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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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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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Marketing Dark Knight's 80th Party: Always Be Yourself, Unless You Can Be Batman

By Barry Janoff

May 13, 2019: Batman, conceived by artist Bob Kane with writer Bill Finger, doesn’t look a day over 39, but is celebrating his 80th anniversary this year with a bat cave full of activities, marketing and activation, including the first DC Batman 5K Run/Walk, scheduled for Batman Day, Sept. 21, in Los Angeles.

The run is part of a series of 5K and 10K events in select cities.

On Sept. 21, people around the world “will gather together to honor the timeless hero,” according to DC Comics.

Batman first appeared in DC’s Detective Comics No. 27, released on March 30, 1939. Detective Comics No. 1,000 was released on March 30, 2019.

According to DC, “The Bat-Signal will light up in major cities worldwide, alongside a wide array of fan celebrations, including interactive photo opportunities, live music, food, games and more. Plus, fans will race across the finish line in their favorite Caped Crusader attire in a series of 5K and 10K runs in select cities.”

In Los Angeles, registrants will receive an exclusive Batman race attire kit and gain entry to a pre-race expo and post-race finish line festival with live entertainment, plus complimentary photos with Batman.

Additional Batman-branded apparel and accessories will also be available for purchase.

The Los Angeles race, which is scheduled to begin at dusk, will “wind through some of the city's most iconic landmarks and tunnels, and finish at beautiful Grand Park.”

All DC Batman Run finishers will receive a limited-edition 80th anniversary finisher's medal to commemorate their accomplishment and the celebration of Batman.

The DC Batman Run is also scheduled to feature a virtual run, allowing running and Batman enthusiasts to participate even if they live outside of Los Angeles.

Batman fans worldwide can also share their experiences via #LongLiveTheBat and #Batman80.

The Batman race follows a DC Wonder Woman Run Series in 2018 in which more than 20,000 participated. The race is under the auspices of SON Events.

"We are excited to bring fans together to celebrate Batman's 80-year legacy," Maryellen Zarakas, svp-franchise management and marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, said via the company.

“Batman has shown us that everyone has the inner strength and ability to be a super hero. Although he has the best tech and gadgets, at his core he's just a man that wants to do good in the world and that's why his character continues to resonate today."

Among other Batman 80 events, Warner Bros. and DC Comics are working with array of retail partners, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, iTunes, Walmart, GameStop and Google Play.

Such global partners as LEGO, Mattel and Funko are releasing exclusive Batman 80th anniversary products throughout the year.

Six Flags locations across North America in August will extended hours and offer exclusive Batman-themed experiences and special merchandise.

Warner Bros. theme parks around the globe will host Batman 80th anniversary events, including Warner Bros. Movie World Australia, Parque Warner Madrid and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

Among media partners, Cartoon Network in the U.S. and key territories will host exclusive Batman-themed programming and stunts for kids in September.

DC Universe — DC’s digital subscription service — will promote Batman content in September.

Custom artwork has been created that pays homage to Batman’s legacy in all forms of media.

A Batman profile pencil design is by iconic DC artist José Luis García-López; a digital paint design is by Admira Wijaya. The graphics will be featured throughout the celebration.

"Batman is one of the most iconic super heroes of all time, and to be able to create an event that celebrates 80 years of his existence is very exciting for our group," Mark Knutson, founder, SON Events, LLC, said via the firm.

"Now is the optimal time for sponsors to join us on this journey filled with so many moments of celebration and inspiration."

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