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• The Cleveland Browns have been named as the team to be featured in HBO’s 2018 series Hard Knocks. The Browns were 0-16 last season and then selected QB Baker Mayfield with the overall No. 1 pick. This year’s series is schedule to debut Aug. 7.

• The Alliance of American Football named Alliance Salt Lake City as its fourth market (Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando) and Dennis Erickson as the team’s head coach. Alliance Salt Lake home games will be played at Rice-Eccles Stadium, home to University of Utah football. Phoenix is expected to be named the fifth city today.

• For the third year, NFL partner Hyundai is hosting the Hyundai Youth Football Camp giving children ages 7 to 13 the chance to take the field and learn from their favorite teams and players. Sessions will be held in Pittsburgh, South Florida, Minnesota, Arizona, Los Angeles, the New York City area and Houston.

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Jan212018

MLB Will Take Its Supercuts At The Plate This Season With New Hair-Care Partner

By Barry Janoff

January 19, 2018: Bryce Harper, Justin Turner, Noah Syndergaard and other MLB players with impressive heads of hair, pay attention.

MLB, which ended the 2017 season with a slew of marketing deals, picks up right where it left off, signing its first new deal of the season, Supercuts haircutting brand, to a category-exclusive multi-year deal.

Beginning with Spring Training, Supercuts becomes MLB’s “official hair salon” and “official hair stylists.”

Financial terms of the alliance were not shared.

Under the alliance, Supercuts has the exclusive category rights to promote around pre-season, regular season and post-season games, including such jewel events as the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard and the World Series.

Supercuts, a division of Regis Corp., said it would support the deal with advertising “implemented throughout MLB’s core marketing platforms including broadcast, digital, mobile and social.”

The deal will also be promoted in more than 2,600 locations nationwide.

Supercuts did not indicate whether MLB players would be included in marketing.

 “We are pleased to welcome Supercuts and the Regis Corporation into the baseball family,” Noah Garden, evp-commerce for MLB, said in a statement. “After a memorable 2017 season, 2018 is poised to be another thrilling year of baseball and we’re glad that Supercuts is joining us to be a part of the excitement.”

Among the deals MLB signed last season were Coca-Cola (replacing Pepsi as the league’s official category partner), Nathan’s Famous, Old Dominion Freight Line, W.B. Mason, Camping World and YouTube TV.

MLB, in fact, hit a record one-season mark, with sponsorship deals totaling a record $892 million in 2017, up 7.9% from $827 million in 2016 and up nearly $230 million from 2013, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

MLB sponsorship has risen steadily over the past several years, from $663 million in 2013,  $695 million in 2014, $778 million in 2015 and $827 million in 2016, per ESP.

According to Hugh Sawyer, president and CEO for Regis Corp., “We are delighted to establish this exclusive, multi-year partnership with Major League Baseball. We anticipate that our new relationship with MLB will be a highly effective platform for Supercuts' well-known national brand to support the growth of our local market Supercuts franchised and company-owned salons across North America.”

Sawyer said that the Supercuts brand would be “integrated throughout MLB’s highly successful and connected ecosystem of millions of fans on MLB Network, MLB.com, social media and the leading sports television networks.

“Given the quality and breadth of MLB, we believe this will be a home run for our Supercuts salons, stylists and guests,”  said Sawyer.

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