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June 3, 2019 Coca-Cola Is Thinking Of Releasing Coffee-Infused Coke In The U.S.

Coca-Cola Is Thinking Of Releasing Coffee-Infused Coke In The U.S.

This idea failed when it was brought to the table over 10 years ago.

Coca-Cola has come out with a plethora of flavors over the years with some being much more successful than others. Humans are creatures of habit so when they taste something they’re not used to, sometimes there is some heavy push back. Well, that’s exactly what happened in 2006 when the soda company released Coca-Cola Blak to the world which was a coffee-flavored take on the classic drink. Americans were pretty opposed to the beverage and after a while, it was discontinued.

Over the past year, Coca-Cola has released an updated version of the coffee-infused drink called Coca-Cola Plus Coffee, which has been sold in countries like Australia, Italy, Spain, Thailand, and Poland. The drink has been catching on and now, the brand believes the beverage could work in the United States. 

“That was a trend before its time,” the company’s chief technical officer, Nancy Quan told CNN Business. “I don’t think people were ready to have a coffee portfolio within the Coca-Cola brand.”

By the end of this year, Coca-Cola plans to introduce the drink in 25 other countries which will truly put it to the test. Caffeinated drinks are nothing new and have been on the upswing over the years so a coffee flavored Coke doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch of the imagination.

Would you want to drink this or is it a hard pass?

May 29, 2019 Ezekiel Elliott’s EDC Victim Is Thinking Of Pressing Charges: Report

Ezekiel Elliott’s EDC Victim Is Thinking Of Pressing Charges: Report

Elliott was not arrested or charged for the incident originally.

Last week, a video surfaced of Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott being handcuffed at EDC in Las Vegas. Elliott can be seen on video going chest to chest with a security guard who eventually falls onto a rail and then to the pavement. Elliott was put in handcuffs although was never formally arrested and was eventually let go with no charges being pressed against him.

Kyle Johnson, the 19-year-old security guard who got pushed in the video, is now thinking of pressing formal charges against Elliott unless he gets a proper apology, according to TMZ. As Johnson explains, Elliott did give him an apology, although he didn’t feel like he truly meant it.

“I did get an apology from him, it wasn’t a sincere apology. He didn’t maintain eye contact. It didn’t seem sincere at all,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t hurt or anything but to have someone that you looked up to shove you on the ground over a metal fence? It’s not the biggest thing in the world … but [to say] nothing happened? I mean, come on.”

Johnson said he never pressed charges at the time of the incident because it was 3 in the morning and he didn’t want to make an emotional decision. 

Only time will tell whether or not he goes through with these charges.

May 29, 2019 Adam Silver Is Thinking Of Adding A Midseason Tournament To The NBA

Adam Silver Is Thinking Of Adding A Midseason Tournament To The NBA

Silver is thinking of bringing the European soccer model to the NBA.

When it comes to the NBA playoffs, it’s been apparent over the last few years that the Western Conference has been significantly better than the East. In the past, teams with losing records have been able to make the playoffs in the East because of the lower standards of competition. This creates a bit of a problem though as there are teams in the West with better records than those Eastern Conference teams, although they don’t make the playoffs. NBA commissioner Adam Silver understands this conundrum better than anyone and is reportedly thinking of new ways to fix it.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Silver is looking at adding a midseason tournament to the schedule and is also thinking about a play-in tournament that would guarantee that the best 16 teams in the league make the playoffs. In such a scenario, the eight teams per conference model would be shattered. If a midseason tournament were to occur, it would be reminiscent of the European soccer model found in leagues like the Premier League.

“It’s incumbent on me to constantly be looking at other organizations and seeing what it is we can do better and learn from them,” Silver said. “In the case of European soccer, I think there is something we can learn from them.”

Neither of these concepts are close to becoming a reality but Silver is, in fact, looking into them closely. It may take a few years for them to come to fruition, but it would certainly be interesting to see what midseason tournament would eventually look like.

May 15, 2019 Lakers GM Rob Pelinka Is Thinking Of Trading Fourth Overall Pick: Report

Lakers GM Rob Pelinka Is Thinking Of Trading Fourth Overall Pick: Report

Pelinka feels as though the fourth overall pick is a great asset.

One of the biggest stories of the NBA Draft Lottery last night was the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers got the fourth overall pick despite being projected to get the 11th pick. It was a huge development for the Lakers who have struggled to make the playoffs for the better part of the decade. Now that the team has a high pick, they have some tough decisions to make as far as what they want to do with it. In a conference call with ESPN after the lottery, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka explained how he’s excited to explore the various different options moving forward.

“I think it’s an extraordinary shift for us,” Pelinka said. “I mean, top-five picks in the draft, if you go back in the history and study them, those picks can alter and impact franchises.”

 

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He also went on to say that there is a possibility they use the pick as a piece for a potential trade, which could yield an established impact player.

“This is a powerful asset for us,” Pelinka explained. “We owe a commitment to our fans to have an outstanding season next year. What this does is it gives us the ability to either select an impact player at 4 or possibly use this as an extremely valuable asset in trade.”

If the Lakers do decide to trade the pick, they will most likely be looking towards New Orleans and their star player Anthony Davis.