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• NBC Sports Nascar analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy, an interior designer, "will transform a dilapidated 150-year-old historic home in Key West, Fla., into a gorgeous coastal retreat" in DIY Network’s new series, Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy. The four-episode series premieres Saturday, June 2.

• The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier announced a new special exhibition, “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11,” which explores how “sports and athletes helped to unite the country, console a grieving nation and give us a reason to cheer again following the 2001 attacks.” Opens June 27. Details here.

• Athletes First, a sports agency that represents such athletes as Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthew, Nick Foles, Josh Norman, Jamaal Charles and Deshaun Watson; and coaches including Jason Garrett and Urban Meyer, is launching Athletes First Partners (A1P), an international sales and marketing services company.

A1P's said its first client is Think450, the for-profit subsidiary of the National Basketball Players Assn., for which it would “help monetize collective sponsorship, licensing and content opportunities” on behalf of the 450 professional NBA players the Union represents.

Athletes First co-founder and president Brian Murphy will serve as CEO of A1P. Former NFL and Nascar executive Jim O'Connell will be president. Full story here.

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For Mercedes-Benz, All Roads Lead To Super Bowl XLVII In New Orleans

By Barry Janoff

December 3, 2012: It will be hard to miss the Mercedes-Benz brand during Super Bowl XLVII week in New Orleans.

It also would be hard to argue that the automaker is not getting it's monies worth for a naming rights deal to the Super Bowl XLVII venue.

In 2011, Mercedes-Benz signed a $100 million, ten-year year deal for naming rights to the Superdome, where the game will be played on Feb. 3, 2012.

The company has purchased time during the day-long pre-game programming and in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl broadcast on CBS.

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson owns Mercedes-Benz dealerships in New Orleans (and San Antonio) and plans to use his locations to support the big game.

Mercedes-Benz is planning to have multi-media marketing activation throughout the city during the week leading to the game.

Last week, Mercedes-Benz and lead agency Merkley + Partners, New York, had a crew in the French Quarter filming the new spot, which will support the CLA (pictured), due to hit showrooms in 2013. The spot will star Grammy-winning singer Usher, model Kate Upton and other elements that represent how far someone might go to fulfill their desires, according to reports from the location.

During Super Bowl XLV, Mercedes-Benz ran a commercial that used Sean "Diddy" Combs to unveil the 2012 Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe, Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster and other cars.

If nothing else, Mercedes-Benz looks to garner a significant amount of media value from its name on the Superdome. Earlier this year, Lucas Oil received in excess of $40 million in media value by having hits name on the venue for Super Bowl XLVI, according to Front Row Analytics, which evaluates ROI in sponsorship deals.

In 2010, Sun Life Stadium received some $26 million in media value directly related to Super Bowl XLIV.

Super Bowl XLV was played at Cowboys Stadium, which is still without a naming rights deal.

"Earlier this year, Lucas Oil received in excess of $40 million in media value by having hits name on the venue for Super Bowl XLVI."

Front Row Analytics looks at verbal mentions, on-screen text, signage and other factors and bases that on the cost of a 30-second commercial to determine media value.

Super Bowl XLVI is expected to match or exceed the average of 111 million viewers who watched the game on NBC. The cost of a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl XLVII broadcast on CBS is going for upward of $3.8 million, according to industry analysts.

Prior to Super Bowl XLVII, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will host events including the New Orleans Saints against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Dec. 16) and Carolina Panthers (Dec. 30), the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl college football game between East Carolina and U. Louisiana (Dec. 22) and the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the University of Florida and the University of Louisville (Jan. 2, 2013), which will be telecast nationally on ESPN.

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