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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.

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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. 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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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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ESPN, Caesars Sign Sports Betting Alliance One Year After PASPA Overturned

By Barry Janoff

May 14, 2019: On the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court repealing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, ESPN has signed a deal with Caesars Entertainment “to bring the best in sports betting news and entertainment content to fans around the world.”

The alliance includes building an ESPN-branded studio in The LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where sports betting-themed content will be created, along with segments for ESPN’s sports betting-related show, Daily Wager.

Caesars’ data and branding will also be integrated across ESPN programming for use in ESPN’s content.

In addition, Caesars will serve as ESPN's official odds data supplier across TV and digital, receiving associated attribution across ESPN.

Other advertising and sponsorship activations will be unveiled throughout the deal.

Financial terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

Caesars Entertainment also has deals that include the NBA and NHL.

"Between an increased interest in sports betting among fans, regularly hosting marquee sporting events  —  like the (2020) NFL Draft and NBA Summer League as well as premier UFC and Top Rank bouts — and the arrival of the Golden Knights and the Raiders, Las Vegas has become an epicenter of sports culture," Connor Schell, evp-content, ESPN, said via the company.

"Having a great partner in Caesars Entertainment and soon a full studio presence in Las Vegas will help us create content that taps into that culture and grows our offerings to avid bettors and more casual fans."

Earlier this month, Fox Sports signed a long-term deal with The Stars Group to launch what was called a “first-of-its kind national media and sports wagering partnership in the U.S.”

Fox Corp. has also made an investment in Stars Group valued at $236 million.

Two Fox platforms will begin this fall: a national free-to-play game, awarding cash prizes to players who correctly predict the outcome of sports games; and Fox Bet, giving people in states with regulated betting the “opportunity to place real money wagers on the outcome of a wide range of sporting events.”

ESPN said the new Las Vegas studio, scheduled to open in 2020, would “serve as a Vegas hub for odds-related content and will contribute to any number of ESPN linear, digital and social shows as well as ESPN.com and the ESPN app.

“It will also play a vital role during major sporting events, and especially during the growing number of marquee events hosted in Las Vegas.”

According to the American Gaming Assn., in the past year, nearly $8 billion has been legally wagered on sports nationwide, $3 billion of which was wagered outside of Nevada.

Post-PASPA, legal sports betting has generated $55.3 million in new state and local tax revenue.

“The sports betting landscape has changed, and fans are coming to us for this kind of information more than ever before," Mike Morrison, vp-business development at ESPN, said via the company

"We are poised to expand our coverage in a big way and working with a category leader like Caesars Entertainment will help us serve these highly engaged, diverse sports fans with the best and most relevant content possible."

“The sports betting landscape has changed, and fans are coming to us for this kind of information more than ever before."

The American Gaming Assn. said that states with legal sports betting now operating include Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

States that have authorized or are in the process of approving legal sports betting but where the full platform is not yet operational include Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, New York and Oregon, as well as Washington DC.

There is active legislation in 16 other states, according to the American Gaming Assn.

According to Bill Miller, president and CEO for American Gaming Assn.,“AGA’s research unveils new insights into this critical and growing segment of the gaming market, confirming what we’ve known for a long time: Consumers want the ability to wager in safe, regulated markets.

“With two-thirds of states having taken steps to legalize sports betting, we’re clearly making progress to meet that demand.”

Of particular interest to ESPN in light of its deal with Caesars Entertainment, the American Gaming Assn. has released a new set of self-regulations on advertising and marketing legal sports betting, the “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering."

The American Gaming Assn. said its code, developed in coordination with its members, “extends commitments made by individual companies through their own responsible marketing activities and those adhered to by all association members through the Responsible Gaming Code of Conduct.

“The new code includes self-imposed restrictions on target audiences, outlets and materials branding, while mandating responsible gaming inclusion.”

The tenets of the code apply to traditional and digital media marketing activity.

According to the American Gaming Assn., “Advertising and marketing of sports wagering services informs consumers about the nature of those services and the terms on which they are available. In so doing, they support competition, multiply consumer choice, and can encourage consumer loyalty.

“Sports wagering is an entertainment activity that should be consumed only by responsible adults, and marketed accordingly to that audience.”

The American Gaming Assn. said when its members market and advertise real-money sports wagering services, they commit that their advertising and marketing content will meet standards that include:

• No sports betting message should be designed to appeal primarily to those below the legal age for sports wagering by depicting cartoon characters or by featuring entertainers or music that appeal primarily to audiences below the legal age. Nor should any message suggest or imply that underage persons engage in sports wagering.

• Sports wagering advertisements should not be placed in media outlets (including social media) that appeal primarily to those below the legal age for sports wagering, nor should they be displayed at an event venue where most of the audience at many of the events at the venue is reasonably expected to be below the legal age for sports wagering.

• No sports wagering messages — including logos, trademarks, or brand names — should be used or licensed for use on clothing, toys, games or game equipment intended primarily for persons below the legal age for sports wagering. To the extent that promotional products carry sports wagering messages or brand information, AGA members and their employees will use commercially reasonable efforts to distribute them only to those who have reached the legal age for sports wagering.

• Sports wagering should not be promoted or advertised in college or university-owned news assets (i.e. school newspapers, radio or television broadcasts, etc.) or advertised on college or university campuses.

• Messages will not promote irresponsible or excessive participation in sports wagering.

• Each message will contain a responsible gaming message, along with a toll-free help line number where practical.

• No message should suggest that social, financial or personal success is guaranteed by engaging in sports wagering. Nor should any message imply or suggest any illegal activity of any kind.

• Messages should adhere to contemporary standards of good taste that apply to all commercial messaging, as suits the medium or context of the message.

Fox Sports Signs Sports Betting Platform With Stars Group

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