Top
NEWS REAL
• 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

SEARCH

NYSportsJournalism.com + Topic Of Requested Search

Notre Dame Cathedral '16 See More Ads Below

 

COLLEGE

BodyArmor Into NCAA
No. 1 Colleges Since '92
Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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).

Friday
Feb072014

Anthony Davis Gets Star Status In All-Star Game, Foot Locker Campaign

By Barry Janoff

February 7, 2014: Anthony Davis is considered to be a rising star in the NBA.

Now he literally gets that distinction with his first spot in the All-Star Game plus a bevy of ads starring the New Orleans Pelicans' second-year forward.

Davis finished seventh in the Western Conference Front Court voting, but was named by NBA commissioner Adam Silver today as a replacement for Kobe Bryant, who was voted onto the team but is still out of action due to a knee injury.

Bryant, who has played in just six games this season, requested that fans did not vote for him, but he still received nearly 989,000 votes.

The 6' 10", 220 lb. Davis will also play for Team (Chris) Weber in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Game, which features NBA rookies and sophomores, as part of All-Star Weekend, which will take place in the Pelicans newly renamed home venue, Smoothie King Arena.

Davis being named to the All-Star Game coincides with his appearance in two new spots for Foot Locker: "Disguise" along with James Harden of the Houston Rockets; and "Buzzer Beater," which supports Kids Foot Locker. Both spots are from BBDO, NY.

Davis has a shoe deal with Nike, and has appeared in spots for Boost Mobile and the NBA on ESPN.

The Pelicans dedicated their home Web site page to a congratulatory message for Davis, requesting fans to do likewise via Twitter.

He ended up seventh in the Western Conference Front Court voting with 286,247, behind Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard, LeMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan.

In the "Disguise" Foot Locker spot with Harden, Davis walks out of a Foot Locker store laden with bags of shoes and gear and sees into a Hollywood-type make-up trailer parked out front. Inside, he finds Harden trying on various disguises.

"James, what are you doing?" asks Davis.

"It's February at Foot Locker," Harden replies. "They got fresh new gear coming in all month. I'm James Harden," he continues as make-up artists work on him. "I don't want to get mobbed when I shop. I need a disguise."

The one he chooses features a unibrow, for which Davis is known.

"I'm going to be you," explains Harden.

"But I'm famous, too," says Davis. (See the full spot here.)

"I would disagree," Harden responds with a smile.

The Kids Foot Locker "Buzzer Beater" spot opens with a youngster playing hoops in his front yard.

"It's do or die — Alex Taylor has the ball for the final shot," the kid says aloud as he dribbles a basketball. "He's looking unstoppable in his new February gear from Kids Foot Locker."

As he continues to dribble, he reenacts a clock shot winding down. "Three . . .  two . . .  one . . ."

Alex puts up a shot, only to find Anthony Davis, wearing his Pelicans uniform swooping in to block it.

"Rejected by Anthony Davis," Davis boasts in his best TV announcer voice as a bewildered Alex looks on. "The stadium is shaking! The fans have never seen anything like this in their life before! Davis is unbelievable. The crowd is chanting, 'MVP! MVP!'

The spot — reminiscent of a Geico commercial from last year with former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo, who blocks everything from waste being thrown into a garbage can to a box of cereal a kid shopping with his mom is tossing into a cart — continues as Davis runs back to his car and drives away.

"MVP! What a hustle play," yells Davis. (See the full spot here.)

The Foot Locker spots are running during NBA programing and should appear during telecasts of All-Star Game events on ESPN and TNT. Foot Locker is title sponsor of the Three-Point Contest, which will take place on Feb. 15, the dray before the All-Star Game.

this season, Davis, the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Kentucky, is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and an NBA-leading 3.3 blocks through his first 40 games for the Pelicans.

Smoothie Sailing: NBA All-Star Venue Gets New Name

Back to Home Page