• 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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• 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

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• 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

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• 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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United Turns Team USA Athletes, Employees Into Winter Games Superheroes

By Barry Janoff

January 18, 2018: United, the official airline for the U.S. Olympic Committee and Team USA, knows about flying and other feats of strength, and has morphed the six members of Team United as well as employees of United into people who use their skills to make extraordinary things happen.

The multi-platform campaign, under the umbrella “Superheroes,” breaks with about four weeks to go to the start of the Winter Games in South Korea.

According to United, “’Superheroes’ celebrates the six U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes sponsored by United and their extraordinary moves on the slopes and ice, as well as six United employees selected to represent the 90,000 United team members who go above and beyond to get customers to their destinations safely, comfortably and on time.”

The campaign will run on TV (including during NBC’s coverage of the Games Feb. 8-25 and Paralympic Games Marc 8-18), online, print, outdoor, in airports and on-board United aircraft throughout the Games.

An online element “unlocks” trading cards of Team United in superhero garb.

Lead agency is McGarryBowen.

The six members of Team United have been bestowed with superhero names and powers, including:

Gus Kenworthy aka Air Raider (freeskier): “His power of flight is only matched by his perpetual chase of the origins of winter and how to harness its energy.”

Jamie Anderson aka Arctic Angel (snowboarder): “Protector of the mountains' most precious resource, fresh powder.”
• J.R. Celski aka Ice Lightning (speedster): “Quicker than a bolt in a storm . . . a blur for even those with the keenest eye.”

• Erin Hamlin' aka The Rocket (luger): “Power of speed and invisibility leaves the competition at the starting line.”
Nathan Chen aka King Quad (figure skater): “Can take any material and spin it into gold.”
• Nikko Landeros aka The Fury  (Paralympic sled hockey): Defender of all that need preservation . . . brings his power of intensity to the ice in search of the coveted trio of gold.”

"The tie between superheroes and Team USA athletes is clear — they are regular people who use their exceptional talents to accomplish the incredible,d" Mark Krolick, vp-marketing for United Airlines, said in a statement.

"For close to four decades, our employees have called upon their unique skills — transporting hundreds of thousands of customers every day, while working in rapidly changing weather conditions and providing exceptional service — to give the 'power of flight' to Team USA athletes, getting them to competitions around the globe."

The members of United Airlines participating in the campaign also have been granted superhero names and powers, including:

• “Sky Runner” Nancy Barteczko, a Chicago-based pilot “who soars gracefully at cruising altitude, only touching down to deliver passengers to their destinations across the globe.”

• “Departicus” Lemont Penn, customer service rep at LAX and “guardian of all those making passage, day or night.”

• "Winged Wonder” Karla Gonzales De La Torre, a flight attendant based in New York/Newark “with the ultimate triumvirate of powers: safety, hydration and fuel.”

• “Agent Cargo” Craig Cosentino, ramp/baggage worker at SFX “with the strength of a thousand people.”

• “Storm Tamer" Michael Murgaditchian, a Chicago operations expert “capable of parting even the most menacing clouds to grant safe passage for all on board.”

• “Directionator,” Chicago-based wing-walker Michael Turner who “uses his power of navigation and glowing orbs of exploration to guide planes to their gates.”

United has gone all-in with the Hollywood superhero creative, with the campaign directed by Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) and music composer Brian Tyler (The Avengers, Iron Man, The Fast and the Furious franchises).

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