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• Boston’s Public Improvement Commission has approved a request by the Red Sox to change the name of Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park, named after former owner Tom Yawkey (1933-1976), back to its original name, Jersey Street, following allegations about Yawkey (who died in 1976) being a racist. According to the Red Sox, “Today’s vote is an important step in our ongoing effort to make Fenway Park a place where everyone feels welcome.”

• Dale Earnhardt Jr. has written a book, Racing to the Finish: My Story, scheduled to be released Oct. 16. He calls it a “candid, first-person account of what seemed at first as a minor racing accident but ultimately forced life-changing decisions.”

• The NBA has signed a multi-year deal with Perform Media that will see the digital sports content-#media group manage the NBA’s official Web sites in 15+ international markets, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico and Spain. The NBA said it has 20 such localized sites

• The Drone Racing League has expended its presence in France with  a 2018 race in France at the Allianz Riviera stadium and a media partnership with Groupe AB. DRL has also signed an extension of the Allianz title partnership of the DRL Championship Race Series for an additional five years.

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1. Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield QB (Oklahoma) Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley RB (Penn State)
3. New York Jets: San Darold QB (ISC)
4. Cleveland Browns: Denzel Ward CB (Ohio State)
5. Denver Broncos: Bradley Chubb DE (NC State)
6. Indianapolis Colts: Quentin Nelson G (Notre Dame)
7. Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen QB (Wyoming)
8. Chicago Bears: Roquan Smith LB (Georgia)
9. San Francisco 49ers: Mike McGlinchey OT (Notre Dame)
10. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Rosen QB (UCLA)

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Tuesday
Dec172013

Foot Locker Steps Into Official Partnership Role, Expands Presence With NBA

By Barry Janoff

December 16, 2013: Carmelo Anthony, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Chris Bosh, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin are among the NBA players who have appeared in recent ads for Foot Locker, which since 2004 has been title sponsor for the All-Star Game Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.

The athletic footwear and apparel company is now stepping up its NBA game.

Foot Locker has signed what it called a "multi-year comprehensive marketing partnership" that designates it as an official marketing partner of the league. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Foot Locker said it would continue as the title partner of the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest but also expand its presence in several areas.

One will be “Kicks of All-Star,” a fan-engagement program to be found on a branded section of NBA.com, which would focus on the different sneakers worn by NBA players throughout the All-Star game and related events.

Foot Locker said it would continue to feature NBA players in its campaigns, but would start to debut ads on such NBA digital properties as NBA TV and NBA.com.

The company is currently in the midst of its holiday-themed "23 Days of Flight" campaign. Lead agency is BBDO, New York.

In addition, Kids Foot Locker will work with the NBA Hoop Troop program to conduct a variety of retail activities and promotions.

This new pact also extends to Canada, where Foot Locker said it is planning NBA-themed promotions in stores across the country and would support live NBA events including the pre-season NBA Canada Series and the interactive NBA BIG Tour.

“We have enjoyed working with the NBA on a myriad of programs for more than 20 years, and we are excited to elevate our partnership,” Stacy Cunningham, evp-marketing for Foot Locker., said in a statement  “We look forward to working together to create new and innovative events and programs that provide us with the opportunity to further engage with our customers.”
 
According to Emilio Collins, NBA svp-global marketing partnerships, “Foot Locker has been a staple of NBA All-Star for the past decade and we are thrilled to now broaden our partnership throughout the entire season. Basketball is endemic to Foot Locker’s brand and NBA fans recognize it as a premier destination to find the newest and best basketball gear.”

The upgraded alliance with Foot Locker is the second new official partnership deal in a month for the league. The NBA in late November signed a multi-layered pact with Diageo that named the company the "exclusive spirits partner" of the league.

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