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• The NBA 2K League today named Tencent Holdings Limited as the league’s first distribution partner in China.

• The English Premier League has signed a multi-year deal naming Anheuser-Busch brand Budweiser as its official category partner. Carling had been the EPL category partner since 2016.

• Sports and live entertainment company AEG has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renewal agreement with Toshiba America Business Solutions, extending their “comprehensive partnership across several of AEG’s flagship assets,” including Toshiba remaining a founding partner of Staples Center and the official digital signage and display provider of L.A. Live.

• As part of the NFL 100th season celebration, the NFL has teamed up with league partner EA to give one lucky fan the chance to become an EA Sports Madden NFL ratings adjustor for the day as well as be digitized to appear in the Madden NFL game. Details here.

• The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have signed a long-term deal naming  Fanatics, a  global leader for licensed sports merchandise, as the exclusive operator of all Warriors Shop locations throughout the Bay Area. Full story here.

• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

POLL POSITION

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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$10M Hoops Tournament Business Puts NCAA On Offense Against Illegal Marketing

By Barry Janoff

April 3, 2014: When it comes to the NCAA, there are times for fun and games, and there are times when situations are anything but fun and games.

With the NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament down to the Final Four, the overseeing body of collegiate sports will be out in full force in Dallas and about 20 miles away in and around Arlington, Texas, the site of AT&T Stadium, which is hosting the semi-final games on Saturday (April 5) and the finals on Monday (April 7).

High on the NCAA's list of priorities is searching for people and places that will attempt to sell merchandise relating to the games but not sanctioned by the NCAA.

This is no small task. But the NCAA feels it is worth the time and investment.

It is estimated that retail sales of licensed merchandise during the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship exceeds $10 million, according to IMG College, which has a long-term agreement with the NCAA to administer the domestic and international licensing programs for the NCAA.

In turn, the Collegiate Licensing Co., a subsidiary of IMG College, manages the daily administration of the NCAA licensing program.

Royalties generated from the sale of “officially licensed collegiate products” go back to the NCAA and the participating universities to support scholarships and other vital programs and initiatives, according to the NCAA.

This year, CLC and the Universities of Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin "will work closely with Dallas and Arlington officials as well as Homeland Security Investigations to patrol the area in search of counterfeit merchandise and any other unauthorized use of trademarks owned by the NCAA and the participating institutions," according to IMG College.

On average, 1,000 or more pieces of counterfeit collegiate merchandise, ranging from T-shirts to hats, are seized outside the host venue of the Men’s Final Four each year., per IMG College.

“Our goal is to make the men’s Final Four a positive experience for the fans and consumers by helping to protect the brands of our client institutions,” Bruce Siegal, svp and general counsel for CLC, said in a statement. “By teaming with area law enforcement in North Texas, we are able to aggressively cover the venue and event areas, stop bootleggers, and ensure that customers are not taken advantage of by merchants selling inferior and counterfeit products.”

Cracking down on illegal products and unauthorized use of NCAA trademarks, symbols and logos is not limited to the men's Final Four. The NCAA works with lawyers 24/7, 365 days a year to separate the pros from the cons for all of its sports and events.

According to the NCAA Trademark Protection Program, "The NCAA must be vigilant against the unauthorized use of its trademarks, tickets and references to its championships . . .  Federal regulations support the NCAA's efforts to prohibit the unauthorized use of the NCAA's name and trademarks or any use of NCAA championship tickets in sweepstakes, promotions or contests, or any other unfair attempt to associate with or exploit the goodwill of any NCAA championship event."

The NCAA said that its licensing program has four main objectives:

• Ensure the quality and consistency of all of the NCAA's Championship Event merchandise.
• Protect all service marks, trademarks and verbiage that relates to the NCAA (or have come to be associated with the NCAA), and to ensure that the use of these marks reflects on the NCAA in a favorable manner.
• Generate revenue to support and enhance NCAA programs and to fund scholarships, programs or services to student-athletes of our member schools and conferences.
• Protect the consumer from faulty or inferior products bearing the NCAA's trademarks.

When it comes to trademarks and logos, the NCAA has gone to great lengths to ensure that its events cannot be infringed.

“Our goal is to make the men’s Final Four a positive experience for the fans and consumers by helping to protect the brands of our client institution."

For the men's basketball tournament alone, among the terms that are trademarked and for use only by authorized NCAA partners are NCAA, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Championships, NCAA Sweet 16 and Sweet 16, The Big Dance, the Final Four, The Road to the Final Four, The Road to North Texas, And Then There Were Four, Champions Play Here, Champions Win Here, Championship City, Elite 8 and Elite Eight, First Four, Final Four Friday. (See the full list here.)

In some cases, this has forced non-NCAA partners to be very creative in marketing that relates to the basketball tournament. Among the most common phrases not yet under the NCAA legal jurisdiction: "Come to our store during the Madness that is March," "Finally, four days left in our hoops sale," and "We are planning a Big basketball Dance so join us."

“Thousands of fans will come to North Texas to celebrate the NCAA Final Four weekend, and we want them to have a safe and positive experience at all of the NCAA’s events, as well as peace of mind when purchasing souvenirs and merchandise,” Keith Martin, managing director of marketing and broadcast alliances for the NCAA. “We work with the Collegiate Licensing Company and law enforcement at our championships to protect our brand and provide a safe and orderly environment for the fans who come to support NCAA student-athletes.”

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