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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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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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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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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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May262016

Mountain Dew Takes Consumers For A VR Ride With Dale Jr., Kasey Kahne, YouTube

By Barry Janoff

May 25, 2016: Not content to get products such as Pitch Black and Baja Blast into the hands of consumers, Mtn. Dew is using a virtual reality platform and gaming softwear to give consumers a hands-on experience with top Nascar drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott.

As part of its recently launched DEWcision 2016 multi-media campaign, Mtn. Dew said it would "leverage the latest in Oculus VR hardware and gaming/CGI software" to put people behind the wheel of race cars, employing a 360º perspective in peson, on YouTube and via other social media platforms.

The effort enables people via VR to race through a beach-desert landscape powered by Baja Blast or a futuristic cityscape powered by Pitch Black.

With DEWcision 2016, playing off of this year's presidential election, Mtn. Dew is asking people to pick a favorite between Pitch Black and Baja Blast, which, according to the brand, "are two specialty flavors that have developed cult followings of true Dew aficionados."

Depending on which path a person chooses in the VR experience, their vote will also be counted to help determine which flavor wins DEWcision 2016.

Mtn. Dew said is the first time it is using VR as a content channel as part of a larger, integrated 360-degree campaign.

Dale Jr., Kahne and Elliott — all part of the Mtn. Dew Racing Team — provide running commentary and other insights as the drive the VR courses, directing viewers to use the 360º option to look for obstacles and other unique scenes happening not just in front of but also above, behind and on both sides of the car.

"You're in the driver's seat," offers Earnhardt Jr. "This is no ordinary track, but I think you can handle it."

As part of its DEWcision VR leg, Mtn. Dew has formed partnership with Shazam, becoming the "first brand to launch a VR campaign on the app.

Using Visual Shazam, people can access exclusive VR content when they scan Pitch Black or Baja Blast bottles.

The VR racing content will also be available this week to people at the JR Motorsports Fan Day in Mooresville, N.C. (May 26-27) as well as on YouTube 360 and Facebook 360 and through the Milk VR library.
 
Mtn. Dew said it is one of the first brands to use the new Oculus Rift VR headset and developer kit to "transport fans to a choose-your-own adventure gamified VR racing experience. The experience was developed by Firstborn using Unreal gaming software for VR.

After putting on a VR headset, the viewer is seated and given an Oculus-enabled steering wheel. The steering wheel is linked to the VR world, allowing viewers to steer their chosen car on the racetrack.

In addition, the brand is launching a dedicated VR hub at MountainDew.com/VR that features all of its VR content playable via a mobile phone.

According to Greg Lyons, svp-marketing for Mtn. Dew, "Dew Nation (never ceases) to amaze me with your passion for these two brands. From bathing in Baja Blast to road tripping to stock up on Pitch Black, we think we've seen it all . . . until now. This summer, we're challenging you to show us how far you would go for your favorite flavor."

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