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Ultimate Rivals: The Rink

The glass ceiling has finally been shattered in video games. For the first time ever, female athletes can compete against, or alongside, male athletes.  Ultimate Rivals: The Rink, from Bit Fry, is a new, fast-paced “2 vs. 2” hockey game that features many of today’s top athletes – men and women.

The game features female soccer stars such as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd, and WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Elena Delle Donne who can play against the likes of LeBron James, Russell Wilson, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Alex Ovechkin.  For example, Megan Rapinoe can team up with LeBron James to take on a team featuring Diana Taurasi and Clayton Kershaw.

Another first for this game — star athletes from all the major sports leagues are playing with and against each other.  Bit Fry has secured groundbreaking licensing agreements with nine major professional sports organizations, including the NHL, NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), NBA, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), MLB, MLB Players Association (MLBPA), NFLPA, Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), USWNTPA, as well as Wayne Gretzky.

More information is at UltimateRivals.com

A trailer for the game can be seen HERE

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NHL suspends season owing to Covid-19 fears

The 2019-20 season of National Hockey League (NHL) has been suspended until further notice owing to coronavirus fears. Gary Bettman, the Commissioner of the league announced via a statement recently that considering the ongoing developments related to Covid-19 and after detailed consultations with medical experts and Board of Governors, the NHL has paused the ongoing season starting March 12, 2020.

The NHL players Association termed the decision as the right course of action. It came within 24 hours of suspension of the NBA, after a player in the basketball league tested positive for novel coronavirus. Bettman admitted that the suspension of NBA was one of the factors in pausing the NHL season. He shared that it’s only a matter of time that someone from the NHL community would also test positive for the virus, and in that light it’d not appropriate to continue playing games.

NBA Cancellation

NBA cancelled the game between Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at the last minute on March 11th, Wednesday night, after Rudy Gobert, the Jazz’ centre player tested positive for Covid-19. 

The Toronto Raptors announced the next day that the travelling staff, coaches and players had been advised to self-isolate themselves for at least a couple of weeks. As a cautionary measure, the Raptors’ travelling party and team members were tested for coronavirus.

NHL Suspension a wise decision

It’s worth noting that several NHL teams share their arenas with NBA teams, including Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs. NHL is currently urging community members to take all possible precautions, including self-quarantining themselves, if required. The NHL statement was released only a few hours after it instructed the teams to cancel their meetings and practices with immediate effect. Needless to say, considering the extensive NHL odds that are offered by several bookmakers, the move is also expected to have a major impact on NHL betting world.

Bettman has revealed that NHL will resume the paused season as soon as things get back to normal, so that they can get through with the remaining games in a worry-free environment, and hand over the Stanley Cup to the rightfully deserving team.

The American Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League have also put their respective seasons on hold. The suspension of NHL is amongst the many high profile sports event cancellations that have happened in North America lately. A large number of political rallies, music concerts, sporting events, festivals and conferences have gotten nixed in the fear of coronavirus spreading pretty swiftly among large crowd gatherings.

The Canadian and US Health officials have advised people to refrain from gathering in large numbers and to avoid crowded places. It should be noted that a normal NHL arena seats anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 fans.

At the time of writing this piece, over 170,000 people across the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. There have been over 6,500 deaths due to the virus so far.

Ultimate Rivals: The Rink

The glass ceiling has finally been shattered in video games. For the first time ever, female athletes can compete against, or alongside, male athletes. Ultimate Rivals: The Rink, from Bit Fry, is a new, fast-paced “2 vs. 2” hockey game that features many of today’s top athletes – men and women.

The game features female soccer stars such as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd, and WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Elena Delle Donne who can play against the likes of LeBron James, Russell Wilson, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Alex Ovechkin. For example, Megan Rapinoe can team up with LeBron James to take on a team featuring Diana Taurasi and Clayton Kershaw.

