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Joe Namath Joins Team Skechers

Joe Namath Release_FINAL_with photo Hall of Fame quarterback signs on to appear in Relaxed Fit® Footwear Campaign
namath_joeMANHATTAN BEACH, CA –  May 14, 2014 – SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), recently called “the hottest major brand in the U.S.” by Princeton Retail Analysis*, today announced that it has signed hall-of-fame quarterback legend Joe Namath to join the team representing the high-performing men’s Relaxed Fit® from SKECHERS footwear line. A new advertising campaign featuring Namath will begin in Fall 2014.

“Broadway” Joe’s campaign launches with a new television commercial utilizing the same humorous tone as ongoing spots for Relaxed Fit footwear starring Joe Montana and Mark Cuban. The campaign will extend across all media with Namath appearing in print, outdoor, online and point-of-sale materials through 2015.

“I’ve loved what SKECHERS has done with this campaign so far and I’m excited be joining the team,” said Joe Namath. “The Relaxed Fit shoes really are as comfortable as they say, and I look forward to working with SKECHERS on what will be a fun commercial that my fans will enjoy.”

“Our Relaxed Fit from SKECHERS campaign has had so much success with one football Joe, that we thought it was time to bring on another,” added Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “Joe Namath is one of the first pro football television stars in the world and with fans that go back to his days in Alabama, his personality and familiar face is perfect for our team. We know he’ll be a great asset when it comes to getting the word out about our comfortable Relaxed Fit footwear line.”

One of the most exciting quarterbacks in NFL history, Joe Namath entered the league after winning a national championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 1964. He was the first quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards and was named MVP when he led the New York Jets

to victory at Super Bowl III in 1969. Namath retired in 1977 holding seasonal and career records for most games with 300 yards or more passing yards.

Relaxed Fit from SKECHERS footwear offers fashionable appeal with a spacious design that features a roomier fit, a unique Skechers Memory Foam footbed and instant comfort. The men’s footwear line is available in SKECHERS retail stores as well as department and footwear stores around the globe.

SKECHERS has a long history working with sports icons over the years. Advertising campaigns for the brand have also featured Meb Keflezighi, Wayne Gretzky, Karl Malone, Evander Holyfield, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rick Fox, and Ronnie Lott.

The deal between Joe Namath and SKECHERS was negotiated by Harlan Werner in association with Namaco Productions.

*Matt Powell, April 2014 Footwear Overview

About SKECHERS USA, Inc.

SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States via department and specialty stores, Company-owned SKECHERS retail stores and its e-commerce website, and in over 100 countries and territories through the Company’s international network of subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, Chile, Japan, and across Europe, as well as through joint ventures in Asia and distributors around the world. For more information, please visit skechers.com, and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA).

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward- looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s future growth, financial results and operations, its development of new products, future demand for its products and growth opportunities, and its planned opening of new stores, advertising and marketing initiatives. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward looking language such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will result,” “could,” “may,” “might,” or any variations of such words with similar meanings. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include the resignation of the Company’s former independent registered public accounting firm, and its withdrawal of its audit reports with respect to certain of the Company’s historical financial statements; international, national and local general economic, political and market conditions including the ongoing global economic slowdown and market instability; consumer preferences and rapid changes in technology in the highly competitive performance footwear market; sustaining, managing and forecasting costs and proper inventory levels; losing any significant customers, decreased demand by industry retailers and cancellation of order commitments due to the lack of popularity of particular designs and/or categories of products; maintaining brand image and intense competition among sellers of footwear for consumers; anticipating, identifying, interpreting or forecasting changes in fashion trends, consumer demand for the products and the various market factors described above; sales levels during the spring, back-to-school and holiday

selling seasons; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. The risks included here are not exhaustive. The Company operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and the companies cannot predict all such risk factors, nor can the companies assess the impact of all such risk factors on their respective businesses or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward- looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Moreover, reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance.

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Global Icon Sylvester Stallone Signs Deal with Sports Placement Service

Sylvester StalloneLos Angeles – In an effort to prevent fraudulent autographs and movie merchandise from entering the collectables arena, Sylvester Stallone has signed a historic deal with Harlan J. Werner’s Sports Placement Service. “The fans want and deserve the genuine article,” said Stallone. ” “I have granted SPS the exclusive rights to create product for the memorabilia industry that I will personally sign.”

