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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.
• Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins named 2017 NL MVP.
has signed a five-year extension with to continue as "Official Fan-to-Fan Ticket Marketplace" for and the 30 clubs. "A valuable partner for our teams and their fans over the past decade."
• 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

SOURCE: TCS NYC MARATHON

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1. George Springer Houston Astros
2. Justin Verlander Houston Astros
3. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
4. Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Francisco Lindor Cleveland Indians
6. José Altuve Houston Astros
7. Enrique Hernandez Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
9. Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs
10. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
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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.
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Apr172014

Durant Again Seeks The No. 1 Position During NBA Playoff Marketing Picture

By Barry Janoff

April 17, 2014: For the past few seasons, LeBron James has been the most marketed player in the NBA, with a peak during the playoffs when he has appeared in ads that included Nike, Sprite, McDonald's and Samsung.

Last season, however, as he led the Miami Heat to their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance and second consecutive NBA championship, James' on-air marketing appearances were conspicuous by their absence and mainly focused on a campaign for Beats By Dre.

Concurrently, Kevin Durant stepped up his playoff marketing game. During the 2013 post-season, the forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder appeared in a bevy of TV spots, including Sprint, Skullcandy, Gatorade, Nike, NBA's BIG and BBVA Compass.

Now, with the 2014 playoffs underway, Durant is again hitting the national marketing trail. First up, Durant stars in a new spot for Sprint to support the NBA's official wireless telecommunications provider's Family Plan.

The multi-platform effort sees Durant being invited to join The Frobinsons, a fictitious loopy clan being brought to life in the current Sprint campaign, which includes a hamster for a dad, a daughter who speaks only French and a son who is the only one in the group with a heavy southern drawl. The Frobinsons pay homage to the similarly loopy but close-knit futuristic family from the 2007 Disney animated movie, Meet the Robinsons.

In addition to a TV spot, Durant will be featured in digital extensions supporting the Sprint Framily Plan.

Sprint said that Nascar driver Jeff Gordon soon would be joining The Frobinsons.

Durant earns about $12-$14 million in endorsements, according to industry analysts. This is his third spot for Sprint.

He recently signed with Roc Nation Sports, headed by Jay-Z, as the agency's first NBA client.

James tops $42 million in endorsements, including a current campaign for McDonald's.

“We’re proud to introduce Kevin Durant as the newest member of our Frobinsons campaign” Jeff Hallock, CMO for Sprint, said in a statement. “Kevin is an ideal role model for any kid to dream of having as a part of their Framily.”

The premise of the 30-second spot, according to Sprint, is that "kids across America dream about getting the chance to talk with an NBA superstar like Kevin Durant."

The action opens with Frobinsons son Zach in a treehouse asking his mom if Durant, who appears to be 50 feet tall, "can join our Sprint Framily plan."

Mom, unfazed by the gigantic hoops player in her front yard, agrees. "The more people we add, the more we save," she says with a smile.

Unfortunately, Durant, wearing his Thunder uniform, has to refuse the offer. "I'm not really here," he tells the kid. "You're dreaming."

To prove his point, Durant's basketball shoes sprout rockets and he is boosted skyward.

A voiceover is immune to the weird going's on. "The Sprint Framily Plan is available to new and existing customers. The more people added to the group, up to ten phone lines total, the greater the savings for everyone on the plan." (See the full spot here.)

The campaign was created by Figliulo&Partners in partnership with DigitasLBi and MediaVest.

On Madison Avenue, KD Is The Peyton Manning Of Basketball Marketing

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