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Topps is for the fifth year asking people to vote for the player who will get the prestigious card No. 1, this time  for the 2020 Topps Baseball Series 1, scheduled to hit retail in January. Topps is offering a choice of 19 players, or people can submit a write-in vote.

• ESPN and Facebook have entered into a new agreement that brings exclusive digital shows and content to Facebook Watch. At launch, this includes The People’s MMA Show, additional segments from Always Late with Katie Nolan and exclusive versions of Countdown to GameDay and Fantasy Focus Live.

“We are extending some of our most popular ESPN shows and creating new ones with content available only on Facebook and Facebook Watch,” Ryan Spoon, svp-digital and social content for ESPN, said via the network.

• After two exclusive games on NFL Network, Fox Sports’ 2019 Thursday Night Football presented by Bud Light Platinum schedule begins Sept. 26 with the Philadelphia Eagles at the Green Bay Packers. Fox Sports said it would deliver Thursday Night Football in 4K Ultra High Definition for the NFL’s 100th season, making Thursday night match-ups available through the Fox Sports and Fox Now apps, via Apple TV 4K and select Roku devices. Full story here.

• Tony Wyllie has been named regional president and managing director for Special Olympics North America. Wyllie most recently was svp-communications for the NFL’s Washington Redskins since 2010. His three-decade career also includes PR/communications with the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans.

According to Wyllie, “I will use my leadership skills and experience to continue to deliver high-quality competitive sports experiences, attract more resources, and build awareness of Special Olympics. I am excited to work for the six million Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners in the movement for inclusion."

• The Los Angeles Clippers have signed a deal with Los Angeles-based tech firm Honey, which includes naming rights to team's renovated Honey Training Center: Home of the L.A. Clippers and its logo on team practice jerseys. According to Honey, "Ten million-plus members worldwide use Honey's suite of free tools daily to save time and money when shopping online.”

• SoFi Stadium, which will be the new $6 billion home venue for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Chargers beginning in 2020, will open July 25-26 with two Taylor Swift concerts.

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (Sept. 14-Oct. 27), which includes the first public screening of the only known complete broadcast of Super Bowl I (then known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game) in January 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

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 Pro Football Hall of Fame First-Time Candidates Class of 2020
• DE John Abraham
• LB Lance Briggs
• WR/Special Teams Josh Cribbs
• RB Maurice Jones-Drew
• S Troy Polamalu
• DE Justin Smith
• WR Reggie Wayne
• LB Patrick Willis

The full list includes 122 players eligible to be selected to next year's class. Full story here.

KEEPING SCORE

Top Brands in 2019 Brand Keys “Consumer Loyalty Index”
• Airline: JetBlue
• Athletic Footwear:Nike
* Automotive: Hyundai
• Banks: Chase
• Beer: Corona Extra (regular), Miller Lite (Lite)
• Bottled Water: Dasani
• Casual Dining: Panera
• Coffee (OOH): Dunkin’
• Energy Drinks: Red Bull
• Headphones: Bose
• Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s
• Major League Sports: MLB
• Online Music: Slacker
* Online Retailer: Amazon
• Online Travel Booking: Booking.com
• Pizza: Domino’s
• QSR: Chick-fil-A
• Retail Sporting Goods: Dick’s
• Social Networking Sites: Instagram
• Soft Drinks: Coca-Cola (regular), Diet Coke
• Tequila: Jose Cuervo
• Ticketing Services: StubHub
• Vodka: Zubrowka
• Whiskey: Jack Daniel’s

FULL LIST HERE

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Sept. 20-22
1. Downton Abbey $31M
2. Ad Astra $19.1M
3. Rambo: Last Blood $19M
4. It 2 $17.2
5. Hustlers $17M
6. Lion King $2.6M
7. Good Boys $2.5M
8. Angel Has Fallen $2.4M
9. Overcomer $1.5M
10. Hobbs & Shaw $1.5M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr012015

In MLB Stadiums, Fans Have 21M Reasons To Love The (Hot) Dog Days Of Baseball

By Barry Janoff

April 1, 2015: For baseball players, the dog days of summer generally start in July and last through August.

For MLB fans, the hot dog days start with Opening Day and last through the Fall Classic.

Food has gotten more diverse at MLB ball parks — steak, sushi, crab rolls, shrimp burgers, triple-stacked nine-cheese sandwiches with candied bacon — but it all comes down to hot dogs.

During the 2014 MLB season, more than 21.4 million hot dogs (and 5.5 million sausages) were consumed at stadiums nationwide, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, based in Washington, DC.

Some 7 billion of those were eaten between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with peak consumption coming during the July 4th holiday (which also is the official start of National Hot Dog Month), when about 150 million hot dogs were downed while people were watching hits, homers, strikeouts and groundouts.

According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, people attending Los Angeles Dodgers home games in Dodger Stadium led the Major Leagues, eating nearly 3.1 million hot dogs.

Visitors to Texas Rangers games in Globe Life Stadium came is second, with about 1.6 million hot dogs downed, followed by attendees of Boston Red Sox games in Fenway Park, who ate to the tune of 1.5 million hot dogs.

The Top Five also includes the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians, where visitors to Yankee Stadium and Progressive Field, respectively, ate about 1 million frankfurters.

According to a a Harris Poll conducted last season on behalf of the NHDSC, 71% of Americans top their hot dogs with mustard, with ketchup 52%, followed by onions (47 %), chili (45%) and relish (41%).

