The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the NHL unveiled hockey’s Declaration of Principles, designed to “advance policies, programs and initiatives, while inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community.” Including the NHL and the NHLPA, 17 hockey organizations from around the world have joined together for the initiative: American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA); American Hockey League (AHL); Canadian Hockey League (CHL); Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL); Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL); College Hockey Inc.; ECHL; Hockey Canada; International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF); National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL); North American Hockey League (NAHL); U SPORTS; United States Hockey League (USHL); and USA Hockey. “The Declaration of Principles represents the hockey world speaking with one voice: our game teaches life lessons that can guide a meaningful future,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “While not everyone who plays the game will have an NHL career, every player at every level — and the family and friends of every player — can enjoy rewarding experiences and share a common commitment to respect, inclusiveness and sportsmanship.”
Shriners Hospitals for Children signed a three-year extension that carries its commitment to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas through 2020. “Shriners Hospitals for Children is an awe-inspiring organization that truly saves children’s lives,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “The PGA TOUR is honored to continue working with the Shriners to raise awareness of the wonderful work done at these hospitals.”
Bridgestone takes on the new NFL by partnering with Jon Gruden for a new, nationwide marketing campaign. The season-long initiative focuses on showcasing and celebrating elite performance and centers on Pep Talk, a new television execution starring Gruden that will debut during the NFL Kickoff broadcast on Sept. 7. Other activation includes a digital extension with Gruden; social content with many of the NFL’s top rookie players; a presence on NFL television programming, NFL.com digital platforms, and around several key events.
The University of Hawai‘i Athletics Department announced a 10-year multimedia rights agreement with IMG. Under the agreement, IMG will manage and market the sponsorship and multimedia rights associated with the school’s 21 athletics programs.
Global Force Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., announced a slate of global and digital expansion initiatives, including: plans to launch the Global Wrestling Network, a multi-platform digital service; the launch the IMPACT Wrestling Channel on Pluto TV; an extension with Pop TV in the U.S. to continue airing its flagship weekly show IMPACT on Thursday nights at 8p; and a dstribution deal with 7Sports, the sport business unit of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, to bring IMPACT back to screens in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via ran FIGHTING. “These digital initiatives and broadcast agreements are a significant step forward for the Global Force Wrestling organization as we continue to expand the brand globally, making it available on more platforms and in more countries,” said Ed Nordholm, president of Global Force Wrestling. “Anthem is committed to broadening Global Force Wrestling’s footprint, as we work alongside international broadcast partners, digital platforms and professional wrestling promotions to bring our passionate fans a high-quality product that not only stands out in today’s media landscape, but continues to thrive into the future.”
Bungie, Activision, NBC Sports Group and Whistle Sports are all teaming up on a new short-form original digital video that will debut within NBC Sports’ live stream of NFL Kickoff 2017 tonight at 8:30p. Content pits Antonio Brown against Chad Ochocinco to find the ultimate ‘Football Legend’ of Bungie and Activision’s new Destiny 2 video game and be streamed during commercial time of NFL Kickoff 2017 coverage on NBCSports.com for desktops, and the NBC Sports app for tablets and connected TVs.
Meanwhile, NBC Sports Digital and Above Average’s sports comedy website, The Kicker, are teaming up for Draftsville, a new short-form original digital video series starring a Darrell Hammond. The series reimagines NBC’s popular television series Friday Night Lights with the head coach in charge of a fantasy football team and incorporates NBC Sports Digital’s Rotoworld for the three-episode run.
The Players Tribune is launching a now content series, OUT OF CONTEXT, starring Richard Sherman. The series will feature first-person video narratives self-recorded by Sherman exclusively using the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note8. And launch today with weekly eps throughout the NFL season.
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