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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.”

POLL POSITION

 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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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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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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Mar152017

Skechers Performance LA Marathon Puts Hyundai's Ioniq Hybrid In Driver’s Seat

By Barry Janoff

March 15, 2017: The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon may focus on running, but it has made room to put Hyundai Motor America in the driver’s seat as the event’s official automotive partner.

Hyundai said it would use partnership to support its Ioniq Hybrid and Electric, which the automaker called "an important milestone in Hyundai's global sustainability strategy" and said is "the first vehicle in the world to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform."

The deal includes "a wide range of race week activations through which runners and spectators will have the opportunity to experience the Ioniq."

On race day, March 19, the Ioniq Hybrid will serve as the lead car for the pro men's and women's fields. More than 25,000 people are expected to take part in the Marathon.

The vehicle will be showcased at the starting line at Dodger Stadium and at the finish line near the Santa Monica Pier, as well as at the Finish Festival.

In addition, Hyundai have a presence in the Health & Fitness Expo, where an Ioniq will be on display and Hyundai will give away branded items.

Financial terms were not shared.

Why the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon?

"Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the U.S. market," Mike O'Brien, vp-corporate and product planning for Hyundai Motor America, with headquarters about 100 miles up the coast in Santa Barbara, Calif., said in a statement.

In addition to title sponsor Skechers, partners include Big 5 Sporting Goods, Fitbit, Air France, Muscle Milk, Clif, Angel City Brewery, Keck Medicine of USC, Gatorade Endurance, UPS, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board and the City of Beverly Hills.

Many groups are planning to use the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon — which begins at Dodger Stadium and ends near the Santa Monica Pier — as a platform to reach consumers and other brands.

Among them: LA2024, nearly 90 charities, Guinness World Records and the World Baseball Classic, which will promote the Final Four and championship games in Dodger Stadium, scheduled for March 21 and March 22, respectively.

Why the L.A. Marathon? "Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the U.S. market."

"One special event we are attaching ourselves to is the Los Angeles Marathon," Erin Sloneker, director, marketing partnerships, international for MLB, told NYSportsJournalism. “We will have a table set up and other activation during the Marathon to get people excited about the WBC games coming there the next week.

"We also will be present during the (LA Big 5 Sporting Goods) 5K (on March 18), which beings and ends at Dodger Stadium," said Sloneker.

According to Sheri Wish, vp-business development for Conqur Endurance Group, the organizer of the race, "Partnering with a world-renowned and reputable automotive manufacturer like Hyundai further enhances our collaboration with leading brands and is a great addition to our expanding portfolio of global partners.”

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