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• Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Miami Open (March 23) due to knee issues.

• Picking up the mantle of National Women’s Month, and anticipating what next year will be its 70th anniversary, the LPGA has unveiled “Drive On,” a multi-platform refined brand position. According to the LPGA, “Drive On is clearly rooted in golf, but it's a bigger idea. It captures the power and potential in each of us and celebrates the hard work, focus and tenacity that it takes to achieve our goals.” Full story here.

• The NBA said that the Chinese and Croatian National Teams would join all 30 NBA teams to compete at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 in Las Vegas, marking the first time that the league will feature two international teams, with 83 games over 11 days (July 5-15).

• The 2019 Alliance of American Football Championship, originalluy scheduled for April 27 in Las Vegas, will be played in Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas., which is owned and operated by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

POLL POSITION

Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

KEEPING SCORE

The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office March 15-17
1. Captain Marvel $69.3M
2. Wonder Park $16M
3. Five Feet Apart $13.2M
4. How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World $9.4M
5. Madea Family Funeral $8M
6. No Manches Frida 2 $3.9M
7. Captive State $3.2M
8. Lego Movie 2 $2.1M
9. Alita: Battle Angel $1.9M
10. Green Book $1.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Aug062015

Old Spice 'Smellmitiment' Pits Crews Vs. Mustafa To Play Out Over NFL Season

By Barry Janoff

August 6, 2015: Procter & Gamble, an official partner with the NFL, will hit the new season with a campaign for Old Spice, “Smellmitment," that brings together for the first time two of the brand's iconic spokesmen: Terry Crews and Isaiah Mustafa.

The effort adds even more eccentric and absurd elements to the marketing landscape that Old Spice has created over the past few years.

The plan is to have men and the women who purchase these products for men make a commitment — aka “Smellmitment" — to either Crews, who plays the role of Bearglove Man; or Mustafa, who takes the roles of Swagger Man and Timber Man.

Old Spice said that Timber, Swagger and Bearglove are among their most popular scents.

According to Old Spice, "Mustafa and Crews join in a friendly competition to plead the case for their favored scent and illustrate Old Spice’s tradition of offering different scents for different kinds of gents."

The TV campaign includes seven spots that will appear during the NFL season. The first spot, "And So It Begins," breaks during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on NBC's Sunday Night Football on Aug. 9.

The effort also includes print, Internet, social media and POP.

Lead agency is Wieden+Kennedy, Portland, Or.

Despite the similarity in their backgrounds — Crews and Mustafa both had some NFL experience and now both make a living as actors — they play enemies in the Old Spice campaign.

In "And So It Begins," Mustafa recreates his Old Spice character, who speaks to female consumers as "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like." While trying to convince people that Timber is the best scent, Crews, in his over-the-top intense character, interrupts to sell Bearglove.

A series of non-seguitur scenes follow that make use of axes, chickens, skeletons, a multi-seat motorcycle and an active volcano. (See the full spot here.)

“The power of scent and smelling fresh and manly helps inspire confidence, and Old Spice's versatile scent lineup — including popular scents Bearglove, Swagger and Timber — provides guys with products they can rely on to fuel this power,” John Sebastian, Old Spice brand director for Procter & Gamble, said in a statement.

“Legions of young guys are still trying to figure what kind of men they want to become and Old Spice is always right there as they navigate the seas of manhood," said Sebastian.

Sales of men's grooming products in the U.S. topped $4 billion in 2014 and is expected to exceed $4.6 billion by 2019, according to marketing and research firm Mintel, New York.

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