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• Fenway Sports Management, ESPN Events and the City of Boston have unveiled “The Fenway Bowl,” an annual college football bowl game beginning in 2020 at Fenway Park teams from the American Athletic Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference .Fenway Park has hosted other college football games but this will be the first bowl game in the home of the Boston Red Sox.

• The next NFL100 Experience of a Lifetime contest: Join ESPN's Adam Schefter as his sidekick on the set of Monday Night Countdown for an NFL game day experience. Details here.

• 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.

• CBD edible company Bhang, Miami, has acquired Red Ace, a leading organic beverage company. Bhang plans to launch a Red Ace-branded line of CBD/terpene-style beverages and products, including functional sparkling beverages.

“This strategic acquisition not only strengthens Bhang’s position as one of today’s most expansive and diverse global cannabis house of brands, it opens an incredibly valuable pipeline to some of the biggest retailers in the world,” Scott Van Rixel, CEO for Bhang, said via the company.

Athlete ambassadors include Christian Ramirez, Russell Canouse and Kelyn Rowe (MLS) and Spencer Keiboom (Washington Nationals). Red Ace products are currently sold at more than 1,400 locations, including Whole Foods and Amazon.

• The future of WWE’s Superstars will be determined during a two-night draft taking place live on Friday Night SmackDown on Oct. 11 on Fos in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; and Monday Night Raw on Oct. 14 on USA Network, Pepsi Center, Denver. The draft will determine the Superstars that compete for Raw and SmackDown, which feature distinct casts, unique storylines and dedicated writing teams

• 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. 13-15
1. It 2 $40.7M
2. Hustlers $33.2M
3. Angel Has Fallen $4.4M
4. Good Boys $4.3M
5. Lion King $3.6M
6. Hobbs & Shaw $2.8M
7. Overcomer $2.7M
8. The Goldfinch $2.6M
9. Peanut Butter Falcon $1.9M
10. Dora and the City of Lost Bold $1.9M
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).


Capital One Continues College Football Bowl Marketing With TV, Bradshaw, Sweeps

By Barry Janoff

November 24, 2015: Capital One, which last week launched a multi-media campaign to support its alliance with the College Football Playoff and National Championship — anchored by a TV spot starring The Muppets and company spokesmen Charles Barkley, Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee — has expanded its effort with new spots, a sweepstakes and more guest appearances.

The umbrella campaign, "Bowl Mania," touts the financial firm's Quicksilver card and title sponsorship of the Capital One Orange Bowl, where on Dec. 31 one of two semi-final College Football Playoff games will be played in Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida (ESPN).

The initial spot, "Bowl Mania: Kermit," finds the guys watching a college football game on TV but with Kermit unable to stay due to demands from Miss Piggy.

Three new spots advance the story all the way to a tailgate party prior to the Capital One Orange Bowl, including a sweepstakes offering a trip and tickets to the game. (Details here).

In "Funny Guy," former college and NFL star quarterback Terry Bradshaw wants to joins Charles, Spike, and Samuel L. on bus trip to Capital One Orange Bowl and the National Championship Game, but they won't let him one the bus.

"We already have a funny man," Jackson says, pointing to Charles. Replies Bradshaw, "There's no way he's funnier than me." "Have you heard some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth?" asks Jackson.

As they get on the bus, Barkley says to a dejected Bradshaw, "Don't have me because you're the poor man's me." Walking away, Bradshaw says,  "If I could think of something, I'd say it."

In "Ball Control," the guys are at the pre-game tailgate party discussing tactics.

"If I was a coach I would never punt," says Barkley.

Lee asks, "Even with the ball on you town one-yard line, fourth down?"

"Never," says Barkley. Then, channeling such college football coaching legends as Eddie Robinson, Bobby Bowden and Bear Bryant, he says, "I understand field position is tantamount in a game of inches. But more critical than said inches are points, and to obtain points one must always control the ball."

As Jackson and Lee look on amazed, Jackson says, "Whoa, Chuck. It sounds like you actually know something about . . . "

But Barkley is distracted by something on the tailgate food table: "Wow! Bendy straws."

"Separated" finds Barkley planning a strategy in case the trio get separated. He offers aloud to a crowd of people his  "cell phone number" — 844-4CHUCKB — which actually links to the code to the Capital One sweepstakes details at Twitter: #CallChuckB. (Details here.)

The spots, all directed by Lee, end with Capital One's tag, "What's In Your Wallet?" and the text, "Official Sponsor of the College Football Playoff."

Lead agency is DDB Worldwide.

In addition to TV and the sweeps, Capital One will support with Internet, social media, outdoor in and around the South Florida region and fan and customer activations.

The other semi-final playoff game will be held in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, also on Dec. 31, in AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas.

The CFB National Championship is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2016, in the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Az. It also airs on ESPN.

In 2010, Capital One signed a long-term deal to become a Corporate Champion partner of the NCAA, a top-tier partnership that also includes Coca-Cola and AT&T.

In 2014, Capital One signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to become title sponsor for the Orange Bowl.

Spike, Charles, Samuel L. (And Muppets) On CFB Bowl Mania Road Trip

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