Another first for this game — star athletes from all the major sports leagues are playing with and against each other. Bit Fry has secured groundbreaking licensing agreements with nine major professional sports organizations, including the NHL, NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), NBA, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), MLB, MLB Players Association (MLBPA), NFLPA, Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), USWNTPA, as well as Wayne Gretzky.

More information is at UltimateRivals.com

A trailer for the game can be seen here

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BEL-AIR ATHLETICS

UNVEILS NEW LIMITED-EDITION COLLECTION – “BEL-AIR MIAMI”
New Collection Inspired by Founder Will Smith’s Personal & Professional Connections to Miami

Bel-Air Athletics announced the launch of its newest, limited-edition collection – “Bel-Air Miami (Home/Away).” The 24-piece collection is inspired by Bel-Air Athletics founder Will Smith’s longtime affinity for Miami, and is available exclusively at www.belairathletics.com.
 
“Miami just agrees with me spiritually, vibrationally and emotionally,” said Smith, who has starred in several Miami-themed films and recorded music about the city. “I just believe places have that for certain people and it’s an X-factor.”
 
The unisex collection features an array of colorful looks, punctuated by tropical hues, animal prints and a color palette that draws from 1980’s and 90’s Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes uniforms. Standout pieces include the ‘Bengal Varsity Jacket,’ which is limited to just 50 pieces; the ‘Alma Mater’ sweatshirt and sweatpants set; the ‘Split-Time Hoodie’ which comes in three color-blocked versions created by cutting apart three sweatshirts and reassembling them; the ‘VK Miami’ tees, which pay homage to Virginia Key Beach as an important Miami landmark to the civil rights movement; the ‘Bel-Air Bengal’ tee, which introduces Bel-Air Athletics’ new mascot for the first time; and the colorful, tiger-striped ‘Bengal Socks.’ 
 
The “Home/Away” concept represents the intersection of one’s comfort zone (home) and the excitement/risk associated with new adventures (away). The theme embodies Smith’s personal and professional journey, which started in Philadelphia, moved to Los Angeles, and gained international acclaim in part because of Miami.
 
“From music to movies, Miami has always been Will’s second home and we wanted to showcase that special connection with this collection,” said Samyr Laine, the Brand General Manager for Bel-Air Athletics. “It was important for us to capture Miami’s distinct look and feel while merging it with our brand’s signature style.”
 
Smith’s link to Miami began in 1995, when he starred in the renowned film “Bad Boys” as a Miami-based narcotics detective. The success of the film resulted in two more Miami-based sequels – Bad Boys II (2003) and Bad Boys for Life (2020). Additionally, Smith released his smash single “Miami” off his multiplatinum album, Big Willie Style (1997).
 
Please find collection photos, campaign video, and high-res product images here. Additionally, Miami Heat star and NBA All-Star Bam Adebayo was named one of the ambassadors for the “Bel-Air Miami (Home/Away) and pictures of him in the collection are available here.
 
Visit www.belairathletics.com and follow @belairathletics and #belairmiami to stay up to date with the Bel-Air Miami collection and future collections from Bel-Air Athletics.
 
About Bel-Air Athletics
Bel-Air Athletics is a sports-inspired lifestyle brand that celebrates the love of competition, the inclusiveness of fanhood, and the stories, styles, and culture born out of sport. Channeling Will’s indelible influence on fashion and culture in the 1980s and ’90s and referencing the iconic series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bel-Air Athletics is grounded in the individuality and creativity that Will’s character embodied on the TV show.
 
The brand is part of Westbrook Inc., which is Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s holding company that was formed to execute the Smith Family’s global content and commerce businesses.

Qatar Airways and Brooklyn Nets x Black History Month

Qatar Airways and Brooklyn Nets Celebrate Black History Month

To tip off the month, Qatar Airways hosted students and former Tuskegee
Airman for a series of events

On Monday, Qatar Airways, official airline partner of the Brooklyn Nets, celebrated Black History Month
by honoring the historical achievements of African Americans during the Nets game at Barclays Center.
The luxury airline invited Tuskegee Airman Willie Jackson, local community organization, United Youth
Aviators, and students and alumni from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to enjoy a
series of activities throughout the evening.

