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The Brooklyn Brothers Brings Back Jason Sudeikis for NBC Sports

Jason Sudeikis reprises his role as coach Ted Lasso in The Brooklyn Brothers’ spot for NBC Sports’ coverage of the English Premier League, which starts August 16th.

Last year, Lasso went over the pond to coach London’s Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Now, he’s readjusting to life back in the states. Lasso engages in some early drinking, has an afternoon tea, drives on the wrong side of the road, and turns his apartment into “Teeny Tiny England”. In the process, he meets Tim Howard and lands himself another coaching gig. While Sudeikis’ character is pretty funny and the spot has some amusing moments, it also feels drags a bit at over six minutes in length. Maybe save this one for afternoon tea.

JWT Launches ‘Forever Faster’ for Puma

JWT has launched the new “Forever Faster” brand platform for Puma, starting with the new anthem ad “Calling All Troublemakers.”

With the stated mission “to become the Fastest Sport Brand in the World,” Puma tapped the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and a host of other star athletes for a global multimedia campaign. Alongside Bolt in the 60-second “Calling All Troublemakers” are soccer icons Mario Balotelli, Sergio Agüero, Marta Vieira da Silva; golfers Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson; and the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team. The athletes were chosen for their individuality in “both performance and personality,” and the spot does have a bit of a mischievous streak to it. But Puma sees “Forever Faster” as more than a campaign tagline — it’s also a company motto representing the desire to “quickly identify product designs and innovation, trends and style and bring them into the marketplace in a more dynamic manner.”

“Forever Faster is about Puma making a statement as a brand and reminding people that we are and will continue to be the fastest sports brand in the world,” explains Adam Petrick, global marketing director at Puma. “We’ve always been known as a brand that takes risks and that’s not going to change, Forever Faster clearly represents that. This is going to change the way we approach product design and innovation as well as how we market our brand.” Stick around for limited credits after the jump. Read more

W+K Portland Declares Kevin Durant ‘The Baddest’ for Nike

“I don’t want to talk about who’s the best. I want to talk about who’s the baddest,” says Dick Gregory, while chilling at a basketball court at the beginning of W+K Portland’s new spot for Nike, “The Baddest.”

After listing some historical candidates for “the baddest,” such as Connie Hawkins, Artis Gilmore, George Gervin, Spencer Haywood, and David Thompson, the spot goes on to make a case for Kevin Durant as “the baddest” right now, through video footage and a variety of testimonials. The well-edited 60-second spot also spends some time explaining what the title of “the baddest” means, with comparisons including “bad like a good Thanksgiving meal,” “bad like money” and “bad like black coffee.” It all makes for a fun, very watchable spot, regardless of whether or not you agree with Nike and W+K’s  choice for the title of “the baddest.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

McKinney Channels Golden Girls for ESPN’s SEC Network

McKinney uses the song “Thank You For Being A Friend” (a cover of which is the theme song to the classic show Golden Girls) for a new campaign promoting the launch of ESPN’s SEC network for South Eastern Conference college sports, which launches August 14th.

The 30-second spot, “Animals,” features mascots from the conference, from Mississippi State’s “Bully” to Auburn’s “War Eagle” to Arkansas’ “Tusk.” It’s a simple approach, but between the loveable animal mascots and the Golden Girl nostalgia stoking musical selection, the spot is just plain likeable. And that’s coming from someone who couldn’t care less about college football. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Anomaly Amsterdam Aims to Capture Emotion of Live Soccer for Fox Sports

Anomaly Amsterdam has a new campaign for Fox Sports which aims to capture the excitement of watching live soccer.

The 60-second spot doesn’t include a second of actual in-game footage, choosing instead to focus on the reactions of fans — from anguished to exultant — watching the game. Their facial expressions and body language give the viewer an idea of the on-field drama as an opera plays in the background. The approach leaves an impression of just how impassioned fans young and old get about the game, and it’s a welcome departure from the myriad ads that simply assemble in-game footage of popular stars.

“Anomaly did an outstanding job at capturing the tension, excitement, joy and pain that fans experience while watching a live soccer match,” said Fox Sports Marketing Director Jan Bonjer. “Their world class brand and soccer experience has helped us create an authentic and insightful campaign made by fans, for fans.”

