• 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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).


NBA Explains 'This Is Why We Play' In 2015-16 Season Opening Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 12, 2015: The NBA has united current stars, coaches, legends, game-changers, fans and schoolyard ballers for, "This Is Why We Play," a multi-media campaign launching this week in advance of the 2015-16 season opener on Oct. 27.

The campaign, targeting core and casual fans, is intended to "capture the emotions behind basketball’s universal appeal, showcasing stories of what motivates, inspires and excites teams, players and fans both on and off the court."

The first spot, "Anthem," which breaks Oct. 12, highlights the game’s "historical milestones and reverberating cultural impact, and demonstrates many ways teams, players and fans are deeply connected to basketball and the values it teaches."

Following "Anthem," the campaign will include “Anticipation” (breaking Oct. 22) and “Joy” (Oct. 27).

The "Anthem" spot hits in 60- and 30-second versions.

Select spots will roll out in customized team versions, according to the NBA.

The range of current players includes Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Doc Rivers (head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers).

Icons include Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Willis Reed and Yao Ming.

Featured game-changers Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs (the first full-time assistant coach in the league), Violet Palmer (the first woman NBA ref) and Jason Collins (the league's first openly gay player)..

Media buy includes ESPN, TNT, ABC,  NBA TV, ABC Family, Comedy Central, DirecTV, HGTV, MTV,  Nick@Nite, Spike and VH1.

Support also includes print, Internet, in-arena and league and team platforms.
This and subsequent spots will also get a heavy dose of social media. Platforms include Facebook, Twitter (#ThisIsWhyWePlay), Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Tumblr, Tencent and Weibo, which will also feature user-generated content.

On NBA Instagram, the league said it would  launch "a first-person testimonial photo series on Instagram, spotlighting how basketball has impacted the lives of individual fans, players and team personnel."

A bevy of shots of show NBA players interacting with fans throughout communities around the world. As such, a leg of the campaign will be integrated with all of the NBA’s platforms and social responsibility efforts, including Jr. NBA, NBA Cares and Ene Be A, according to the league.

The NBA's lead agency is Translation, NY.

In "Anthem," interspersed with shots of players in action and off the court, a voiceover says, "Why do we play? We play for jumpers, passers and shooters. We play for driveway one-on-ones. Playground heroes. The clutch nets. We play for ballers. Shot callers (Coach Doc Rivers). Game changers (Magic and Bird). Life changers (Yao Ming).

"We play for the East side (a shot of Carmelo Anthony), West side (Kobe Bryant), North side (a shot of Chicago) and South side," the narrative continues. "We play for the drama. The suspense. And comedy" (Chris Bosh photo-bombing Dwayne Wade during a TV interview).

"Comebacks (Willis Reed in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals). Paybacks (Reggie Miller vs. Knicks in the 1995 playoffs). Givebacks. The breakthrough. Breaking barriers (Jason Collins, Becky Hammon and Violet Palmer)."

As shots of past NBA champions and the defending league champion Golden State Warriors appear, the voiceover says, "We play for chasing the dream. On and off the court." (See the full spot here.)

According to the league, "This Is Why We Play" demonstrates how "NBA basketball is more than just spectacular in-game play; teams, players and fans are deeply connected to the game and its values off the court."

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