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• 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.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• The NFL Network is planning 129 hours of “Inside Training Camp Live” coverage July 22-Aug. 7 Additional coverage will appear across NFL media platforms including NFL.com, NFL Films, NFL app and NFL RedZone.

ESPN also said it would provide comprehensive coverage of the opening week of the 2019 NFL training camps beginning July 22 on daily editions of SportsCenter and NFL Live.

• NBC’s Golf Channel unveiled details for its next Golf Films project, “Tiger Woods: Chasing History,” to premiere July 22  The film will present viewers with a chronological look at the “sights and sounds from each of Woods’ 81 professional victories, from his first at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1996, through the most recent win at the Masters earlier this year.”

• 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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NFL UK 2019
• 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
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Sep052018

In Izod Campaign, QB Aaron Rodgers Spoofs QBs In Marketing Campaigns

By Barry Janoff

September 5, 2018: NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and NBC's Saturday Night Live cast member and head writer Colin Jost star in a new humorous multi-media campaign for Izod, which both embraces and pokes fun at traditional advertising techniques.

The campaign’s anchor TV spot, appropriately called “Ad Clichés,” is filled with numerous scenes that have become overworked on Madison Avenue (including some of our own ads, said Izod).

Among the clichés: good-looking models wearing fashionable clothing inappropriate for the sports action being shown, a popular athlete making an MVP cameo (here during a neighborhood pick-up football game and at a party), special effects that make the product seem extraordinary beyond belief and a twist on a popular tag line, which ends up coming out as "Just Go Buy It."

Izod, a division of PVH Corp., said this would be its “most integrated marketing effort to-date.”

“We set out to develop a spot that would make Izod consumers do a double-take, while also letting them know we’re in on the joke,” Mike Kelly, CMO Heritage Marketing and chief innovation officer for PVH, said in a statement.

“Izod has always been known as the go-to brand for golf and the beach, but we wanted to make it top-of-mind for the fall, as well. This fresh concept allows us to break through the seasonal mindset.”

Rodgers, who just signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension with the Green Bay Packers, employs his low-key humor previously seen in commercials — while also poking fun at himself — for State Farm and others.

His scene quarterbacking a pick-up football game actually mirrors a TV spot from years ago done by a previous Packers quarterback, Brett Farve, for Wrangler Jeans.

“I really liked the concept of the spot and had a blast shooting with Izod,” said Rodgers in a statement. “I know fans will appreciate the humor Colin and I brought to the field, and may even be surprised by my lesser-known ‘off-the-field talents’ shown in these spots.”

At one point, Jost, who is supposed to be the main player in the ad, finds Rodgers overshadowing him in every scene. In stereotypical Madison Avenue commercial voiceover, he says, “Hey, Aaron Rodgers, this is my commercial. So do your cameo and get out of here.”

Later, when Rodgers is still hogging the spotlight, a worried Jost says in voiceover, “Is Aaron Rodgers following me around?”

The spot’s actual voiceover seeks to soothe his feelings: “Colin makes it look easy . . .  with a slo-motion finish.”

The full 60-second Izod spot will also air in shorter 30-second versions via national and local TV placements, supported by digital and social media partnerships and engagement.

Creative was handled by PVH’s in-house marketing group. Izod said Jost partnered on script development,

According to Jost, "I liked the idea of doing an ad that was self-aware and that made fun of all the weird tropes from fashion commercials. I wanted to be the guy in the commercial looking around like, 'Who are these people?'”

PVH brands also include Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, Arrow, Speedo, Warner’s Olga, Geoffrey Beene and True&Co.

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