“I, along with my partner in the venture, Nick Cordasco of Authentic Signings, Inc. are honored to enter into this agreement with Mr. Stallone. This certainly becomes the most significant deal within the entertainment memorabilia industry and we look forward to offering a complete line of limited and licensed product over the coming months,” Werner said

NFL Hall of Famer John Riggins joins Sportsman Channel at DC Community Center/Soup Kitchen

riggins-sportsmanWashington, DC - Growing up in the nation’s capitol, I spent most of my Sunday’s watching John Riggins plow through NFC East opponents on the hallowed fields of RFK Stadium. It’s been almost thirty years since the man known as The Diesel last carried the ball for the ‘skins. This Sunday he was back in action. A few things had changed. (more…)

Sportsman Channel’s Hall of Famer John Riggins & Chef Scott Leysath Host Network’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. Event in D.C for The Cable Show 2013

JR_ProfessionalSportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American sportsman, announced today Sportsman Channel TV hosts John Riggins and Scott Leysath will help host and cook at the network’s unique Hunt,Fish,Feed, event in Washington D.C. for The Cable Show 2013 at two locations on Sunday, June 9.  Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. is a unique outreach program that taps an underutilized food source—game meat and fish donated by sportsmen—to feed those struggling with hunger across America.  Sportsman is partnering locally with The Cable Show 2013 to help organize, staff and transport volunteers to serve a lunch at So Others May Eat and dinner at Central Union Mission. Between both shelters, volunteers will have served more than 700 people with venison donated by local hunters thanks to the Mule Deer Foundation.   Hunt.Fish.Feed. has served more than 14,000 meals since its inception.

Both Riggins and Leysath have their own shows on the network. Riggins, an NFL Hall of Famer and former New York Jets and Washington Redskins running back, hosts the celebrity-loaded series “Riggo on the Range” and Leysath, an Executive Chef of more than 25 years, hosts “Dead Meat” and “Hunt.Fish.Cook.”

The Central Union Mission is where Hunt.Fish.Feed got its start in 2007.

“We’re especially honored to bring our Hunt.Fish.Feed. back to where it began to D.C. and work with the shelter where we started, Central Union Mission. We look forward to working with our partners at The Cable Show and the shelters to make this a successful and impactful event,” said Gavin Harvey, CEO of Sportsman Channel. “Programs like Hunt.Fish.Feed provide unique avenues to help the needy, especially during an economic time that finds more and more people in need every day.”

“As an avid sportsman and chef, I’ve always placed a high priority on harvesting game,” said Riggins. “Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. is an extraordinary program that helps deliver nutritious and hearty meals to thousands at a time when food and money donations are down at shelters and facilities all across this nation. I’m proud to be part of this network and its unique program, and I look forward to helping serve those in need this Sunday in my hometown.”

Event Details:

So Others May Eat (SOME)
71 ‘O’ Street, NW
Washington, DC
Serving at 11 am

Media is encouraged to attend this event

Central Union Mission
1350 R Street, NW
Washington, DC
Serving at 5 pm

During FY ’12, Central Union Mission provided more than 150,000 meals to individuals and families struggling with hunger and food insecurity. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for the people we serve to experience food they may have never tried before,” said David Treadwell, Executive Director of Central Union Mission. “It also allows us reach a seldom tap market of hunters and fisherman to not only raise their awareness about poverty and homelessness, but also gives them a tangible way to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Dodgers great relieves Magic for ceremonial first pitch

LOS ANGELES – As they unveiled all their new and expensive improvements — $100 million in ballpark enhancements and the best team money can buy – the Los Angeles Dodgers paid homage to the glory of their past.

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, who rejoined the Dodger family this spring after years of estrangement, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the season opener following a classic bit of Hollywood scene-setting.

After the introduction of former team luminaries like Tom Lasorda, Maury Wills, Tommy Davis and Orel Hershiser, part-owner Magic Johnson went to the mound and pretended to be about to throw out the first pitch.

Manager Don Mattingly then came out of the dugout and “pulled him,” calling for a lefty instead.

In walked none other than Koufax, wearing his familiar No. 32 and drawing a huge ovation.

 

From rookies to legends, Koufax leaves mark on camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Sandy has left the building.

In Elvis fashion, Sandy Koufax finished his initial 10-day Spring Training assignment as special advisor to the Dodgers chairman Thursday having left an unforgettable impression, even on fellow legends.

“The owners have done so many things correctly that have lifted the spirits of fans and everybody in the organization and by bringing Sandy back have added to the optimism,” said another iconic Hall of Famer, Vin Scully.

“They’ve been able to bring back someone whose name has always been linked to the Dodgers, and I’m sure the fans think the owners have done another smart thing. That’s the way I look at it. It’s just great.”

