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• The NBA 2K League today named Tencent Holdings Limited as the league’s first distribution partner in China.

• The English Premier League has signed a multi-year deal naming Anheuser-Busch brand Budweiser as its official category partner. Carling had been the EPL category partner since 2016.

• Sports and live entertainment company AEG has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renewal agreement with Toshiba America Business Solutions, extending their “comprehensive partnership across several of AEG’s flagship assets,” including Toshiba remaining a founding partner of Staples Center and the official digital signage and display provider of L.A. Live.

• As part of the NFL 100th season celebration, the NFL has teamed up with league partner EA to give one lucky fan the chance to become an EA Sports Madden NFL ratings adjustor for the day as well as be digitized to appear in the Madden NFL game. Details here.

• The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have signed a long-term deal naming  Fanatics, a  global leader for licensed sports merchandise, as the exclusive operator of all Warriors Shop locations throughout the Bay Area. Full story here.

• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

POLL POSITION

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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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).

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Apr022014

PepsiCo Extends Its Alliance With MLB, Adds Brands, Harper To Marketing Mix

By Barry Janoff

April 2, 2014: PepsiCo, which has been an official partner of Major League Baseball for more than 15 years, said it has signed a multi-year pact to extend and enhance its relationship with MLB.

As part of the sponsorship, PepsiCo maintains "exclusive rights within the non-alcoholic beverage, sports fuel and salty snack categories to use MLB marks and logos."

In addition, PepsiCo said it has alliances with more than half of the MLB teams and has more than a dozen MLB athletes as marketing endorsers.

PepsiCo brands named as official MLB sponsors include Pepsi, Gatorade, Aquafina, Frito-Lay Seeds, Cracker Jack and Lay's. Financial terms were not disclosed.

PepsiCo said it would continue to "create local and national MLB fan marketing programs, integrate into the league's TV assets, work with the league's mobile and digital properties through its long-standing partnership with MLB Advanced Media, produce retail promotional opportunities with its customers and activate at marquee MLB events" such as the All-Star Game and World Series.

"MLB is a terrific PepsiCo partner and provides a strong platform to activate our food and beverage brands in ways that benefit the League, our retail customers and baseball fans across the country," Jennifer Storms, svp-global sports marketing for PepsiCo, said in a statement "Opening Day marks the start of a busy selling season for many PepsiCo brands and we're delighted to continue our relationship with one of the world's most iconic sports properties."

Included in new marketing will be a campaign from Gatorade to support the launch of its Fierce subline starring Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, who has just signed as a brand endorser.

Pepsi will unveil "For the Thrill of the Game"  under its umbrella "Live for Now" campaign, which will focus on the "excitement and passion" that baseball fans have for the game. Aquafina will add to its destination as the "official water of Major League Baseball" by becoming the "official sponsor of the Seventh Inning Stretch," with support that includes on-package promotions.

Frito-Lay brands, including Lay's, Cracker Jack and Frito-Lay Sunflower Seeds will have sampling and other promotional efforts throughout the season. Frito-Lay will also develop team specific POP displays in select markets where it has a team sponsorship, according to the company.

According to Tim Brosnan, evp-business for MLB, "PepsiCo has been a tremendous supporter of Major League Baseball for nearly two decades. PepsiCo will enhance the fan experience at the ballpark and at retail with promotions across its food and beverage portfolio. As one of baseball's great rising stars, Bryce Harper is a perfect selection by Gatorade as a brand endorser."

"PepsiCo will enhance the fan experience at the ballpark and at retail with promotions across its food and beverage portfolio."

The push comes on the heels of what PepsiCo called the launch of the "biggest worldwide, integrated marketing campaign" for its Global Snacks Group. The Lay's brand push stars soccer icon Lionel Messi and will lead to the FIFA World Cup in June-July (for which rival Coca-Cola is an official marketing partner). Elements include TV, out-of-home, POP, Internet, social media and packaging with Messi's image. (See the full spot here.)

“We are proud to deliver the first-ever global equity integrated marketing campaign for Lay’s using the universally beloved game of football as our backdrop,”  Lorraine Chow Hansen, president, PepsiCo Global Snacks Group, said in a statement.

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