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• Through the fist two weekends of the NBA Playoffs, national ad spend has reached $135.1 million across league media partners: TNT, ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC and NBA TV, according to iSpot.TV.  That is down from $145 million at the same point a year ago. Leading brands are Burger King (232 spots), Taco Bell (197), Verizon (158), Gatorade (157) and Corona Extra (147).

• NBC Sports said its coverage of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal is averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 751,000 viewers through Sunday, the best in four years through the first 12 days of the playoffs. Coverage on NBC is the best since 2015, while cable coverage on NBCSN is the best in six years. Live streaming of the first 12 days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has set records in all key metrics.

• Olympic Gold Medalist and 4-time World Championship cross-country skiing medalist Jessie Diggins has signed with Ross-Simons jewelers. According to Diggins, “Fabulous jewelry at great values is what Ross-Simons is all about, and I believe in the sincerity of that message.

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Top Selling NBA Footwear
1. LeBron James Nike
2. Under Armour Footwear
3. Chris Paul Nike Jordan
4. Kevin Durant Nike
5. Converse Shoes
6. Slide Sandals
7. Carmelo Anthony Nike Jordan
8. Stephen Curry Under Armour
9. Jordan Shoes
10. Stance Socks

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1. A Quiet Place $22M
2. Rampage $21M
3. I Feel Pretty $16.2M
4. Super Troopers 2 $14.7M
5. Blumhouse's Truth or Dare $7.9M
6. Ready Player One $7.5M
7. Blockers $6.9M
8. Black Panther $4.6M
9. Traffik $3.9M
10. Isle of Dogs $3.4M
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Feb062010

Update: Danica Patrick's Marketing Roster Heats Up With Hot Wheels Deal

Danica adds Hot Wheels to her list of partners.February 6, 2010: Danica Patrick, who is in the process of adding ARCA and Nascar to her IndyCar resume, has also added a new sponsor - Mattel's Hot Wheels. The popular toy brand has signed a deal with JR Motorsports racing team and will sponsor Patrick’s car during her 12 Nascar Nationwide Series events, including primary sponsor placement in the Aug. 14 race at Michigan International Speedway.

Mattel did not reveal whether Patrick would appear in marketing efforts but say they are working together on other "key promotional initiatives." Financial terms were not disclosed.

The alliance builds on a relationship from 2009 when Hot Wheels created a line of IndyCar products featuring the vehicles of Patrick, Mario Andretti and others.

The partnership was unveiled at the Daytona International Speedway, site of Patrick's first ARCA stock car race on Feb. 6 in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200. Patrick finished sixth in the race, then huddled with team members at JR Motorsports, and a decision was made that she would make her Nationwide Series debut on Feb. 13, again at the Daytona Internationals Speedway. Nascar's Daytona 500 will be held the next day.

“Racing in the Nationwide Series race was my goal during this entire two-month preparation process, but we wanted to make sure it was the right thing to do,” Patrick said in a statement. “The ARCA race was a blast . . . I want more racing.”

Mattel also unveiled graphic renderings of a custom die-cast vehicle Patrick co-designed with the Hot Wheels team at the Mattel Design Center in El Segundo, Calif. Mattel said that Patrick’s “Danicar” is the first celebrity-designed Hot Wheels vehicle and will be made in the traditional 1:64 scale. The item will be available at retail in October.

“My life is all about high velocity cars, and the only car company I could imagine being able to create my vision of the ultimate fantasy car is Hot Wheels,” Patrick said in a statement “On the track, I am looking forward to speeding towards the finish line in true Hot Wheels style.”

Patrick's other marketing partners include Go Daddy and Tissot. Analysts put her annual endorsement earnings at about $8-$10 million, putting her at the higher end among women athletes along with Maria Sharapova and Venus and Serena Williams.

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