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• “While these Olympic Games will once again be profitable for NBC Sports Group, they also created major benefits for the rest of our portfolio, including NBC News, NBC Entertainment, Universal theme parks, our many cable networks, and our owned television stations and affiliate partners." — Mark Lazarus, chairman-NBC Broadcasting and Sports

• Winter Games Brand Awareness
Which of the following brands have you seen an ad for in the past two weeks during Winter Olympics?
1. Coca-Cola 45.4
2. Liberty Mutual 25.3
3. Samsung 24.5
4. NBC 23.7
5. Chobani 16.3
6. United 14.4
7. NBCSN 10.9
8. Intel 9.1
9. Dow 3.2
10. Panasonic 2.9
SOURCE YouGov

• This wknd all 30 MLB teams (including players, coaches, managers and umpires) will wear caps to honor before games, with option to wear the caps  in-game. Players will sign caps and auction them to raise money for Broward Education Foundation to benefit the official Victims' Fund.

KEEPING SCORE

Most Exciting Sports Worldwide
1. Athletics (i.e. Olympics) 47% Very/Quite Exciting
2. Tennis 43%
3. Football (soccer) 43%
4. Rugby 41%
5. Gymnastics 36%
6. Boxing 32%
7. Formula 1 32%
8. Swimming 26%
9. Horse Racing 25%
10. Cycling 25%

Most Boring Sports Worldwide
1. Golf 70% Very/Quite Boring
2. U.S. Football 59%
3. Cricket 58%
4. Darts 58%
5. Snooker 57%
6. Basketball 52%
7. Horse Racing 52%
8. Cycling 50%
9. Formula 1 49%
10. Boxing 46%

Poll from YouGov.com

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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
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Wednesday
May252016

'Fast And The Furious' Roars Back To First Gear For 15th Anniversary Re-Release

By Barry Janoff

May 25, 2016: Anticipating the scheduled release next year of the eighth movie in The Fast and the Furious franchise, Universal Pictures is going back to where it all started.

Universal Pictures plans to re-release The Fast and the Furious in a "limited nadtionwide theatrical run" on Wednesday, June 22, to commemorate the film's 15th anniversary.

Universal said that The Fast and the Furious was released on the same day in June 2001.

Universal is supporting with a multi-media campaign, including a dedicated trailer, Internet and social media.

All told, the franchise has released seven films.

The seven Furious films have taken in almost $1.3 billion in the U.S. and close to another $3.4 billion worldwide, per BoxOfficeMojo.com.

The Fast and the Furious original brought together the now famous cast of Vin Diesel (Dom Toretto), Paul Walker (Brian O'Conner), Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto) and Michelle Rodriguez (Letty). The film was directed by Rob Cohen.

Walker died at the age of 40 in a car crash on Nov. 13, 2013.

When it was released, The New York Times wrote in a review, "Neither fast nor furious, this film belongs in the section of the supermarket where blah-white labels and big block lettering denote brandless cigarettes, vodka, crushed pineapple and, in this case, action picture . . .  The only relief from the mundane story points is the wheel-man choreography." (See the full review here.)

The first Fast and the Furious, which had a budget of about $38 million, earned more than $40 million during its opening weekend and has taken in more than $206 million worldwide to date, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

Of the seven films, 2015's Furious 7 heads the box office chart, which garnered more than $147 million its opening weekend and has taken in more than $1.5 billion worldwide to date, per Universal.

"All of us who make the Fast and Furious movies know we are part of a family that spreads all around the world," series producer Neal H. Moritz said in a statement. "And we are happy to invite our fans to revisit where it all began back on the big screen.

"While we are hard at work making Number Eight, we are thankful to take this moment and celebrate the original that started us off," said Moritz.

The next film, currently under the working titles Fast 8 and Furious 8, stars Diesel, Rodriquez, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson and Kurt Russell. It is scheduled for release in April 2017.

As Diesel said in the first movie, "Let's go for a little ride."

Advance tickets for The Fast and the Furious re-release are available at Fandango.com.

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