The campaign also includes 30-second versions of the spot, as well as print, digital and radio executions. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Saatchi & Saatchi Creates Dual Spots Featuring NFL Rivals for Duracell

Saatchi & Saatchi created a pair of spots for Duracell featuring NFL rivals the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

Both spots carry the same message: “When the game’s on the line, the NFL trusts Duracell Quantum to power their gameday communications.” The difference is that one spot presents this from the Seahawks’ perspective (on offense), while the other examines things from the 49ers’ point of view (on defense), leaving the ultimate outcome of a game defining play up in the air. After the viral success of  Saatchi & Saatchi New York’s “Power Your Game” spot back in January, these efforts feel a bit lightweight by comparison. Still, the different views of the same play approach is at least somewhat interesting and the continued NFL partnership should appeal to football fans.

Stick around for the 49ers version after the jump. Read more

W+K São Paulo, Nike Remind Brazil ‘Tomorrow Starts Now’

W+K São Paulo has a new spot for Nike entitled “Tomorrow Starts Now,” reminding Brazilians who have just had their hearts broken by the World Cup that they still have the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics to look forward to.

The well-produced 60-second spot, created in conjunction with PBA Cinema/Produtora Associados and director Nico Perez Veiga seeks to inspire with a montage of Brazilian athletes training and competing at their respective sports. While the inclusion of indoor soccer may poor a little salt in some still fresh wounds, the larger message is to forget the past and move forward. The dialogue and voiceover free spot relies entirely on its soundtrack and footage to get its message across, ending with the “Tomorrow Starts Now” tagline, which serves as both an inspiration for a nation in need of some cheering up and a more general Nike-style rallying call. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Samsung’s ‘The Match’ Finally Reaches Its Conclusion

Cheil Worldwide teamed up with production company Psyop for the six minute conclusion to Samsung’s ambitious sci-fi soccer epic, “The Match.” The first episode in the series launched all the way back in November.

“The Match Part 2″ picks up with Earth’s Galaxy 11 team trailing 3-1 at the half, and in need of some serious rallying to defeat the alien team. Of course, it’s hardly a spoiler to give away that the team is up to the task. Samsung wasn’t about to end its month long campaign with an alien apocalypse, as that would hardly help them move product. For those who have been following all along, it’s the ending they were waiting for. While Samsung’s timing is a little questionable — “The Match Part 2″ was released just two days ago as a coda to the World Cup, while “The Match Part 1″ made its debut with the opening of the tournament — it has still seemed to find its audience, with over four million views in two days. We’ve included “The Match Part 1″ as a refresher after the jump. Read more

The Martin Agency Brings Back Jordan for Hanes

Michael Jordan is back (this time, thankfully, sans Hitler mustache) for Hanes in a new spot by The Martin Agency.

The 30-second spot is Jordan’s first appearance in a Hanes television commercial since 2010, and also marks his 25th year as Hanes spokesperson. In the spot, entitled, “Golf Test,” Jordan mocks his partner’s truly awful golf game. “Golf Test” promotes Hanes’ X-Temp t-shirts and briefs, which “speeds evaporation to help keep you cool and dry,” preventing such conditions as swamp ass, marsh balls, raw taint and pit stains. The spot handles the “bad golf” approach well enough, although by now it’s become a routine schtick in ads and feels a bit tired. Still, all anyone will talk about is the return of Jordan, and it’s good to see him back.

The campaign also features a digital video series created by agency 360i that features Vine-sensation Logan Paul traveling around the country attempting dares (supposedly) proposed by fans. We’ve included the teaser for that initiative, along with credits, after the jump. Read more

W+K NY, Rudy Hype College Football Playoffs for ESPN


Sean Astin reprises his role as Rudy in a new spot W+K New York created to hype the new college football playoff format for ESPN.

In the spot, Astin apes his inspirational speech from Rudy, this time riling up the locker room with the promise of a playoff format for college football. When he reveals that the format won’t take effect until 2014 however, the reception falls somewhat flat. Filmed at St. Joseph High School in Brooklyn, New York, the spot takes place in 1975, the year Rudy Ruettiger played for Notre Dame. While the famously cheesy movie certainly deserved a satirical send up, W+K’s spot fails to really hit the mark and feels a bit drawn out at 90 seconds. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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