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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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Aug182017

ESPN Takes QB Role In 2019 Celebration For College Football’s 150th Anniversary

By Barry Janoff

August 17, 2017: ESPN has unveiled details for the role it would play in celebrating a historic event in college football history, its 150th anniversary, promising to present in 2019 a  "year-long, multi-faceted story-telling experience to (share) the story of college football, like it's never been told before."

Beginning January 2019, ESPN said it would use its entire platform to "explore the sport from its modest beginnings shortly after the Civil War to the American cultural phenomenon it is today."

College football dates back to Nov. 6, 1869, when Rutgers University played the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in what is regarded as the first official game of college football.

On a broader scale, leaders in college football said they plan to celebrate the sport’s sesquicentennial in two years in conjunction with the NCAA and other college football groups.

The national effort is being overseen by Kevin Weiberg, veteran college athletics administrator and former Big 12 commissioner, who will be based in the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s headquarters, Irving, Texas.
 
"This is a very exciting moment for fans of college football," Weiberg said in a statement. "Across the country, college football is a deeply ingrained part of life for millions and millions of people.

"While it’s too soon to know our exact plans, we want to put something together that is big and special, something fans can be proud of. We will work closely with leaders from all divisions of college football to build a national celebration for fans to enjoy," said Weiberg.

The celebration will culminate Jan. 13, 2020, the scheduled day for the College Football Playoff National Championship in New Orleans.

According to the National Football Foundation, the overall attendance for NCAA football games across all divisions (FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III) in 2016 drew 49,315,857 fans at home games, neutral-site games and postseason games, an increase of 257,891 total fans over the 2015 season.

On TV, Fox Sports recorded its most-watched college football season ever in 2016 with an average audience of 1,320,000 viewers on the Fox broadcast network and FS1, representing a combined viewership increase of 11% over the 2015 season.

From Week 1-13 last season, some 179 million people watched more than 100 billion minutes of college football games on ESPN’s networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN Deportes), according to the NFF.

ESPN unveiled a preview spot as part of its marketing support lead-in, which will run throughout the upcoming college season and then expand as the 150th anniversary coverage approaches.

Through the first seven and a half months of 2019, ESPN said it would "serve fans by featuring digital, mobile and social content examining and celebrating the unique history of college football before culminating in 150 consecutive days of cross-platform original storytelling"  beginning Aug. 17, 2019.

"We are extraordinarily proud to celebrate a sport that has had such a great influence on numerous generations,” John Skipper, ESPN president, said in a statement. "Our year-long exploration will showcase college football’s rich history, which is indelibly rooted in the fabric of American culture, and explore the current and future state of the sport.

"Fans can expect a comprehensive storytelling approach, presented creatively across the breadth of the ESPN platform."

ESPN said additional details on its 150th anniversary plans would be unveiled.

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