• Kraft Heinz division Devour Food has joined with the American Cornhole League to uncover from among its ranks the "Devour Man of the Year," with the winner earning $10,000 and free Devour Pizza for a year. Details here.

• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird will be the co-recipients of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award, to be honored during the NBA Awards on June 24 (TNT).

• The American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering. The code, developed in coordination with its members, “extends commitments made by individual companies through their own responsible marketing activities and those adhered to by all association members through the Responsible Gaming Code of Conduct. “The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.” Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.” 


U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).


Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup


Results from NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm — aka the Zion Williamson Lottery:
1. New Orleans  
2. Memphis        
3. New York        
4.Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix          
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
 9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte        
13.  Miami
14.  Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)


Weekend Box Office May 17-19
1. John Wick 3 $57M
2. Avengers: Endgame $29.4M
3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu $24.8M
4. A Dog’s Journey $8M
5. The Hustle $6M
6. The Intruder $4M
7. Long Shot $3.4M
8,. The Sun Is Also A Star $2.6M
9. Poms $2M
10. Uglydolls $1.6M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Foot Locker Puts NBA's Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Together Again For First Time

By Barry Janoff

August 7, 2013: Foot Locker is getting a triple-dose of sports endorsements in two new ads, one starring Blake Griffin and Chris Paul of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers appearing together for the first time in a national commercial, and a second starring Victor Cruz of the NFL's New York Giants that supports Kids Foot Locker.

The spot with Griffin and Paul is part of the New York-based specialty athletic retailer's "Approved" campaign.

"We enjoyed working with Blake and Chris on our latest Foot Locker commercial," Stacy Cunningham, evp-marketing for Foot Locker, said in a statement. "They both exude the talent and humor that is inherent in our 'Approved' campaign. They are a perfect fit for our brand and will help extend our message."

Foot Locker has been creatively busy over the past month, with TV commercials featuring Shaquille O'Neal ("Shaqnosis") and another with the NFL's Arian Foster and Julio Jones for Under Armour shoes and gear.

In the spot, "The Endorser," Paul walks in on Griffin, who is sitting in an upscale high-rise living room. He is wearing Nike's Jordan Brand Super.Fly 2 basketball shoes (previously seen in a Jordan Brand ad co-starring "Dr. Darryl Drain") and Nike apparel outfitted from Foot Locker.

"I'm liking the gear" Paul says to his teammate.

Griffin responds in a robot-like voice and with a demeanor straight out of The Stepford Wives. "Foot Locker has the freshest Jordan gear that make me, Blake Griffin, look my best."

Paul, a bit confused, points to his Air Jordan T-shirt and begins to respond, "Yeah, B, I like Foot Locker too . . . "

Griffin, however, interrupts with his on-going endorsement pitch. "And try our extra caliente salsa. it's a full-court press on your taste buds. So come on down for great deals on our premium . . . "

A mystified Paul then looks behind Griffin's chair and sees that his teammate is attached to a machine called "The Endorser." Paul unplugs Griffin — whose marketing deals also include Kia, GameFly and Subway — who reverts to his normal voice. However, even without the machine, he still likes Foot Locker. "I'll tell you what, though, I really like this gear."

"Blake, you really meant that," Paul says. "You're turned off [from The Endorser machine]."

Paul then switches The Endorser back on, and Griffin reverts to robot pitchman. "I also love Lithuania. Sponsored by Lithuania Tourism." (See the full spot here.)

"Foot Locker created a fun commercial and I had a great time doing this spot with Chris," Griffin said in a statement. "Regardless of whether or not you like my skills as a salesman in the spot, you'll agree that we look fresh in our Jordan Brand gear from Foot Locker."

In the spot with Victor Cruz, "Buddy Montage," the Giants' wide receiver is playing video games with a kid name Scott. "That's some fresh Kids Foot Locker gear," Cruz observes.

"Thanks, Victor," Scott responds. Then, breaking the fourth wall, Scott says, "You know, Victor, I'm going to be sad when this commercial is over and we're not pretend buddies anymore."

"Scott, there's still time life," Cruz responds, "Let's make it count."

Then, in real time over the next 20 seconds of the commercial, Cruz and Scott play football in the house, go for a ride in a paddle boat, break cement bricks using karate, go fishing, ride an ATV, demolish a home, create a giant ice cream sundae and appear to fly in a hot air balloon.

"So what's after this?" Scott asks as time winds down. "Just the logo," Cruz replies.

The camera pulls back to reveal a green screen and the rest of the crew members, one of whom pulls Scott out of the basket and off the set.

Closing text reads, "Kids Foot Locker. Time to Go Big." (See the full spot here.)

Both spots are from BBDO, NY.

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