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• Nascar has signed a deal to acquire International Speedway Corp. in a transaction valued at $2 billon. ISC owns and operates venues including Talladega Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, Kansas Speedway, ISM Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Darlington Raceway, and Watkins Glen International.

ISC also owns Motor Racing Network, the nation's largest independent sports radio network; and Americrown, a subsidiary that provides catering services, and food and beverage concessions.

• FIFA has postponed plans to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams for the 2022 event in Qatar. The plan is still being considered for the 2026 World Cup, which will be staged in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. According to FIFA, “(There was not enough) time for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact.” The World Cup is scheduled for Nov. 21-Dec. 18, 2022.

• The NFL and NFL Players Association have unveiled two joint agreements that are intended to “support further resources directed to address pain management and behavioral health.” Full story here.

• Stating that “we are continually seeking opportunities to evolve our product offerings,’ Kohl’s has signed an exclusive long-term alliance with Fanatics, a global leader in licensed sports merchandise with the addition of “hundreds of thousands of items.” Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

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U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).

GOALKEEPERS

Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

KEEPING SCORE

Luka Dončić, Trae Young Head NBA All-Rookie Team
Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Luka Dončić and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young have been unanimously selected to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Dončić and Young both received NBA All-Rookie First Team votes on all 100 ballots to finish with 200 points each.  They are joined on the NBA All-Rookie First Team by Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (195 points; 95 First Team votes), Memphis Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. (159 points; 60 First Team votes) and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (156 points; 56 First Team votes).

The 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team includes LA Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (138 points), Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (132), Clippers guard Landry Shamet (85), New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (77) and Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (45).

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Weekend Box Office May 17-19
1. John Wick 3 $57M
2. Avengers: Endgame $29.4M
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu $24.8M
4. A Dog’s Journey $8M
5. The Hustle $6M
6. The Intruder $4M
7. Long Shot $3.4M
8,. The Sun Is Also A Star $2.6M
9. Poms $2M
10. Uglydolls $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Mar312015

PepsiCo's Mountain Dew Gets Fast, Furious In $1B Brand's First Global Campaign

By Barry Janoff

March 30, 2015: The history of Mountain Dew soft drink traces back to the hills of Tennessee in the late 1940s, but is now a popular beverage among urban, suburban and rural consumers — especially among the cherished millennial demographic — to the tune of more than $1 billion in global retail sales.

Parent company PepsiCo is going back to the drink's roots but incorporating a fast and furious theme, using the classic "Do the Dew" tag line as its mantra for what was called the first worldwide marketing campaign in Mountain Dew history.

A major leg of the effort will be fronted by professional skateboarder Sean Malto and Olympic snowboarder Scotty Lago, both of whom represent Mountain Dew's close alliances with action sports and events such as the Dew Tour and video gaming competitions.

To up the energetic ante, the spots were directed by Justin Lin, whose resume includes three films in the Fast & The Furious franchise and the upcoming Star Trek 3.

"Do the Dew is more than just an advertising slogan for Mountain Dew — it represents the attitude of a community that really seeks to live life authentically,"  Simon Lowden, CMO for Pepsi Beverages North America, said in a statement. "True to what Dew Nation has come to expect from Dew we created the content for this global campaign with authenticity as our filter, and we can't wait for our fans to have a damn good time with it."

The multi-layer campaign is anchored by two commercials — long-form for Internet viewing and shorter versions for TV and in-cinema  – "Fireboard"  with Malto and "Directions"  with Lago. Both are described as showing how member of Dew Nation have "an extraordinary, exhilarating, damn good time."

Support includes print, outdoor, Internet and social media, as well as activations as Mountain Dew events such as sponsoring Florida Georgia Line's "Anything Goes Tour" this year.

We Are Blood, a skateboarding lifestyle film from Mountain Dew Green Label Films and Brain Farm, hits theaters in August.

Lead agency is BBDO, New York.

"Mountain Dew started off in the hills of Tennessee in 1948 and is now turning into a global phenomena." said Brad Jakeman, President, PepsiCo Global Beverages Group. "It's a truly authentic brand that has always lived by its own values Do the Dew means do what makes you happy and have a damn good time doing it."

According to PepsiCo, Mountain Dew and Diet Mountain Dew each generate more than a billion dollars in estimated annual retail sales

Sibling upstart Mountain Dew KickStart has marketing that features Russell Westbrook of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder..

Mtn Dew DEWshine, a non-alcoholic craft, clear citrus Dew made with real sugar, launched earlier this month with images tied to Mountain Dew's Tennessee roots and described as being "inspired by one of the backwoods' most honored legends (now) available legally for the first time."

According to Jakeman, "Mountain Dew is one of our billion dollar brands and one of our fastest growing global brands. It enjoys unparalleled leadership positions in countries like Pakistan and India, as well as the United States, and is one of the few brands — in beverages and throughout the consumer goods space — that has no real competition. It is truly a category of one."

Jakeman said that launching the first Mountain Dew global integrated marketing campaign "is part of our commitment to reinvest in our top brands, and leveraging its scale and muscle will allow us to continue to build this powerhouse brand with the same passion and authenticity that the Dew Nation has come to expect of Mountain Dew."

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