To tip off the night, Qatar Airways presented former Tuskegee Airman and President of the 369th
Regiment Sergeant (ret.) Willie Jackson, with a special game ball delivery. The evening also included an
on-court, around the world competition with an HBCU alumni, for the opportunity to win roundtrip tickets
to incredible Qatar Airways destinations. Additionally, the airline highlighted stories of seven Black
aviation pioneers throughout the arena during the night and distributed Black History Month themed rally
towels to the first 5,000 fans in attendance.

“Black History Month is a time of reflection and an important reminder of the work we have left to do,”
says Senior Vice President of the Americas Eric Odone. “At Qatar Airways, we are fortunate to have
opportunities to engage with the community, and we’re grateful that our partnership with the Brooklyn
Nets and Barclays Center allows us to take these educational commitments further.”
Leading up to Black History Month, in partnership with Qatar Airways, Nets player Nic Claxton visited the
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum along with 20 children from United Youth Aviators. United Youth
Aviators is a specially-curated program that offers students from New York City the opportunity to learn
about aviation from an early age and ultimately how to fly a plane. Representatives from Qatar Airways
accompanied the group on their private tour around the museum, where they experienced the rich
aviation history and cultural significance.

The Doha-based airline also hosted the group from United Youth Aviators in a private suite at the Nets
game on February 3 where they participated in a Q&A session with Willie Jackson on his experience with
the Tuskegee Airmen. The children were also invited to stand on-court with Nets players during the
national anthem.

The month-long celebration of African American history is part of Qatar Airways’ corporate social
responsibility efforts aimed at building stronger communities and providing youth with meaningful
educational opportunities.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World
Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best
Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class
experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’
title, which is recognized as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, a record five times.
Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport
(HIA), to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The world’s fastest-growing airline added several new
destinations to its network last year, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines;
Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia; Langkawi, Malaysia; and Gaborone, Botswana. The airline will
add Santorini, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Osaka, Japan; Nur-Sultan and Almaty, Kazakhstan; Cebu,
Philippines; Accra, Ghana; Trabzon, Turkey; Lyon, France; Luanda, Angola; and Siem Reap, Cambodia,
to its extensive route network in 2020.

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KOBE BRYANT DIES

Tragically Kobe Bryant (41) and daughter Gianna (13) die in a helicopter crash on the way to a basketball game. Reportedly 7 others pass in incident, including teammate and her parent.

Wife (Vanessa Laine Bryant) of twenty years becomes widow of one basketball’s most coveted players. Bryant also leaves behind three other children.

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SportsGrid Extends NBA Fantasy Agreement

SportsGrid, the nation’s first and only 24-hour sports, fantasy and wagering video network, has extended its agreement with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to continue providing NBA fantasy content across NBA.com, SportsGrid Network and the SportsGrid syndication publisher platform.
SportsGrid will continue to produce daily short and long-form fantasy video content for the following NBA programs and features: NBA Tip Drill, NBA Recap, NBA Primetime Picks, Weekly Season Long, NBA Weekly 6, and the NBA Fantasy Hour. The programming content will focus on serving the NBA’s gaming audience with the data, information and insightful analysis throughout the regular season and playoffs.

“The NBA is one of the world’s most popular sports leagues focused on the fan experience. We are excited to extend our agreement to create engaging and relevant programming for the millions of NBA fans,” said Lou Maione, Co-Founder & President of SportsGrid.

About SportsGrid Inc.

SportsGrid is the first 24-hour network streaming exclusive live original programming providing extensive fantasy sports and wagering coverage of all the major sports and events. The network’s 18 hours of live programming is available for streaming on the Pluto TV, Xumo, STIRR and combines insightful expert commentary with real-time delivery of news, data, statistics and betting intelligence.

