• 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.

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


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


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.
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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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).


En Route To Paris, NBA Shares All-Star Game Details On Fan Vote, Roster Draft

By Barry Janoff

January 17, 2019: The NBA office in New York has released the third fans vote totals for the 2019 All-Star Game and details for the All-Star Game roster draft, but the big news came from London.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers continues to lead the Western Conference — and all players — with 3,770,807 votes, while the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo remains atop the Eastern Conference with 3,626,909 votes in All-Star Game Voting 2019 presented by Google.

Meanwhile, in London, where the New York Knicks played the Washington Wizards in The O2 on Thursday (Jan. 17) — the ninth NBA regular-season game in the U.K. — the league said it was close to finalizing details for a 2020 regular-season game in Paris.

"I was told not to make an announcement today, but it’s something we’re working on very closely — to organize a regular season game in Paris next season,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in London during a pre-game media conference.

“France has historically been a terrific make for the NBA. We have several players from France. We’ve played many exhibition games in Paris over the years. It will continue to be an important market.”

Silver said the league had not played in Paris for a number of years because what used to be Bercy Arena was being renovated and upgraded, now known as AccorHotels Arena.

The NBA’s previous Paris appearance was a pre-season game in 2010 between the Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Although the game and details were yet to be finalized, Silver said, “We’re looking forward to coming back to Paris.”

Hoops will play a bigger role in Paris when it hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics.

In All-Star Game voting, if unchanged, James and Antetokounmpo would be captains for their respective conferences.

The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Draft will be televised by TNT Feb. 7.

TNT will announce the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two team captains, Jan. 24 during the TNT NBA Tip-Off pre-game show

The network will unveil the reserves — seven players from each conference — as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during NBA Tip-Off.

Fans account for 50% of the vote to determine the ten starters (five players from each conference) for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25% of the vote,

In the fan totals released today, James in the West is followed by:

• Luka Dončić Dallas Mavericks 3,301,825
• Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 2,979,080
• Derrick Rose Minnesota Timberwolves 2,712,938
• Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder 2,583,342
• Kevin Durant Warriors 2,432,134 
• James Harden Houston Rockets 2,315,093
• Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 2,091,770
• Russell Westbrook Thunder 2,090,432
• Steven Adams Thunder 1,483,223

In the East, Antetokounmpo is followed by:

• Kyrie Irving Boston Celtics 3,187,015
• Kawhi Leonard Toronto Raptors2,882,227
• Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 2,292,511
• Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 1,738,043
• Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets 1,156,040
• Ben Simmons Sixers 941,368
• Jayson Tatum Celtics 826,177
• Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers 778,983
• Jimmy Butler Sixers 740,778

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.  TNT will televise the NBA All-Star Game for the 17th consecutive year.

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