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• The NBA 2K League today named Tencent Holdings Limited as the league’s first distribution partner in China.

• The English Premier League has signed a multi-year deal naming Anheuser-Busch brand Budweiser as its official category partner. Carling had been the EPL category partner since 2016.

• Sports and live entertainment company AEG has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renewal agreement with Toshiba America Business Solutions, extending their “comprehensive partnership across several of AEG’s flagship assets,” including Toshiba remaining a founding partner of Staples Center and the official digital signage and display provider of L.A. Live.

• As part of the NFL 100th season celebration, the NFL has teamed up with league partner EA to give one lucky fan the chance to become an EA Sports Madden NFL ratings adjustor for the day as well as be digitized to appear in the Madden NFL game. Details here.

• The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have signed a long-term deal naming  Fanatics, a  global leader for licensed sports merchandise, as the exclusive operator of all Warriors Shop locations throughout the Bay Area. Full story here.

• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." 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.”

POLL POSITION

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
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
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr182018

Kobe Bryant Plays Point Guard For New BodyArmor Against Old Gatorade

By Barry Janoff

April 17, 2018: BodyArmor is coming for Gatorade, and they are not kidding around, even though the brand’s new campaign is full of humor.

“Thanks, Gatorade, We’ll Take It From Here,” is a multi-media effort that takes direct aim at the competition, not only calling out the product by name, but picturing it as out of date and out of synch with modern athletes.

The effort is driven by Kobe Bryant, a major investor in the brand, who conceived, co-directed and wrote the TV spots.

They star BodyArmor athlete spokespersons James Harden, Mike Trout, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Kristaps Porzingas.

The campaign also includes digital, social media, outdoor and radio.

In the spots, each of the BodyArmor athletes is seen in an outdated scenario: Harden wears Revolutionary War clothing into a basketball arena instead of a current outfit, Trout exercises with obsolete rather than modern workout machines, Diggins-Smith is seen leading an out-of-style jazzercise class and wearing vintage apparel and Porzingas keeps in touch with his parents via carrier pigeon.

Each ad implies that the dated, dusty methods are akin Gatorade, with BodyArmor seen as the modern, crisp replacement.

The new effort harkens back to a BodyArmor campaign from 2015, “This Is Now,” in which BodyArmor positioned itself as the sports energy drink for modern athletes versus the competition, but did not mention Gatorade by name.

In that campaign, such athlete endorsers as Harden, Trout, Diggins-Smith, Buster Posey, Andrew Luck and Richard Sherman were seen in black-and-white film playing their respective sports using early versions of equipment (leather football helmets, flimsy hockey goalie masks) before transitioning to color and modern equipment.

“I’m notorious for taking what’s old and finding a way to make it new,” Bryant said in a statement about his BodyArmor effort.

“A lot of my inspiration comes from finding things from the past and evolving them to be better. That’s exactly what we’ve done with BodyArmor Sport Drink. We found a way to make the sports drink category better, with natural flavors and sweeteners, potassium-packed electrolytes and coconut water.”

Last year, Bryant wrote, directed and narrated for the brand the national TV spot, “Obsession is Natural.”

BodyArmor, under the auspices of co-founders Lance Collins and Mike Repole, said it has about 5% of the sports drink category versus Gatorade’s 65+% and Powerade’s 25+%, according to industry analysts.

Other BodyArmor athletes, all of whom also are listed as investors, include Andrew Luck, Rob Gronkowski, Buster Posey, LeSean McCoy, Richard Sherman, Sydney Leroux and Dustin Johnson.

Among other alliances, BodyArmor recently signed a multi-year partnership with UFC as the MMA organization's “official sports drink.”

In each spot, the athletes appear to be enjoying their outdated situations but then realize that there is a better, more effective option.

“This is ridiculous,” says Skylar-Diggins in her spot of her antiquated workout routine. A voiceover replies, “It is, Skylar Diggins-Smith, but not as ridiculous as an outdated sports drink. This is BodyArmor. Thanks, Gatorade, we’ll take it from here.”

In Harden’s spot, a voiceover asks, "James Harden wouldn’t go to the game wearing outdated fashion, so why would he choose an outdated sports drink?” To which Harden answers, “I wouldn’t.”

In their respective commercials, we learn that “Kristaps Porzingas wouldn’t use a carrier pigeon to keep in touch with his parents in Latvia,” while “Mike Trout wouldn’t use an outdated workout machine to be All-Star Mike Trout,” and they "wouldn’t drink an outdated sports drink, either.”

Ever since retiring from the NBA after the 2016 season, Bryant has been on a mission to become as least as good in his new career as he was in winning five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.

His Granity Studios is working with some of the top talent in Hollywood; his animated film, Dear Basketball, won an Emmy and an Oscar this year; and he currently has a 15-episode project on ESPN+, Detail, that will run throughout the NBA playoffs and Finals.

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