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• WWE said that Houston’s Minute Maid Park would host the Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The event will mark the second time the Royal Rumble has been held at a baseball stadium following this year’s event at Phoenix’ Chase Field (before a capacity crowd of 48,193). The event will stream live around worldwide on WWE Network.

• SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company and a leading provider of Sport Relationship Management software, is partnering with USA Hockey to promote participation in youth hockey during USA Hockey’s Hockey Week Across America (Feb. 17 - 24) and USA Hockey’s Try Hockey for Free Day (Feb. 23).

• MLS said its board of governors has extended the contract of commissioner Don Garber through the 2023 season. Garber, 61, has been commissioner since 1999, overseeing the league expanding from 12 to 27 clubs, adding 25 new owners and developing 19 soccer stadiums across the U.S. and Canada.

• Al Horford of the Boston Celtics is the new national NBA face for Built With Chocolate Milk. A TV and digital campaign will “spotlight his balanced approach to performance, recovery and nutrition. For the first time, the campaign will be bilingual, with Horford the first Hispanic athlete on the roster.


Finalists For The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Unveiled at NBA All-Star Weekend as finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2019:

• Marques Johnson
• Bobby Jones
• Sidney Moncrief
• Jack Sikma
• Ben Wallace
• Chris Webber
• Paul Westphal
• Bill Fitch
• Eddie Sutton
• Hugh Evans

Finalists from the Women’s Screening Committee
• Theresa Weatherspoon
• Leta Andrews
• Barbara Stevens

The Class of 2019 will be unveiled during a press conference in Minneapolis at the NCAA Men’s Final Four.


Weekend Box Office Feb. 9-11
1. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part $55M
2. What Men Want $21M
3. Cold Pursuit $9.5M
4. The Prodigy $7M
5. The Upside $5.7M
6. Glass $5.5M
7. Miss Bala $3.8M
8. Aquaman $3M
9. Green Book $2.7M
10. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse $2.4M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.


Winning Drive: Super Bowl Ads Boosted Interest In Kia’s Stinger, Jeep Wrangler

By Barry Janoff

February 5, 2018: For nearly a decade, the automotive category has been the leader in number of commercials aired and in money spent during the broadcast of Super Bowl games.

Dating back to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 and running through Super Bowl LI last year, the auto category spent more than $459 million on ads that ran during Super Bowl national broadcasts, according to medial intelligence firm Kantar Media, NY.

During Super Bowl LII, car makers again filled the road, with six parent auto companies running a total of 11 spots, including Toyota and its Lexus division, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia and Mercedes-Benz.

For the ninth consecutive year, auto manufacturers were the lead category during the game, with the 11 spots accounting for nine minutes of commercial time, according to Kantar Media.

Auto was followed by beer (4 minutes, exclusive to Anheuser-Busch), film (3:30 minutes) and telecom (3:10).

Two of the top four big spenders were from automotive: Anheuser-Busch InBev and Fiat Chrysler Automotive were the top advertisers in the game, each with four minutes of ad time.

They were followed by Toyota (three minutes) and (2:30).

Whether or not their placement before more than 105 million viewers on NBC moved anyone to buy cars has not yet been determined.

However, many people did take the first step.

Initial number-crunching shows an average 898% lift to the pages on of specific models that aired commercials during the game, according to the online auto destination.

“Our site analytics show that not all eyes are on the football game at all times,” David Greene, data strategy manager, said in a statement.

“Millions of consumers are using a second screen like a phone or tablet to visit during the Big Game to research and shop in real-time — a sign that big budget advertising spends are paying off for auto brands," said Greene.

The car that led the pack was Kia’s Stinger, which ran a commercial, “Fueled By Youth,” that starred rock music icon Steven Tyler and racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi.

The spot shows the 69-year-old Tyler on a race track, driving the Stinger at a top speed but in reverse, which seems to turn back the clock as he emerges as a 20-something version of himself, with the 71-year-old Fittipaldi seemingly ready to give it a try.

According to, “Within eight minutes of its airing, visits to the advertised model's page on saw a 4,053% increase in comparison to the same time period prior to the airing of the spot.”

Fiat Chrysler Automotive ran two spots for its Jeep Wrangler: “Anti-Manifesto,” which shows the vehicle easily crossing a deep river and than traveling up the side of a steep, slippery rock formation; and “Jurassic Jeep.”

The latter recreates the scene from the original Jurassic Park when Jeff Goldblum is a passenger in a vehicle being chased by a T-Rex, this time with Goldblum as the driver in a Wrangler (and also tapping into the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with Goldblum).

Although they were on opposite sides of the field, people in Philadelphia and Boston had something in common: The ads motivated them to make Jeep Wrangler the No. 1 vehicle on their search lists.

The Jeep Wrangler was also the top vehicle page visited on by people in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.

Overall, the Jeep Wrangler destination at had a 545% increase in traffic. pages for the Lexus LS also had spikes in traffic, generating a 921% lift of visits, after the airing of its “Long Live The King” spot featuring cast members from Marvel’s Black Panther.

Other top performing brands and car models included Jeep Cherokee (+175%), Toyota Tundra (+142%) and RAM 1500 (+69%).

Mobile visits continued to grow in popularity throughout Game Day, according to, with 71% of visits coming from a mobile device during the game, up from 67% before the game started.

"This year's game saw the fewest number of car manufacturers advertising since before 2010,” said Greene. ”Despite this, still saw a significant spike in site engagement during the game,"  

According to Greene, “The themes of diversity and humanity were pervasive in all of the ads that aired, with only two ads overall featuring famous figures. Humor and animals were most notably missing from ads this year."

Among the other Super Bowl LII car ads: Hyundai's "Ref to the Rescue," Mercedes-Benz' "Last Fan Standing" and from Toyota "Good Odds" and "Mobility Anthem."

Data was collected in real-time by comparing site visits on Game Day to averages of the four prior Sundays.

"Consumers come to for unbiased information and tools to help them learn more about the cars they're seeing advertised,” said Greene. "With more than 400 million site visits a year, we at have a unique vantage point into consumer car shopping habits.”

Final Score: Eagles 41, Pats 33, Commercials 49 Minutes, 35 Seconds

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