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• Serena Williams, who said her first auto purchase was a while Lincoln Navigator SUV she named “Ginger,” has signed to become an official spokesperson for the brand. A social media-based marketing campaign includes videos of Williams talking about and driving the 2018 Navigator, with ongoing videos to follow. “Partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place,” she said in the first video. “Let’s just be honest: Serena Williams needs to be in the new Navigator.”

• The Smashing Pumpkins unveil 'Shiny And Oh So Bright' 36-city tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years, with founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha. Produced by Live Nation.

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IMDbPro’s ALL-TIME TOP-GROSSING, LIVE-ACTION SPORTS-THEMED MOVIES*
1. The Blind Side (2009) $255.9M
2. The Karate Kid (2010) $176.6M
3. The Waterboy (1998) $161.5M
4. The Longest Yard (2005) $158.1M
5. Jerry Maguire (1996) $153.9M
6. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) $148.2M
7. Rocky IV (1985) $127.8M
8. Rocky III (1982) $125.1M
9. Seabiscuit (2003) $120.2M
10. Blades of Glory (2007) $118.6M
*These are the Top 10 domestic-grossing, live-action movies with sports as a central theme. These numbers have not been adjusted for inflation.

Data provided by Box Office Mojo

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Most-Watched Winter Olympics in U.S. TV History
1. Lillehammer, 1994* 204 million
2. Vancouver, 2010 190 million
3. Salt Lake City, 2002 187 million
T4. Torino, 2006 184 million
T4. Albertville, 1992 184 million
T4. Nagano, 1998 184 million
* Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding incident

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Thursday
Dec082016

NBC Sports 'Premier League Sunday' Celebrates ‘Great Houses’ Of Soccer

By Barry Janoff

Originally Published In MediaPost

December 7, 2016: NBC Sports, which has a burgeoning broadcast property in the English Premier League, is incorporating elements of a popular property from another network for a campaign to rebrand and relaunch Premier League Sunday.

The multi-media effort, handled in-house by NBC Sports, is anchored by a 30-second spot that is saturated with sights, sounds and emotions reminiscent of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

The opening shot of the spot essentially recreates a map of the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the continent of Essos, but re-envisioned as the clubs of the EPL.

Scenes of a dark, forbidden landscape morph into castles representing the EPL’s clubs, complete with flags flying, people cheering and warriors competing on the soccer battlefield for the ultimate crown.

"This is not just sport," a voiceover says. "These are not just teams. And these are not merely the best clubs in England. They are the great Houses of Football. Welcome to Premier League Sunday. Where city battles city as they march toward laying claim to the crown.”

The campaign also includes Internet, social media integration and a new show opener and new graphics for Premier League Sunday beginning Dec. 11.

NBC Sports will air a triple-header of matches on Sunday (beginning at 7 AM ET) on NBCSN featuring Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, three of the most popular soccer clubs in the world.

According to NBC Sports, the campaign is intended to reinforce the idea that its EPL coverage is "appointment TV" in the same context as Game of Thrones as well as its own NFL Sunday Night Football broadcasts.

"The Premier League is one of the great properties for NBC Sports, and there are great people working on the creative side,” said Jennifer Storms, CMO for the NBC Sports  Group. "If you follow the numbers you see that we are building viewership each season, and with NBC Sports as the exclusive broadcast partner in the U.S. you will see those numbers continue to rise."

NBC Sports Group first signed on to cover the EPL for the 2013-14 season via a three-year pact valued at about $250 million, according to industry analysts. The alliance was extended in 2015 to run through 2021-22, a deal valued between $800 million - $1 billion. Fox and ESPN were also in the bidding.

NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2015-16 season set a record for the third consecutive season by reaching more than 36 million viewers, an increase of 26% over the prior year’s 28.7 million. The average number of viewers topped 514,000 per match, also a record, according to NBC Sports.

The EPL’s popularity is not limited to broadcast. The 2015-16 season saw 613 million minutes streamed and 2.6 million unique users online via NBC Sports Live Extra, up 118% and 26%, respectively, from the previous season, according to NBC Sports.

This season, similar to NFL telecasts, EPL viewership has been down to date, but also like NFL telecasts, NBC Sports anticipates a rise in numbers as the playoffs approach.

On Nov. 27, as part of its coverage of the current EPL season, NBC Sports borrowed another HBO platform when it aired the first of a four-part Hard Knocks-type series, Behind The Badge, which takes a mostly unfiltered look behind the scenes at EPL club Watford FC. (Episode 3 is scheduled for Dec. 11 and Episode 4 for Dec. 18.)

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