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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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Oct052015

Moving Day: Trucks Arrive As Harden Officially Switches From Nike To Adidas

By Barry Janoff

October 5, 2015: When James Harden woke up on Oct. 1, it marked the official beginning of his 13-year, $200 million deal with adidas.

Harden celebrated with breakfast at home.

Adidas celebrated by delivering two truck loads of basketball kicks to Harden's front door, making a marketing and social media splash to signify Harden's move from Nike.

"The Wait Is Over" read the back panels on two adidas trucks parked in the front courtyard of Harden's home.

According to adidas, the all-star point guard for the Houston Rockets will wear Crazylight Boost in a variety of Rockets colors this season. A signature shoe being planned.

"Doing what's expected isn't enough for me. I've taken chances to put myself in a position to be successful and I'm hungry for more," Harden said in a statement. "I want to be true to who I am, even if that means taking risks or doing things different from the status quo or what other people expect,"

Initial marketing was tied to the "unannounced" delivery to Harden, with a 30-second "The Wait Is Over" spot showing Harden wearing a bathrobe answering the door, then ultimately being surrounded by a bevy of boxes filled with adidas kicks.

Adidas supported with shout-outs on social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Future marketing likely will play into the low-key, fun-loving persona that Harden has shown in other ad campaigns.

Harden also has deals that include BodyArmor, BBVA Compass, Foot Locker and 2K Sports.

An upcoming event with Foot Locker — likely the first national spot in which Harden will wear adidas shoes — will see him shoot basketballs with suggestions printed on them as submitted by people via Twitter. He will seek to fulfill the requests written on the balls of missed shots.

The Foot Locker "Play My Tweet" challenge is scheduled to go down in Houston on Oct. 8 beginning at 7 PM (ET). People can watch via Foot Locker's YouTube channel or Twitter page.

Early requests include having him run a clinic at a high school, donate time and money to fighting cancer and challenging Stephen Curry's daughter, Riley, in a Nae-Nae dance-off.

According to Harden, "After meeting with adidas I knew we could create something people won't see coming. They want to celebrate me for who I am and what I stand for. They want to help me be closer to my fans, tell my story and make incredible product together. This is my chance to do something that can't be done anywhere else."

Harden Takes On (Almost) All Challenges In Foot Locker Twitter Push

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