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• Nascar and Goodyear have extended their alliance under which Goodyear is the exclusive tire company for Nascar's top three racing series, which dates back to 1954.
• UFC said that Cris "Cyborg" Justino would defend her UFC women's featherweight title against Holly Holm at UFC 219 in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, on Dec. 30. Holms knocked out the previously unbeaten Ronda Rousey in 2015 to win the UFC women's bantamweight title but lost the belt to Miesha Tate.
• José Altuve of the Houston Astros named 2017 AL MVP.
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• As a complement to NBC’s primary broadcast of the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series Championship race from Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19,  NBCSN’s Hot Pass telecast will offer simultaneous live coverage dedicated to each of the Championship four drivers — Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch — as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his final Nascar Cup Series race.

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• Average age of participants Nov. 5, 2017: 41.2 years old
• 11,696 participants will represent their running clubs
• More than 50,000 people will cross the finish line
• 305 runners will celebrate their birthday on Marathon Day
• Cost to take a taxi on the NYC Marathon 26.2 mile route: $68.50 (no traffic)
• The biggest and smallest includes on the race route are both on the Verrazano Bridge
• Number of hot dog vendor carts needed to cove the course: 34,584
• Number of intersections crossed by Marathon runners: 300
• Number of times needed to climb 104 stories of One World Trade Center to complete a marathon: 101+
• Size running shoe needed for the Statue of Liberty: 879

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Super Bowl Car Commercials, Celebrities Turned Viewers Into Sunday Drivers

By Barry Janoff

February 10, 2016: Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos may have won the game, but Mini and Acura NSX won the road in driving consumer interest.

Mini, which hit Super Bowl 50 with its "Defy Labels" commercial starring, among others, Serena Williams, Abby Wambach, Randy Johnson (pictured right), Harvey Keitel, T-Pain and Tony Hawk, led all brands in traffic analysis with a 100% increase over average Sunday traffic levels to its make and model pages on Edmunds.com.

Acura (+38%) came in second, followed by Fiat-Chrysler (Jeep) and Buick (+25% each) and Audi (+15%), which aired a spot, "Commander" (pictured below, with music from David Bowie's "Starman"), according to Edmunds' annual Super Bowl study.

At the model level, Acura NSX (+661%) saw the largest traffic spike of any Super Bowl-advertised vehicle on Edmunds.com, followed by Buick Cascada (+532%), Audi R8 (+473%) and the Mini Clubman (+291%).

Hyundai did not make the Top Five in either list despite airing ads during the game.

According to Edmunds, lifts are determined by comparing Super Bowl Sunday traffic to average Sunday mobile and desktop traffic to the make and model pages on Edmunds.com. Only brands and models that advertised during CBS' Super Bowl 50 telecast were included in this analysis.

"Once again, the Super Bowl proved to have a huge impact with viewers, who immediately turned to their computers and mobile devices to learn more about these vehicles and brands," Jessica Caldwell, director of industry analysis for Edmunds.com, said in a statement.

Companies paid upward of $5 million for a 30-second spot during the broadcast of Super Bowl 50 on CBS, according to industry analysts.

The only truck advertised during the game this year was the Honda Ridgeline, which, according to Edmunds, "took advantage of the spotlight with a full-day spike of 275% (good for fifth place) and an immediate surge of 3,920%" immediately after its commercial, "A New Truck to Love" (which featured sheep "singing" a cover of Queen's "Somebody to Love").

According to Edmunds, both Mini and NSX also saw large traffic surges in the minutes after their respective ads aired.

Acura NSX traffic on Edmunds surged 7,836% immediately after its ad, "What He Said" (with a soundtrack from Van Halen) aired in the second quarter. Mini traffic peaked at 962% of its typical Sunday levels immediately after its ad aired in the third quarter.

Toyota Prius delivered a strong ROI, especially "considering its reputation as a popular and established model for shoppers" on Edmunds.com. Prius traffic soared 579% in the moments after its ad, "The Longest Chase," aired in the second quarter, before settling at a full-day increase of a 78%.

Edmunds said its Super Bowl traffic analysis is "based on unique mobile and desktop traffic to the make and model pages on Edmunds.com. Lifts are determined by comparing yesterday's traffic to average Sunday traffic levels on the site."

"The game especially delivers as a compelling platform to spark interest in the most exciting vehicles in a brand's lineup."

New and lesser-known vehicles that advertise during the Super Bowl are more likely to see the largest traffic increases on Edmunds because they generally start with a lower average baseline, according to the company.

"The game especially delivers as a compelling platform to spark interest in the most exciting vehicles in a brand's lineup. That's why it's not surprising that attractive and sporty cars like the NSX, R8 and Cascada emerged with the biggest lifts on our site," said Caldwell.

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