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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.
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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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Mar282019

Concession Confession: MLB Fans Love Home Runs, Home Wins, Hot Dogs

By Barry Janoff

March 28, 2019: When people start going out to the ball park today, Opening Day of the 2019 MLB season, they will be looking for a sweet home team victory, home runs and hometown hot dogs.

People in MLB stadiums this season are expected to consume about 18.3 million hot dogs and nearly four million sausages, according to a survey from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

That’s a lot, but actually down from more than 19 million hot dogs and 4.6 million sausages consumed last season.

The 19 million is the same figure as in 2017 and down slightly from the 19.4 million in 2016, but up from 18.5 million in 2015.

In 2011, people ate 22.5 million hot dogs in MLB ball parks; in 2014, the number topped 21.3 million.

As far as toppings, 71% of people in the U.S. who eat hot dogs add mustard, followed by ketchup (52%), onions (47%), chili (45%) and relish (41%).

"It's easy to see why hot dogs and sausages have been stadium staples since the very beginnings of Major League Baseball itself," Eric Mittenthal, NHDSC president, said via the Washington D.C.-based group.

”They are delicious, convenient and nostalgic. What would America's pastime be without these most American of foods?"

The Los Angeles Dodgers top MLB, with projected sales of 2.7 million hot dogs at Dodger Stadium. In second, with 1.2 million hot dogs expected to be consumed is the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field.

San Francisco Giants fans are predicted to consume 450,000 sausages in Oracle Park, with Cubs fans not far behind at 400,000.

As in past years, the Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park is the sole MLB venue where sausage sales will outpace hot dogs.

During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, people in America “typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period,” according to NHDSC.

While old favorites will always be on the menu, the coming season will have some culinary surprises.

"In 2019, hot dogs will continue to prove their versatility at ballparks nationwide with versions that reflect our dynamic culture and changing tastes," said Mittenthal.

”It's exciting and mouth-watering to see new takes on old classics that definitely are not your granddad's dog!"

Consumers spent more than $2.4 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets last year.

Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city (36 million-plus pounds), beating out New York and Philadelphia.

At the ball park it’s not just hot dogs. How about pizza.

People in the U.S. eat three billion pizzas a year, with annual U.S. pizza sales upward of $39 billion, according to NHDSC. On any given day, 13% of people in the U.S. eat pizza.

Some places have sought to combine both, such as Domino’s, which has a pizza offering with a crust stuffed with hot dogs.

Pepperoni leads the list of most popular pizzas, followed by sausage, mushroom and plain cheese.

The overall U.S. sausage market is valued at $7.7 billion, of which Italian sausage is $550 million.

Total U.S. pepperoni sales in 2018 topped $526 million, up 9.4% from 2017. By quantity, 63.5 million pounds of pepperoni was sold, an increase of 5.8%.

Among some MLB stadium offerings this season:

Arizona Diamondbacks: "All Day Breakfast Dog" has hash browns, country gravy, cheddar cheese, bacon, fried eggs, hot sauce and green onion put onto an 18-inch hot dog.

Baltimore Orioles: "Crab Mac ‘N Cheese Dog," a hot dog topped with macaroni and cheese and a generous lump of crab meat, seasoned with Old Bay.

Chicago Cubs: “Southwest Fiesta Specialty Hot Dog," a beef frank topped with chili-lime crema, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and house-made pickled peppers.

Cincinnati Reds: "The Nacho Dog," a hot dog topped with jalapenos, nacho cheese, salsa and tortilla chip crumbs.

Detroit Tigers: "Coney Dog Egg Roll," an egg roll stuffed with cut-up hot dogs and chili, drizzled in mustard and sprinkled with onions.

Los Angeles Dodger: “Dodger Sausage," which stuffs a grilled, al pastor sausage with pineapple chunks and tops it with pineapple salsa and cilantro-lime crema. Also, the "Going Yard," a 16.5-inch jalapeño cheddar sausage topped with grilled onions, roasted corn and avocado relish, drizzled with sour cream."

Minnesota Twins: “Boomstick," a two-foot-long creation smothered in chili, nacho cheese, grilled onions and jalapeños

San Francisco Giants: ”Pineapple Polish Sausage," a sweet and savory mix of pork and pineapple chunks.

St. Louis Cardinals: Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog," a jumbo hot dog wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon, served on a locally made jumbo bun and topped with baked beans, pico de gallo, spicy aioli and crispy fried onions.

Texas Rangers: ”RWB (Red, White & Blue) Dog,” a beef frank, flanked by red and blue pickle relish, with a blend of savory, sweet and spicy.

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