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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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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.
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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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Feb132016

State Farm Brings The Hoopers, Rappin' Baby Dame Dolla, To NBA All-Star Game

By Barry Janoff

February 13, 2016: Thanks to State Farm, The Hoopers have arrived at the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, and they've brought Baby Dame Dolla with them.

The eclectic family — Chris Paul (Dad), DeAndre Jordan (Mom), Kevin Lov (son), Kevin Garnett (Grandpa) and Damian Lillard (baby) star in a new commercial, "Droppin' Dimes," set to break during All-Star Game weekend.

This is the fourth spot in the campaign for The Hoopers, which also includes a special spot featuring Reggie Miller ("Downtown"), all of which will air throughout the State Farm All-Star Game Saturday Night and then during the game Sunday.

An extended two-minute version will play on social media.

En route to Toronto, State Farm put The Hoopers in a #FindersKeepers scavenger hunt, during which followers on Instagram and Twitter were given clues about finding NBA items, including jerseys and tickets, in seven cities.

According to State Farm, "Ahead of this year’s All-Star Weekend, State Farm decided to take advantage of Lillard’s MC skills to produce 'Droppin’ Dimes.' The song is all about providing assists both on and off the court, whether as an NBA player or a State Farm agent, and encouraging consumers to save money by combining home and auto insurance with State Farm."

In "Droppin' Dimes," Lillard, with help from Love, raps:

"Drip, drip Drop
"Droppin' Dimes Droppin' Dimes
"Baby Dame Dolla trail-blazen' dimes everywhere
"I don't wanna boast but I'm dropping' dimes from coast to coast
"I'm dropping' dimes everywhere like I just don't care
"Droppin' dimes on the bike, on the stairs
"Even dropping' dimes on my teddy bear."

At that point, The Hoopers next door neighbor, a State Farm agent, says to Chris Paul, "I probably shouldn't have brought up how much money you can save with State Farm by combining your home and auto insurance around the kids."

The extended two-minute music video adds such lines as, referring to Kevin (Grandpa) Garnett, "Here is my OG, Original Grandpa/He may be old but he's fierce like a timber wolf that can't be controlled."

In addition, State Farm and NBA Cares are also collaborating on the first State Farm Assist Tracker, which will continue NBA Cares’ and the State Farm ‘Exist to Assist’ program’s mission to "create safer, stronger, more educated communities."
 
The State Farm Assist Tracker is a digital hub located on NBA.com dedicated to "monitoring the total number of assists made during the All-Star Game."

 The Boys & Girls Club of America will receive $1,800 per assist (in honor of the 18,000 agents State Farm has across the country). Assists will be tallied based on the NBA’s official Player Tracking system, with State Farm and NBA providing matching funds for all donations.

The other commercials in the campaign to date are "Meet the Hoopers," "Robbed," "Hawks and Hornets" and "Downtown."

State Farm Wants You To Meet The Hoopers

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