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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.”

POLL POSITION

 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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BodyArmor Into NCAA
No. 1 Colleges Since '92
Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

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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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Feb022013

Counting Cards: WNBA Finds That Casinos Deal Winning Hands For League, Teams

By Barry Janoff

February 2, 2013: The WNBA continues to mine jersey-sponsorship endorsement deals and alliances with gaming-related businesses as a way to generate income. The latest is a "multi-year marquee partnership" between the Tulsa Shock and Osage Casino that includes the Osage Casino logo on Shock home and away jerseys beginning this season.

The Shock are the seventh team of 12 in the league with a jersey sponsorship deal. It also is the second such deal that begins with the 2013 season, following the Indiana Fever and Finish Line.

This is also the third alliance between the WNBA and casino-related firms.

The Connecticut Sun have been owned and operated since 2003 by the Mohegan Sun, which is under the auspices of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. The 2013 WNBA All-Star Game will be played in the Mohegan Sun Arena, as was the 2009 All-Star Game. Mohegan Sun said it has 6,000 slot machines, 325 table games and 40 poker tables.

The NBA has been dipping its toe into gaming-related alliances for several years. The 2007 NBA All-Star Game was played in Las Vegas. Mohegan Sun also has a marketing alliance with the Boston Celtics, which in January was renewed and expanded. The Mohegan Sun Sports Bar is located within TD Bank Garden, which is home to the Celtics and NHL's Boston Bruins.

The New York Liberty and Foxwoods Resort Casino have a marketing deal that includes jersey-front sponsorship.

Financial terms of the Shock-Osage pact were not disclosed.

Osage Casino will support the alliance via multi-media advertising, signage and fan activation at the Shock's home BOK Center arena, social media and community events.
 
“The Osage Casino is a contributing part of the Tulsa and Oklahoma business community, and we are proud to help support the growth of our local professional basketball team,” Neil Cornelius, CEO for Osage Casino, said in a statement.

Osage Casino in Tulsa, operated by the  Osage Nation, has more than 1,000 electronic games, 11 table games and an six-table poker room, according to executives.

Among the other WNBA teams with jersey deals are the Los Angeles Sparks (Farmers Insurance), Seattle Mystics (Microsoft's Bing), Phoenix Mercury (LifeLock), and the Washington Mystics (Inova Health System).

The WNBA also has a deal with Sprint's Boost Mobile for jersey-front branding with ten of the league's 12 teams. As the official outfitter of the league, adidas is also allowed to have its logo on all WNBA jerseys.

“The Osage Casino is a contributing part of the Tulsa and Oklahoma business community, and we're proud to help support the growth of our basketball team.”

The NBA is currently working toward allowing its teams to wear brand logo patches on game uniforms, possibly as soon as the 2013-14 season.

“This agreement and the ability of our organization to secure a marquee partnership is one of the most significant milestones in franchise history,” Steve Swetoha, president of the Tulsa Shock, said in a statement. “Osage Casino is a widely respected local and regional brand in the gaming and entertainment industry.  Partnering with such a strong local brand will only enhance our own branding and visibility opportunities in Northeast Oklahoma.”

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