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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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• Oct. 17: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets 8 PM (ET) ESPN
• Oct. 17: Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns 10:30 PM  (ET) ESPN

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Visa Bringing Touch, Sound, Animation, Interactive Buying To Games, Marketing

By Barry Janoff

December 7, 2017: Visa wants fans, viewers, consumers and athletes to use all of their senses during the 2018 Winter Games.

Visa has unveiled two platforms to support its position as the official payment technology partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, both to be implemented for the Games in South Korea.

Visa said it would make it possible for people to dress like Team USA athletes while watching the Games at home by using Visa Checkout at a new Web site, where they can buy gear from the Team USA Shop.

NBCUniversal, the exclusive U.S. English-language broadcast partner for the Games, said it would for the first time during Winter Games coverage integrate the platform into on-air prompts and digital channels, “directing fans to a new shopping experience that features similar products to what they are seeing on athletes.”

The featured Team USA Gear presented by Visa from the Team USA Shop, powered by Fanatics, will include sweatshirts, beanies, mittens, T-shirts and hats, with purchases supporting Team USA athletes.

Visa said that the platform is now live with apparel available for purchase, but that the Opening Ceremony would mark the first time the shopping platform updates in real-time, an element that would continue throughout the Games.

Team Visa athletes, including Mikaela Shiffrin, Chloe Kim, Gus Kenworthy and Hilary Knight, will be featured on the platform when they are competing or appearing.

“We are committed to making the at-home viewing experience as engaging for fans as possible,”Dan Lovinger, evp-ad sales and sales marketing for NBC Sports Group, said in a statement. “Incorporating a retail component into our broadcast is just another way fans can bring the Games into their home and support their favorite athletes.”

Visa has also unveiled what it called a “suite of sensory branding cues that will support the Visa brand in an expanded universe of connected, payment-enabled devices.”

According to Visa, these new sound, animation and haptic (vibration) cues will help “signify completed transactions in digital and physical retail environments when you pay with Visa.”

The sound of Visa will debut in Visa’s global ad campaign ahead of the Winter Games.

“For 60 years, the Visa brand has been a global symbol of innovation, speed, trust and security,” Lynne Biggar, chief marketing and communications officer for Visa, said in a statement. “As payments become increasingly embedded in commerce, the notion of ‘Everywhere You Want To Be’ takes on even greater meaning for our brand.

“As new payment experiences continue to take shape in the world, this suite of sensory branding elements will give consumers the assurances we know they want every time they use Visa.”

Visa previously unveiled three wearables devices capable of completing payments, including NFC-enabled payment gloves, commemorative Olympic pins and stickers that allow fans and athletes to complete seamless and secure transactions with a simple tap at any contactless-enabled terminal.

Visa said that sensory branding would be available as a software development kit (SDK) on the Visa Developer Platform and through the Visa Ready program for deeper integration requirements in 2018.

Visa said it is also developing pilot programs with a national merchant and POS hardware vendors for 2018.

Visa Hits The Olympics With Glove, Pin Payment Options

Visa Builds Global Team For Winter Games

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