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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.

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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Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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Oct272010

D-Wade Channels J-Bond, T-Cruise In New 'Mission' For Jordan Brand

"The name is Wade . . . D-Wade."October 27, 2010: LeBron James had his turn, unleashing a 90-second Nike commercial, "Rise," that relives, revises and perhaps offers some regrets for the events leading up to, and the events since, "The Decision" in which he left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat.

Now, established Heat star Dwyane Wade has unveiled a spot for Nike division Jordan Brand, "Dominate Another Day." Where LeBron James included in his ad a segment featuring Don Johnson from the TV detective show, Miami Vice, D-Wade goes to extremes by channeling  elements of James Bond (in particular Die Another Day) and Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible). Which one will have more impact? Let the debate begin. Lead agency for both isi Wieden + Kennedy, Portland and New York, respectively.

In James' commercial (which had more than 1.3 million hits on YouTube in the first two days), he takes on various guises, from misunderstood star to forlorn retired veteran (no one shows up at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony) to wild West outlaw to poet. He manages to take swipes at some of those people he felt disrespected him (including Charles Barkley), and even seems to offer a mea culpa to Cleveland, the town he left, and to the fans their who believe that James done them wrong. ('Should I tell you how much fun we had?" he asks followed by a voiceover referring to him as the NBA's No. 1 draft pick in by the Cavaliers.)

Wade uses special effects, high-tech gadgets and a tuxedo to get the message out that the Miami Heat are on a mission — some might call it impossible — to win the NBA championship. Of note is that Wade's new Jordan Brand shoes are never shown and the Jordan Brand logo is barely seen in quick shots,

Agent D3 makes a spectacular entrance into American Airlines Arena."His majesty is in good hands," Wade says regarding LeBron "King" James as he starts his journey to American Airlines Arena by diving out of a plane and commandeering a high-powered motorcycle. "Time to bring the rings back to Miami," states Wade as Agent D3, referring to Miami's championship season of 2005-06.

Among the foes he knows he must defeat (and to which he refers to in spy-like codes) are: Snake Charmer (Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, whose nickname is Black Mamba, a reference to a deadly snake), Illusionist (Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic) and Green Gang (the Boston Celtics). "Old friends," he calls them, somewhat sarcastically.

En route to the arena the friends show their true colors by unleashing traps and treacherous obstacles that Wade must elude, including an oil tanker with a snake emblem on it and a van with the Celtics clover leaf logo. "That's not good," says his partner, played by comedian Kevin Hart, as he awaits the arrival of Agent D3.

Suddenly, Wade crashes though a glass window on the side of the arena. "You do know we have a door," Hart says as he hands Wade a locked box that holds his No. 3 Heat jersey. "Now this, my friend," says Wade, "is going to be fun." With the closing words, "To be continued," more missions with Agent D3 will follow during the season.

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