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• Kraft Heinz division Devour Food has joined with the American Cornhole League to uncover from among its ranks the "Devour Man of the Year," with the winner earning $10,000 and free Devour Pizza for a year. Details here.

• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird will be the co-recipients of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award, to be honored during the NBA Awards on June 24 (TNT).

• The American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering. The code, developed in coordination with its members, “extends commitments made by individual companies through their own responsible marketing activities and those adhered to by all association members through the Responsible Gaming Code of Conduct. “The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.” Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 

POLL POSITION

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).

GOALKEEPERS

Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

KEEPING SCORE

Results from NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm — aka the Zion Williamson Lottery:
1. New Orleans  
2. Memphis        
3. New York        
4.Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix          
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
 9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte        
13.  Miami
14.  Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office May 3-5
1. Avengers: Endgame $145.8M
2. The Intruder $11M
3. Long Shot $10M
4. Uglydolls $8.5M
5. Captain Marvel $4.3M
6. Breakthrough $3.9M
7. Curse of La Llorona $3.5M
8. Shazam! $2.4M
9. Little $1.5M
10. Dumbo $1.4M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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COLLEGE

BodyArmor Into NCAA
No. 1 Colleges Since '92
Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jul022013

Usain Bolt Sets The Gold Standard For Richard Branson, Virgin Media Campaign

By Barry Janoff

July 2, 2013: Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire, enjoys having some fun when it comes to promoting the company's goods and services.

The latest case in point: A multimillion-dollar campaign breaking this week for Virgin Media's fiber optic broadband, which features track & field and Olympic athlete Usain Bolt with guest appearances by Sir Branson.

The multi-media effort, "Challenge Your Broadband," will air throughout the U.K. It arrives during a time when eyes of the sports world are on the All-England Club, host of the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament.

Bolt has previously appeared in campaigns for Virgin Media, which said Bolt's appearance has helped to drive awareness and consumer sign-ups.

The campaign is anchored by two TV spots starring Bolt, aka the "world's fastest man." In the spots, Bolt is Virgin Media's broadband service — fast, efficient, always winning — but is challenged by Blot — short, slow and inefficient.

In "Race," Bolt and Blot are at the start of a race. "This is Virgin Media's super-fast fiber optic broadband," a voiceover says pif Bolt, "and this is regular broadband, out of shape." The scene cuts to the finish line, where a guy bed and a couple on their couch. "These people are about to download a film. Let's see which broadband is quicker. I wonder . . . "

The starting gun — held by Branson — then fires. "They're off . . . well, one of them is off," the voiceover observes as Bolt takes a huge lead and Blot is stuck at the starting line. "According to my legal team, four-times slower," he says of Blot.

Bolt, who has won six Olympic gold medals (three each in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012) reaches the couple in bed and hands them a film reel. "And there we have it," the voiceover exhalts. Meanwhile, Blot, huffing and puffing, can barely keep up. "Still going," chides the voiceover as the guy in bed awaits his film. "Challenge your broadband today." (See the full commercial here.)

In "Strength," Bolt easily lifts a barbell that has two people using Internet and mobile equipment seated on each side. "Virgin Media [is] handling all devices online at once. Very impressive."

We then see a shot of Branson as a judge, giving Bolt a thumb's up. But in the persona of Blot, "This is proving a pinch more difficult for regular broadband," who struggles to get the consumer-laden barbell off the ground.

A shot of Bolt being massaged and pamper comes with the explanation, "Maxing. Relaxing," And a shot of Blot: "Struggling."

Branson is seen again, sipping tea and playing with an electric train set. while consumer's are struggling with their devices being slowed by regular broadband. "Richard's making other plans they can't. Yep, nothing doing" when it comes to Blot. (See the full spot here.)

Support includes print, Internet and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTUbe.  A dedicated Web microsite allows visitors to "Challenge Your Broadband" by answering a series of questions, the answers to which move animated versions of Bolt and Blot around a race track. Of course, sponsor Virgin Media wins in a landslide. "Oh, dear, this is painful to watch," the voiceover says as Bolt wins and Blot wheezes his way to the finish line.

“Our new ads champion Virgin Media’s outstanding broadband services with super-fast legend Usain Bolt in the starring role," Richard Larcombe, director of advertising and sponsorship for Virgin Media, said in a statement. "We believe everyone should get the super-fast speeds they expect — like our customers do — so you can stream TV, download music, browse online and game to your heart’s content."

According to Larcombe, "This campaign takes a humorous look at the strength of Virgin Media’s fiber optic service but goes a step further by inviting people to put their own broadband to the test and see the benefits of Virgin Media broadband for themselves.”

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