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• 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.

• Amazon has launched MLB.TV on Prime Video Channels, allowing Prime members to subscribe to MLB.TV and stream regular season out-of-market baseball games live and on-demand, all from the Prime Video service.

• 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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Tuesday
Oct202015

Aaron Rodgers Got Game (Nintendo 16 Bit) In New Pixilated State Farm Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 20, 2015: This season, as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers will face Bears, Rams, Lions, Seahawks and Vikings.

But as spokesman for State Farm, he now faces a new challenge: Can a pixilated Aaron Rodgers in a Nintendo 16 Bit-like world — complete with the distinct look, sounds and graphics of iconic video games — save the Packers from disaster?

Rodgers, who has been empowering State Farm's "Discount Double Check" theme since late 2012, finds himself in a new environment for the latest iteration of the campaign, re-envisioned as a video game character and having to manage the team's schedule, dealing with laundry and even having to fill in when the placekicker goes missing.

The video game spots come as State Farm has released another new spot with the real-life Rodgers in which he must work with an equipment manager who has confused "Throwback" uniforms from the 1880s with those from the 1980s, much to the chagrin of the Packers players.

"I can't say enough great things about him," Patty Morris, marketing director, brand content for State Farm, said about Rodgers in a NYSportsJournalism interview earlier this year. "He's always a professional, but always very much a good sport. He's up for almost anything we throw at him."

Rodgers gets to use his Discount Double Check move — based on his on-field tradition of mimicking putting on a championship belt after throwing a touchdown pass — as a character who must face real-life situations in a pixilated world.

In "Double Check the Schedule," the video version of Rodgers gets ready for a game, only to find that the team is scheduled for Monday night rather than Sunday afternoon.

In "Double Check the Uniforms," the Packers traditional color uniforms of green and yellow get messed up after Jake from State Farm throws his khakis into the wash.

"Double Check the Kicker" finds the video game version of Rodgers gaining powers when he dons his "DDC" belt and is able to kick a game-winning extra point.

State Farm gets plenty of video game air time thanks to sideline signage throughout the spots, which also come with such traditional video commands as "Press Start" and "Continue Game."

"Aaron is a great example about how important it is to align your company with the right celebrity or athlete," said Morris. "In the beginning, his attributes as an athlete and a person really aligned with our brand values and how we see ourselves."

According to Morris, "Once we laid that groundwork, and you have someone like Aaron who actually has a great comedic sense about himself, is willing to take chances and is willing to poke fun at himself, it has turned into a great relationship."

Adidas had similar feelings in signing Rodgers to a deal in September.

“Football is the pinnacle of sports culture in U.S. and the league MVP joining adidas is monumental for our brand,” Mark King, adidas Group President, said in a statement.

“It’s a bold statement when the best player in the biggest sport leaves our competitor (Nike) to join our team. This is just the start, as we continue to reignite our brand in America," said King.

Rodgers makes about $7.5 million in endorsements, which also includes Prevea Health in Green Bay, according to industry analysts.

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