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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.

• 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.”


 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.


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:
• 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



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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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.
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.
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.
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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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).


College Football Fans Will ‘Live’ On ESPN Billboard For National Championship Run

By Barry Janoff

December 21, 2018: About a hundred years ago, a select group of hardy — some would call them foolish — people would climb up a flagpole and spend an extended length of time on a small platform, sometimes to promote products, sometimes just to draw attention to themselves.

ESPN is bringing that fad back in a new form: Billboard sitting.

To support its coverage of the two college football semi-final games (Dec. 29) and the National Championship (Jan. 7), ESPN has selected four people who will ascend a billboard located in San Jose, near the site of Levi’s Stadium in which the National Championship game will be played, and remain there for an extended period.

The four people — representing the playoff teams of Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, respectively — will move into their new digs on Dec. 27.

Those chosen to temporarily relocate 45 feet in the air to a 40-foot wide by 8-foot deep billboard are Llyas Ross Sr. (representing the Alabama Crimson Tide), Nancy Volland (Clemson Tigers), Jeanette Kim (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) and Ruben Hunter (Oklahoma Sooners).

ESPN is providing a 75-inch TV built into the billboard for them to watch the semi-final games.

ESPN is also providing each with a private tent, sleeping bag, camping chair and meals.

Bathrooms and showers will be available off-premise, so the four people will actually get to ascend and descend on an intermittent basis.

After the semi-finals, the two people representing the two losing teams will return to earth, while the other two remain in their lofty positions until Jan. 7, when they get to watch the game in person in Levi’s Stadium, located in Santa Clara.

The full event will be live-streamed on ESPN3 and integrated into regular ESPN programming for the 12 days of the project, which will conclude on Jan. 7, to coincide with the National Championship Game.

Throughout their time on the billboard, the fanatic four will participate in activities and challenges to earn cash and prizes, many of which will be based upon fan engagement on social media.

People can show their support by watching the live-stream on ESPN3 and via the hash tag #ESPNBillboard on social media.

People can also watch the event in person.

The National Championship team and its respective winning billboard resident will be honored after the game.

“ESPN wouldn’t be where we are without our fans,” Emeka Ofodile, vp-marketing for ESPN, said via the network.

“This billboard celebrates the unique fandom and passion in college football by putting it on display for the nation to see and engage directly with the fans.”

The activation, under ESPN’s “Who’s In” umbrella college playoff campaign, was developed by creative agency RED with IMG Live for experiential production and Catalyst for public relations.

All three are divisions of Endeavor Global Marketing.

To be considered, some 700 people submitted video testimonials explaining why they should represent their team.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic features No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Clemson (4 PM ET), the Capital One Orange Bowl No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Alabama (8 PM ET), both on Dec.29 on ESPN.

The National Championship game in Levi’s Stadium is scheduled for 8 PM (ET).

According to Ofodile, “The College Football Playoff is more than just the game on the field — it’s a unique cultural event, and these fans represent that.”

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