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• Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Class of 2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Hugh Evans, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chris Webber, Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Wayland Baptist University. Class of 2018 will be named during the NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in San Antonio March 31-April 2.

• Serena Williams, who said her first auto purchase was a while Lincoln Navigator SUV she named “Ginger,” has signed to become an official spokesperson for the brand. A social media-based marketing campaign includes videos of Williams talking about and driving the 2018 Navigator, with ongoing videos to follow. “Partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place,” she said in the first video. “Let’s just be honest: Serena Williams needs to be in the new Navigator.”

• The Smashing Pumpkins unveil 'Shiny And Oh So Bright' 36-city tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years, with founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha. Produced by Live Nation.

KEEPING SCORE

Most Exciting Sports Worldwide
1. Athletics (i.e. Olympics) 47% Very/Quite Exciting
2. Tennis 43%
3. Football (soccer) 43%
4. Rugby 41%
5. Gymnastics 36%
6. Boxing 32%
7. Formula 1 32%
8. Swimming 26%
9. Horse Racing 25%
10. Cycling 25%

Most Boring Sports Worldwide
1. Golf 70% Very/Quite Boring
2. U.S. Football 59%
3. Cricket 58%
4. Darts 58%
5. Snooker 57%
6. Basketball 52%
7. Horse Racing 52%
8. Cycling 50%
9. Formula 1 49%
10. Boxing 46%

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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
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Sunday
Oct082017

The Marketing Force Is With Disney: 'The Last Jedi' Trailer Kicks Off On ESPN 'MNF'

By Barry Janoff

October 8, 2017: A new trailer for the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to break Monday night (Oct. 9) on ESPN during NFL Monday Night Football, and it’s not just Star Wars fans who are waiting for the force to be with them.

With the movie set to open Dec. 15, a Millennium Falcon filled with partners is also set to embark on a two-month countdown by unleashing the marketing power of the Star Wars galaxy.

Disney has untied the forces of its divisions for the promotion: LucasFilm teased the trailer with snippets that aired throughout Sunday (Oct. 8) on ESPN. (See trailer teaser here.)

The full trailer will air during halftime of the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears in Chicago. The brodacast is scheduled to begin at 8:30 PM (ET).

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. is also part of the launch strategy, with the trailer scheduled to air on a giant screen outside AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theatres in the Downtown Disney District.

(A countdown is scheduled to begin at 5 PM PT, complete with a live DJ, games and giveaways, according to Disney.)

Among marketing partners that have or are ready to release The Last Jedi products are Walmart, Target, Toys ‘R Us, Hasbro, Lego, General Mills, Nissan, Verizon, Vizio, Campbell’s Soup, Royal Philips (special-edition shavers), Po-Zu footwear, Stance socks, Christian Louboutin (fashion), Gamestop, Apple, Electronic Arts, Zen Stiudios (video games and apps), State backpacks and LucasFilm Publishing.

Following the trailer launch Monday night, tickets to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi will go on sale via apps and at various online destinations, including Fandango and Atom Tickets.

Disney wants to replicate or better the success it had with a two-month ticket pre-sale lead time for The Force Awakens in 2015. More than $100 million in tickets were pre-sold for the film, released in December of that year, starting immediately after a trailer aired in mid-October, according to industry analysts.

Tickets for the most recent film in the Star Wars universe, last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, went on sale just a few weeks before its Dec. 16 release in theaters.

According to Disney, people who get their tickets to Star Wars: The Last Jedi via Fandango will receive a "cool gift with purchase: an exclusive film movie poster from Fandango FanShop, Fandango’s movie merchandise marketplace (while supplies last).”

Fandango said its FanShop is offering dozens of Star Wars collectibles to celebrate the tickets-on-sale date. (See site for details.)

People who purchase Star Wars: The Last Jedi tickets via the Atom Tickets app or Web site will be able to buy official Star Wars merchandise "in a single, seamless transaction and could have it shipped to their homes in time for the film’s opening weekend," according to Disney.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are executive producers.

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