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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).

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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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Mar142011

Katy Perry, D-Howard, David Beckham Are 'All adidas' In Brand's Largest Global Push

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

March 14, 2011: It's March madness in Portland and around the world — not so much for the NCAA men's basketball tournament but because adidas has unveiled details of its “All adidas” global brand effort.

In what the brand is calling the "largest marketing campaign" in company history, multi-media efforts will feature spokespersons from entertainment and sports, including Katy Perry and Dwight Howard. In addition, it will for the first time encompass adidas Sport Performance, adidas Originals and adidas Sport Style sub-brands in a single push.

Adidas spokespersons from sports and entertainment will put on their best game faces, including Perry, hip hop artist B.o.B., NBA players Derrick Rose and Howard, top-ranked tennis players Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki, soccer stars David Beckham and Lionel Messi and skateboarders Silas Baxter-Neal, Lem Villemin and Jake Donnelly.

The campaign, which was teased last week with several five-second TV spots, officially launches March 16 via 30- and 60-second TV spots, print, and Internet, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. Lead agency is Montreal-based agency Sid Lee.

“Today’s consumers are not one-dimensional. They live across the cultural spectrum and that’s where adidas has its edge," Patrik Nilsson, president of adidas America, said in a statement. “The adidas brand extends beyond sports and ‘all adidas’ celebrates this breadth of passion from athletes, musicians, artists and beyond."

Spend for the global campaign was not revealed. In its Q4 October-December 2010 financial report released in early March, adidas reported that "sales and marketing expenses should decline [in 2011], in part due to the comparison with last year's outlay for the football World Cup in South Africa."

According to adidas, the heart of the "All adidas" campaign is the "celebration of the game face – the look of glory or defeat we reveal at the most pivotal moment in the game."  As such, adidas is asking consumers to submit their own "best game face" photo for a chance to be on a special TV commercial with other adidas stars during the MTV Movie Awards on June 5.  (Full details here.)

Consumers can also interact with the "All adidas" campaign through social platforms including YouTube, where adidas said it would "serve up in-depth content to consumers."

The ''All adidas" push is expected to further connect with consumers following efforts in 2010 that CEO Herbert Hainer said "beat all our initial expectations for the year . . .  All our brands scored with consumers in an improving worldwide economy," Hainer said in a statement in conjunction with the release of the company's Q4 financial statement.

"[This] allows us to create stronger, truer connections with consumers by encouraging and celebrating a mix of interests and passions central to their lives."

"The new campaign allows us to create stronger, truer connections with the consumer by encouraging and celebrating a mix of interests and passions central to their lives," said Nilsson.

The TV spots were directed by Romain Gavras and feature the song “Civilization” by French electronic band Justice. Sid Lee was named the global lead-agency for the entire adidas brand in 2010.

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