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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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New Job For Busy Shaq: CFO (Chief Fun Officer) For Carnival Cruise Line

By Barry Janoff

January 12, 2018: Shaquille O’Neal is so busy you’d think he wouldn’t have time to take a cruise, let alone get a job as a CFO for a cruise line.

Among his on-going pursuits: Hoops analyst for TNT; promoting such brands as The General car insurance, Ring home security, selling Icy Hot and Gold Bond, promoting a men’s jewelry line at Zales, a reserve police officer for Doral and Miami Beach, being Shaq-A-Claus  attending CES in Las Vegas and launching his own YouTube Channel (Shaq Uncut),

Now, in a tongue-in-cheek multi-media campaign, “Choose Fun,” Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy personally hires Shaq as the company’s CFO — which in this case stands for “Chief Fun Officer” — a position that basketball Hall of Famer O’Neal takes seriously, with a 7’1”, shoe size 22 sense of humor.

His mission: “To inspire America to 'Choose Fun' with Carnival when planning their next vacation, and in their everyday lives.”

“We at Carnival take our mission to be America’s most fun vacation very seriously,” Duffy, sitting in her office, says in the intro spot, “Meet Carnival’s New CFO.” “So we are making changes at the top — effective immediately.”

Shaq walks into company headquarters and belly-slides onto the security desk. He then bear-hugs employees, plays "Duck. Duck. Goose” with executives in a conference room and plays tag throughout the office hallways.

“Mr. O’Neal is perfect for the job,” Duffy says with a straight face. ”I’m excited for the immediate impact Shaq will make.”

O’Neal then walks into her office. “President Duffy. I turned the conference room into a ball pit. Marco Polo in 15.”

In a follow-up spot, “Tour Carnival Vista,” he brings his CFO mantra to the ship’s attractions and experiences, including SkyRide, Havana pool, Cloud 9 Spa, Guy Fieri's Burger Joint and a basketball court. At one point, as faux ship captain, he marries a couple (probably not legal).

Media buy will include high-profile events such as NFL Playoffs (Super Bowl was not mentioned), Winter Olympics and the Grammy Awards.

Carnival said the campaign would also include Internet, social media (hash tag ChooseFun) and experiential activations and promotions. The cruise line indicated that Shaq would be on at least a couple of upcoming cruises but did not specify which they might be.

You can send CFO Shaq an e-mail at an address he mentions (Shaq@Carnival.com) and get this reply:

"Thank you for your e-mail, kind sir, madam, or cat walking across the keyboard. I'm currently out of the office quality testing waterslides. For anything urgent, you can reach my by sky-writer (if I'm in your general area), and I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible."

Lead agency is Anomaly.

Carnival has also created a series of six-second spots as part of is “Choose Fun” effort that don’t include Shaq, with each focusing on a different aspect of the ship’s activities such as food, movies and shore excursions.

"We are very excited to have Shaq as part of the Carnival team! He will serve as a great partner ensuring everyone knows all about our one-of-a-kind brand of fun," Duffy said in a statement.

"We are very excited to have Shaq as part of the Carnival team! He will serve as a great partner ensuring everyone knows all about our one-of-a-kind brand of fun."

"We're confident that his embodiment of our brand values will inspire America to Choose Fun and discover the authentic, participatory and social atmosphere that Carnival offers."

"In today's world, it's more important than ever to choose fun, especially when everyone is busy with work, family, and life in general," O'Neal said in a statement. "So, I'm honored to be appointed the Chief Fun Officer at Carnival — a company that lives and breathes fun."

Shaq was draft as the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA by the Orlando Magic in 1992. Earlier this month, the man who was drafted No. 3 that year, Christian Laettner, was hired for the faux position of CMO — chief motivational officer — for a humorous campaign from FanDuel. (Alonzo Mourning, drafted No. 2 that year, may be awaiting a marketing call.)

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