Times were weird following Michael Jordan’s retirement. The signature shoe was seemingly out of place as no one was quite fit to carry the torch left by MJ aside from AI and years late LeBron. Enter the Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2k4. Endorsed by Kobe Bryant but worn all over the pro and amateur game, this hybrid hoop shoe drew inspiration from Nike Basketball’s rich past but was all the way progressive.
The iconic sneaker is hitting the shelves for the first time since 2013.
News circulating last year of a rumored return of the Air Jordan 1 High OG “Bred” have been confirmed. Easily Jordan Brand‘s most iconic sneaker, the 2016 fall Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG edition of the Breds will be dropping just in time for the new school year with its original construction and the brand’s signature ”Bred” colorway — a standout mix of Black/Varsity Red-White.
The model became infamous during the ’80s when Michael Jordan notoriously wore his pair to Chicago Bulls games. Disregarding the NBA’s “uniformity of uniform” rule that posited that “A player must wear shoes that not only matched their uniforms, but matched the shoes worn by their teammates,” ex-NBA commissioner David Stern apparently threw the shoes out of the game. Legend has it that MJ chose to pay fines (a rumored $5,000 USD per game) to the league every time he wore his Breds, and eventually, the NBA issued an outright ban of the bold red and black sneakers on-court.
Original Breds like these haven’t been reissued since 2013. Grab a pair while they last when they release in Europe September 3 for a price of €150 EUR (approximately $170 USD). Stay tuned for word on a Stateside release.
Pharrell’s latest collaboration with the German sportswear giant certainly caused a stir when we shared it last week. We got our hands on six statement pieces that will be dropping on May 5 for an exclusive shoot, giving a unique look at the collection, the remainder of which will drop on May 12. After tracking […]
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For years, ESPN’s upfront has been mostly a celebration of its perch atop the sports TV marketplace: the self-styled Worldwide Leader flexing its muscle as the unchallenged victor.
That’s still mostly true, as rivals NBCSN and Fox Sports 1 have done little to dent ESPN’s lead. But when the media company takes the stage at New York’s Minskoff Theater in two weeks, it will find itself in an unfamiliar position: As subscribers cut the cord and big-money talent heads for the exits, ESPN will have to make its strongest pitch yet to advertisers.
As younger consumers continue to eschew traditional TV, ESPN, like most other networks, has had to seek out a strong digital-native partner. Today it has, in Vice.
"Growing up watching ESPN I came to love the brand and their content. Maybe a little too much," said Shane Smith, co-founder and CEO, Vice Media. "The amount of manly tears shed over various 30 for 30’s throughout the years has been nothing short of embarrassing."
The wide-ranging partnership encompasses both digital and television. Vice Sports will produce new original series that will air across ESPN. Select 30 for 30 documentaries from ESPN Films will air on Vice’s new TV network Viceland.
"Evoking manly tears from Shane Smith is no small task, and I take immense pride in that," added ESPN president John Skipper. "Shane and the team at Vice do an extraordinary job presenting stories through their own, very unique lens—and working with them will help to bring a new perspective to our storytelling."
In classic Vice style, the Vice-produced shows will feature athletes and championship events that are outside the mainstream. Additionally, Vice and ESPN are developing a short-form animated series.
The content arrangement is an extension of ESPN parent company Disney’s $400 million investment in Vice sealed late last year, which gives Disney a 10 percent stake in Vice.
Other elements of the content partnership include:
Vice Sports series including original episodes of The Clubhouse will run across ESPN’s linear and digital channels, including WatchESPN.
ESPN will feature digital cutdowns of Viceland’s Vice World of Sports, with full episodes airing on other ESPN properties.
"I applaud Shane for understanding that television is the smartest path to worldwide leadership," Skipper added.
You Are Appreciated 2pac’s mother and former Black Panther, Afeni Shakur (born Alice Faye Williams) passed away in Northern Califonia early this morning. She was 69. So far no cause of death has been reported. Back in 1995, Afeni was immortalized on her son’s magnum opus, “Dear Mama”. Later this year, actress Danai Guriri will portray her in the 2pac biopic, All Eyez On Me. Condolences to Ms. Shakur friends and family.
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