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• In conjunction with the official grand opening of its Americas headquarters, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Nashville Predators unveiled an additional five-year extension for the naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Initially signed in March 2010, the extended terms now ensure Bridgestone naming rights through 2025. Financial terms were not shared.
• Research, marketing and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco, has increased its estimate of the market size for global games for 2016-20 “based on an even stronger performance than anticipated in the first three quarters of the year. NewZoo now says that the global games market would generate $116 billion in game software revenues, $7.1 billion higher than previously estimated and nearly 11% growth vs. 2016. The firm now estimates that the category will hit $143.5 billion in 2020.

• Univision Deportes said it would conclude the year as the “leading sports brand delivering the most soccer viewing in the country throughout 2017.” Univision Deportes said this past year it earned the highest share of soccer viewing in the U.S. among 29 networks broadcasting live soccer, claiming over 40% of all viewing across the networks of Univision. It also said it led the industry by “broadcasting 19 out of 20 top-rated club soccer matches in 2017, regardless of language.”
• The NBA has named Indianapolis as the site for the 2021 All-Star Game, to be played in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 14. The next three NBA All-Star Games are: Los Angeles (Staples Center, Feb. 18, 2018), Charlotte (Spectrum Center. Feb. 17, 2019) and Chicago (United Center, Feb. 16, 2020). Cleveland said it would seek to host the 2022 game, which would be the 70th All-Star Game in league history.

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Jun252010

MLB, Marketers Honor Peanuts' Diamond Event: Play Ball, Charlie Brown!

June 25, 2010: When Jake Norworth wrote the words to "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" in 1908, he  didn't know that one particular line would reverberate in both baseball and comic strip history.

"Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack" is as famous a line in song as any. On Oct. 2, 1950, Charles Schulz likely had heard that song when the first "Peanuts" comic strip appeared in print. The iconic strip, which contained numerous baseball (as well as other sports) plot lines, was written and illustrated by Schulz and ran with original versions until Feb. 13, 2000, the day after his death. Since then, previously published strips have remained in syndication.

This year, to honor the 60th anniversary of the strip, Schulz'  family has teamed with MLB to honor Charlie Brown (the star of Peanuts, not the real Charlie Brown who pitched in four games for the Cleveland Spiders in 1897, going 1-2 with a 7.77 ERA) and his gang. Among the festivities are bobble head days with such teams as  the San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Schulz' hometown team Minnesota Twins; appearances by Peanuts characters such as Lucy; and a traveling Peanuts at Bat! exhibit, which is part of the The Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., featuring dozens of Peanuts baseball-themed strips, photographs and memorabilia.

Among other events, on July 14, the day after the MLB All-Star Game, ABC-TV will air Lucy Must Be Traded Charlie Brown, which originally aired in 2003 and has since been on DVD (Paramount).

The diamond 60th anniversary party is hitting MLB diamonds under the auspices of Peanuts Worldwide, a joint venture between Iconix Brand Group, New York, and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. Other brands are also on the roster, include Hallmark, the exclusive destination for Peanuts 60th anniversary products such as plush, giftware and Keepsakes ornaments; Yahtzee: Peanuts 60th Anniversary Collectors Edition by USAopoly, Snoopy Flying Ace videogame for Xbox Live Arcade, Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years by Andrews McMeel, The Peanuts Collection: Treasures from the World's Most Beloved Comic Strip by Little, Brown and tank tops by Mighty Fine.

Upcoming events with MLB teams include Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (June 26) when Schulz' daughter Jill Schulz will throw out the first pitch and fans will get Snoopy bobbleheads courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm); Cleveland Indians (Aug. 8) with an appearance by Peanuts characters; and the Minnesota Twins (Aug.15) with a visit from Peanuts characters and Peanuts-themed activities.

The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers held Peanuts' events earlier in June.

The Schulz Museum’s Peanuts at Bat! exhibit will travel to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisc. (June 26 - Aug. 29) and the Washakie Museum in Worland, Wyoming (Sept. 23 – Nov. 3).

According to Peanuts Worldwide, nearly 10% of the 18,000 Peanuts comic strips were baseball-themed.

"My dad had a great fondness for baseball, and often shared his memories of playing with the neighborhood kids as a young child, using just a stick and whatever they could find as a ball," Jill Schulz said in a statement. "His love of the sport shows through in the many baseball challenges faced by Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang in the comic strip and television shows throughout the years."

As to why the baseball team on which Charlie Brown pitches loses all his games, Jill Schulz said that her Dad would explain, "Everyone experiences losing at one time or another — people can identify with losing. Very few people experience winning all the time."

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