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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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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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March Madness Marketing: Ads Motivate Purchases, But Need Creative Improvement

By Barry Janoff

April 4, 2019: There has been a lot of action on the court during March Madness, which is heading into the Final Four and Championship Game April 4-6.

There also has been a lot of action on-air and online via marketing, commercials and brand activation.

National TV ad spend during NCAA Men's Div. I March Madness in 2019 across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV is forecast to top a record $1.36 billion, with the Top Ten advertisers potentially accounting for some $550 million, more than 40% of the total spend.

“The NCAA has successfully monetized its Men’s Div. I Basketball Championship tournament, March Madness, creating a platform for marketers to reap benefits from advertising and promotional programs anchored around the games,” according to the 2019 NCAA March Madness Ad Spend study from research and consulting firm Kantar Media, NY.

How much impact has online advertising and marketing for this year’s tournament had on fans, consumers and viewers?

Some 42% of people said they were more likely to make a purchase after viewing an ad.

However, 57% said the ads had no effect on them, according to a just-released survey from Arkadium, a leading interactive content company that works with media companies nationwide.

The 40%-plus figure was seen as a win for marketers.

“That more than 40% who see March Madness campaigns are more likely to buy is huge,” Jessica Rovello, CEO and co-founder for Arkadium, said via the New York-based company.
 
“It’s a major opportunity for brands and they should be taking advantage online.”

NCAA official partners include corporate champions AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

Corporate partners include Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Geico, Google Cloud, Infiniti, Intel, Lowe’s Marriott, Nabisco, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever, Wendy’s and just-signed Uber Eats.

Nearly half of all respondents (47%) rated the March Madness ads they’ve viewed online as “good,” with 26% rating them as “acceptable” and 25% rating them as “very good.”

Of that last group, 88% of users who rated ads “very good” were more likely to purchase from that brand. Less than 2% of respondents rated the ads as poor quality, according to Arkadium.

“March Madness makes for an effective ad campaign theme this time of year,” said Rovello.

“It’s a national event that many get excited about, and among all post-season sports advertising, only the NFL exceeds the annual tournament in spend. This makes for excellent advertising campaign material.”

As for the specific types of ads they remember seeing, 77% recalled ads from food and beverage companies (including Pizza Hut and Buffalo Wild Wings).

Insurance companies followed at 35% (including Geico), then financial services (34%, including Capital One and its trio of spokesmen Charles Barkley, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson), retail (33%), auto companies (31%), technology companies (29%), home improvement (20%) and hospitality (15%).

“Every year, food and beverage brands recognize March Madness as a key opportunity to connect with fans online,” said Rovello.

“Fans are highly engaged and the right campaign can activate that to drive meaningful lift and grow revenue.”

The No. 1 place people recall seeing March Madness online ads is at sports news sites (74%), followed by social media (73%).

The least popular place that respondents viewed ads was a brand’s own Web site (39%).

“Interactive and visual experiences are clearly in-demand,” said Rovello.

When asked how to improve the ads, 39% of respondents said “make them more interactive and participatory,” while 38% suggested to make them more visual.

In addition, 32% of ad viewers want something more personalized, 25% seek out more visuals as opposed to plain text and 16% said to make them “less distracting — make them look and feel more like the Web site.”

“Advertisers should take note. In the future, these changes would benefit the brands, publishers and consumers alike,” said Rovello.

“The brand increases revenue, and the consumer experiences a more enjoyable ad experience.”

For the study, Arkadium said it commissioned a survey of more than 1,000 adult March Madness fans throughout the U.S.

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NCAA Shoots, Scores: March Madness 2019 Ad Spend Expected To Hit Record $1.36B

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