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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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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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E-Poll: Curry, James NBA’s Most Marketable, Giannis, Embiid Lead Next-Gen Players

By Barry Janoff

November 4, 2018: Who are the most marketable players in the NBA?

Even a casual fan wouldn’t be too hard-pressed to name Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving at or near the top of the list, even if based only on the fact that these players have very high-profile public images.

A new study from research and media intelligence firm E-Poll Marketing pretty much confirms that, but with some twists and turns thrown in as to why certain players are or are not near or atop the most marketable rankings.

Among the findings in a just-released survey: Even with Curry, James and crew regarded among the NBA’s overall most marketable players, Giannis “Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo, the 23-year-old forward already in his sixth season with the Milwaukee Bucks, is the league leader in marketing based on “appeal.”

Nike, which is one of Antetokounmpo's lead partners, is preparing a signature shoe for release. His deals also include JBL, BMO Harris Bank, Kronos Foods and others in his native Greece.

And Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers tops the list of marketable up-and-comers.

E-Poll Marketing, based in Encino, Calif., uses proprietary methods to track and determine the “E-Score Celebrity” ranking of thousands of athletes and celebrities, providing information that is used by “Fortune 500 brands, top agencies, and major broadcast and cable networks have used our research as the foundation for some of their most valued assets.”  

Based on their research, which includes appeal, awareness and other factors, Curry (Golden State Warriors) has the highest E-Score (93).

James (in his 16th NBA season but first with the Los Angeles Lakers) follows on the list (88), as do Irving (Boston Celtics, 86), Durant (Warriors, 86) and Klay Thompson (Warriors, 83), giving Golden State three players in the Top Ten.

Harden of the Houston Rockets is also in the Top Ten (78).

James tops the list based on “awareness,” Durant is regarded as the most “dynamic."

In large part due to his driving presence behind the I Promise School — which opened this semester for 240 third- and fourth-graders comprised of students “identified by Akron Public Schools as behind in critical academic areas and other factors" — James is seen as the NBA’s “most influential” player.

Curry, Irving and Durant are also among the most influential players in the league, according to E-Poll.

On the list of "Marketable Up-And-Comers," Embiid is followed by DeAndre Ayton (Phoenix Suns), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings) and Sixers teammate Ben Simmons.

Embiid, in his fifth season in the NBA, appears to be the breakout star among the league’s next-gen players.

He recently signed with Under Armour and Mountain Dew, is on the cover of EA Sports NBA Live 19 and was part of The Grinch movie campaign for ESPN and the NBA (pictured).

Ayton recently signed with Puma.

Russell Westbrook, who has been linked to fashion brands such as True Religion, leads all NBA athletes in the attributes “stylish” and “interesting,” making him a “unique candidate for brands looking for a trendy endorser,” according to E-Poll, supported by Westbrook deals that include Mountain Dew.

Among the NBA’s veterans, with a combined 56 seasons in the league. Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) and Vince Carter (Atlanta Hawks) also have high E-Scores.

Last season, led by the start of an eight-year $1 billion deal with Nike, and the launch of a three-year test program involving jersey partners, NBA sponsorship spend topped $1 billion for the first time in league history, second among the four major U.S. sports behind the NFL ($1.2 billion).

The NBA figure was up $259 million over the $861 million sponsor spend in 2016-17 and nearly double the $679 million sponsor spend from 2013-14, according to the 2018 ESP NBA Sponsorship Spend Report from ESP Properties, Chicago.

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