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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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Kia NBA Tip-Off 2018 (Oct. 16-21)

• 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

NBA Christmas Day Schedule
• 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

Martin Luther King Jr. Day    
• 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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2. Mission Impossible - Fallout $20M
3. Christopher Robin $12.4M
4. Slenderman $11.3M
5. BlacKkKlansman $10.8M
6. The Spy Who Dumped Me $6.6M
7. Mama Mia! $5.8M
8. Equalizer 2 $5.5M
9. Hotel Transylvania 3 $5.1M
10. Ant-Man and The Wasp $4M

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Apr182018

Kobe Bryant Plays Point Guard For New BodyArmor Against Old Gatorade

By Barry Janoff

April 17, 2018: BodyArmor is coming for Gatorade, and they are not kidding around, even though the brand’s new campaign is full of humor.

“Thanks, Gatorade, We’ll Take It From Here,” is a multi-media effort that takes direct aim at the competition, not only calling out the product by name, but picturing it as out of date and out of synch with modern athletes.

The effort is driven by Kobe Bryant, a major investor in the brand, who conceived, co-directed and wrote the TV spots.

They star BodyArmor athlete spokespersons James Harden, Mike Trout, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Kristaps Porzingas.

The campaign also includes digital, social media, outdoor and radio.

In the spots, each of the BodyArmor athletes is seen in an outdated scenario: Harden wears Revolutionary War clothing into a basketball arena instead of a current outfit, Trout exercises with obsolete rather than modern workout machines, Diggins-Smith is seen leading an out-of-style jazzercise class and wearing vintage apparel and Porzingas keeps in touch with his parents via carrier pigeon.

Each ad implies that the dated, dusty methods are akin Gatorade, with BodyArmor seen as the modern, crisp replacement.

The new effort harkens back to a BodyArmor campaign from 2015, “This Is Now,” in which BodyArmor positioned itself as the sports energy drink for modern athletes versus the competition, but did not mention Gatorade by name.

In that campaign, such athlete endorsers as Harden, Trout, Diggins-Smith, Buster Posey, Andrew Luck and Richard Sherman were seen in black-and-white film playing their respective sports using early versions of equipment (leather football helmets, flimsy hockey goalie masks) before transitioning to color and modern equipment.

“I’m notorious for taking what’s old and finding a way to make it new,” Bryant said in a statement about his BodyArmor effort.

“A lot of my inspiration comes from finding things from the past and evolving them to be better. That’s exactly what we’ve done with BodyArmor Sport Drink. We found a way to make the sports drink category better, with natural flavors and sweeteners, potassium-packed electrolytes and coconut water.”

Last year, Bryant wrote, directed and narrated for the brand the national TV spot, “Obsession is Natural.”

BodyArmor, under the auspices of co-founders Lance Collins and Mike Repole, said it has about 5% of the sports drink category versus Gatorade’s 65+% and Powerade’s 25+%, according to industry analysts.

Other BodyArmor athletes, all of whom also are listed as investors, include Andrew Luck, Rob Gronkowski, Buster Posey, LeSean McCoy, Richard Sherman, Sydney Leroux and Dustin Johnson.

Among other alliances, BodyArmor recently signed a multi-year partnership with UFC as the MMA organization's “official sports drink.”

In each spot, the athletes appear to be enjoying their outdated situations but then realize that there is a better, more effective option.

“This is ridiculous,” says Skylar-Diggins in her spot of her antiquated workout routine. A voiceover replies, “It is, Skylar Diggins-Smith, but not as ridiculous as an outdated sports drink. This is BodyArmor. Thanks, Gatorade, we’ll take it from here.”

In Harden’s spot, a voiceover asks, "James Harden wouldn’t go to the game wearing outdated fashion, so why would he choose an outdated sports drink?” To which Harden answers, “I wouldn’t.”

In their respective commercials, we learn that “Kristaps Porzingas wouldn’t use a carrier pigeon to keep in touch with his parents in Latvia,” while “Mike Trout wouldn’t use an outdated workout machine to be All-Star Mike Trout,” and they "wouldn’t drink an outdated sports drink, either.”

Ever since retiring from the NBA after the 2016 season, Bryant has been on a mission to become as least as good in his new career as he was in winning five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.

His Granity Studios is working with some of the top talent in Hollywood; his animated film, Dear Basketball, won an Emmy and an Oscar this year; and he currently has a 15-episode project on ESPN+, Detail, that will run throughout the NBA playoffs and Finals.

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