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• Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA vp-basketball operations and a former NBA All-Star, has been named President of the NBA G League. Abdur-Rahim will replace Malcolm Turner, who will step down Jan. 11, 2019, to become the AD for Vanderbilt University.

• The Golden State Warriors have been named the Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

• MLB Network will mark its 10th anniversary Jan. 1, 2019 at 6 PM ET – “exactly 10 years to the minute when MLB Network came on the air” – with “MLB Network: 10 Years and Counting.” It will follow that with a re-airing of Don Larsen’s perfect Game Five from the 1956 World Series.

• MiLB has expanded its deal with Allegiant Airline to launch Allegiant World MasterCard, which includes points for every purchase, no blackout dates for travel, rewards specific to cardholder's favorite MiLB teams and local communities.

• The Big East has signed a deal to keep its men’s basketball conference tournament in New York’s Madison Square Garden through 2028, extending a contract that was scheduled to run through 2026 but with an opt-out clause for  2022. Financial terms were not shared.

• With one week left in NFL Pro Bowl 2019 voting the leaders are:

Drew Brees (950,818), Patrick Mahomes (884,888), Todd Gurley (747,516), Saquon Barkley (718,108), James Conner (664,897), Jared Goff ( 658,150), Antonio Brown (630,392), Alvin Kamara (582,550), Tyreek Hill (560,994) and Travis Kielce (551,249).

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Eight Teams And Venues For XFL 2020

• Dallas – Globe Life Park
• Houston – TDECU Stadium
• Los Angeles – StubHub Center
• New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
• St. Louis – The Dome at America’s Center
• Seattle – CenturyLink Field
• Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium
• Washington, DC – Audi Field

See full story here.

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BABE RUTH MEMORABILIA AUCTION

A live auction is scheduled to take place in Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2019 under the auspices of Hunt Auctions, to include 100s of items from the Babe Ruth family that have been in their possession since he passed away in 1948, most of which have not been seen in public. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Among the items: 
• Babe Ruth Professional Model cleats
• Babe Ruth 60th Home Run Autographed display piece
• Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan Champion Batsman presentational trophy
• Lou Gehrig signed and inscribed photograph to Babe Ruth
• Babe Ruth's 1930-31 New York Yankees "Better year than President" player contract
• Babe Ruth 1935 Boston Braves autographed contract agreement
• Babe Ruth personal check ledger with related signed documents
• Babe Ruth single signed baseballs and autographed photographs
• Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan presentational pass
• Babe Ruth personal photographic albums including autographed exemplars
• Babe Ruth 12 Point Deer Trophy Mount with photographic provenance

Other items not from the Ruth family include:
• Babe Ruth Professional Model Bat with Home Run Notches c.1926-29
• Babe Ruth "Bustin Babes" barnstorming equipment travel case c.1920s (Waite Hoyt provenance)
• Highly significant 1923 New York Yankees World Championship presentational Spalding trophy
• 1923 New York Yankees World Champions team autographed ledger sheet

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Weekend Box Office Nov. Dec. 7-9
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $16.1M
2. The Grinch $15.7M
3. Creed II $10.3M
4. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $6.8M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $6M
6. Instant Family $5.6M
7. Green Book $3.9M
8. Robin Hood $3.6M
9. Possession of Hannah Grace $3.2M
10. Widows $3.1M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Sep052018

In Izod Campaign, QB Aaron Rodgers Spoofs QBs In Marketing Campaigns

By Barry Janoff

September 5, 2018: NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and NBC's Saturday Night Live cast member and head writer Colin Jost star in a new humorous multi-media campaign for Izod, which both embraces and pokes fun at traditional advertising techniques.

The campaign’s anchor TV spot, appropriately called “Ad Clichés,” is filled with numerous scenes that have become overworked on Madison Avenue (including some of our own ads, said Izod).

Among the clichés: good-looking models wearing fashionable clothing inappropriate for the sports action being shown, a popular athlete making an MVP cameo (here during a neighborhood pick-up football game and at a party), special effects that make the product seem extraordinary beyond belief and a twist on a popular tag line, which ends up coming out as "Just Go Buy It."

Izod, a division of PVH Corp., said this would be its “most integrated marketing effort to-date.”

“We set out to develop a spot that would make Izod consumers do a double-take, while also letting them know we’re in on the joke,” Mike Kelly, CMO Heritage Marketing and chief innovation officer for PVH, said in a statement.

“Izod has always been known as the go-to brand for golf and the beach, but we wanted to make it top-of-mind for the fall, as well. This fresh concept allows us to break through the seasonal mindset.”

Rodgers, who just signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension with the Green Bay Packers, employs his low-key humor previously seen in commercials — while also poking fun at himself — for State Farm and others.

His scene quarterbacking a pick-up football game actually mirrors a TV spot from years ago done by a previous Packers quarterback, Brett Farve, for Wrangler Jeans.

“I really liked the concept of the spot and had a blast shooting with Izod,” said Rodgers in a statement. “I know fans will appreciate the humor Colin and I brought to the field, and may even be surprised by my lesser-known ‘off-the-field talents’ shown in these spots.”

At one point, Jost, who is supposed to be the main player in the ad, finds Rodgers overshadowing him in every scene. In stereotypical Madison Avenue commercial voiceover, he says, “Hey, Aaron Rodgers, this is my commercial. So do your cameo and get out of here.”

Later, when Rodgers is still hogging the spotlight, a worried Jost says in voiceover, “Is Aaron Rodgers following me around?”

The spot’s actual voiceover seeks to soothe his feelings: “Colin makes it look easy . . .  with a slo-motion finish.”

The full 60-second Izod spot will also air in shorter 30-second versions via national and local TV placements, supported by digital and social media partnerships and engagement.

Creative was handled by PVH’s in-house marketing group. Izod said Jost partnered on script development,

According to Jost, "I liked the idea of doing an ad that was self-aware and that made fun of all the weird tropes from fashion commercials. I wanted to be the guy in the commercial looking around like, 'Who are these people?'”

PVH brands also include Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, Arrow, Speedo, Warner’s Olga, Geoffrey Beene and True&Co.

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