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• “While these Olympic Games will once again be profitable for NBC Sports Group, they also created major benefits for the rest of our portfolio, including NBC News, NBC Entertainment, Universal theme parks, our many cable networks, and our owned television stations and affiliate partners." — Mark Lazarus, chairman-NBC Broadcasting and Sports

• Winter Games Brand Awareness
Which of the following brands have you seen an ad for in the past two weeks during Winter Olympics?
1. Coca-Cola 45.4
2. Liberty Mutual 25.3
3. Samsung 24.5
4. NBC 23.7
5. Chobani 16.3
6. United 14.4
7. NBCSN 10.9
8. Intel 9.1
9. Dow 3.2
10. Panasonic 2.9
SOURCE YouGov

• This wknd all 30 MLB teams (including players, coaches, managers and umpires) will wear caps to honor before games, with option to wear the caps  in-game. Players will sign caps and auction them to raise money for Broward Education Foundation to benefit the official Victims' Fund.

KEEPING SCORE

Most Exciting Sports Worldwide
1. Athletics (i.e. Olympics) 47% Very/Quite Exciting
2. Tennis 43%
3. Football (soccer) 43%
4. Rugby 41%
5. Gymnastics 36%
6. Boxing 32%
7. Formula 1 32%
8. Swimming 26%
9. Horse Racing 25%
10. Cycling 25%

Most Boring Sports Worldwide
1. Golf 70% Very/Quite Boring
2. U.S. Football 59%
3. Cricket 58%
4. Darts 58%
5. Snooker 57%
6. Basketball 52%
7. Horse Racing 52%
8. Cycling 50%
9. Formula 1 49%
10. Boxing 46%

Poll from YouGov.com

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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
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Tuesday
Mar292011

2K Sports Plans A Perfect $1 Million Party For 'MLB 2K11' Wannabe Pitchers

Action from 'MLB 2K11', where pitching the first perfect game will again be rewarded with a cool million dollars.March 29, 2011: Last year, 2K Sports received national attention when it offered $1 million to the first person who could pitch a perfect game on its MLB 2K10 videogame. Wade McGilberry from Alabama then received the same attention when he used Kenshin Kawakami (then with the Atlanta Braves) to face and retire 27 MLB 2K10 batters and cash in on 2K's offer.

2K's perfect game challenge is back for MLB 2K11, complete with a multi-media marketing pitch touting the grand prize $1 million offer. This year, to support the official April 1 start of the MLB 2K11 Million Dollar Challenge, the company not only has enlisted the services of Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halliday (who pitched his own real life perfect game during the 2010 season and then added  post-season no-hitter) and Brian Wilson of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, but is also having an official event party in New York.

To coincide with the opening of the 2011 MLB season, 2K plans to open the doors to The MLB FanCave, which will be filled with gaming stations loaded up with MLB 2K11. The event, open to the public, will take place at the former site of Tower Records (692 Broadway and East 4th), located near the New York University and Cooper Union campuses.

While giving it their best shots to try for this year’s million dollar grand prize, gamers will be joined not only by pro athletes but also celebrities including McGilberry, who will bring his winning Million Dollar Perfect Game Challenge karma into play.
 
According to 2K, the event will begin at 12 Noon EST, when fans can pick up a controller and use one of the preset videogame stations. Even if no one completes a perfect game during the event, 2K Sports will be giving people the opportunity to hobnob there with the likes of Austin Jackson, of the Detroit Tigers, Joba Chamberlain from the New York Yankees, Hall of Famer "Goose" Gossage, DJ Clue, Pauly D and Fabolous, who are among those scheduled to attend.

It turns out that pitcher Kenshin Kawakami could have time to be one of the people seeking to win the $1 million. After being cut from the Braves' 40-man roster at the end of last season following a 1-10 record and a 5.15 ERA, the 35-year-old right-hander from Japan who "pitched" a perfect MLB 2K10 game for Wade McGilberry participated in spring training with Atlanta as a non-roster invitee but was reassigned to the minors. Since joining Atlanta from Japan's Chunichi Dragons in 2009, Kawakami has gone 8-22 with a 4.32 ERA (not including his videogame perfection).

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