partnered with Viggle, a loyalty program for television, to offer fans who check into NCAA basketball games within Viggle the "chance to earn extra points" by watching the 'Journey to Comfort' videos."

Visitors will have access to a Viggle Dove Men+Care NCAA tournament page featuring live tournament stats, discussions, “Journey to Comfort” talent videos, and opportunities to purchase Dove Men+Care products through Amazon.com.

The Dove Men+Care Twitter and Facebook pages will enable visitors to connect with O’Neal, Nash and Izzo for game predictions and basketball discussions. Their stories will also be available via downloadable Dove Men+Care apps for IOS or Android devices.

A “Shaq’s Big Excuse” Facebook app will enable users to send one of several customizable phone messages to a boss, co-worker or friend to use as a "hall pass" to get out of obligations and stay home to watch March Madness.

“I wasn’t always ‘the man,’” O’Neal says in one of his vignettes. “I had to work hard for my success in basketball, and had tremendous coaches along the way. Now I’m a coach, both as a father and to my teams at the Boys and Girls Club — growing into that role has been a huge part of my journey.”

Nash, in one of his spots, recalls his senior year at the University of Santa Clara on Selection Sunday "waiting for our name to come up. I had the whole team at my house. When our name came up, I took off out of the house and ran four blocks as fast as I could. It was a huge sense of relief and joy. When I came back my teammates were waiting in front of the house. 'Where'd you go? What were you doing?'"

"[This campaign] will resonate with fans who are also fathers, and not only enhances their NCAA tournament experience, but also their relationship with our brand.”

Via an interactive game of basketball challenges and sports trivia, visitors can be entered into the “Journey to the Final Four” sweepstakes at  for a chance to win basketball prizes, autographed gear and a VIP trip to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Atlanta. (Full details here.)

“This campaign takes even the most successful sports figures and transforms them from herculean to human,” Rob Candelino, vp-brand building for Unilever Skincare, said in a statement. “Most men admire these three legends for leading their teams to victory, but when Shaq, Nash and Izzo talk about the most important ‘team’ to them, it’s their children that take center court."

According to Candelino, this perspective will resonate "with fans who are also fathers, and not only enhances their NCAA tournament experience, but also their relationship with our brand.”

O’Neal, Nash and Izzo join a roster of athletes and coaches who have appeared in past “Journey to Comfort”  activation that includes Drew Brees, Albert Pujols, Joe Girardi, Andy Pettitte, Magic Johnson, John Thompson III, Bobby Hurley, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III and Kirk Herbstreit.

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