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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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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

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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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Feb182014

In FIFA World Cup Ambush Marketing, Pepsi Employs Messi, Other Big Men On Canvas

By Barry Janoff

February 18, 2014: Pepsi continues to build its ambush-marketing campaign for the FIFA World Cup with a series of commissioned paintings depicting some of the top players in the world.

"The Art of Football" features Leo Messi, (pictured right) Robin van Persie, Jack Wilshere, David Luiz (pictured below), Sergio Aguero and Sergio Ramos.

Rival Coca-Cola has had stadium advertising at every FIFA World Cup since 1950, has had a working relationship with FIFA since 1974 and became an official FIFA partner in 1978, according to the company.

As a non-official partner, Pepsi does not have access to FIFA and World Cup logos and other official World Cup-related marketing elements. As a counter-measure, Pepsi has signed 18 players to participate in global marketing activations leading up to and then during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in June-July.

Led by Messi, arguably regarded as the No. 1 soccer player in the world, the roster includes Clint Dempsey (U.S.), Agüero (Argentina), Wilshere (Great Britain), Luiz (Brazil), van Persie (Netherlands), Ramos (Spain), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Colombia), Tarik Elyounoussi (Norway), Maynor Figueroa (Honduras), Mario Gomez (Germany), Vincent Kompany (Belgium), Kemar Lawrence (Jamaica), Victor Moses (Nigeria), Peter Osaze Odemwingie (Nigeria), Oribe Peralta (Mexico), Andriy Pyatov (Ukraine), Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Gylfi Por Sigurðsson (Iceland).

"There is an instinctive connection between artists and footballers in their energy, passion and creativity – whether it's on a canvas or a pitch," Kristin Patrick, Pepsi global CMO, PepsiCo, said in a statement. "We were passionate about creating a visual language that brought the energy and movement of football to life in powerful, unique pieces of art showcasing our players in the spirit of now. These are the hero images of this year's global Pepsi football campaign and wonderfully capture our Live for Now brand ethos."

The work combines the photography of Danny Clinch and the artistry of Hattie Stewart, Jaz, Ricardo AKN, Zosen, Merijn Hos and Ever.

Under a year-long umbrella "Pepsi Football "campaign, the 18 players will star in a global TV spot to be released to coincide with the FIFA World Cup and will be integrated into social media, music, art, and digital activations. Limited-edition packaging featuring many of the players will hit retail in March, according to Pepsi.

"Pepsi has had a tremendous relationship with football, going back nearly 15 years," said Patrick. "We’ve brought together our most impressive Pepsi football roster yet, comprised of players who truly embody our brand spirit and excite and electrify us every time they step on the pitch."

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