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• Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Class of 2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Hugh Evans, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chris Webber, Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Wayland Baptist University. Class of 2018 will be named during the NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in San Antonio March 31-April 2.

• 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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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%

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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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Jan302018

Ticketmaster, Bud, Gatorade Push NFL Sponsorship Spend To Record $1.3B

By Barry Janoff

January 30,, 2018: During a financial call in November, Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter said that NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem before games led to lower NFL TV ratings, which in turn contributed to Papa John’s suffering lower sales and having to predict a lower profit forecast. Its stock dropped 11% in Q3.

“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter said during the conference call. “The NFL has hurt Papa John’s shareholders . . . This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.”

The actual correlation between players kneeling and Papa John’s finances was never shown.

In December, the company promoted Steve Ritchie from president and COO to CEO, effective Jan. 1, replacing Schnatter, who become chairman.

Louisville, KY-based Papa John’s signed with the NFL in 2009, is an official partner for the Super Bowl and has deals with several NFL teams, most notably the Dallas Cowboys.

This past season, Papa John’s was also among the NFL’s most active partners during a season when sponsorship spend in the NFL hit a record $1.32 billion, according to research and sponsorship consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

Sponsorship spending on the NFL and its 32 teams was up 5.9% versus the $1.25 billion spend  in 2016, which in turn was up 4.3% from the previous season.

The increase also exceeds the year-over-year increase in 2017 sports spending and overall North American sponsorship spending, both of which grew 3.5%, according to ESP.

Sponsor spend in the NFL was $1.07 billion in 2013, $1.15 billion in 2014, $1.2 billion in 2015 and  $1.25 billion in 2016.

The most active brands sponsoring the NFL this past season were led by Ticketmaster, which sponsors 100% of NFL properties.

The Top Ten most active NFL sponsors also includes Bud/Bud Light (88%), Gatorade (85%), EA Sports (79%), Bose (76%), Microsoft (67%), Papa John’s (64%), Primesport (64%), Pepsi (52%) and Ford (48%).

The increase exceeds the year-over-year increase in 2017 sports spending and overall North American sponsorship spending, both of which grew 3.5%.

“In addition to adding an eight-figure naming rights deal for Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, revenue growth can be attributed to two primary factors: A growing focus on digital media (and new sponsorship inventory) at the team level and interest from the tech sector in national deals,” according to the ESP 2017 NFL Sponsorship Report.

The NFL secured two new league sponsors in the 2017-2018 season: Intel and Amazon Web Services.

Intel is leveraging the NFL via its FreeD replay technology, while Amazon Web Services powers the league’s “Next Gen Stats,” a platform that uses player and ball tracking to create statistics on distance covered, speed and acceleration and other performance metrics.

McDonald’s, SAP and TD Ameritrade ended their NFL league partnerships following the 2016-2017 season, per ESP.

Quick-service restaurants overtook insurance as the most-active category sponsoring the NFL in the 2017-2018 season, according to ESP research.

QSRs were 2.8 times more likely to sponsor the NFL than the average of all sponsors.

Autos and Medical tied as the second most-active category (2.5 times more likely to sponsor the NFL than the average of all sponsors), Insurance (2.3), Retail (2.1), Food (2), Tech (1.9), Beer (1.9) Banks (1.6), Ticketing (1.5), Building and Home (1.5), Telecom (1.5) and Lottery and Gaming (1.4).

Beer and Autos retained their lead positions as the biggest spending categories in the NFL.

Beer companies spent 4.9 times more on the NFL than the average category, while Autos spent 4.8 times more than average.

The Top Ten also included Telecom (3.6), Soft Drinks (3.2), Tech (2.9), Banks (2.7), Sports Apparel (2.1), Insurance (2), Medical (1.9) and Consumer Electronics (1.6), according to the ESP 2017 NFL Sponsorship Report.

The average value of  NFL franchises is $2.5 billion, up 8% versus last year, with 27 of the league’s 32 franchises valued at least $2 billion.

The league leader, for the 11th straight year and the world's most valuable sports franchise, is the Cowboys, valued at $4.8 billion, up 14%, with profits of $350 million, according to Forbes.

The New England Patriots are second in value at $3.7 billion, followed by the New York Giants ($3.3 billion), Washington Redskins ($3.1 billion) and the San Francisco 49ers ($3.05 billion).

In addition to the naming rights deal with Mercedes-Benz — $324 million, or $12 million a year, for the 27 years — the Atlanta Falcons signed new sponsors  (including Delta Air Lines and Harrah’s).

That lifted the Falcons’ overall sponsorship revenue from below average to above average when compared to other NFL teams, according to ESP research.

By team, those franchises with “above the NFL average” in sponsorship deals include the Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins.

Teams whose sponsorship is at the average include the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks.

Also, per ESP, teams whose sponsorship is below the NFL average include the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raider, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans.

NFL Team Value Averages $2.5B, With Cowboys ($4.8B) At The Top

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