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• Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the Professional Fighters League said the PFL playoff semi-final matches would be held in the new Entertainment and Sports Arena on Oct. 20.

• According to Bob Ley, ‘As of October 1 I'll be taking a six-month sabbatical from my Outside the Lines duties on ESPN. The idea of stepping back to re-charge is fully 100% mine, and one I've been considering for a while.’ Per ESPN: 'We completely support Bob’s decision and look forward to his return April 1.’

• Serena Williams will star in marketing for American Express relating to the U.S. Open to support new services such as the AmEx Band (contactless payment wristband) and an interactive tennis experience Super Rally, as well as the AmEx Fan Experience at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

• The planned move of MLS’ Columbus Crew club to Austin, Texas, received a major boost on Wednesday when the Austin City Council approved a deal to build a soccer stadium. Backers said the  venue could be ready for the 2020 MLS season.

• Walk This Way: Aerosmith has unveiled plans for headlining residency in Las Vegas, Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild. The first show is scheduled for April 6, 2019 in Park Theater, located in MGM Resorts International’s new Park MGM on the Vegas Strip. The residency is being promoted by Live Nation. There currently are18 dates scheduled for April-June-July 2019.

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• Oct. 16: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (8 PM ET) TNT
• Oct. 16: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors 10:30 PM. ET). TNT

• Oct. 17: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets 8 PM (ET) ESPN
• Oct. 17: Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns 10:30 PM  (ET) ESPN

• Oct. 18: Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8 PM. ET) TNT
• Oct. 18: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 PM ET) TNT

• Oct. 19: Boston Celtics vs.Toronto Raptors (8 PM ET) ESPN
• Oct. 19: Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz (10:30 PM ET) ESPN

• Oct. 20: Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards (7 PM. ET) NBA TV
• Oct. 20: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 PM ET) ESPN

• Oct. 21: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers (9 PM ET) NBA TV

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• Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks 12 Noon (ET) ESPN
• Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets 3 PM (ET) ABC
• Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics 5:30 PM (ET) ABC
• Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors 8 PM (ET) ESPN
• Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz 10:30 PM (ET) ESPN

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• New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies 5:30 PM (ET) TNT
• Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers 8 PM (ET) TNT
• Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers 10:30 PM (ET) TNT

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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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May162018

Fox Brings Beckham, Deadpool, Holyfield, Embiid To FIFA World Cup Party

By Barry Janoff

May 15, 2018: People know about the soccer stars and National Teams that will be part of FIFA World Cup 2018, but Fox has brought in some other celebrities to support its role as event’s exclusive U.S. English-language network.

David Beckham, Ryan (Deadpool) Reynolds, Joel Embiid, Alex Morgan and Evander Holyfield are among those who play a part in Fox Sports’ “The World Becomes the FIFA World Cup” campaign, showing off their love not only for the sport but for such stars as Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo — both of whom are front-and-center in the multi-platform effort.

“The World Becomes the FIFA World Cup” is anchored by an umbrella spot, “This Summer,” with the full 90-second ad showing clips of on-field action, members of the Fox soccer broadcast team, fans and snippets of 15-second stand-alone spots with Beckham, Reynolds and the others.

Played out to “Over and Over and Over” by Jack White, a voiceover offers, “Men become gods. Allies become rivals. Players become fans.”

“Sign me up!” says Embiid.

The lead spot also includes Mexico’s Jonathan and Giovanni Dos Santos brothers, Neymar, Paul Pogba and the National Team from Iceland.

Several 30-second spots also are part of the campaign, including “Epic” (In a duel between Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronald, “Everyone agrees on the two best. One controls the game. One finishes it. But who will take all the glory? “), “Men Become Gods” (A focus on what could potentially be the last World Cup appearance by Leo Messi . . .  “a moment three billion people will be watching”) and “Everything Becomes Not Enough” (There’s famous, and then there’s Ronaldo, who has all the soccer glory except a World Cup title).

Support includes radio, print, Internet, social media and OOH.

Lead agency is Widen + Kennedy, New York.

Holyfield’s 15-second spot shares a bit of sport’s history. Watching a soccer match on TV, Holyfield experiences déjà vu when Luis Suárez bites Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder during a 2014 World Cup match.

“Something about that guy I don’t like,” says Holyfield, who had a similar incident in the ring when Mike Tyson bit off a piece of his ear during their heavyweight match in 1997.

Also with their own spots are Embiid and Beckham and Deadpool, who appear together in a series, including one in which Reynolds as Deadpool mocks Beckham's English National Team.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than the FIFA World Cup,” Robert Gottlieb, evp-marketing, for Fox Sports, said in a statement.

“It brings together the worlds of sports and celebrity for an incredible month-long pop culture event,” said  “It was a natural fit to have movie stars, musicians and championship athletes as part of our campaign.”

The World Cup is scheduled for June 14-July 15 (Fox and FS1).

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