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• 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.

• 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, "10 million-plus members worldwide use Honey's suite of free tools daily to save time and money when shopping online.”

• Washington Mystics forward-guard Elena Delle Donne has been named 2019 WNBA MVP.  It is the second MVP award for seven-year player, making her the first player in WNBA history to earn the honor with two different teams (2015 Chicago Sky).

• BMW Group Russia has signed a deal with tennis star Daniil Medvedev, currently ranked No. 4 in the world, who fell in five sets to Rafael Nadal in the recent U.S. Open Grand Slam finals. Medvedev, who will represent Russia in the inaugural ATP Cup tournament in Australia this January, will participate in various brand activities, including a BMW patch on his shirt, in Russia and worldwide .

• 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. Athlete ambassadors include Christian Ramirez, Russell Canouse and Kelyn Rowe (MLS) and Spencer Keiboom (Washington Nationals).

• 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. 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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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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Aug092010

Thinking Out Of The Batter's Box: Next 'Evolution' In Offbeat Baseball Promotions

Promo item from the St. Paul Saints lets fans take sides on the theory of evolution, a "hot" baseball topic.August 9, 2010: Sports teams, especially those in Minor League Baseball, are always on the lookout for unusual anniversaries to celebrate, strangely famous people to honor and unusual items to  give away as fan incentives. The St. Paul (Minnesota) Saints may take the "out of the box" trophy for 2010:  A night to celebrate the "150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species." (The book actually was first published in November 1859, making this more like the 151st anniversary, but what's another year in the overall evolution of life.)

In an effort to bring "to the forefront the highly controversial science vs. religion debate,"  the first 2,500 fans who are "either created or evolved" to enter the Saints game on Aug. 9 at Midway Stadium will receive a spinning head bobble. According to the team, one side of the heads is Adam and the side other is  Cro-Magnon Man. The body of the doll represents Darwin, with one hand of the body holding an apple while the other will stretch lower to the ground and hold a club, according to the team.

The event,  titled “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” actually was planned for June but was hindered by unforeseen challenges: a shipping company strike kept the items "somewhere in the Pacific Ocean," causing two delays. But the St. Paul Saints say they are finally ready to give away the"controversial" head bobbles.

“The events that have occurred to prevent us from distributing these spinning bobbles aren’t quite of biblical proportion, but we definitely had to think twice whether or not we would continue with the giveaway,” Derek Sharrer, Saints evp/GM, said in a statement. “I’m not sure if this is simply the evolution of a great promotion, or if some greater force was preventing us from doing it.”

Promotions scheduled during the game against the Sioux CIty Explorers will "ensure that fun will be had by both sides," according to the team. "Those favoring creationism will have a chance to bob for apples.  In the seventh inning, everyone will rest. For those on the evolution side, fans will be forced to adapt to their surroundings whether in the left field bleachers or hot tubs. They will honor the Saints evolutionary chain and some may participate in contest to find the best Tarzan call."
 
PepsiCo's Frito brand is a big supporter of Minor League Baseball and its promotional giveaways.This is not the first time that the Saints, who play in the American Association (which is not affiliated with either Major League or Minor League Baseball), have had a promotion tied to a unusual situation. In 2002, during a time of stress between Major League Baseball and the Players Association, the club gave away seat cushions allowing fans to show their support by choosing to sit on either Commissioner Bud Selig or union chief Donald Fehr. And in 2009, the team offered an Al Franken/Norm Coleman “Re-count Doll" when it took eight months for Franken to officially be declared winner of Minnesota's vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Among the most unusual upcoming Minor League Baseball promotions for 2010:

Aug. 19: Lakewood (NJ) Blue Claws (South Atlantic League/Philadelphia Phillies): Diamond Dig: A diamond will be buried in the infield and 250 women will get to search for it (after the game).

Aug. 24: Binghamton (NY) Mets (Eastern League/New York Mets): In cooperation with Sage Supply hardware, the team will give toilet plungers to the first 1,000 fans.

Aug. 25: Peoria (Ill.) Chiefs (Midwest League/Chicago Cubs): Infamous Illinoisans Night: "From governors to gangsters, the Chiefs pay recognition to some of Illinois most infamous citizens." Not listed but potentially could include Al Capone, former Gov. Rob Blagojevich, John Dillinger, John Wayne Gacy Jr. and Richard Leopold and Nathan Loeb.

Aug. 28: Brevard Country (Viera, Fla.) Manatees (Advanced Florida State League/Milwaukee Brewers): Paul Lopez and Amber Miller, winners of the team's "From Home Plate to Happily Ever After" contest, will be married on the field prior to the game against the Clearwater Threshers.

Aug. 29: Tulsa (OK) Drillers (Texas League/Colorado Rockies)): Double-shot promotion: The first 2,000 fans get a replica of ONEOK Stadium; all fans get to see an appearance by Myron Noodleman, the self-titled "hippest nerd in da' biz," who looks like a combination of Pee-Wee Herman and early Jerry Lewis. Noodleman in August also will do his shtick with such teams as the Harrisburg Senators, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Altoona Curve, Tennessee Smoikes, Joliet Jackhammers and Southern Illinois Miners.

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