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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

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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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Apr122018

Kobe Bryant’s New Teammates: Spielberg, Oprah, J.J. Abrams, Ron Howard 

By Barry Janoff

April 11, 2018: During his 20-year career in the NBA, Kobe Bryant was able to work with, play against and learn from some of the best of the best players in the game, including Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki.

Now, as an Academy Award-winner for his Dear Basketball animated short based on his own poem;  writer, producer and host of Detail, a 15-episode basketball analysis program debuting this week on ESPN+; and head of multi-media content creation company Granity Studios, Bryant gets to work with the best of the best in his new chosen industry.

Now part of Bryant’s roster of associates and mentors: “J.J. Abrams, George R.R. Martin, Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard,” he said.

Ron Howard and I had dinner about a week ago. We spent about an hour and a half talking about film and process, all this other stuff,” Bryant said during a media conference call Wednesday to discuss his Detail project.

“As a player I always wanted to learn from the best players in the game,” said Bryant. “Absolutely, man. I’ve been a sponge my whole career. It’s certainly not going to stop now.”

According to Bryant, his Dear Basketball project would not have been nearly as successful — it earned an Emmy as well as as Oscar — without animator Glen Keane and John Williams, the latter the multi-awarding winning composer of such film scores as Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. and Harry Potter films.

Given that he played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers and was constantly in touching distance of Hollywood A-Listers, does Bryant feel star-struck being in the presence of movie’s elite directors and writers, or do they seem star-struck being with him?

“They (might) say, 'Wow, I’m sitting here with Kobe,'” Bryant laughed. “(But) are you shitting me? I’m sitting with Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard! Sitting at Pixar talking with Pete Docter, Brad Bird! They’re telling me how wonderful basketball is, how did you write this thing.”

For Bryant, as important as their time, friendship and advice are their opinions of his work.

“I know they don’t play around,” he said during the media call. “If they don’t like something, they are cut and dry, they’ll tell you to your face the film was a piece of shit, here is why, here is how you can do it better.

“For them to sit here saying, We love this film, it was excellent, that was the greatest thing ever. When you’re siting with Pete Docter, Brad Bird, Lee (Unkrich), who just won an Academy Award for Coco, that’s priceless.”

Detail will feature Bryant’s veteran analysis and insights as he watches film and breaks down games and plays throughout the 2018 NBA playoffs and Finals.

A special premiere edition of Detail on April 12 — the inaugural day of ESPN+  — will see Bryant analyzing Game 6 of the 2009 Western Conference Finals when Bryant scored 35 points and has ten assists as the Lakers clinched their second consecutive NBA Finals en route to winning the championship.

The second episode of Detail will be available on ESPN+ April 15 – the day following a NBA playoffs Round 1 Game 1.
 
Detail will air exclusively on ESPN+, the new direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International in partnership with ESPN.

American Express will be the official launch sponsor of ESPN+.

For those who might think that the notoriously intense preparation and competitiveness that Bryant put into his NBA career, which yielded five NBA championships, might somehow wane in his new career, think again.

“This is where me and Michael (Jordan) differ a lot,” said Bryant. “When I was going through the process of retirement, I think people were kind of assuming Michael and I behave the same way from a competitive standpoint. We’re both ridiculously competitive, but it’s different to a point, right?

“I have this other thing that is calling me that I enjoy doing. I’m completely focused on that. I can watch a game, feel nothing at all. There’s no angst, there’s no, Man, I want to get back out there. There’s literally zero of that.”

According to Bryant, “Now when I watch the game, I watch it from the perspective that I’m looking at things that are happening, things that my mind can process from years and years of studying film. But now I’m just taking that information and applying it in artful way to the show Detail.”

Bryant said that in many ways he is back in his early years as a NBA player, having to prove himself to the established creative people who move and shape entertainment.

“The important thing for me is to establish myself within this industry as a serious creator. I mean, I can write. I can edit. I can produce. I can do those things at a serious level. It’s not something that’s kind of a one-time passion sort of thing. It’s just something that we do every single day.

“Winning an Academy Award certainly helps with that, right? It wasn’t something that I just attached my name to as an executive producer, which most people tend to do. This is something I gave birth do. This is something I actually wrote. This is something that I went out and called Glen and got Glen onboard. Called John, got John or board, worked with that vision," he said.

“It feels good to be able to have that recognition in that way.”

“They (might) say, 'Wow, I’m sitting here with Kobe,'” Bryant laughed. “(But) are you shitting me? I’m sitting with Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard!"

As to where he keeps his Oscar.

"I have it in my house. It’s sitting right next to the Emmy award we’ve won, as well. I look at them every morning before I go to work.”

In talking about other NBA stars who have transitioned to media, Bryant said his path differs from the likes of former teammate O’Neal and Charles Barkley, both of whom are analysts for Turner Sports.

“I love coming to the office writing, editing, creating. Building a studio is no small task. It’s all encompassing. I just don’t have the time to sit at a studio and do that," he said.

“If that was my passion, to be able to sit at a studio desk, do that day in, day out, I would certainly do it. That’s not my passion. My passion is writing, creating, putting beautiful stories together, weaving them in the form of a narrative. That’s what you’ll see in Detail.

ESPN said that Bryant would deliver multiple episodes of Detail on ESPN+ during the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs, leading into a heavier schedule of shows during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals (three) and the NBA Finals (up to seven).

A more complete schedule will be available soon.

“It’s hard to explain until you see it,” said Bryant. “Yes, it’s a basketball analysis show. But the way it’s woven together, you’ll actually see the natural narratives that are there in a playoff series. We just kind of bring those to the light in terms of how it actually affects the outcome of plays and a series.”

“I haven’t completely struggled watching playoffs. I’d be going crazy, dude. So fortunate enough for me, like, I’ve really been able to move on from the game.”

Bryant was genuinely enthusiastic in describing his new post-NBA career.

“I follow my passion, things that I love to do, like writing and storytelling,” he said. “I enjoy that. I don’t find myself having to remind myself to work hard and push myself to stay on top of things because I just love doing it. I can’t wait to get to the studio every day, work with the team, write, create, concept, develop. I just enjoy doing that.

“I don’t really look at it so much as reinvention as my career as a basketball player was over. I loved storytelling, so here I am.”

Segments from Detail will air on Get Up!, SportsCenter, The Jump, NBA Countdown, and across ESPN’s digital and social media platforms.

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