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• Kraft Heinz division Devour Food has joined with the American Cornhole League to uncover from among its ranks the "Devour Man of the Year," with the winner earning $10,000 and free Devour Pizza for a year. Details here.

• Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Grand Slam at French Open, citing her shoulder injury and recovery.

• Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird will be the co-recipients of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award, to be honored during the NBA Awards on June 24 (TNT).

• The American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering. The code, developed in coordination with its members, “extends commitments made by individual companies through their own responsible marketing activities and those adhered to by all association members through the Responsible Gaming Code of Conduct. “The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.” 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

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in France and seek to defend their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown (July 7-Aug.7).

GOALKEEPERS

Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS
Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS
Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS
Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

KEEPING SCORE

Results from NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm — aka the Zion Williamson Lottery:
1. New Orleans  
2. Memphis        
3. New York        
4.Los Angeles Lakers     
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix          
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
 9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte        
13.  Miami
14.  Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office May 3-5
1. Avengers: Endgame $145.8M
2. The Intruder $11M
3. Long Shot $10M
4. Uglydolls $8.5M
5. Captain Marvel $4.3M
6. Breakthrough $3.9M
7. Curse of La Llorona $3.5M
8. Shazam! $2.4M
9. Little $1.5M
10. Dumbo $1.4M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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COLLEGE

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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.
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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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Jul232015

All About That Lace: Taylor Swift Croons For Keds, Meghan Trainor Signs With Skechers

By Barry Janoff

July 23, 2015: There may be room for only one of these singers on the stage at a time, but consumers will get a double-billing of casual footwear marketing with Taylor Swift the focus of a new campaign from Keds and Meghan Trainor having people imagine that "It's All About The Lace" in signing an endorsement deal with Skechers.

Swift, who has officially been with Keds since 2012, takes center stage in Keds' global multi-platform effort, "Ladies First Since 1916,"  which anticiaptes the brand's coming centennial anniversary "with a fresh perspective on what it means to be a woman today."

Meanwhile, Trainor will make her debut for Skechers later this year in a campaign to include TV,  print, online, outdoor and POP. Financial terms of her deal were not disclosed.

Sales of casual footwear is a $2 billion-plus business, according to research and consultant firm NPD Group, Port Washington, NY.

Nike is the leader in overall sales of athletic and casual sports shoes (more than 60% of the market), but Skechers this year moved into second place in the casual sports-footwear category with 5%, ahead of such competitors as adidas, ASICS and New Balance, per NPD Group.

According to Keds, "Ladies First" supports its Fall 2015 footwear collection with "progressive messages that celebrate a new notion of what it means to be a lady in 2015." Insights came from more than 10,000 women from eight countries.

Copy includes "There's no such thing as an average girl," "All dressed up with everywhere to go," "There will be moving, there will be shaking" and "It's not a running shoe, it's a run the world shoe."

In addition to Swift, the campaign features illustrator Priscilla White, surface artist and pattern designer Kendra Dandy and street artist Paige Smith.

The effort, from lead agency Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners, includes print and digital (in such destinations as Nylon, Paper, Interview, Refinery29 and WhoWhatWear) and what Keds called "high-impact disruptive elements like wild postings, bus wraps and subway media."

Swift also has a dedicated micro-site housed at Keds.com.

"'Ladies First' is a celebration of amazing women like Taylor Swift who are blazing new trails every day,"  Chris Lindner, president for Lexington, Mass.-based Keds said in a statement. "Keds is approaching its centennial year in 2016, and the Ladies First platform is the start of a powerful new era,"

At Skechers, Trainor's appearance will "complement" an on-going Colorful Comfort campaign with actress/singer Demi Lovato.

Both follow in the footsteps of such previous Skecher's endorsers as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood.

Skechers' current eclectic roster of endorsers also includes Pete Rose, Joe Namath, Ringo Starr, Joe Montana, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mariano Rivera.

According to Trainor, “I’m very excited to work with Skechers. I’m proud to get behind a company that celebrates style and being true to yourself! The shoes are so comfortable and stylish too. I know my fans will love this campaign.”

Trainor's breakout hit, "All About That Bass,” was followed by “Lips Are Movin,” and “Dear Future Husband.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Meghan Trainor on a new bright and colorful women’s campaign that will be ‘all about the shoes,’” Michael Greenberg, president for Skechers, headquartered in Manhattan Beach, Calif., said in a statement.

“From her beautiful voice to her fun, carefree image, Meghan is an amazing talent who engages with millions of teens and young women around the globe," said Greenburg. "A true original, Meghan is a perfect fit for Skechers and our super successful, fashionable and comfortable footwear.”

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