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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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Oct182018

Brady Still Rules, But Mahomes Making Mark With Top-Selling NFL Merchandise

By Barry Janoff

October 18, 2018: Patrick Mahomes is making an impact in the NFL during his sophomore year, quarterbacking the Kansas City Chiefs to one of the best records in the league with stats that have him at or near the top of most charts.

The 24-year-old is also making an impact in NFL merchandise sales.

Mahomes, who played for three seasons at Texas Tech before being drafted by the Chiefs in 2017 is a fan favorite with college merchandise, topped sales of all women’s collegiate fashion tops from G-III Apparel Group.

His overall merchandise sales have him at No. 42 among all NFL players in sales of all licensed NFL merchandise during the off-season through the pre-season (March 1-Aug. 31), according to new figures from the NFL Players Assn.

His standing among the Top 50 best-selling NFL player merchandise is certain to rise with the release of in-season sales numbers, especially if his 2018 performance continues.

However, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady reclaimed the top spot in overall sales after finishing No. 2 to Nick Foles on the first quarter list.

The NFLPA did not release specific sales from retail merchandise.

Revenue from all 32 NFL teams was a record $13.7 billion in 2017, according to industry analysts, up from $13.1 billion in 2016 and $12.2 billion in 2015.

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott topped jersey sales and New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley had the leading collegiate co-branded Fathead wall decals, according the the NFLPA.

Overall, 21 quarterbacks were among the Top 50 best sellers on the list, followed by running backs with ten.

Wide receivers occupied eight slots, and tight ends had three.

On the defensive side, eight players made the Top 50 list this quarter,

According to the NFLPA, “Brady is the only player to top the NFLPA’s quarterly Top 50 Players Sales List six different times — including twice as year-end retail king.”

This also marks a record 13th appearance for Brady in the Top Three since the Player Sales List’s inception in 2014, and he has never ranked outside of the top nine.

In specific categories, Brady led all players in socks sold by Strideline, FBF Originals and Freaker; Funko Pop! Vinyl sales; cornhole boards sold by Victory Tailgate and Wild Sports; licensed headwear from Lids and New Era; and jigsaw puzzles by MasterPieces.

He had to settle for No. 2  behind Prescott in jersey sales, including men’s, women’s and children’s versions.

Philadelphia Eagles QB and Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles sold the most autographed memorabilia from Fanatics Authentic and The Highland Mint, twice as much as the next closest player, Brady.

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson sold more licensed novelty products by Wincraft than any other player, including buttons, clocks, drinkware, flags, banners, jewelry, luggage tags, tattoos, towels and welcome mats.

The NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List is a verified ranking of all officially licensed, NFL player-branded merchandise sold from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by over 70 NFLPA licensees.

They include Nike, Fanatics, Outerstuff, Fathead, McFarlane Toys, FOCO, Wincraft and Funko. Licensed product categories include men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys and T-shirts, player murals, figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, drinkware, jewelry and and electronic device accessories.

The Top 10 among all licensed product sold:

1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
2. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
3. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
5. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
6. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
7. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
8. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
9. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

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