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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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1. The Meg $44.5M
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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NBCU Doubles-Down On Super Bowl, Winter Games, Sees $1B Ad Revenue 

By Barry Janoff

October 30, 2017: Super Bowl LII is just three months away, and the Winter Olympics follow immediately after, and, in a rare case of double-dipping, NBCUniversal has both events on an exclusive basis.

Which could give companies some pause for thought as to where they might want to spend their ad dollars.

NBCU said it is having no such problem.

“Our marketplace is healthy; sales are brisk,” Dan Lovinger, evp-advertising and marketing for NBC Sports Group, said during a media call on Monday.

“We’re extraordinarily well sold,” said Lovinger.

Combined, NBCU is anticipating more than $1 billion in ad sales from Super Bowl LII and the Winter Games in South Korea.

For the Super Bowl, being played in U.S. Bank Stadium, home for the Minnesota Vikings, on Feb. 4, Loving said, “We are asking for and getting north of $5 million” for 30-second spots.

That could put ad revenue at or above $350 million for the game, “give or take the pre- and post game (ad sales)," said Lovinger. All that remains, he said, are "a handful of units.”

During Super Bowl LI this past February, Fox also asked for upward of $5 million for some 30-second spots, a record for the Big Game, taking in $392 million in revenue, including pre-, post- and overtime sales.

At Super Bowl 50 in 2016, CBS got as much as $4.8 million for 30-second spots and earned $369.6 million for in-game ads, according to research firm Kantar Media, NY.

For the Winter Games, NBCU estimates ad sales to top $935 million. NBC programming begins Feb. 8, with the event scheduled for Feb. 9-25.

Revenue for the Olympics in PyeongChang is at low “double-digits” percentage revenue gains from the mid-$800 million level of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

According to Lovinger, less than 50% of the audience watch both the Super Bowl and Olympics, which is why 25% of all ad spend comes from companies buying time in  both events.

A significant amount of ad spend comes from top-tier International Olympic Committee partners.

That group includes Alibaba Group, Atos, Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Dow, GE, Intel, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.

Domestic partners with the U.S. Olympic Committee also spend heavily during the Games.

“Ratings are holding up from a ratings perspective better than just about anything,” said Lovinger during the media call. “These events stand alone in public interest. They’re the kinds of events that transcend sport and become cultural phenomena.”

Regarding ad space still available, Lovinger made his sales pitch quite clear.

“If an advertiser is interested in a premium position within the game, they really need to be in discussions with us."

Bottom line regarding ad sales for the Super Bowl and Olympics: “We really could not be happier than where things stand right now,” said Lovinger.

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