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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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Mar162014

PGA Of America Launches Task Force To Enhance Golf, Reverse Downward Trend

By Barry Janoff

March 15, 2014: In response to what it calls the "changing face of America and downward participation trends," the PGA of America is taking aggressive steps to rebuild and reboot interest in the sport.

Under the auspices of its board of directors, PGA of America said it has formed a PGA Task Force "to grow the game through non-traditional means."

According to a report from the National Golf Foundation, more than 4.4 million new players joined the golf ranks in the 1990s and 2,600 new golf course were built. But from 2000-10, less than 500 new courses were opened and the total number of people playing golf declined by 1.7 million to about 26.1 million. The decline has slowed but continued.

PGA of America said the Task Force would "maintain a long-term lens [but] its efforts will focus on developing concepts that can be quickly actioned against and implemented by PGA Professionals and the industry at large."

Although not mentioned by the PGA of America, the decline in the number of people playing golf coincides with the play of Tiger Woods. Although he is the No. 1 ranked player in the world, he has not won a major title since The Masters in June 2008 and has struggled over the past two years with a variety of knee and back ailments that have kept him off the tour or have led him to withdraw from events.

Perhaps the most out-of-the-box member of the PGA Task Force is Bode Miller, world-renowned American skier and six-time Olympic medalist, including a gold in the Super Combined event in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, who also is a golf enthusiast.

"Our simple goal is to get more people playing golf," skiier Bode Miller wrote on his Twitter page regardng the PGA of America Task Force.

The diversified Task Force also includes Melvin Bullitt, who played defensive back for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts from 2007-11 and who has been involved with the PGA's Play Golf America Day since 2009; Arlen Kantarian, who while CEO of the U.S. Tennis Assn.  from 2000-08 "spear-headed efforts to reverse downward participation trends of tennis"; Mark King, CEO of TaylorMade-adidas Golf; Damon Hack, co-host of Morning Drive on the Golf Channel; Ashley Mayo, editor of Audience Engagement at Golf Digest; Tom Dundon, part owner of Top Golf; and Dottie Pepper, former LPGA pro, former NBC Sports golf analyst and author.

They will be joined by Pete Bevacqua, CEO for the PGA of America; and PGA of America president Ted Bishop.

"There is nothing that I have been part of to-date that is more important and has greater opportunity," Bishop said in a statement. "The golf experience needs to be redefined. For many people, the traditional 18-hole round simply doesn't work. With the industry at a critical juncture of growth it is our responsibility to consider any and all potential alternatives to enhance the consumer's enjoyment of the game."

PGA of America said it would use HackGolf.org, created under the leadership of Mark King, as a "conduit for (the public) to submit their own ideas" on how to build the sport.

"With the industry at a critical juncture of growth it is our responsibility to consider any and all potential alternatives to enhance the consumer's enjoyment of the game." — PGA of America president Ted Bishop

One of the new concepts that the Task Force will look at is FootGolf, which combines soccer and golf on a modified course and has its own governing body, the American Footgolf League.

Among the early ideas submitted to the Task Force:

"The problem with getting youngsters in particular to play golf is that it is still seen by many as uncool or for old men/women, so in my experience unless the parents (or maybe other relatives) play then they don't even consider it."

"The problem with the rule book is that it is over-complicated and is not worded the best."

"The most frustrating thing when playing a round of golf is when you get a group that seems to move so slow that time appears to stand still."

PGA of American marketing partners include PepsiCo (Aquafina, Gatorade, Pepsi), KitchenAid, Belvedere, OfficeMax, Moet & Chandon, Lipton Tea and Westin.

PGA of America, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is comprised of a some 27,000 men and women who are involved with golf as pros, coaches, teachers and other aspects. PGA of America oversees the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

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