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• Steve Phelps has been named Nascar President, effective Oct. 1, replacing Brent Dewar, who has “elected to step down and will remain with the company through the end of the 2018 racing season, transitioning to a senior consulting and advisory role in 2019.”  Phelps joined Nascar in 2005.

• On Location Experiences,  the official hospitality partner of the NFL has signed Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith as Brand Ambassador for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta this February. Joining Emmitt Smith will be 16 NFL Legends who will all attend one of the three, exclusive pre-game tailgates hosted by On Location.

• The College Sports Information Directors of America, Associated Press and the Fiesta Bowl Organization said they would recognize college football players who have overcome adversity with a new honor, the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award.  During the 2018 college football season, 30 student-athletes from all levels of college football who have overcome injury, illness or other challenges will be recognized as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Nominees. At the end of the season, three student-athletes will be chosen as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award winners.

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Top 10 Universities Ranked by Total Football Revenue (per Forbes)

1. Texas A&M: $148M
2. Texas: $133M
3. Michigan: $127M

3. Alabama: $127M
5. Ohio State: $120M

6. Oklahoma: $118M

7. Notre Dame: $112M

7. Auburn: $112M
7. LSU: $112M 

10. Florida: $111M

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(Sept. 14-16)
1 The Predator $24M
2. The Nun $18.2M
3. A Simple Favor $16.1M
4. White Boy Rick $8.8M
5. Crazy Rich Asians $8.7M
6. Peppermint $6.1M
7. The Meg $3.8M
8. Searching $3.2M
9. Unbroken $2.4M 
10. Mission Impossible – Fallout $2.3M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Mar122018

In 2018, Capital One Mad Again For March With 'Amigos' Charles, Spike, Samuel L.

By Barry Janoff

March 12, 2018: March Madness is back and so is NCAA corporate partner Capital One and so are the "Three Musk-Amigos” — Charles Barkley, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson — united for the fifth year on their Final Four road trip.

Last year, the guest star was Gloria Gaynor. This time, CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz joins in on the fun as Barkley, Lee and Jackson make their way to San Antonio, with humorous incidents along the way.

Lead agency is DDB, Chicago. As in past years, the spots were directed by Lee.

In addition to the TV spots, Capital One's involvement in March Madness 2017 is multi-platform.

This year, it includes sponsorship of the March Madness Bracket Challenge, title sponsor of the Capital One JamFest — part of the three-day March Madness Music Festival (in The Hemisfair) that also includes the AT&T Block Party and Coca-Cola Music (March 30-April 1) — the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One (in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center) and Capital One Championship Central on-air during Final Four weekend broadcasts on TBS.

The Capital One JamFest (April 1) will star Maroon 5.

The company is also presenting sponsor for Tourney Town at the Women's Final Four in Columbus, OH (March 31 and April 2).

New this time, the financial firm has launched what it calls the "Capital One Road to the Final Four Flavor Promotion," an offshoot of one of its new spots, “A La Mode,” in which Charles doesn’t know San Antonio’s history Alamo, thinking instead its “Fort A La Mode, where they sell ice cream.”

According to Capital One, “Reply (on social media) with a unique ice cream flavor inspired by #MarchMadness for your chance to win $4,000 using #FanAntonio + #Contest. No Purchase Necessary.” (Details here.)

In the new series, Barkley is, again, the butt of most of the jokes. In addition to his mis-speaking The Alamo as “a la mode,” he calls an armadillo a “turtle rat” and sings “Home on the Range” with the line, “Where the deer and the cantaloupe play.”

Capital One has consistently been among the biggest spenders during March Madness.

In 2016, Capital One had the fourth-largest national spend during the Tournament, $50 million, with 198 commercial units, according to media intelligence firm Kantar Media, NY.

The leader in 2017 was General Motors, with $83 million in ad spend and 329 units, including pre- and post- game programming, followed by AT&T with $66 million (334 units) and Coca-Cola at $56 million (268 units).

NCAA Corporate Champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

NCAA Corporate Partners include Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Google Cloud, Infinity, Intel, Lowe’s, Marriott, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

Among the new Capital One March Madness spots:

Longhorns
Charles doesn’t believe that a breed of livestock in Texas with long horns are actually called longhorns, or that birds that run along the road are called road runners or that weeds that tumble on the ground are called tumble weeds.

Friends In Low Places
The trio, on horseback and dressed as cowboys, sing Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” (“I got friends in low places/Where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases/My blues away/And I’ll be okay/I’m not big on social graces, think I'll slip on down to the oasis Oh, I've got friends in low places”).

Hitting The Trail
Charles, Spike and Samuel L. are bonding as they hit the trail to San Antonio, dressed in western garb, leading Barkley to refer to them as “The Three Musk-Amigos.”

A La Mode
Charles mis-remembers The Alamo and is more excited about visiting the A La Mode than the Final Four, mistaking the historic site in San Antonio for a fort that serves ice cream.

Spending Habits
This spot actually shows a Capital One card feature in action: Charles needs to lock his Capital One card not because he lost it but because, “I do not trust my spending habits around smoked meats . . . or friendship bracelets, Bonzi trees, garned gnomes, hermit crabs and especially at arts & craft festivals.”

Cantaloupe
Led by Charles, the trio sing a version of “Home on the Range,” but with the line, “Where the deer and the cantaloupe play" because "Deer love cantaloupe."

Turtle Rat
Barkley mistakes an armadillo for a “turtle rat.”

Welcome
Nantz welcomes Spike, Charles and Samuel L. to San Antonio, but using his on-air broadcasting voice, infused with such TV terms as, “Guys, thanks for being here. I’ll be right back with some game-time snacks.”

March Madness

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