But there is much more to MLB ballpark hot dogs than cooked sausage, buns and accoutrements.

“The variety of hot dogs at different baseball stadiums inspire as much passion as the teams themselves,” said Eric Mittenthal, NHDSC vp-public affairs.

Aramark, a Philadelphia-based company that supplies food and beverage to nine MLB stadiums (and works with others in the retail and facilities areas) said it has spent the past off-season working with its team partners to enhance and expand the food options for baseball fans.  

"We set out with one mission: create authentic menus that offer something for everyone and enhance the game-day experience," Carl Mittleman, president of Aramark's Sports and Entertainment division, said in a statement. "I'm very proud of the Aramark team, and the work they've done to ensure each of our menus offers something new, classic and better for you."

Aramark's food and beverage ballparks are Citi Field (New York Mets), Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies), Coors Field (Colorado Rockies), Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox), Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals), Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros), PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates),  Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays) and Turner Field (Atlanta Braves).

Included in its various kitchens of delight are such classic hot dogs as the Dodger Dog, Fenway Frank, Wrigley Field Chicago Dog, Yankees Nathan's Dog, Brewers Bratwurst, Cincinnati Skyline Chili Dog, Cleveland’s Sugardale dog and the Tigers Coney Dog.

More recently added options have enhanced the uniqueness of hot dogs that fans can find in ballparks, including the Rangers Boomstick, Diamondbacks D-Bat Corn Dog, Orioles Crab Mac and Cheese Dog, Tigers Poutine Dog, Pirates Polish Hill Dog, Braves Dixie Dog, Phillies Cheesesteak Dog and Nationals DMV dog.

Among other foodservice firms, Centerplate, based in Stamford, CT., has alliances that include the Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field and Safeco Field, home to the Seattle Mariners. Centerplate has handled 20 World Series and 12 Super Bowls, with the 13th coming this February at Super Bowl 50 in Levi's Stadium.

Delaware North Sportservice partners include the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Park, Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park and the Cincinnati Reds' Great American Ball Park, site of the 2015 All-Star Game this July.

For the coming season and All-Star Game, Delaware North installed 20 self-serve beer stations throughout Great American Ball Park stocked with brews from Anheuser-Busch. Fans can purchase pre-paid cards (in increments of $20 and $100) and use them until they tap out.

Legends Hospitality, co-owned by the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys, is the official food and beverage supplier to Yankee Stadium and AT&T Stadium.

Among the dressed-up hot dogs that will be served at Aramark-partnered stadiums this season, fans can expect to find:

• Citizens Bank Park, South Philly Dog: Phillies Frank topped with roasted red peppers, sharp provolone and broccoli rabe (Section 134).

• Coors Field, Taco Dog (pictured at top): Chorizo dog topped with cheese, lettuce and pico de gallo (Section 137).

• Kauffman Stadium, Steak & Cheese Dog (pictured right): Hot dog topped with chopped Philly steak and cheese sauce (Sections 247 and 208).

• PNC Park, Cuban Pretzel Dog (pictured below): Foot-long, all-beef hot dog topped with slices of ham, pulled pork, Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard and pickles, on a pretzel hoagie roll (Section 144).

• Rogers Centre, Peameal Bacon Sausage: Peameal bacon sausage topped with caramelized onions and honey mustard, on a cornmeal bun (Hogtown Grill, Sections 120 and 128).

And for those fans who want special fries with their dogs, burgers, sandwiches or as a stand-alone:

• Citi Field, Pat LaFrieda Filet Mignon Steak Frites: Waffle Fries topped with Pat LaFrieda filet mignon, caramelized onions and cheese sauce (Promenade Club LaFrieda Stand).

* Minute Maid Park, Gourmet Fries: Fresh cut garlic and parmesan, brisket topped curly fries and more (Street Eats, Section 126).

• PNC Park, Riverwalk Fries: Large cut fries topped with jalapeño cheese sauce, crispy bacon, a dollop of sour cream and chives (Section 144).

• Rogers Centre: Liberty Village Sausage Poutine: Crisp cut fries topped with traditional gravy, cheese curds, caramelized onions, sautéed peppers, smoked farmer's sausage and peameal bacon sausage (Toronto Street Eats, Section 134).

And among the items beyond the hot dog and fries menu:

• Citi Field, Pig Guy NYC's Bacon on a Stick: Grilled thick cut Pat LaFrieda bacon available three ways- Sriracha maple glazed, dipped in Salted Caramel, or S'mores with chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows (World Fare Market).

• Fenway Park, Chicken Taco Salad: Iceberg lettuce topped with grilled chicken, tomatoes, onions, and avocado, served in a fried tortilla bowl (Right Field Rooftop Deck).

• Minute Maid Park, Chicken and Waffle Cone: Waffle cone stuffed with mashed potatoes, fried chicken and drizzled with honey mustard (Street Eats, Section 126).

• PNC Park, Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club Bacon Cheeseburger: Half-pound chuck & short rib burger topped with house made pulled pork, house cured jalapeno bacon, house made ketchup, pepper jack cheese garlic pickles, red onions, on a toasted, locally baked brioche (Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club).

• Rogers Centre, Distillery District Roast Beef Dip: House smoked beef topped with jus, roasted garlic aioli, horseradish mayo, crispy red onion and rocket greens, on a herb baguette (Muddy York Market, Level 100).

• Turner Field, Wing Diner: Chicken wings, tossed to order, in mango habañero, buffalo or lemon pepper sauce (Section 102).

Play ball.

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