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• Through the first two weekends of the NBA Playoffs, national ad spend has reached $135.1 million across league media partners: TNT, ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC and NBA TV, according to iSpot.TV.  That is down from $145 million at the same point a year ago. Leading brands are Burger King (232 spots), Taco Bell (197), Verizon (158), Gatorade (157) and Corona Extra (147).

• NBC Sports said its coverage of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal is averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 751,000 viewers through Sunday, the best in four years through the first 12 days of the playoffs. Coverage on NBC is the best since 2015, while cable coverage on NBCSN is the best in six years. Live streaming of the first 12 days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has set records in all key metrics.

• Olympic Gold Medalist and 4-time World Championship cross-country skiing medalist Jessie Diggins has signed with Ross-Simons jewelers. According to Diggins, “Fabulous jewelry at great values is what Ross-Simons is all about, and I believe in the sincerity of that message.

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2. Under Armour Footwear
3. Chris Paul Nike Jordan
4. Kevin Durant Nike
5. Converse Shoes
6. Slide Sandals
7. Carmelo Anthony Nike Jordan
8. Stephen Curry Under Armour
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10. Stance Socks

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ESPN Documentary Series Will Follow U.S. Men's National Team To World Cup

By Barry Janoff

March 9, 2014: ESPN, which this June-July will have exclusive English-language broadcast coverage in the U.S. of the FIFA World Cup, said it would air a six-part documentary focusing on the U.S. Men's National Team.

Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, from ESPN Films, is scheduled to air for five consecutive weeks beginning on May 13, with the finale to run in June. Episodes will also air on ABC following their ESPN premieres.

The World Cup will run June 12-July 13 in Brazil.

“We know there will be enormous interest surrounding this team as the World Cup approaches so we’re focused on providing an in-depth look at how the players deal with the stakes of preparing for soccer’s biggest stage,” Connor Schell, vp/executive producer for ESPN Films and Original Content, said in a statement.

“The breadth and variety of content offerings across ESPN platforms leading up to and during the tournament will give soccer fans a chance to feel close to the action and Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil is intended to capture the mental and physical demands of the U.S. players giving viewers a truly unique perspective," said Schell.

ESPN said the series would follow the coaches and players, including Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Michael Bradley, as they "endure a demanding preparation camp and play three international matches before their departure for Sao Paulo." The U.S. in the opening round of the World Cup will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be ESPN’s eighth World Cup. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to air all 64 matches live; WatchESPN will show all ESPN and ESPN2 games. ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network will present matches live in multiple languages (other than English and Spanish).

“The breadth and variety of ESPN content offerings leading up to and during the tournament will give soccer fans a chance to feel close to the action."

Fox Sports will take over as the exclusive English-language U.S. broadcast network for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

“We have always said that the National Team should represent the culture of the country, and the fans play a big part in that,” U.S. National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. “We are going to work extremely hard to get this group prepared to do something special in Brazil, and we are excited to work with ESPN to allow our supporters the opportunity to see the tremendous effort our players and staff will put in to get ready.”

FIFA marketing partners include adidas, Coca-Cola, Hyundai-Kia Motores, Emirates, Sony and Visa.

FIFA World Cup sponsors include Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Castrol, Continental, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald's, Moy Park, OI and Yingli.

PHOTO: Columbus, OH (Sept 10, 2013) Columbus Crew Stadium: Fans of the US Soccer team during a FIFA World Cup Qualifier match against Mexico (Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images).

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