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Shaquille O’Neal Launches “In the Kitchen with Shaq” on ShopHQ®

The Hall of Famer and ShopHQ® Forge Partnership for Kitchen and Grill Products

iMedia Brands (NASDAQ: IMBI) today announced a partnership with Authentic Brands Group (ABG) for Shaquille O’Neal and ShopHQ®, its flagship nationally distributed television retailing network. The agreement includes a nationally televised live program, “In the Kitchen with Shaq” as well as a product partnership for an innovative collection of kitchenware, cookware, and grill products.

“In the Kitchen with Shaq” is set to broadcast live, weekly one-hour program per year hosted by the legendary basketball Hall of Famer and will feature Shaq-approved kitchen, and cookware essentials. “In the Kitchen with Shaq” films in Atlanta, GA and is confirmed for thirty live broadcasts.

“I’m so excited to partner with ShopHQ® on ‘In the Kitchen with Shaq’,” said O’Neal. “Nothing brings people together like food and my new collection features top-of-the-line kitchen necessities that anyone can use to prep, cook and serve their favorite recipes. I can’t wait to unveil it on ShopHQ®.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Shaquille on the exciting launch of ‘In the Kitchen with Shaq’,” said Tim Peterman, CEO of iMedia Brands. “Shaquille’s business acumen has no bounds, and we know that his fanbase will be excited not only to see Shaq on their television screens but also in their kitchens.”

“In the Kitchen with Shaq” is slated to launch on ShopHQ® in 2020.

About iMedia Brands, Inc.
iMedia Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMBI) is a global interactive media company that manages a growing portfolio of niche, lifestyle television networks and web service businesses, primarily in North America, for both English speaking and, soon, Spanish speaking audiences and customers. Its brand portfolio spans multiple business models and product categories and includes ShopHQ, iMedia Web Services and soon-to-be-launched Bulldog Shopping Network and LaVenta Shopping Network. Please visit www.imediabrands.com for more investor information.

About Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal is one of the world’s most successful athletes-turned-businessmen, whose accomplishments both on and off the court have translated into a highly sought-after consumer brand. As a business mogul, sports analyst, DJ, restauranteur, and brand ambassador, O’Neal’s unique “Business of Fun” mantra resonates throughout each of his countless endeavors.

The 15-time NBA All-Star’s unprecedented athletic career spanned nearly two decades and earned him countless awards and honors, including NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, four NBA Championships and a First Ballot NBA Hall of Famer. Currently, O’Neal is an analyst on TNT’s Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA, and will be premiering his life chronicling reality series, Shaq Life, in 2020.

O’Neal, who has a PhD in Leadership and Education, gives back through a number of annual philanthropic programs including Shaq to SchoolShaqsgiving, and Shaq a Claus.

The debut of his Los Angeles restaurant, Shaquille’s, along with his Las Vegas eatery, Big Chicken, has further elevated Shaquille’s tycoon status he has positioned him as a successful restaurateur. A second Big Chicken location is slated to open in Glendale, CA and will debut at sea on Carnival Cruise Lines Radiance and Mardi Gras.

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About Authentic Brands Group
Authentic Brands Group (ABG) is a brand development, marketing and entertainment company, which owns a portfolio of global media, entertainment and lifestyle brands. Headquartered in New York City, ABG elevates and builds the long-term value of more than 50 consumer brands and properties by partnering with best-in-class manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. Its brands have a global retail footprint in more than 100,000 points of sale across the luxury, specialty, department store, mid-tier, mass and e-commerce channels and more than 5,000 freestanding stores and shop-in-shops around the world.

