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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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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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6. Ready Player One $7.5M
7. Blockers $6.9M
8. Black Panther $4.6M
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Nov082012

Lionel Messi Puts His Head (& Shoulders) Into U.S. Hispanic Marketing Campaign

By Barry Janoff

November 8, 2012: Lionel Messi is regarded as the best international soccer player in the world. Now, thanks to Head & Shoulders, he has an opportunity to display his heading skills for domestic consumers and fans.

The hair-care division of Procter & Gamble said that Messi would appear in a marketing campaign to promote its Refresh for Men line targeting Hispanic men in the U.S. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Messi, who has been appearing in Head & Shoulder ads in Latin America since July, joins a U.S. roster of spokesmen that includes Troy Polamalu (Pittsburgh Steelers), Joe Mauer (Minnesota Twins) and Olympic medal record holder Michael Phelps.

According to Head & Shoulders, the 25-year-old Messi has been a consumer of the brand for years, adding that his "charisma, talent and confidence on the field were a natural fit . . . as the brand continues to connect with fans via their passion for sports and seeks to speak to the ever-growing Hispanic market."

Head & Shoulders said that the three-time FIFA world player of the year, who plays for La Liga FC Barcelona and is captain of the Argentina national team, would star in ads on TV, Internet and social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Lead agency is Dieste, Dallas.

Messi earns almost $20 million annually from endorsements, according to industry analysts, including deals with adidas, PepsiCo, EA Sports and Herbalife.

In an initial spot, Messi is seen in action on the pitch, ultimately scoring a game-winning goal. (Ironically, there are no shots of him using his head.)

A voiceover offers in Spanish, "Messi believes that to play good football, it is important to keep a cool head and have clean hair in order to have better confidence. Lionel Messi keeps his head cool and his hair free from dandruff with Refresh for Men."

He then heads to the locker room, where he gives a young fan an autograph. In what appears to be a nod to the classic Coca-Cola commercial where "Mean" Joe Green gives a boy his jersey (later re-created in a humorous spot starring  Polamalu), Messi hands the kid his scarf. (See the full spot here.)

"The fact that Leo is a fan of Head & Shoulders, and now our ambassador, gives us a tremendous opportunity to be able to create a personal connection with our Hispanic male consumers,” Michael Saabia, Head & Shoulders brand manager, said a statement.

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