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• “While these Olympic Games will once again be profitable for NBC Sports Group, they also created major benefits for the rest of our portfolio, including NBC News, NBC Entertainment, Universal theme parks, our many cable networks, and our owned television stations and affiliate partners." — Mark Lazarus, chairman-NBC Broadcasting and Sports

• Winter Games Brand Awareness
Which of the following brands have you seen an ad for in the past two weeks during Winter Olympics?
1. Coca-Cola 45.4
2. Liberty Mutual 25.3
3. Samsung 24.5
4. NBC 23.7
5. Chobani 16.3
6. United 14.4
7. NBCSN 10.9
8. Intel 9.1
9. Dow 3.2
10. Panasonic 2.9
SOURCE YouGov

• This wknd all 30 MLB teams (including players, coaches, managers and umpires) will wear caps to honor before games, with option to wear the caps  in-game. Players will sign caps and auction them to raise money for Broward Education Foundation to benefit the official Victims' Fund.

KEEPING SCORE

Most Exciting Sports Worldwide
1. Athletics (i.e. Olympics) 47% Very/Quite Exciting
2. Tennis 43%
3. Football (soccer) 43%
4. Rugby 41%
5. Gymnastics 36%
6. Boxing 32%
7. Formula 1 32%
8. Swimming 26%
9. Horse Racing 25%
10. Cycling 25%

Most Boring Sports Worldwide
1. Golf 70% Very/Quite Boring
2. U.S. Football 59%
3. Cricket 58%
4. Darts 58%
5. Snooker 57%
6. Basketball 52%
7. Horse Racing 52%
8. Cycling 50%
9. Formula 1 49%
10. Boxing 46%

Poll from YouGov.com

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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
SOURCE MLS STORE

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Thursday
Apr072011

WWE Rebrands, Reboots Business Strategy to Enhance Global Entertainment Focus

April 7, 2011: The sports company known worldwide for WrestleMania, Monday Night Raw, Hulk Hogan, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, "Triple H" and John Cena has had many official names in its history: Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd, Titan Sports Inc., World Wrestling Federation Entertainment and, since 2002, World Wrestling Entertainment.

Now, the Stamford, Conn.-based entity is changing its name again "to better reflect the company’s global entertainment offerings." Moving forward, World Wrestling Entertainment has rebranded itself as WWE, which embodies "a new business model for future growth."

“The new business model of the company better reflects what WWE is all about — being a global entertainment company,” Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO for WWE, said in a statement. “We will always be loyal to our core business that made WWE a globally known entity. However, the future of WWE will be the addition of new entertainment content opportunities beyond the ring.”

The rebranding initiative will be supported via a national consumer and business-to-business ad campaign, “Bigger. Badder. Better," which includes cable TV, print and online. WWE, whose roots date back to 1952, is expected to unveil marketing to support its 60th anniversary in 2012.

“The new business model of the company better reflects what WWE is all about — being a global entertainment company."

Although WrestleMania and familiar events will continue to be part of the strategy, WWE pinpointed two key components to its brand expansion: The "active pursuit to acquire entertainment content companies and the outsourcing of WWE’s core competencies: television and film production, live event production and licensing."

As part of the new business model, the company said it would also focus on the development of new TV products, including scripted, non-scripted and animated programs as well as the launch of a WWE network in the next 12-18 months.

WWE previewed some of its rebranding efforts during WrestleMania XXVII this past weekend in Atlanta. The first program of the brand expansion is Tough Enough, WWE’s reality program in which participants compete for a WWE contract. It ran on MTV from 2001-03 but re-debuted, this time on USA Network, on April 7.

WWE said that more attention would be paid to producing TV shows and movies, such as 'Legendary.'Also supporting will be marketing partners including Kmart, the National Guard, Mattel and Vivendi Entertainment, which is WWE’s North American retail and rental distribution partner.

Last month, Wal-Mart signed a deal to become the exclusive retailer for WWE Studios’ films, covering the next five theatrical releases through 2012. The alliance gives Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Walmart.com the exclusive right to sell DVD and Blu-ray versions of the films for the first 90 days of release.

As part of the deal, Wal-Mart will be integrated into WWE’s multi-million dollar marketing campaign for each retail release across all WWE platforms. WWE said the partnership had a successful test run last fall with the in-store release of Legendary, starring Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover and WWE star John Cena, which was available exclusively at Wal-Mart and distributed through Vivendi.

In addition to focusing on the expansion of the company, WWE said it would bolster its core business with the launch of a "talent development department" headed by Paul “Triple H” Levesque. The department will put a "greater emphasis on worldwide recruitment, training and character development to identify future WWE Superstars and Divas," according to WWE.

Even with a new global focus, WWE will continue to produce its record-setting WrestleMania event.The WWE said it set new marks for the second consecutive year when WrestleMania XXVII on April 3 became the highest grossing and most attended entertainment event at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. According to WWE, WrestleMania XXVII grossed $6.6 million, with 71,617 in attendance.

Wrerstlemania XXVI set attendance and financial records at the University of Phoenix Stadium on March 28, 2010, with 72,219 at the venue and $5.8 million in gross sales. WrestleMania XXVIII is scheduled for April 1, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

WWE's WrestleMania Sets Attendance, Gross Ticket Sales Mark . . .  Again

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