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• Under Armour said this morning that Patrik Frisk, the company’s president and COO, would become its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will also remain president. Company founder, chairman and CEO Kevin Plank, will become executive chairman and brand chief. According to Friske via Under Armour, "The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible as our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation."

• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• Octagon and the National Women’s Soccer League have signed a multi-tier consulting partnership, in which Octagon’s Global Media Rights Consulting and Marketing divisions will "advise the NWSL on its league media rights, sponsorship, and marketing." “The growth of the NWSL over the past six years has been tremendous, and the league, its teams and players show absolutely no sign of slowing down,” Christine Franklin, SVP, Marketing, Octagon, said via the firm.

• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• "We said there's no chance that's happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding China’s request that the league fire Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

• "The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Time 100 Summit on Thursday regarding the league’s on-going situation with China.

• 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. 

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Mar062010

Jimmie Johnson Survives Kobalt Tools 'Crash' To Drive Again

Jimmie Johnson (R) and Chad Knaus in a TV spot that comes crashing down.March 6, 2010: The other drivers in Nascar may finally have found a way to end Jimmie Johnson's unprecedented winning streak of four Sprint Cup titles: Have him crushed by his own car.

That scenario  -  the car crush, not the rival drivers out to end Johnson's streak by nefarious methods - is the crux of a new commercial for Kobalt Tools, which will break March 7 on Fox during the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kobalt is a division of Lowe's, Johnson's lead sponsor.

In the spot, Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus are sitting in a garage and chatting while seemingly waiting to film a commercial. Suddenly, Johnson's No. 48 car, which has been perched on a lift behind them, crashes down, narrowly missing Johnson and Knaus. The pair keep the mood going by bolting as if they had just escaped severe injuries. The camera filming the action suddenly goes askew, adding a solid degree of realism to the scene, as other members of Johnson's team and crew members who appear to have been "filming" the spot rush in.

"Stay out of there," someone yells off-camera. "Don't anybody move!"  Then someone else asks, "Chad. Jimmie. You alright?" "Yeah, I'm cool," Johnson replies.

Johnson and Knaus find that only the strong survive.By now, people are coming back into frame to see what happened. "The Kobalt Tool Box stopped it," someone says, referring to a four-wheel, stainless steel rolling Tool Cabinet that now appears to be undamaged despite having a race car sitting on it.  "Get a shot of the box," someone yells, staying with the theme that the event was real. "No way," someone replies. "It's sitting on the box," Knaus says as he kneels beneath the car.

"Get me a screwdriver," Johnson then says to Knaus. "Really?" asks Knaus. "It's sitting on the box," Johnson says as he points to one of the drawers. "Does it still work?"  Knaus opens one of the undamaged drawers and hands Johnson a screwdriver. "Thanks," Johnson laughs as they both continue to check out the situation. "Appreciate it. But I don't know what I'm going to do with it."

Johnson kept the subterfuge going on his Facebook page, where he posted to fans, "Look what happened during the Kobalt Tools commercial," alongside a YouTube URL link to the commercial. Lowe's lead agency is BBDO, NY. (See the commercial here.)

The spot is part of the brand's current campaign, "You can't kill a Kobalt,"  that includes such YouTube-inspired spots as a bear destroying the contents of a pick-up truck but unable to damage the truck's Kobalt tool chest and a construction site "accident" in which the only items left unscathed are Kobalt tools.

Kobalt at its site solicits real stories from visitors regarding the toughness of its products, which it says it will consider for the basis of other such commercials.

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