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• The NFL's 100th season will begin with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers in Soldier Field on Thursday, Sept. 5 (NBC, 8:20 PM ET). This will be the 199th meeting between the Bears and Packers, including regular- and post-season. Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will begin their season on NBC Sunday Night Football Sept. 8. Their opponent will be named when the full 2019 regular season schedule is released later this spring.

• Kraft Heinz, in partnership with the NHL and NHLPlayers’ Association (NHLPA) has unveiled the top four finalist communities competing for the coveted title of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2019. Voting begins March 30.

• NBA Experience, the new destination coming to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando) will officially open Aug. 12, 2019. In collaboration with the NBA, Disney is developing NBA Experience with 13 interactive elements and hands-on activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors, also including a NBA-themed retail store.

• D.G. Yuengling & Son brewery has signed a deal with Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Aaron Nola, making him one of the first active, MLB players to have a partnership with a beer brand. Yuengling has been a sponsor of the Phillies since 2017,

• Alex Rodriguez' future is so hot he needs to wear shades. Good thing Jennifer Lopez also needs to wear shades. The celebrity couple stars in a new year-long marketing from Quay Australia, which is being called “their first major fashion campaign together,’ by industry analysts. Media includes print, digital and social media.

• The 2019 Alliance of American Football Championship, originally 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 22-24
1. Us $70.2M
2. Captain Marvel $35M
3. Wonder Park $9M
4. Five Feet Apart $8.8M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 3 $6.5M
6. A Madea Family Funeral $4.5M
7. Gloria Bell $1.8M
8. No Manches Frida 2 $1.8M
9. Lego Movie 2 $1.1M
10. Alita: Battle Angel $1M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Jan132018

New Job For Busy Shaq: CFO (Chief Fun Officer) For Carnival Cruise Line

By Barry Janoff

January 12, 2018: Shaquille O’Neal is so busy you’d think he wouldn’t have time to take a cruise, let alone get a job as a CFO for a cruise line.

Among his on-going pursuits: Hoops analyst for TNT; promoting such brands as The General car insurance, Ring home security, selling Icy Hot and Gold Bond, promoting a men’s jewelry line at Zales, a reserve police officer for Doral and Miami Beach, being Shaq-A-Claus  attending CES in Las Vegas and launching his own YouTube Channel (Shaq Uncut),

Now, in a tongue-in-cheek multi-media campaign, “Choose Fun,” Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy personally hires Shaq as the company’s CFO — which in this case stands for “Chief Fun Officer” — a position that basketball Hall of Famer O’Neal takes seriously, with a 7’1”, shoe size 22 sense of humor.

His mission: “To inspire America to 'Choose Fun' with Carnival when planning their next vacation, and in their everyday lives.”

“We at Carnival take our mission to be America’s most fun vacation very seriously,” Duffy, sitting in her office, says in the intro spot, “Meet Carnival’s New CFO.” “So we are making changes at the top — effective immediately.”

Shaq walks into company headquarters and belly-slides onto the security desk. He then bear-hugs employees, plays "Duck. Duck. Goose” with executives in a conference room and plays tag throughout the office hallways.

“Mr. O’Neal is perfect for the job,” Duffy says with a straight face. ”I’m excited for the immediate impact Shaq will make.”

O’Neal then walks into her office. “President Duffy. I turned the conference room into a ball pit. Marco Polo in 15.”

In a follow-up spot, “Tour Carnival Vista,” he brings his CFO mantra to the ship’s attractions and experiences, including SkyRide, Havana pool, Cloud 9 Spa, Guy Fieri's Burger Joint and a basketball court. At one point, as faux ship captain, he marries a couple (probably not legal).

Media buy will include high-profile events such as NFL Playoffs (Super Bowl was not mentioned), Winter Olympics and the Grammy Awards.

Carnival said the campaign would also include Internet, social media (hash tag ChooseFun) and experiential activations and promotions. The cruise line indicated that Shaq would be on at least a couple of upcoming cruises but did not specify which they might be.

You can send CFO Shaq an e-mail at an address he mentions (Shaq@Carnival.com) and get this reply:

"Thank you for your e-mail, kind sir, madam, or cat walking across the keyboard. I'm currently out of the office quality testing waterslides. For anything urgent, you can reach my by sky-writer (if I'm in your general area), and I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible."

Lead agency is Anomaly.

Carnival has also created a series of six-second spots as part of is “Choose Fun” effort that don’t include Shaq, with each focusing on a different aspect of the ship’s activities such as food, movies and shore excursions.

"We are very excited to have Shaq as part of the Carnival team! He will serve as a great partner ensuring everyone knows all about our one-of-a-kind brand of fun," Duffy said in a statement.

"We are very excited to have Shaq as part of the Carnival team! He will serve as a great partner ensuring everyone knows all about our one-of-a-kind brand of fun."

"We're confident that his embodiment of our brand values will inspire America to Choose Fun and discover the authentic, participatory and social atmosphere that Carnival offers."

"In today's world, it's more important than ever to choose fun, especially when everyone is busy with work, family, and life in general," O'Neal said in a statement. "So, I'm honored to be appointed the Chief Fun Officer at Carnival — a company that lives and breathes fun."

Shaq was draft as the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA by the Orlando Magic in 1992. Earlier this month, the man who was drafted No. 3 that year, Christian Laettner, was hired for the faux position of CMO — chief motivational officer — for a humorous campaign from FanDuel. (Alonzo Mourning, drafted No. 2 that year, may be awaiting a marketing call.)

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