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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.
POLL POSITION

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

KEEPING SCORE

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

BUY SELL

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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Mar142014

Burger King Enters Its First March Madness As NCAA Partner With Royal Campaign

By Barry Janoff

March 14, 2014: In its first March Madness men's basketball tournament as an official partner of the NCAA, Burger King is hitting the court running with a multi-platform activation that will go heavy on social media and focus around a campaign that enables people to "Watch Like a King."

As the official burger of the NCAA and Final Four, Burger King said that its campaign would give people the opportunity to enhance their Big Dance experience by offering prizes including $100 Burger King Crown Cards, mobile phone projectors, flat screen TVs from NCAA partner LG, tickets to the NCAA Final Four and a chance to "meet a basketball legend."

“At Burger King, we’re rooted in feeding our guests great-tasting food the way they want it, when they want it – and our 'Watch Like a King' campaign is based on that same notion," Eric Hirschhorn, CMO North America for Burger King Worldwide, said in a statement. "We want to upgrade the fan watching experience."

The fast-feeder is directing people through a marketing campaign to tweet the reason(s) they feel they deserve to watch the basketball games like a king. Winning entires will be selected now through April 7. (Details here.)

An intro commercial follows a guy in his office whose quest to watch March Madness causes havoc among his co-workers, disrupts an important meeting and even creates a mess in the lunch room. It works out for him when the Burger King hands him tickets to a game. (See the full spot here.)

A second commercial breaks this weekend starring Chris Webber, former Michigan State and NBA star and current basketball commentator and analyst. In addition to the "Watch Like a King" push, Webber will support the limited Burger King Final Four 2 for $5 menu offering at participating Burger King locations.

According to Webber, “What fuels the players on the court is the passion of the fans and Burger King gets that. Being part of the Burger King 'Watch Like a King' campaign and having the opportunity to reward fans for their fandom is an amazing experience."

Among the early responses to the Burger King request at its Twitter site, which comes with the hash tag #WatchLikeAKing, on why people want to watch like a king:

"Because I watched the kids while my wife had a ladies' night out instead of watching my alma mater's basketball game."

"I deserve to #WatchLikeAKing because March Madness is my Christmas, birthday, New Year and every holiday in one."

"Because my kids are always watching cartoons! I need to #WatchLikeaKing and get some #metime."

“We know March Madness is about the fans, games and of course the student-athletes, so we’re celebrating by partnering with the NCAA to provide the fan base with a viewing experience fit for a king," said Hirschhorn.

The year-round partnership with the NCAA includes Burger King sponsorships of all 89 NCAA championships, including the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Official NCAA corporate champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola. In addition to Burger King and LG, official corporate partners are Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese’s (Hershey’s), Unilever and UPS.

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