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• 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.
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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

KEEPING SCORE

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

BUY SELL

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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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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Feb022019

NFL Network Signs Prime Time Deal To Air Alliance Of American Football Games

By Barry Janoff

February 1, 2019: The neophyte Alliance of American Football, just a week away from beginning its inaugural season, continues to add media partners to bring its game to the people.

The AAF, which already has an alliance with CBS Sports Network, this week added Turner Sports for coverage and has now signed a significant multi-year deal with NFL Network.

The AAF will make its debut Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, just a week after the NFL’s Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3.

The pact with NFL Network — owned by the NFL — adds credibility to the eight-team rookie league.

It also brings the AAF another step closer to the NFL universe.

Financial terms of the pact were not released.

"NFL Network understands the mission and vision for The Alliance and what we are trying to accomplish," Charlie Ebersol, AAF co-founder and CEO, a veteran TV and film producer whose father, Dick Ebersol, former chairman for NBC Sports and now a senior advisor for NBC Universal Sports and Olympics.

"This partnership will now keep professional football in its prime time television spot, allowing fans to continue watching America's most popular sport well into the spring."

The AAF is counting people wanting to continue to see football on TV in the spring, when the NFL off-season consists of the Scouting Combine (Feb. 26-March 4) and the NFL Draft (April 25-27)

According to Mark Quenzel, svp-programming and production for NFL Network, “Having live football games on NFL Network in February, March, and April will be a great addition to our lineup and a nice complement to our coverage of the NFL Combine and NFL Draft,.”

Also leading the AAF is co-founder Bill Polian, a veteran football executive with more than 40 years experience.

Hines Ward, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl XL, XLIII) and is now head of football development for AAF.

Shaquille O’Neal said he has invested in the league, but did not disclose figures.

The first game on NFL Network will see the Salt Lake Stallions face the Arizona Hotshots on Feb. 10.

NFL Network will then air two games per week in prime time on Saturday and Sunday nights.

CBS is scheduled to air the AAF's opening day,.

CBS Sports Network will then carry one AAF game each week throughout the ten-week regular season and then the post-season in April.

The inaugural AAF championship game is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019, to be broadcast nationally on CBS from Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.

Turner’s TNT will televise the Stallions vs. Birmingham Iron on  Feb. 16 as a lead-in to its coverage of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm.

TNT will then air an Alliance playoff matchup in April.

Turner’s B/R Live will support the inaugural season of the AAF with a special program available Feb. 9, introducing fans to the league, including some of the top moments from the pre-season.

B/R Live’s game coverage will begin Feb. 23, with Arizona vs. Salt Lake.

B/R Live will support the inaugural season of The Alliance with a special program available Feb. 9, introducing fans to the league, including some of the top moments from the pre-season.

AAF partners also include Riddell, Starter, New Era and Topps.

AAF said it has signed more than 400 players. Head coaches include such former NFL players and/or head coaches as Mike Singletary, Steve Spurrier, Brad Childress, Dennis Erickson and Mike Martz.

The eight AAF cities, stadiums/head coaches:

Eastern Division
• Atlanta Legends: Georgia State Stadium / Brad Childress
• Birmingham Iron: Legion Field Stadium / Tim Lewis
• Memphis Express: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium / Mike Singletary
• Orlando Apollos: Spectrum Stadium / Steve Spurrier
    
Western Division
• Arizona Hotshots: Sun Devil Stadium / Rick Neuheisel
• Salt Lake Stallions: Rice-Eccles Stadium / Dennis Erickson
• San Antonio Commanders: Alamodome / Mike Riley
• San Diego Fleet: San Diego County Credit Union Stadium / Mike Martz

Alliance Of American Football Adds Turner Sports To Inaugural Season Partners

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