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• In an effort to “send a message of inclusion to its widely diverse fan base,” the NBA champion Toronto Raptors said they are the first NBA to offer an athletic hijab for Muslim women. The Nike Pro Hijabs with the team’s logo were inspired by the Hijabi Ballers, a Toronto-based non-profit organization dedicated to "celebrating and increasing the involvement of Muslim females in sports." “Inspired by those brave enough to change the game” the team posted to its social media platforms along with a video of the Hijabi Ballers in action.

• Greenleaf Foods said it has signed a deal with the Los Angeles Rams to become the first plant-based food brand to officially partner with an NFL team. As part of this partnership, Greenleaf’s Lightlife Burger will be available at Rams home games this season, beginning Sep. 15 during the team’s 2019 home opener ( agasint tthe New Orleans Saints). Lightlife plant-based protein products will also be featured in the Rams Game On! Program at Albertson’s, Vons, and Pavilions.

• The NFL and Facebook have signed a multi-year partnership extension that will “deliver more diversified NFL video content to fans worldwide through Facebook Watch,” expanding a relationship that began in 2017

The NFL will continue distributing recaps from all 256 regular season games, as well as playoff games and the Super Bowl; plus video highlights from such postseason tentpole events las the Pro Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine and NFL Draft. The NFL will also utilize Facebook Watch for distribution of an array of unique content including NFL news and analysis, Video versions of NFL-produced podcasts and classic and special NFL 100 content.

In addition, the NFL will create Facebook Groups around content themes and work to share relevant video in those groups.

• American Airlines will not renew its naming rights deal with the venue that is home to the NBA’s Miami Heat, which has been AmericanAirlines Arena since it opened in 1999 via a 20-year deal valued at $42 million, according to Miami Today. The team and Miami-Dade County executives are in “advanced talks”with another national company. American will remain the official airline for the Heat.

• Bowlero Corp,, the leading owner and operator of bowling centers in America, has acquired the Professional Bowlers Assn. which has been in operation since 1958. Bowlero said, “All scheduled tournaments and programming will continue, with plans to build upon key initiatives including the PBA's groundbreaking Fox Sports partnership.” Full story here.

• Marshawn Lynch has been named as the founded for the expansion Oakland Panthers of the Indoor Football League, with the team beginning play in February 2020 in Oakland (formerly Oracle) Arena. The NFL Raiders are moving from Oakland to Las Vegas beginning with the 2020 season. Full story here.

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (Sept. 14-Oct. 27), which includes the first public screening of the only known complete broadcast of Super Bowl I (then known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game) in January 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs

• 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.”

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 Pro Football Hall of Fame First-Time Candidates Class of 2020
• DE John Abraham
• LB Lance Briggs
• WR/Special Teams Josh Cribbs
• RB Maurice Jones-Drew
• S Troy Polamalu
• DE Justin Smith
• WR Reggie Wayne
• LB Patrick Willis

The full list includes 122 players eligible to be selected to next year's class. Full story here.

KEEPING SCORE

Top Brands in 2019 Brand Keys “Consumer Loyalty Index”
• Airline: JetBlue
• Athletic Footwear:Nike
* Automotive: Hyundai
• Banks: Chase
• Beer: Corona Extra (regular), Miller Lite (Lite)
• Bottled Water: Dasani
• Casual Dining: Panera
• Coffee (OOH): Dunkin’
• Energy Drinks: Red Bull
• Headphones: Bose
• Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s
• Major League Sports: MLB
• Online Music: Slacker
* Online Retailer: Amazon
• Online Travel Booking: Booking.com
• Pizza: Domino’s
• QSR: Chick-fil-A
• Retail Sporting Goods: Dick’s
• Social Networking Sites: Instagram
• Soft Drinks: Coca-Cola (regular), Diet Coke
• Tequila: Jose Cuervo
• Ticketing Services: StubHub
• Vodka: Zubrowka
• Whiskey: Jack Daniel’s

FULL LIST HERE

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Weekend Box Office Sept. 6-8
1. It: Chapter Two $91M
2. Angel Has Fallen $6M
3. Good Boys $5.4M
4. Lion King $4.2M
5. Overcomer $3.8M
6. Hobbs & Shaw $3.7M
7. Peanut Butter Falcon $2.3M
8. Scary Stories $2.3M
9. Ready Or Not $2.2M
10. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Aug152018

Welcome To The Dojo: Foot Locker, Asics Launch Collection With Anime Campaign

By Barry Janoff

August 15, 2018: How do you get your new products to cut through the retail clutter and come to life in a marketing campaign as unique as the items themselves?

Be inspired by your heritage and let creativity take over.

Foot Locker in partnership with Asics America are launching "Welcome to the Dojo,” an exclusive apparel and footwear collection inspired by Asics’ Japanese heritage.

The collection — which includes workout and casual wear plus various kicks — drops Aug. 24 and is supported by multi-platform marketing anchored by an original series, "The Sun and The Snake," featuring five short anime-inspired episodes.

According to Foot Locker and Asics — with global headquarters in Kobe and founded in Japan by Kihachiro Onitsuka in 1949 — the collection “celebrates the story of two Dojos — Rising Sun Dojo, which inspires fear in the hearts of all who hear its name; and Snake Dojo, revered as a respected institution where many have started the arduous trial to become a Samurai.”

The first episode debuts Aug. 21.

Marketing also include Internet, social media (#TheSunAndTheSnake) and in-store consumer touch points.

The episodes will also be “shoppable,” allowing viewers to purchase the featured "Welcome to the Dojo" footwear and apparel directly within the platforms.

The campaign is from BBDO and illustration/animation studio Shotopop.

"At Foot Locker, Inc., we're dedicated to driving culture, individuality and sport style," Andrew Gray, GM and chief merchandising officer for Foot Locker North America, said in a statement.

"By launching this exclusive collection and original series with Asics, we're offering an immersive experience for customers across our family of brands, who can experience 'Welcome to the Dojo' through creative, engaging content and unique shopping touch points," said Gray.

The animated project features the voices of Luka Sabbat as Sneaker Samurai, Princess Nokia as Kiku and YFN Lucci as the Ghost Samurai.

The plot line: “When the Sneaker Samurai has his coveted Asics GEL-LYTE sneakers stolen by the Rising Sun Clan, he goes on a quest to seek revenge and his sneakers. Guided by a street-smart girl named Kiku, he battles his way through the city and into the Forest of Lost Souls on his way to the mysterious Rising Sun Dojo.”

"The 'Welcome to the Dojo' Pack taps in to Asics’ Japanese heritage, which inspired the series and curated assortment of this collection," Sarah Bishop, vp-marketing for Asics America Corp., said in a statement.

"We're proud to partner with Foot Locker, Inc. to exclusively launch this collection that touts bold colorways, comfort and style."

Although founded and based in Japan, the company draws its name from another culture.

According to Asics, “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, meaning ‘A Sound Mind in a Sound Body,’ is a Latin phrase from which Asics is derived and the fundamental platform on which the brand still stands.’

According to Sabbat, who also served as a creative collaborator on the series. "I've always had an affinity for fashion and personal expression, and I think it's dope that Foot Locker and Asica were able to bring those together in such a lit way for the launch of the 'Welcome to the Dojo' Pack."

Earlier this year, Asics was part of multi-media marketing to support the release of the Disney-Pixar movie, The Incredibles 2.

The Dojo collection will be available exclusively at Foot Locker, Inc. stores including Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports as well as online.

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