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• Through the first two weekends of the NBA Playoffs, national ad spend has reached $135.1 million across league media partners: TNT, ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC and NBA TV, according to iSpot.TV.  That is down from $145 million at the same point a year ago. Leading brands are Burger King (232 spots), Taco Bell (197), Verizon (158), Gatorade (157) and Corona Extra (147).

• NBC Sports said its coverage of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal is averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 751,000 viewers through Sunday, the best in four years through the first 12 days of the playoffs. Coverage on NBC is the best since 2015, while cable coverage on NBCSN is the best in six years. Live streaming of the first 12 days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has set records in all key metrics.

• Olympic Gold Medalist and 4-time World Championship cross-country skiing medalist Jessie Diggins has signed with Ross-Simons jewelers. According to Diggins, “Fabulous jewelry at great values is what Ross-Simons is all about, and I believe in the sincerity of that message.

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Top Selling NBA Footwear
1. LeBron James Nike
2. Under Armour Footwear
3. Chris Paul Nike Jordan
4. Kevin Durant Nike
5. Converse Shoes
6. Slide Sandals
7. Carmelo Anthony Nike Jordan
8. Stephen Curry Under Armour
9. Jordan Shoes
10. Stance Socks

SOURCE Store.NBA.com

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (April 20-22)
1. A Quiet Place $22M
2. Rampage $21M
3. I Feel Pretty $16.2M
4. Super Troopers 2 $14.7M
5. Blumhouse's Truth or Dare $7.9M
6. Ready Player One $7.5M
7. Blockers $6.9M
8. Black Panther $4.6M
9. Traffik $3.9M
10. Isle of Dogs $3.4M
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May112015

NHL Discover Extend, Enhance Strategic, Marketing, Macy's Parade Alliance

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

May 11, 2015: As NHL fans prepare for a dramatic climax in the 2014-15 Stanley Cup playoffs, the league and marketing partner Discover Financial Services are looking to 2015-16 and beyond.

The league has signed a deal with Discover that extends and enhances their alliance through 2019, keeping the firm as the NHL's official credit card and official payment service partner. title for the NHL on NBC’s broadcast of the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown Game and co-branded float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and participant in jewel events including the All-Star Game and outdoor games.

Financial terms of the deal were not shared. Discover has been an official partner of the NHL since 2010.

Among the new aspects of the alliance, Discover said it would launch of each of the league's 30 teams the NHL Discover card, offering such amenities as ten percent off purchases at Shop.NHL.com and exclusive discounts to Shop.NHL.com and the NHL Powered by Reebok store in New York. (Details here.)

Discover will continue to support with multi-platform activation including TV, Internet, social media and in-arena marketing.

“The NHL is a great partner that allows us to reach our customers. With our new agreement we will be able to deliver even more of what our customers want."

“Over the course of this sponsorship, Discover has demonstrated a deep commitment to hockey through a series of innovative marketing programs for our fans,” Brian Cull, NHL group vp-integrated marketing, said in a statement. “The NHL Discover it Card is the most recent example of the type of fan-first initiatives that sets Discover apart. We look forward to many more years as partners."

According to Jennifer Murillo, vp-brand communications for Discover, “The NHL is a great partner that allows us to reach our customers. With our new agreement we will be able to deliver even more of what our customers want. The new NHL Discover it card will not only offer NHL fans great rewards and discounts, but also the ability to show their colors by selecting their favorite NHL team’s logo as part of their card design.”

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