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Scotch whisky Chivas teamed up with Manchester United in a three-year global partnership. The alliance will see Chivas and Manchester United join forces to “celebrate their collective belief that blended is better – in life, football and Scotch.” “Blending has been in our DNA ever since James and John Chivas pioneered the art in 19th century Scotland” said Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chairman and CEO at Chivas Brothers. “Partnering with Manchester United was therefore a natural fit; we both firmly believe that great things can be achieved when we come together – from balancing the perfect blend of malt and grain whiskies that go into our Scotch, to using the perfect combination of players’ skills on the pitch to create a winning team. We look forward to using our spirit to help showcase the spirit of the Club and its fans all around the world.”
Yesterday’s transformation of ESPN2 into ESPN8 “The Ocho,” saw KFC’s presenting sponsorship dish out a slate of off-beat vignettes that aligned with the day’s programming. Overall, eight vignettes ran throughout a 24-hour period on the channel with spots created by ESPN’s in-house creative agency, ESPN CreativeWorks, and featured scripted commentary and analysis from SportsCenteranchors John Buccigross and Kenny Mayne as they highlighted a variety of sports events where athletes compete with KFC buckets on their heads. Athletes featured in the vignettes include two-time PBA champion bowler Brad Angelo, eight-time NCAA All-American and 10-time Ivy League champion cross country and track runner Donn Cabral, 30-year veteran bocce player Keith Dorman, professional skateboarder Isiah Hilt, competitive power lifter and CrossFit competitor Nicole Rinaldi, and Super Lightweight professional boxer Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas.
Player Tokens, in partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Association, unveiled a brand-new crypto-collectible service featuring 73 All-Stars and players from all 30 Major League baseball teams. At launch, there are three types of token packs available for purchase, each consisting of five to six Player Tokens priced between $5.99-$8.49. Every Player Token possesses a unique ID that can be tied back to the blockchain, proving the authenticity of every asset.
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DraftKings hired Tom Goedde as Chief Marketing Officer, and Andy Yang as Chief Product Officer ahead of its Sportsbook launch. As CPO, Yang will be responsible for the long-term vision, strategic direction and successful execution of DraftKings’ product portfolio roadmaps. He most recently served as CEO of San Francisco-based Upsight. Goedde is taking over for Janet Holian and is a 25-year veteran of the sports and gaming industries, where he has led franchises like EA Sports’ Madden NFL, Humongous Entertainment’s Backyard Sports and Wizards of the Coast’s Harry Potter.
The PGA Championship opens play on TNT at 2p.