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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. https://www.nfl.com/100/experiences/

• 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.”

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

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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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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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Nov172010

CBS, Turner: March Madness Makeover Will Be A Multi-Media Marketing Success

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

November 17, 2010: March Madness is still some three months away, but executives at CBS and Turner Broadcasting are already predicting that the first men's college basketball Division I tournament under their new joint 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with the NCAA will be a marketing and production success.

"Ten [of 11 NCAA] corporate sponsors are back and the other is resolving a financial situation, four or five others are very interested and  two new sponsors will soon be announced," said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner. "Sales and corporate response are even better than what we expected." He also stated he expects "eyeballs will increase 25%."

Among the new aspects fans and brands will get are Marv Albert, Charles Barkley, a "National Bracket Day," increased activation at March Madness on Demand and a redesigned production effort that will cross CBS and Turner borders.

Under the new deal signed this past April, Turner Sports and CBS Sports have  exclusive rights to license NCAA marks, tickets and taglines in commercial promotions with respect to the NCAA championships and hold certain exclusive media rights in the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

NCAA corporate partners include AT&T, Capital One, Coca-Cola, Enterprise, The Hartford, Hershey's Chocolate, LG, Lowe's, Planters (Kraft Foods), State Farm Insurance and UPS.

According to Levy and Sean McManus, president for CBS News and Sports, the two broadcast giants will combine on-air talent, production efforts and marketing activation to offer fans a seamless presentation across CBS and Turner's three outlets: TBS, TNT and truTV. That includes Turner's leading NBA announcers and analysts becoming part of the 68-team tournament crew, including Marv Albert, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Reggie Miller and Ernie Johnson; and CBS's top college basketball talent doing coverage on Turner, including Jim Nantz and Gus Johnson.

"The on-air talent is like the 1927 New York Yankees," said McManus, who appeared with Levy on Nov. 16 as part of a Sports Media & Technology conference in New York under the auspices of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. "These guys live and breathe basketball all year long." McManus also said that "Marv is recognized as the one of the great basketball announcers in history. And the more we can use Charles [Barkley], the better."

According to McManus, everything from music and graphics to production and logistics will coexist across all platforms. "Fans who tune in to CBS or truTV will not see a difference in production quality," said McManus. In fact, Nantz will lead the on-air team for what is now dubbed the "First Four" games, to be shown on truTV.

"The on-air talent is like the 1927 New York Yankees. Marv Albert, Charles Barkley . . . These guys live and breathe basketball all year long."

The 2011 Division I men's basketball tournament will begin with bracket assignments on Selection Sunday, March 13, on CBS. The next day, March 14, is now being billed — and being pitched to potential sponsors — as "National Bracket Day," to include extended programming across CBS and Turner platforms. The First Four will be played on March 15-16, to include four at-large teams and teams seeded No. 65, 66, 67 and 68, played at the University of Dayton Arena.

Second- and third-round games will be played March 17-20 and regional games are scheduled for March 24-27. The Final Four will be April 2-4, 2011 at Reliant Stadium, Houston, and shown on CBS. (Full schedule here.)

Levy said that Turner's digital assets would play a big role in the 2011 tournament. That would include NCAA.com, CBSSports.com, SI.com and other sites handled by Turner "as a complement to the advertising opportunities on TV." Also getting ramped up is the already popular March Madness on Demand, which provides live video-streaming of games. For the coming tournament, MMOD will morph into a video network with tournament-centric programming airing throughout the three-plus weeks of the event. Earlier this year, the NCAA signed Turner to create and develop NCAA Digital, which covers not just men's basketball but digital sites across all NCAA sports.

Looking beyond 2011, Levy said that Turner is considering adding more college basketball as well as college football to its schedule, is determining what financial and logistical elements would be needed to add 3D to the tournament production and is working with CBS to continue to enhance March Madness not just for this year but "through the entire deal," which runs until 2024. The previous deal CBS had with the NCAA was an 11-year, $6 billion pact that would have gone through 2013 but gave the NCAA the option to drop out three years early. CBS has carried March Madness since 1982.

Both McManus and Levy citied strength in unity when developing the deal not only to ensure financial success but also to keep out ESPN, which also was bidding on the contract. "I'm not proud of spending $10.8 billion, but it is the largest sports deal ever," said Levy.

"Both CBS and Turner are working to make the venture better for both sides, even 14 years down the road," said McManus. "This is still in its infancy, but the corporate and financial [response] has been unbelievable." And regarding March Madness 2011: "What we want," said McManus, "are close, competitive games and good storylines." 

CBS, Turner Join Forces For $10.8B NCAA March Madness Deal

NCAA Signs Turner Sports To Create, Develop Digital Operation

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