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Super Bowl LI Advertisers Could Take More Measured Approach Following Election

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 20 / 17

Television audiences "remain raw and polarized" following the presidential election, and that could "mean a spate of toned-down commercials" for Fox' broadcast of Super Bowl LI, according to Brian Steinberg of VARIETY. GoDaddy has "run mischievous ads in the past," but this year plans to air a spot ...

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In Michigan, Emily Lawler reported the Michigan Economic Development Corporation yesterday announced that it will "sponsor the Pure Michigan 400" at Michigan Int'l Speedway once again in '15 for a "total bill of $675,000." MEDC has sponsored the race for four years, but the sponsorship ran out ...

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Trio Of Golfers Launching Craft Beer

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