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• The Professional Fighters League has formed a partnership with Mike Tyson, with the first initiative "Mike Tyson's New Fight Game: The PFL." Tyson will provide “fighter perspective, inside analysis, and irreverent discussion never before experienced in combat sports. The series debuts tonight (Oct. 10 10 PM ET) on PFL and Tyson digital and social platforms, including YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

• Two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka, currently ranked No. 3 in the world, said she would represent Japan, where she holds a citizenship, in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

• NBC Sports Regional Networks has signed a partnership with Religion of Sports — the media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra — to develop and produce "Head Strong: Mental Health and Sports," a “comprehensive multi-platform content initiative on mental health as well as men’s health issues.” The joint project will launch in November.

• Per NFL Media: Consumption figures through Week 5: More than 142 million people have watched NFL games. Viewership is up 6%. The entire list of Top 20 TV shows this season are NFL games.

The Top Three games to date all involve the Dallas Cowboys: Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys (Fox, Oct 6) 24.6M; New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys (Fox, Sept. 8) 24.3M; Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints (NBC, Sept. 29) 24.2M.

• PGA Tour Champions and Ascension signed a four-year partnership to host a new pro golf tournament in St. Louis. The Ascension Charity Classic will debut Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2020 at Norwood Hills Country Club in North County. It will be the first time the PGA Tour has hosted an annual event in the St. Louis region since 2001.

• Zenni Optical, based in San Francisco, whose alliances include being an official partner with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, has expanded its role with the Bulls, which features a five-year deal as the team’s jersey patch logo partner.

Zenni has unveiled its Off-Court Style collection, supported by Bulls members and brand ambassadors including Zach LaVine, Robin Lopez and Wendell Carter Jr. being outfitted with their “favorite Zenni frames and matching them with their off-court style to give fans an exclusive look at what they wear when they aren’t in uniform.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (thru Oct. 27).

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1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
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4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
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7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
8. Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with Houston Rockets)
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets

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1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
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5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
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Weekend Box Office Oct. 11-13
1. Joker $55M
2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
7. Judy $3.3M
8. It 2 $3.2M
9. Jexi $3.1M
10. Ad Astra $1.9M
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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

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

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Mar192013

From Zero To Final Four: Coca-Cola Ready For March Madness Marketing Takeover

By Barry Janoff

March 19, 2013: The NCAA Div. 1 Men's Basketball Tournament begins tonight with the First Four and culminates with the Final Four on April 6 and April 8.

NCAA corporate partner Coca-Cola says it has the tournament covered.

Coke this week breaks a series of TV spots under the umbrella theme, "It's Not Your Fault"; will activate with NCAA media partners CBS and Turner Broadcasting (including such programming as Conan O'Brien's late-night TBS show); has incorporated its mark on several March Madness-related Web and mobile destinations; and has taken over part of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, which not only is where Coke is headquartered but also the site of the Final Four, to be played in the Georgia Dome.

According to Coke, the “It’s Not Your Fault" campaign, which supports Coke Zero, "takes a lighthearted and comedic approach to say that with Coke Zero you can enjoy everything in life."

“We’re talking to men more overtly with 'It’s Not Your Fault," Pio Schunker, svp and head of Integrated Marketing Communications, North America Group for Coca-Cola, said in a statement. “We’re positioning Coke Zero as a defender and celebrator of guy enjoyment.”

"It's Not Your Fault" has endless iterations, each coming with a designated number for future reference, which Coca-Cola said it would carry through to Nascar and football programming later in the year.

In "Gumbel," we get Reason No. 12: "It's not your fault you can't stop watching March Madness. Did you make (NCAA announcer) Greg Gumbel's voice so incredibly soothing?" (See the spot here.)

In "Schedules," we hear Reason No. 45: "It's not your fault you watched eight straight hours of basketball. Did you schedule 16 games in one day? No! So saddle up for hour nine and enjoy everything!" (See the spot here.)

In "Brackets," guys are told, "It's not your fault you are working on brackets instead of working on work. Someone needs to put an end to Sharon's reign of terror (the co-worker who has won the tournament bracket pool seven years running). Plus, picking sides has always been a national tradition (as a shot of the nation's founders picking America over Britain proves). You're not slacking. You're just being patriotic. So pick those picks and enjoy everything." (See the spot here.)

Other spots will include "Video Game," which comes with digital content including a seven-part video series

In Atlanta, where Coke is part of the host city committee, the brand has redesigned part of the arrivals terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International with Coke-March Madness themed images.

"Since this is our hometown and the world headquarters of Coca-Cola, what better way to do that then to give travelers and fans a proper, southern welcome at the airport as they begin their Final Four experience?” Kasia Horner, who leads the NCAA Final Four host city marketing efforts on behalf of Coca-Cola, said in a statement. “It’s just one component, but certainly the most impactful, of our host city marketing plan."

Coke Zero said that is alliance with Turner and Conan would launch during NCAA Final Four week when the show originates from Atlanta, including bands performing at the Conan Coke Zero Music Series and a Conan “It’s Not Your Fault” promotional spot. Conan will be filmed in Atlanta April 1-4.

Support for the campaign — created in partnership with Droga5 New York, Starcom MediaVest Group, Turner and the NCAA — also includes the March Madness Live mobile app, radio, print and national out-of-home "with a strong focus on Atlanta," according to Coke. The brand will also be on the ground in Atlanta with the Coke Zero Final Four Bracket Town FanFest, offering more than 300,000 square feet of family friendly activities.

“Coke Zero has experienced quarter after quarter growth and success, and we hope to see this campaign continue the momentum. ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ is launching in a big way through universal guy assets like NCAA March Madness and a co-branded promotional spot with Conan,” Andy McMillin, vp-Coke Trademark, North America Group, said in a statement. “Coke Zero brand attributes are well established, now it’s time for the brand to make the next big leap to connect with its drinkers. The brand definitely is evolving.”

Official NCAA corporate champions include AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola. Official corporate partners include Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese’s (Hershey’s), Unilever and UPS.

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