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• 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.”


 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.


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:
• 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



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.
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.
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.
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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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).


Adidas NBA Campaign Highlights Why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is 'The Blueprint'

By Barry Janoff

February 1, 2014: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 with one of the greatest resumes in the history of the NBA: Six NBA titles (five with the Los Angeles Lakers, one with the Milwaukee Bucks), six MVP awards, 19 appearances in the All-Star Game; and still the NBA leader in points scored (38,387), field goals made (15,837) and blocked shots (3,189).

So it's hard to argue with him when he states in a new adidas commercial, "I Am the Blueprint."

In this case, he is specifically referring to the fact that college basketball in 1967 changed a major rule as a direct result of his play — slam dunks were outlawed, and not re-instated in the college game until 1976 — but that he continued to develop his skills to become an all-time great.

The effort supports the release of the Jabbar Hi basketball shoe, scheduled to hit retail on Feb. 14 (MSRP $100). The first adidas Abdul-Jabbar signature shoe was released in 1971. The push also includes a dedicated Web site and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

According to adidas, the theme "The Blueprint" came from conversations the company had with its NBA spokesman, including Derrick Rose, John Wall and Damian Lillard.

Abdul-Jabbar himself talks about the situation in documentary style, which also features Bobby "The Bounce Pass" Mitchowski, a fictitious college star played by actor Glenn Howerton of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

The spot opens with vintage footage of Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor (he changed his name in 1971 after winning his first NBA title, which was with the Bucks), playing hoops at UCLA, with the text, "The Day The Dunk Died."

The scene then cuts to Abdul-Jabbar today, wearing an adidas warm-up jacket.

"I don't really remember the lead-up to the chaining of the rules," says Abdul-Jabbar, who led UCLA to three national championships during his four-year career. "But as far as I can remember, it seemed to come out of nowhere."

The action then cuts back to shots of Abdul-Jabbar in action for UCLA, then goes into the "locker room" of an opposing player.

"I think you all saw there was a man out there — what was it — slamming!" says a disgruntled Bobby "The Bounce Pass" Mitchowski to reporters. "I don't like that kind of business. 'Oh, look at me. I'm so tall. I can fly through the air like an eagle.' The jump-stop. The pivot. The bounce pass. That's the game of basketball . . .  Now, if you excuse us, us men need to take a shower."

The spot then cuts back to Abdul-Jabbar. "The reasoning the rules committee gave us [for banning the slam dunk] was that it would be safer for the players if they did not attempt to dunk," Abdul-Jabbar says with a smirk.

Continues Abdul-Jabbar. "I had more than one shot. I had the hook shot," which he later immortalized in hoops history as the "Sky Hook."

"Shy Hook?" laughs Mitchowski. "What's that? Another gimmick? Never gonna work. We'll shut it down, whatever it is. What's this guy's obsession with the sky? Who's he know up there — eagles?"

"I'm the [NBA's] all-time leading scorer," Abdul-Jabbar says as we see a shot of him using the sky hook to score a basket. "I am the blueprint." (See the full spot here.)

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