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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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Barkley, Shaq, TNT TV Crew Team With DC Superheroes For NBA All-Star Game

By Barry Janoff

January 21, 2015: Among the people expected to be on the red carpets and hardwood courts in New York next month in conjunction with the NBA All-Star Game and surrounding events are basketball stars, Hollywood and Broadway celebrities, musicians, politicians, media from around the world and a bevy of superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash.

That latter group comes courtesy of DC Entertainment, which for the second year has teamed with Turner Sports for a mash-up featuring the crew from TNT's Inside the NBA and some of the most iconic heroes in comic book history.

The alliance is being brought to life in The Justice League Goes Inside the NBA All Star 2015, a special-edition comic book with TNT's NBA studio team – Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal (among whose nicknames is Superman), as well as commentators Marv Albert, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber and Kristen Ledlow — and DC Comics' quartet of action stars.

The release is part of Turner's multi-platform marketing effort, also including TV, print, Internet and social media, to support TNT's broadcast of All-Star Game weekend, Feb. 13-15.

Among the events, the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge (Feb. 13) and the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, featuring the Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk (Feb 14) will be held in Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The 2015 NBA All-Star Game will be played in Madison Square Garden on Feb. 15.

The comic book adventure is a follow-up to last year's The Justice League Goes Inside the NBA: All-Star Edition, which was released in conjunction with the 2014 All-Star Game in New Orleans.

The Justice League Goes Inside the NBA All Star 2015 (written by Brian Buccellato and drawn by Beni Lobel and Tony Shasteen), follows the action that sees a member of the TNT crew teaming with a superhero in an Amazing Race scenario to see which pair can get from Barclays Center to Madison Square Garden first.

The four teams, of course, encounter obstacles en route that require the services of the superheroes, including a collapsing construction crane in midtown Manhattan, a minor collision between two Staten Island ferries and cars burning on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Ultimately, the TNT crew and superhero teams converge at Madison Square Garden in time for the festivities.

This year's 16-page, limited-edition comic book will be available in comic book stores nationwide free of charge as well as in the NBA Store in New York this week, while supplies last.

It is also available in a digital format.

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