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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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1. LeBron James Nike
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
9. Jordan Shoes
10. Stance Socks

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3. I Feel Pretty $16.2M
4. Super Troopers 2 $14.7M
5. Blumhouse's Truth or Dare $7.9M
6. Ready Player One $7.5M
7. Blockers $6.9M
8. Black Panther $4.6M
9. Traffik $3.9M
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Aug012016

IOC President On Summer Games: Despite Challenges, 'Things Are Coming Together'

By Barry Janoff

July 31, 2016: People and athletes may be talking about the Zika virus, water pollution, security challenges and financial and political woes, but Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, while not completely closing his eyes to the situation, is seeing the 2016 Summer Games through rose-colored glasses.

During a press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, where the Olympics are scheduled to start this week, Bach offered a largely optimistic view of things to come.

"‘When I arrived five days ago, I went straight to the Olympic Village," Bach told media and others from around the world. "After talking to Chefs de Mission, NOCs (National Olympic Committees) and athletes I could sense a positive attitude and a great spirit.

"There has been a great deal of understanding with all the NOCs and athletes working together to make this village a success. Things are coming together."

Brazil and host city Rio have been faced with problems that appear before many Olympics: unfinished venues, roads under construction and preparing an infrastructure for the added weight of hundreds of athletes with their entourages as well as the expected arrival of hundreds of thousands of tourists.

What is unique here, however, is the real and potential dangers of Zika, water pollution and local and national governments dealing with what has been called apocalyptic. Following two years of severe decline, Brazil president Dilma Rousseff was accused of being part of a financial corruption scandal and replaced by vice president Michel Temer.

Bach said that the IOC is supporting the Rio Organizing Committee with financial aid to help balance the budget for the Summer Games, according to the Associated Press. The financial support "is helping the organizing committee to make sure that these Games will be the success we all want it to be."

Also of utmost concern is security, always a top priority at the Olympics, but heightened to a new level here due to the devastating attacks against citizens by ISIS and others, A force of 80,000 police and soldiers are said to be on-hand.

But even here the situation is still facing hurdles. This past Friday, the Brazilian government fired Artel, a private security firm whose key job was to hire security guards needed to man Olympic venues. The company produced only 500 of the required 3,000 workers. The government said it would fill the positions with soldiers and former police officers.

"There will be last minute challenges, but what we have seen so far is that Brazilians are capable of addressing challenges, and I am more confident than ever that that we will have great Games à la Brazil in five days from now," said Bach.

A number of world-ranked athletes have withdrawn from participating in the Games, with the catalyst being Zika and other health issues, including tennis players Mike and Bob Ryan and golfers Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson.

The IOC is also dealing with drug-testing issues and repercussions, highlighted by the situation with Russia, in which some of its athletes have been banned from the Summer Games after failing drug tests but, as some had seen as a solution, not a blanket ban of all athletes.

"There will be last minute challenges, but what we have seen so far is that Brazilians are capable of addressing challenges."

"There have been many measures we’ve undertaken before the Games," said Bach. "We want to keep as many cheaters away from the Games as possible. We had a targeted testing program, for which 2,200 athletes were selected, after having monitored their testing history. (These were athletes) which had made the biggest jumps in their performance. We had 700 recommendations for extra testing.

"On top of this, we have the most comprehensive re-analysis program for Beijing 2008 and London 2012, with 1,200 tests completed.," said Bach. "[There have been] 98 tests positive, as of today. In Rio, we will have up to 4,500 tests for urine and 1,000 tests for blood."

Problems not withstanding, summed up Bach, "I am looking forward to great Games."

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