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• Six first-year eligible candidates are among the 27 semi-finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018: CB/S Ronde Barber, G Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss andDE/DT Richard Seymour. The Class of 2018 will be unveiled during NFL Honors, a two-hour prime-time awards special to air nationally (Feb. 3, 2018) on the eve of Super Bowl LII.
• The New York Knicks named Dan Sabreen vp-public relations, effective Nov. 27. Sabreen has spent more than a decade at CBS Sports, most recently as vp-communications.
• For every save made by goalkeepers during MLS Eastern and Western Conference Championships and MLS Cup, Allstate said it would donate two new soccer nets to fields in need in that club's city. MLS goalies participating inlcude Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew), Joe Willis (Houston Dynamo), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders) and Alex Bono (Toronto FC).
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Sep082017

Wannabe Designers Seek Shoe Business Fame With adidas, James Harden

By Barry Janoff

September 7, 2017: NBA all-star point guard James Harden wants a new pair of shoes, and adidas and YouTube Red are happy to make that a reality.

And speaking of reality: Harden will get those shoes thanks to Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge, described as the "first unscripted competition series where aspiring footwear designers from around the world battle it out to determine who can design, develop and produce the next great sneaker."

The eight-episode show is scheduled to debut on YouTube Red on Sept. 13,

As with other "unscripted" reality shows, Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge sees competitors seeking to design the next great pair of kicks as they face a series of challenges.

The ultimate prize: Design for Harden, who plays for Houston Rockets (and is an adidas spokesman) a limited-edition sneaker and get a footwear design job at adidas.

The series, which "emphasizes a mix of footwear design and professional skills," features 12 competitors operating in four teams. One team will make it to the top, with adidas manufacturing an exclusive limited run of the winning design scheduled to become available in November.

The concept comes with strong creative genes.

Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge is executive produced by Ken Mok, founder and president of 10X10 Entertainment  (America’s Next Top Model); and sneaker designer D’Wayne Edwards, founder of the Pensole Footwear Design Academy. 

The series is produced by global sports marketing agency Lagardère Sports, Pensole and Hollywoodlaundromat.com.

The host is Adande "sWooZie" Thorne, whose YouTube channel has nearly 5 million subscribers and has received 700 million-plus views.

Guests will include actors Anthony Anderson and Jamie Chung, musicians Fetty Wap and Macklemore, NBA stars Harden and Damian Lillard (also an adidas spokesperson), model Ashley Graham, author and restaurateur Eddie Huang and tennis legend (and sneaker innovator and adidas spokesman) Stan Smith.

The series will culminate with "What Happens in Vegas: Go To Market Finale," during which the winning team and D’Wayne Edwards will present Harden with his original basketball sneakers in Las Vegas.

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