Zack Greinke might win 20 games this year, but the early leader for best acquisition is the 77-year-old Koufax, who won’t throw a pitch. Koufax said he will attend an Old Timers Game at Dodger Stadium on June 8 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 World Series team and perhaps drop in on the club at a series or two on the East Coast.

“Beyond that, I really don’t know,” he said.

The hiring of Koufax has been universally praised as a coup by the new Guggenheim Partners ownership. In the past, Koufax has been a Spring Training visitor to see staff friends, but always as a private citizen. He hasn’t worked for a club since a stint as a Dodgers Minor League instructor from 1979-89.

In addition to the obvious public relations bonanza of the hiring, management wanted to tap into Koufax’s teaching strengths, as well as fortify an ongoing mission of reconnecting with players from the Dodgers’ glory years.

“I grew up like that with the Yankees,” said manager Don Mattingly. “[Mickey] Mantle, Catfish [Hunter], Whitey [Ford]. The Yankees would bring all of them back. Mickey just kind of hung around being Mickey. He was great. Catfish, he and I would go to a back field and he would pitch seven innings to me. He could still throw all right, and he’d try to get me out.

“If you have resources like that, it’s just foolish not to use them. And having them around helps your players understand the history of the game. I want guys like that and Tommy Lasorda around, I want them asking why I did this and why I did that. I want the best information. I want Sandy challenging our way of doing things if he thinks there’s a better way.”

The Dodgers quickly slid Koufax into their daily program, and he worked one on one with many pitchers in camp, especially three of the starters he has counseled in the past — Clayton Kershaw, Josh Beckett and Chris Capuano.

But Koufax also worked with relievers like Kenley Jansen and Javy Guerra, and young Major Leaguers like Josh Wall. Midway through his stay, the role expanded to one-on-one morning sessions with the top pitching prospects in Minor League camp — Zack Lee, Chris Reed, Angel Sanchez, Jose Dominguez and converted third baseman Pedro Baez, who Koufax said shocked him by displaying “four Major League pitches” even though he’s thrown only one inning in his life, in instructional league.

“When I came back to the organization in 2001, one of the major goals was to get the Dodgers back to the way they taught pitching for so many years,” said pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. “They had gotten away from it, from the way it was taught by the great pitching coaches like Red Adams, Ron Perranoski, Dave Wallace and Sandy.

“The great thing about having Sandy around is to listen to the stories of success, not just his great talent pitching, but his ability to say in simple terms what we’re trying to accomplish. I’ve always felt that I’m an extension of him in that way. And it was especially great for him to work with our Minor League coaches so we’re all on the same page. Who better to learn from than the best?”

Koufax’s presence lured autograph seekers in such numbers that management had to deploy metal crowd barriers after he was nearly overwhelmed the second day walking from one field to another.

If shy in public, Koufax was anything but when in his baseball element.

“All the great moments in my life that I cherish came back to the surface, being able to relive them with Sandy,” said former teammate Maury Wills, still a bunting instructor at age 80. “Since he’s been here, it’s like reliving all those great moments.

“Surprisingly, he seems to be enjoying participating. He’s so quiet and humble. But just to see him get involved is such a pleasure. I feel that two days from now, he’ll realize how much he enjoyed it. It might get to the point where he’s missing being here.”

Koufax had a different but undeniable impact on players like catcher A.J. Ellis.

“What his presence says from the standpoint of the players and the people in the organization is that, through the ownership change, they are bringing back a Dodger legend and royalty that has earned and deserves to be part of the organization,” said Ellis.

“The time between innings and bullpens, I’ll never forget the insight he’s given me to the mental side of pitching and game-calling, and it’s something I’ll carry into the season.”

Source: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130228&content_id=42093874&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

VIDEO: Vin Scully sits down with Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax

Dodgers play-by-play legend Vin Scully sits down with Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax to discuss lefties, pitching and the Dodgers/

Sandy Koufax revels in his roots as he comes to help Dodgers bloom

s-koufax-1The greatest living Dodger sets spring training camp abuzz as he returns to work. ‘I’d like to see this organization be a winner again…. I thought, if I can help, it would be fun,’ Koufax says.

Shortly after noon Sunday, a black SUV pulled up at the front door of Camelback Ranch amid the breathless aura of a royal homecoming.

Two Dodgers employees were waiting on the curb. Several others were staring out from inside the main building.

Out of the car stepped a wiry, deeply tanned white-haired man wearing black sweat pants and a long-sleeve white shirt. He took off his sunglasses to reveal bright eyes over a huge smile, and here came the whispers.

