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• Jon Hayes, the Cincinnati Bengals TE coach for the last 16 seasons and a NFL TE for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers, has been named head coach and GM XFL St. Louis. Hayes joins Kevin Gilbride (New York), Pep Hamilton (Washington, D.C.), Bob Stoops (Dallas), Marc Trestman (Tampa Bay) and Jim Zorn (Seattle) as XFL head coaches. Los Angeles and Houston head coaches are still to be named.

• MLS and U.S. Soccer have signed a three-year deal with Headspace, which develops meditation and mindfulness apps. Headspace is also creating a personalized training program for each individual athlete on the U.S. Women’s National Team prior to their defense of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer in France.

• adidas has unveiled the ”Loop Creation Process,” to produce fully recyclable performance footwear working with Parley for the Oceans using products made from up-cycled marine plastic waste.

FutureCraft Loop is a 100% recyclable performance running shoe which “can be returned to adidas, broken down and reused to create new performance running shoes.” adidas said the first-gen release is a part of adidas' “widest-ever global beta program, ahead of the wider commercial release targeted for Spring-Summer 2021.”

• Per the NFL: “As of earlier this week NFL Network and NFL RedZone are no longer available to AT&T U-Verse subscribers or DTV Now subscribers. While the NFL remains committed to negotiating renewed agreements on fair and equitable terms, AT&T has not been willing to actively engage." 

• Grey Goose vodka has unveiled a global brand platform, “Live Victoriously,” described as “an answer to consumers' demand for more authentic and relatable luxury brands..." TV is led by a 60-second spot that implores people to “Live like  ... you're the special occasion ... every day is your birthday ... your phone doesn't exist ... the world is your stage . . . you crashed your own wedding . . . like you’re worth it.” Spots will air thru June across cable, network primetime and sports programming.

• A significant collection of Jackie Robinson memorabilia is part of the Goldin Auctions 2019 Spring Auction, now through May 11 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Robinson, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Full story here.
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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019

(To be enshrined on Sept. 6 in Springfield, Mass.)

• Al Attles
• Carl Braun
• Charles “Chuck” Cooper
• Vlade Divac
• Bill Fitch
• Bobby Jones
• Sidney Moncrief
• Jack Sikma
• Teresa Weatherspoon
• Paul Westphal
• Tennessee A&I Teams of 1957-1959
• Wayland Baptist Flying Queens of 1948-1982

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Top Ten Most Valuable MLB Franchises
1. New York Yankees $4.6B
2. Los Dodgers $3.3B
3. Boston Red Sox $3.2B
4. Chicago Cubs $3.1B
5. San Francisco Giants $3B
6. New York Mets $2.3B
7. St. Louis Cardinals $2.1B
8. Los Angeles Angels $1.9B
9. Philadelphia Phillies $1.85B
10. Houston Astros $1.77B

Source: FORBES

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Weekend Box Office April 12-14
1. Shazam! $25.1M
2, Little $15.5M
3. Hellboy $12M
4. Pet Seminary $10M
5. Dumbo $9.2M
6. Captain Marvel $8.6M
7. Us $6.9M
8. After $6.2M
9. Missing Link $5.8M
10. The Best of Enemies $2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Channel Chasers

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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jun272018

Bellator MMA Teams With Perform Group, DAZN In $100M Global Alliance 

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 26, 2018:
The UFC has been making headlines of late with its $1.5 billion ESPN alliance.

Perform Group, under the direction of executive chairman John Skipper, the former ESPN president, is now helping UFC rival Bellator MMA to make news worldwide.

Perform Group has signed a multi-year deal with Bellator MMA to air matches over DAZN, Perform Group’s expanding live and on-demand streaming service.

Financial terms of the deal were put at $100 million by industry analysts.

The alliance includes seven exclusive matches per year on DAZN and 15 others simulcast on DAZN and Paramount Network, which like Santa Monica, Calif.-based Bellator, is owned by Viacom.

DAZN currently operates in such countries as Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan, with the. U.S. and others to launch this year.

"The exciting new partnership with DAZN is a game-changer for Bellator," Scott Coker, Bellator president, said during a media event in Viacom headquarters in New York. "The investment will enable us to continue expanding our roster with free agents that make sense, so we can put on PPV-worthy fight cards that fans want to see.

“Plus, on DAZN's worldwide platform, our fights will be seen live for the first time to new audiences around the globe."

According to James Rushton, DAZN CEO, ”Fans want to see great fighters in competitive fights so we've handed the keys to Scott Coker and his venerable team to go out and recruit even more top-level talent to further stack Bellator fight cards and build on their success.

”With the combination of this investment and our recent announcement to bring more than 30 nights of boxing to the platform annually, DAZN will be a must-have for fight fans in the U.S."

The deal is scheduled to begin Sept. 29 from SAP Center at San Jose.

The card features a middleweight title fight between Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald; and the fourth fight between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Wanderlei Silva.

Perform Group last month signed a joint-venture deal with Matchroom Boxing with the intent to “re-ignite the sport of boxing in the U.S. for fans.”

The eight-year pact was put at $1 billion and called “the biggest-ever deal in boxing.”

Global sports media company Perform Group and Matchbox Boxing are both based in the U.K.

DAZN also airs NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL content.

“Bellator is a great franchise that has been developing over the past few years as a challenger to UFC, backed by Viacom."

“Bellator is a great franchise that has been developing over the past few years as a challenger to UFC, backed by Viacom,” said Perform Group CEO Juan Delgado at the media event. “With us getting behind it, we’re looking to supercharge Bellator in the sense of creating a set of exclusive fights on DAZN.”

“What we can do now is build a foothold in what we still see as interesting verticals—fight sports being one of them.”

Delgado said that Perform Group wants to be in a position where, “if the NFL is considering an OTT partner for any of its packages, we are not starting from zero, we’ve got a customer base and can show them a path to growth.

"But it’s so far out that we’re worried about the immediate opportunity, which is still interesting.”

Perform Group ‘Ignites’ Boxing With $1B Pact

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