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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.

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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

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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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A-Rod Talks The Talk, Walks The Walk About ESPN, Baseball, Yankees, Hall Of Fame

By Barry Janoff

January 26, 2018: So what does Alex Rodriguez have to say for himself?

Quite a bit regarding his new gig with ESPN on Sunday Night Baseball, his former team the New York Yankees, the Hall of Fame and about fame itself.
 
ESPN unveiled Rodriguez last week as part of its three-person broadcast crew for the weekly Sunday Night Baseball, joining play-by-play broadcaster Matt Vasgersian and analyst Jessica Mendoza.

In an unusual move, A-Rod will work for ESPN on Sunday Night Baseball during the regular MLB season, the return to his analyst job with Fox Sports, which he joined last season, for the playoffs and World Series.

Alex Rodriguez had a stellar 22-year MLB career on the field, hitting 696 homers, driving in 2,086 runs, being named American League MVP three times and winning a World Series as member of the Yankees in 2009.

But his career was tainted by allegations of PED use, which he denied and then later admitted.

He was suspended by MLB for 162 games — the entire 2014 season — while with the New York Yankees. He returned for two seasons, was released by the team in August of 2016, then retired.

Rodriguez was part of an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball media conference call on Friday (Jan. 26).

The Sunday Night Baseball schedule begins April 1 with the San Francisco Giants at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Why have you gone into the broadcast booth?

Alex Rodriguez: I think for me, I think it’s been well documented how much I love the game, the passion that I have for the game.

You know, my father played baseball. I’ve been playing baseball since I was in Pampers and I absolutely love it. And when you think about baseball Sunday Night Baseball, I grew up watching it. I grew up watching it with my mother every Sunday night, with my brother, with my sister and in many ways Jon Miller and Joe Morgan were the voice of baseball at a national level.

What are your thoughts on baseball entering the 2018 season?

AR: For all of us on this call who love the game, we have to have an open mind and understand it’s a very fluid time, and we’re competing for eyeballs when there’s more distractions today than ever before.

Economically the game is doing fantastic — we’re nearing $10 billion as an industry. It was $1 billion when I entered in 1994.

So that part is great. There’s great young players — when you think about Carlos Correa, Bryce Harper, the Machados and Mike Trout — and then you have great players in their prime playing for major markets, obviously Clayton Kershaw and Aaron Judge.

Is there pressure coming into Sunday Night Baseball?

AR: Look, if Matt feels pressure, who has been doing this over 20 years, I’ve got a master at screwing up. So I’m certainly ready for that.

I think it’s just like getting your at-bats. I always tell coaches and executives, when they ask me about young players, you know, like the book, you need your 10,000 hours. As players, I don’t really like to make decisions on players, whether they’re going to be good, bad or indifferent before they have 2500 at-bats, which is five seasons. And there are a lot of reasons for that number.

What are your thoughts on the New York Yankees?

AR: I really enjoyed watching the Yankees be David for a change — for the first time in probably over 25 years they weren’t Goliaths. They created an incredible clubhouse culture and they were well-balanced from top to bottom.

And obviously you would always welcome a talent like Stanton. There’s a lot of pros to that. The question is what does that do to a clubhouse? How does that shift the pressure on (new Yankees manager) Aaron Boone. What does that do to the comfort level of someone like Aaron Judge? And now you shift from going from David back to Goliath.

There’s always great pros, but you also have to look at what are the ramifications. What does it do to the DH spot? And how does that affect Gary Sanchez. It’s like an architect. There’s a lot of moving parts. And you can’t put six garages on a 4,000 square foot house. Or eight garages.

So it will be very interesting to watch, because what they had last year was so special. As a Yankee fan you obviously hope that it elevates their game.

Do you want to work for the Yankees?

AR: I always want to be a Yankee, and I’m having conversations with (Yankees principal owner) Hal Steinbrenner and right now I’ll keep those private. But they’ve been very positive.

How are you different from the A-Rod who played baseball?

AR: First of all, I’ve changed. So it starts with you, right? And I think one of the things that — I changed and once I served my suspension and I had the whole year to sit down and reflect, I wanted to in many years turn the lens inward and try to figure out a better way, because I knew that I needed some type of paradigm shift.

And the suspension was long enough, unfortunately or fortunately, to allow me to think about changes and putting that change in motion. And I did not know at 40 coming back after suspension, after two hip surgeries, after two knee surgeries, if I was good enough to make the team or healthy enough to make the team.

But I certainly wanted to hang out enough to prove to myself and others around me that I was incredibly grateful and thankful to have an opportunity to put the Pinstripes back on and to be one of 750 of the lucky people that get to wear a Major League Baseball uniform.

"I’d be sitting here lying to you if I said it wouldn’t be an absolute dream to get into the Hall of Fame. But I certainly don’t control that."

What are your thoughts on getting into the Hall of Fame?

AR: I’d be sitting here lying to you if I said it wouldn’t be an absolute dream to get into the Hall of Fame. Of course I would want to get into the Hall of Fame. But I certainly don’t control that.

What I can control is my behavior, my actions, what kind of father I am, what kind of teammate I am to people like Matt and Jessica and Kevin Burkhardt and Joe Buck, whoever is my teammate.

So I think it’s not an image. This is a long ride and it’s a slow burn. And nothing’s going to happen easy. What I enjoy most now, to be honest with you, is visiting with high school or college kids and talking to them about the mistakes I’ve made, and hopefully they don’t make the same mistakes.

MATT VASGERSIAN: Yeah, I think that’s perfectly stated. When I watched Alex the same thing struck me in that you just don’t find a guy who is one of the best players to ever play a sport who, A, likes it as much as Alex does, and, B, is so detail-oriented that it makes it clear why and how he got to be as good as he was on the field, because I don’t think he was ever one of those guys that played and just kicked it into, “whatever, I’m Alex Rodriguez” gear.

If it was somebody that could do that as an analyst would be Alex, just to kind of default to clichés and broad statements and you just don’t get any of that from him. You get the sense that he’s watching. He’s researching and talking to people and doing the layered kind of analysis that you might not get from somebody who has accomplished as much as he has as an athlete.

For me, though, I’m blown away that he has the time to do that given the frequency of Instagram posts he sends out. It’s unbelievable. I don’t know where he finds time to do anything given all the Instagram posts. By the way, in the Sunday Night booth, one of my unstated goals here, Alex, maybe you could make this happen. I’m not on Instagram. If we can top the Kardashian Instagram total . . .

JESSICA MENDOZA: What?

MATT VASGERSIAN: Yes. We’ve got until the end of October. If we can send out more Instagram posts than the Kardashians, it’s a job accomplished for me.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ: I love it. We’ll have to do at least three every Sunday.

A-Rod Hits A Home Run For ESPN

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