Ever been in a meeting that went on way beyond where it was meant to? That's how soccer stars feel when stoppage time is added.
This is the scenario that plays out in a new ESPN "This Is SportsCenter" spot that dropped on Monday night, during the NFL Super Wild Card weekend matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The creative, developed in partnership with Arts & Letters and directed by Jim Jenkins at O Positive, features US Women's National Team soccer stars Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Sophia Smith, alongside SportsCenter anchors Nicole Briscoe and Jay Harris.
The comical scene takes place in an ESPN meeting room where Harris is walking Rapinoe, Sauerbrunn, Smith and University of Connecticut mascot Jonathan the Husky through "quarterly usage figures" -- that is, usage, of stuff like paper clips sand office supplies rather than players or goals. But just as the clock strikes and the group gets ready to leave, the referee appears with nine minutes of added time. Joy turns to fury, although Harris is delighted to carry on.
This is the third "This is SportsCenter" commercial to return since the return of the long-running series in late December with work developed by Arts & Letters. More ads will launch throughout the year featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Sydney McLaughlin, along with more athletes, mascots and SportsCenter anchors such as Hannah Storm.