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• The has named Shenzhen, as the host city for 2019-2028, a deal that includes the building of a 12K-seat venue, and doubling the prize money to $14M for the Top 8 singles players and Top 8 doubles teams.

• Overwatch League said that its first week of competition drew more than 10 million viewers via Twitch, MLG, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC and Panda TV. Opening day had an average audience per minute of 408,000.

• Coca-Cola, International Speedway Corp. and Nascar have signed an extension to their partnerships under which Coca-Cola, would "continue its deep-rooted history in the sport by engaging racing fans across Nascar’s three national series and 12 ISC-operated race tracks" and events including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Coca-Cola 400. Coca-Cola-sponsored drivers include Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. Coca-Cola said it "has been involved with stock car racing for 50 years," and became an official partner with Nascar in 1998.

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The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. TNT will televise (8 PM ET)

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East Starters: Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Joel Embiid
West Starters: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins
The All-Star teams will still feature 12 players from each conference, but the captains — James and Curry — will select the team rosters without regard for conference affiliation.

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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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Volkswagen Teases Super Bowl Viewers With Carmen Electra, Bikinis, Babes

By Barry Janoff

January 21, 2014: What's it take to get some attention two weeks before the Super Bowl, let alone during the game itself with dozens of companies are vying for the attention of an estimated 100 million viewers?

Volkswagen, a veteran of the Super Bowl ad wars, not only is providing a potential solution, but making fun of it at the same time.

The German-based automaker presents in its 60-second teaser ad what seems like an effort to incorporate every plot line and hook ever used in every Super Bowl commercial that has ever aired,

Played out to the 1986 song, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung, a "professor" and his assistant stand in front of a blackboard covered with the ultimate Super Bowl formula. It includes celebrities, puppies, women in bikinis. babies, football players, a body builder, twerking, groin hits, Abraham Lincoln, midgets, senior citizens, balloons, dinosaurs and a Volkswagen car.

Front and center is Carmen Electra, who shakes and shimmies in a tight red dress in front of a VW. True to the attitude of the commercial, however, her butt hits the car, setting off alarms.

"The precision of German engineering makes great cars. Why not great commercials?" asks the automaker. "See what happens when Volkswagen engineers develop an algorithm to create the ultimate Game Day commercial, featuring Carmen Electra, babies, puppies, Wang Chung and more."

According to Volkswagen, "It's a surefire recipe for advertising success. Or not."

Volkswagen has managed to stir up pre-Super Bowl talk for several years. In 2010, for Super Bowl XLIV, Volkswagen ran "Punch Bug" with Stevie Wonder.

Its spot during Super Bowl XLV in 2011, "The Force" starred a pint-sized Darth Vader and is regarded as one of the all-time best Super Bowl ads.

In 2012 for Super Bowl XLVI, the automaker ran "The Dog Strikes Back." Last year, Super Bowl XLVII aired "Get Happy."

Car companies spent $92 million on ads during Super Bowl XLVII, the second most during the Big Game since 2004 behind the $94.5 million spent during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, according to marketing and research firm Kantar Media, New York.

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