• 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.

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


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


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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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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Foot Locker Plays Around With Sports History With Tyson, Holyfield, Favre

By Barry Janoff

November 19, 2013: Mike Tyson "returns" Evander Holyfield ear, Dennis Rodman purchases a one-way air ticket to North Korea, Brett Favre learns to "walk away" and Craig Sager and Kyrie Irving join in to bring holiday cheer to the masses in a new humorous TV spot from Foot Locker.

The spot, "All Is Right," is part of Foot Locker's umbrella “Approved” sneakers and gear campaign. It also supports the New York-based specialty athletic retailer's annual “Week of Greatness” event, which includes a bevy of sneaker and gear releases.

“We’re thrilled to bring these legendary names together in one spot,” Stacy Cunningham, evp for Foot Locker, said in a statement. “We wanted to showcase the magnitude of this special event with a star-studded cast of memorable sports figures to kick off this year’s ‘Week of Greatness’ that offers an incredible assortment of premium product.”

The spot, which breaks on Thursday (Nov. 21), opens Irving of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in a playground hoops court talking to his friends about Foot Locker's “Week of Greatness” while showing off new basketball shoes.

"A whole week of premium kicks," says Irving. "It feels like all is right with the world."

The next scene sees Tyson knocking on the front door of Holyfield's mansion, then handing Holyfield a small box. "I'm sorry Evander," says Tyson. "It's your ear."

The scene references their heavyweight fight on June 28, 1997, when in the third round Tyson bit off a piece of his rival's right ear. Tyson also bit Holyfield's left ear during the bout but did minimal damage. Tyson was disqualified and then suspended from boxing.

Tyson actually apologized to Holyfield in public during a 2009 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Here, Tyson does his mea culpa by returning the ear piece. "I kept it in formaldehyde," Tyson explains as the two men embrace.

In the next scene, a ticket agent asks Rodman if he wants a round-trip flight to North Korea, where the NBA Hall of Famer has visited and spent time with Kim Jong Un, the nation's untouchable leader.

However, much to the joy of the agent and others in the terminal, Rodman asks for a "one-way ticket."

Retired NFL quarterback Favre is seen in a dinner finishing a meal. When the waitress asks if he needs anything else, Favre pushes away his plate and offers, "That was great. But a man's got to know when to walk away," contrary to the last few years of his career when he  waffled between retiring and joining new teams.

Sager, who infamously wear outrageous jackets while interviewing athletes, is seen throwing his "old friends" in to a barn fire.

The spot then returns to Irving, who smiles and says, "I don't know. things just feel different." (See the full spot here.)

Text offers, "The Week of Greatness is here," and directs viewers to its Web site, which lists the hoops shoes being released now through December, including those from Nike, adidas and Reebok.

The spot, from BBDO NY, is supported by Internet and social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

According to Irving, "I am excited to be a part of Foot Locker's ‘Week of Greatness’ for the second year in a row. This is one of the best weeks of the year to buy sneakers and gear, especially since ‘all has been made right’ by Foot Locker."

Recent humorous Foot Locker spots have including James Harden, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Shaquille O'Neal.

Harden Croons For Foot Locker

Shaq Casts Foot Locker Spell

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