ABG is committed to transforming brands by delivering compelling product, content, business and immersive experiences. It creates and activates original marketing strategies to drive the success of its brands across all consumer touchpoints, platforms and emerging media. ABG’s portfolio of iconic and world-renowned brands generates more than $10 billion in annual retail sales and includes Marilyn Monroe®, Mini Marilyn®, Elvis Presley®, Muhammad Ali®, Shaquille O’Neal®, Sports Illustrated®, Dr. J®, Greg Norman®, Neil Lane®, Thalia®, Michael Jackson® (managed brand), Nautica®, Aéropostale®, Juicy Couture®, Vince Camuto®, Herve Leger®, Judith Leiber®, Barneys New York®, Frederick’s of Hollywood®, Nine West®, Frye®, Jones New York®, Louise et Cie®, Sole Society®, Enzo Angiolini®, CC Corso Como®, Hickey Freeman®, Hart Schaffner Marx®, Adrienne Vittadini®, Taryn Rose®, Bandolino®, Misook®, 1.STATE®, CeCe®, Chaus®, Spyder®, Tretorn®, Tapout®, Prince®, Volcom®, Airwalk®, Vision Street Wear®, Above The Rim®, Hind®, Thomasville®, Drexel® and Henredon®.

For more information, visit authenticbrandsgroup.com.
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Rui Hachimura × G-SHOCK

G-SHOCK has welcomed Rui HachimuraWashington Wizards power forward and 2019 first round draft pick to Team G-SHOCK.

Hachimura, who became the first Japanese player ever drafted in the first round, is a great match for the brand, as they both represent absolute toughness and the ability to tackle new challenges.

Hachimura had this to say about the partnership: “I have thought the G-SHOCK was cool ever since I was a kid. I loved the watches and always wore one while I was in school. I am pleased and excited to partner with the brand. This season is the most important in my basketball career, and I plan to face every game with the same toughness as the G-SHOCK.”

NBA and China

The American public strongly supports the Houston Rockets general manager’s tweet regarding Hong Kong and China’s rights conflict. (Daryl Morey, the GM, tweeted support for the Hong Kong protesters seeking freedom from Chinese oversight.  The Chinese reacted with disdain and business with the NBA was threatened).Only 9 percent of the public thought the Rockets GM, Daryl Morey, should be fired, with 77 percent saying the Rockets should keep him and defend his freedom of speech.  14 percent said they did not know or had no opinion.

In addition, 54 percent of the nation feels Daryl Morey should be applauded for taking a stand supporting the Hong Kong protesters, with only 19 percent saying he should not have sent the tweet because it risked valuable relationships over a foreign domestic issue.  27 percent did not know or had no opinion.
These are the findings of a Seton Hall Sports Poll, conducted this week among 703 adult Americans across the country on both landlines and cellphones.  The Poll has a margin of error of +/-3.8 percent.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver first apologized for the tweet but later backtracked and showed support for freedom of speech.  46 percent of the public felt he handled it well, and 36 percent say he did not, with 18 percent saying they did not know or had no opinion.

52% Say Lebron James’ Comments were out of self-interest

LeBron James tweeted condemnation of Morey, claiming “he wasn’t educated on the situation” and endangered people “not only financially but physically.”  Only 28 percent thought his reaction was sincere, with 52 percent saying he acted out of financial self-interest.

69% expressed concern that China has so much influence over an American professional League, with only 23 percent saying they are not concerned.

Morey’s Tweet vs. Kaepernick’s Kneeling

Comparing Morey’s tweet to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem, 47 percent said both actions should be defended as free speech, with 16 percent saying that it only applied to Morey and 5 percent saying it only applied to Kaepernick.

There are big differences between Democrats and Republicans on this comparison.  59 percent of Democrats and only 29 percent of Republicans say that they should both be defended as free speech, while 7 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of Republicans say that it only applies to Morey.

“The fundamental right of free speech seems to have carried the day in favor of Daryl Morey’s tweet,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute within the Stillman School of Business. “It is much clearer when applied to a foreign power than to a domestic one.”

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