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Big Shoe Companies Out of Endorsement Negotiations with Lonzo Ball

By S. Christopher Emerson

UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball with his father Lavar Ball

UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball with his father Lavar Ball

UCLA hoops phenom Lonzo Bell is not being considered for endorsements by the top three basketball shoe and apparel companies, Nike, Under Armour and Adidas, even though many anticipate his promising career ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft.

LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s father and representative in the negotiations, has confirmed that none of those companies were interested in completing a deal with the Ball family.

But that may be because of the elder Ball’s pitch that is unattractive to the companies.

ESPN.com reports that in his meetings with all three companies, LaVar insisted that they license his budding Big Baller Brand. He also showed the companies a shoe prototype he hoped would be Lonzo’s first shoe.

The elder Ball feels that the big shoe companies prefer to have more control of their endorsers and their deals, whereas his pitch is for, at least, equal control.

“We’ve said from the beginning, we aren’t looking for an endorsement deal,” LaVar told ESPN. “We’re looking for co-branding, a true partner. But they’re not ready for that because they’re not used to that model. But hey, the taxi industry wasn’t ready for Uber, either.”

Bill O’Reilly Out of Fox News

MCNS Staff

Bill O’Reilly

Fox News has let go of Bill O’Reilly, one if its most popular and controversial hosts. The network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.

“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” the statement read.

The pitted host issued a statement, suggesting innocence, remarking that it was “tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”

O’Reilly was known for his antagonistic, racist, and

Jill Scott and Queen Latifah Reunite for Film on Flint Water Crisis

MCNS Staff

Jill Scott & Queen Latifah.

Jill Scott & Queen Latifah.

According to The Huffington Post, The Lifetime network has announced new details in the developing of an original film examining the Flint water crisis.

On Thursday, the cable network revealed that Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Betsy Brandt and Marin Ireland will star in the Craig Zadan and Neil Meron-produced film, which is inspired by writer Josh Sanburn’s 2016 Time magazine cover story “The Toxic Tap.”

“Flint” will depict the true story of three activists from the city ― portrayed by Scott, Brandt and Ireland, with Queen Latifah playing a fourth resident ― who are fighting to expose and bring justice to the events surrounding their lead-tainted water supply, according to a press release.

For more on “Flint,” click here.

 

 

Marvel Exec Walks Back Comments Stating Diversity Hurt Sales

By S. Christopher Emerson

David Gabriel

David Gabriel

A Marvel Studios executive is feeling the heat after implying that diversity caused a drop in sales for the media giant.

Strong reactions followed comments by David Gabriel at the Marvel Retailer Summit, when he suggested that diversity had contributed to a sales drop. Gabriel is Marvel’s senior vice president of print, sales, and marketing.

“What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity,” Gabriel answered at iCv2 when asked what contributed to changes in consumer tastes that led to a drop in sales in October-November. “They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not.”

“We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up against,” Gabriel added, according to vaiety.com. “That was difficult for us because we had a lot of fresh, new, exciting ideas that we were trying to get out and nothing new really worked.”

Sources also indicate that he attributed declines to other reasons such as a release of “too much product.”

According to Variety, Gabriel later