”He’s really 77? He’s really coming to work here again? He really looks like he could still pitch!”

Sandy Koufax, the greatest living Dodger, was officially returning to work for the only baseball home he’s ever known.

“I’d like to see this organization be a winner again,” Koufax said. ”I don’t know if I can do that much, but I’m going to try and help.”

The intensely private former pitcher arrived at spring training to begin a two-week stint as a pitching instructor as part of a one-year contract that will put him back in a Dodgers uniform for the first time in more than 20 years.

On a clear and sunny day in the desert, chills were everywhere.

When Koufax walked from the main building to a practice field in his sweats, the camp buzz became a dull roar as a couple of hundred fans rushed the ropes to welcome him. When he stepped onto the grass toward the pitching mound, Clayton Kershaw hugged him. When he began supervising pickoff plays with several pitchers, most of the folks in camp had turned to watch.

Nearby, Dodgers marketing boss Lon Rosen was speaking on the phone to Dodgers partner Magic Johnson.

“Earvin, I’ve got to go,” he said. “Somebody more famous than you just showed up.”

After a short session in which Koufax actually mimicked a pitching motion — fans murmuring at the sight — he signed a couple of dozen autographs and briefly stopped to answer some questions.

Such as, why? And why now?

“I have no idea,” Koufax said with a laugh. “It just sounded like it could be fun . The people who own this team look like they’re trying to make it better. I thought, if I can help, it would be fun.”

Koufax was offered the spot last summer by Rosen and team President Stan Kasten in an impromptu meeting in a suite during a game at Dodger Stadium. The new Dodgers ownership is eager to reconnect with former Dodgers legends, and was hoping that Koufax would be willing to sacrifice some of his beloved privacy to bring his baseball life full circle.

Said Rosen: “We want to honor and celebrate the Dodger legacy, and Sandy has always been a key part of that.”

Said Koufax: “The hard part is, my life is good, and am I taking a chance of ruining it with you guys [media]? Do I want to kind of open it up to all of this again? I thought, well, I’ll take a chance.”

In typical careful Koufax fashion, he agreed only after much thought, and kept the agreement short.

“If I’m not enjoying it, it’s one year,” he said. “I thought, OK, I come out here every year for a week to see people anyway, I’ll take my chances.’ ”

Since his stunning retirement in 1966 at the height of his career — he was only 30 — Koufax has taken other chances with his home team, but they have always ended uncomfortably.

He was a minor league pitching instructor from 1979 to 1990, but he quit over unhappiness with the direction of the organization. For the next decade, he rarely represented the Dodgers in public, finally officially disassociating himself from the Fox-owned team in 2003 when he was unhappy with how he was portrayed in a New York Post story about rumors of his personal life. Fox and the Post had the same owners.

Frank McCourt brought him back a year later, but he remained on the fringes, and actually showed up more frequently in other team’s training camps until the new Dodgers owners made their pitch.

His words Sunday sounded like those of a man who, in his later years, believes it’s finally time to put aside past disappointments and revel in his roots.

“They’ve done a lot with the team, I understand they’ve done a lot with the stadium, and it’s the only organization I’ve ever played in or been in,” Koufax said. “‘I came here with Jackie and Gil and Duke … and played with great people like Don and Tommy and Willie and Maury.… It feels good.”

The number of times a Dodgers story contains one quote about playing with Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges and Duke Snider and Don Drysdale and Tommy Davis and Willie Davis and Maury Wills? How about never? Much of Koufax’s value lies in his unmatched ability in bridging the gap between past and future Dodgers greatness.

“I wouldn’t do this anyplace else,” he said, noting that, in all these years of visiting other teams’ training camps, he has never worn another uniform. “‘Anyplace else they said I was working with pitchers, I went to see friends, I wasn’t working with pitchers. People would ask, could you do this [wear another jersey] … I said, I can’t.”

Not that the greatest pitcher ever over a six-year period — from 1961-66 — can’t still teach pitching. “Let me put it this way,” he said, “throwing hasn’t changed, not since the caveman. Pitching might have changed a little bit, but it’s still throwing. It’s precision throwing.”

Just ask Chris Capuano, who worked with Koufax on Sunday and has relied on his wisdom in the past.

“As a left-hander, he actually told me some things that could help me right away when I was in New York,” Capuano said. “One of them was where my foot was on the rubber.… It helped me with my direction to the plate.”

For now, the Dodgers will celebrate the direction that Koufax’s presence takes them. He is their glorious past become their promising future. Of all the remodeling done by the new ownership in the last year, this could be its finest addition.

