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• HarperCollins Publishers said it has acquired world rights to Back, the first memoir authored by Tiger Woods. According to Woods, “This book is my definitive story. It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts. It describes how I feel and what’s happened in my life.” A publication date was not given.

• Turner Sports’ eLeague has signed a deal with tech solutions and services provider CDW to “create enhanced fan experiences across eLeague’s properties on TV, digital, social and in-arena.” The alliance also names CDW an “official arena partner” for eLeague and the Rocket League Championship Series. Full story here.

• San Manuel Casino, under the auspices of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, has signed a deal to become a Founding Partner for Allegiant Stadium, scheduled to open at the home of the Raiders for the 2020 NFL season when the franchise relocates from Oakland to Las Vegas.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. 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 (thru Oct. 27).

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5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
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3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
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6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
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10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
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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

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

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Feb282018

With Papa John’s Out, NFL Fills Its Delivery Order With Pizza Hut-Hut-Hut Alliance

By Barry Janoff

February 28, 2018: It didn’t take long for the NFL to get its pizza order filled. or to tell Papa John’s, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

One day after Papa John’s departed as the league’s official pizza sponsor, Pizza Hut moved in with a multi-year agreement intended to “connect the brand with the NFL and its teams, players, events, partners, properties and the many NFL experiences that capture the passion of consumers and football fans from all over the world.”

Financial terms of the deal, which runs through 2021, were not shared.

"We know many of our fans enjoy pizza while watching NFL games and we are thrilled to have Pizza Hut, an industry leader and one of America's favorite brands, as an official league sponsor," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

"With a focus on family, friends and fun, Pizza Hut has the creativity we are looking for in a partner and we look forward to working together with them to make the at-home NFL experience more exciting than ever for our fans." said Goodell.

The NFL said that the new agreement would offer Pizza Hut a “vast array of exclusive marketing rights, benefits and designations.”

Pizza Hut is the leading pizza chain in the U.S. with gross sales topping $14.1 billion and more than 16,400 units followed by Domino’s at $10.5 billion and 14,000 units, according to Chain Store Guide.

Papa John’s is third ($3.68 billion) followed by Little Caesars ($3.57 billion).

Following what had been a steady relationship that turned ugly, Papa John’s and the NFL “mutually decided” to end a league-wide official alliance that began in 2009.

Papa John’s executives unveiled the decision during a financial conference call on Tuesday.

“The NFL and Papa John’s have made a mutual decision to shift from their official league sponsorship to a focus on partnerships with 22 local NFL teams, presence in broadcast and digital media and key personalities in the sport,” the two sides said in a joint statement.

During the call, Papa John’s revealed that system-wide North America comparable sales saw a decrease of 3.9% for the fourth quarter and increase of just 0.1% for the full year.

During a financial call in November, Papa John’s founder and then-CEO John Schnatter said that NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem before games led to lower NFL TV ratings, which in turn contributed to Papa John’s suffering lower sales and having to predict a lower profit forecast. Its stock dropped 11% in Q3.

"While the NFL remains an important channel for us we have determined that there are better ways to reach and activate this audience," CEO Steve Ritchie, who took over for Schnatter in December, said during the earnings conference call.

”Thus we will shift our marketing for the broader NFL sponsorship to focus on our partnership with 22 specific NFL teams, a significant presence on league broadcast and digital platforms and on our relationships with many of the league's most popular players and personalities."

“NFL stadiums are packed every week but tens of millions of fans also watch at home. We have an unmatched ability to bring those fans closer to the sport."

This past season, Papa John’s was among the NFL’s Top Ten most active partners during a season when sponsorship spend in the NFL hit a record $1.32 billion, according to research and sponsorship consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

The Pizza Hut partnership with the NFL includes collective use of all 32 team marks and will see the NFL “working closely with Pizza Hut to facilitate local, exclusive team partnerships” for clubs not officially aligned with Papa John’s or other pizza brands.

In addition, Pizza Hut said it would have the opportunity to “leverage game tickets and unique fan experiences to all NFL games in marketing and promotional campaigns throughout each year.”

According to Artie Starrs, president, Pizza Hut U.S.,”Pizza Hut has a history of bringing more entertaining food and experiences to the pizza occasion and we plan to continue that through our exclusive partnership with the NFL.

“NFL stadiums are packed every week but tens of millions of fans are also watching the game at home. We have an unmatched ability to bring those fans closer to the sport thanks to the power of our 7,500 restaurants and 150,000 football-crazed team members.”

Starrs said that the “capacity for what's possible is endless and that's going to make this league partnership great fun for Pizza Hut, the NFL and everyone who loves pizza and football."

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