Sandy Koufax was asked whether he felt as if he finally was coming home.

Dodgers get it right: Sandy Koufax joins club as special advisor

The Dodgers’ new owners have made some nice moves, some intriguing moves and some absolutely blockbuster moves since they took over last May.

On Tuesday they upped their game to a completely brilliant move. There’s being fan-friendly, and then there is this:

The return of Sandy Koufax.

Koufax will officially join the organization this season as a special advisor to team chairman Mark Walter. He is scheduled to attend a portion of spring training to work with pitchers and consult with the team throughout the year.

The team announced the news in a release Tuesday that quoted the notoriously private Koufax:

“I’m delighted to be back with the Dodgers. I’m looking forward to spending time with the team during spring training and to contributing in any way I can to help make the team a success for the fans of Los Angeles. Some of my most cherished memories came at Dodger Stadium.”

There is no more historic and beloved Los Angeles Dodger than Koufax, the greatest pitcher in team history, if not baseball history. He was their first true Los Angeles superstar after the team relocated to L.A. from Brooklyn in 1958.

The soft-spoken Koufax is a legendary baseball figure, but his presence goes beyond the advice he can administer to young pitchers. He adds not only a significant link to the team past but also an aura of class and respect and a championship edge.

He was a World Series champion four times and a three-time unanimous Cy Young winner. He threw four no-hitters, struck out more than 300 batters in a season three times (including a team-record 382 in 1965) and had a 0.95 postseason ERA.

Koufax, 77, has worked with the team in spring training sporadically through the years. Living in Vero Beach, Fla., he served as a spring training advisor for 11 seasons through 1989.

He separated himself from the organization while it was owned by Fox, which also owned publishing companies that wrote about his private life. He has made spring training appearances in recent years, but this is the first time he’s been welcomed back in an official capacity.

“The Dodgers are thrilled to have Sandy back with the organization,” said team president and CEO Stan Kasten in a release. “Sandy’s experience and perspective will be invaluable as we endeavor to do everything in our power to bring the city of Los Angeles a World Series champion.”

Koufax is the youngest player ever elected to the Hall of Fame. He retired at age 31 because of elbow arthritis, after what most consider the most dominant six-year run in history (2.19 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings, 129-47 record with 115 complete games).

HALL OF FAMER SANDY KOUFAX TO RETURN TO DODGERS IN 2013

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LOS ANGELES – Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax will return to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, it was announced.

Koufax will serve as Special Advisor to Dodgers’ Chairman Mark Walter. Koufax will attend a portion of Spring Training to work with Dodgers’ pitchers and consult with the team throughout the year.

“The Dodgers are thrilled to have Sandy back with the organization,” Dodgers’ President and CEO Stan Kasten said. “Sandy’s experience and perspective will be invaluable as we endeavor to do everything in our power to bring the city of Los Angeles a World Series champion.”

“For our young players and our veterans to be able to tap Sandy’s expertise and counsel during Spring Training and throughout the season will provide yet another tremendous resource in our efforts to strengthen our club,” said General Manager Ned Colletti.

“I’m delighted to be back with the Dodgers,” Koufax said. “I’m looking forward to spending time with the team during Spring Training and to contributing in any way I can  to help make the team a success for the fans of Los Angeles. Some of my most cherished memories came at Dodger Stadium.”

Koufax, the first major leaguer to pitch four no-hitters, including a perfect game, was the youngest player (age 36) and the first pitcher inducted into the Hall of Fame (1972) who had more strikeouts than innings pitched. In 12 major league seasons, he had a career record of 165-87, a 2.76 ERA, 2,396 strikeouts, 137 complete games and 40 shutouts.

From 1962-66, Koufax led the National League in earned run average and shutouts. He was the first pitcher to average fewer than seven hits allowed per nine innings pitched in his career (6.79) and to strike out more than nine batters (9.28) per nine innings. In his last 10 seasons, batters hit .203 against him with a .271 on-base percentage and a .315 slugging average.

Koufax was the MVP and Cy Young Award winner in 1963 and also won Cy Young awards in 1965 and ’66. He was a member of Dodgers’ world championship teams in 1955, ’59, ’63 and ’65, earning MVP honors in 1963 and ‘65. His postseason record was 4-3 with a 0.95 ERA. He was selected to seven consecutive All-Star games from 1961-66.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, pioneers in sport and world culture, have won more games, more pennants, and more World Series than any other club in the National League since moving to Los Angeles.  Since the start of the modern era in baseball, the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles, combined, have a cumulative attendance of more than 190 million, the highest total in the history of baseball or any other sport.

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