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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.”

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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COLLEGE

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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Mar132016

Capital One Sends Charles, Samuel L., Spike On March Madness Tourney Journey

By Barry Janoff

March 13, 2016: Some strange things can happen on the road to the Final Four, especially if Charles Barkley, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson are involved.

Capital One, a corporate champion partner with the NCAA  — along with AT&T and Coca-Cola — has reunited the Three Amigos for the third time, here in a series of TV spots that anchor a multi-platform effort that will ramp up throughout March Madness and culminate during the Final Four in Houston.

The campaign supports Capital One's Quicksilver card and come with the brand's on-going tag line, "What's In Your Wallet?"

Barkley has been a company spokesman since 2013, initially teaming with Alec Baldwin and Greg Anthony in a series of humorous March Madness campaigns.

"I'm doing a bunch of spots with Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson for Capital One," Barkley said during a CBS-Turner March Madness media event in New York last week. "I have a lot of respect for them and I really enjoy working with Sam and Spike. They've been great to me. We've had a lot of fun working together.

Barkley, Lee and Jackson teamed up for a road trip last year during March Madness en route to Indianapolis, then reunited during the College Football Playoffs with a journey that ended at the championship game in the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Capital One has been an NCAA top-tier corporate champion since 2010, and since then the financial firm has been among the most aggressive marketers in the college sports scene.

Capital One's involvement in March Madness is omni-present. This year, it includes sponsorship of the March Madness Bracket Challenge, title sponsor of the Capital One JamFest on April 3 — the three-day Music Festival also includes the AT&T Block Party (april 1) and Coca-Cola Music (April 2) — the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One (in Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center) and "Capital One Championship Central" during Final Four weekend broadcasts on CBS and Turner's TBS.

The Capital One JamFest will star Maroon 5, Pitbull and Flo Rida.

The company is also presenting sponsor for Tourney Town at the Women's Final Four in Indianapolis.

Lead agency is DDB, Chicago.

Between 2010-2015, Capital One has spent almost $50 million on marketing for Div. I men's hoops March Madness, according to research and marketing firm Kantar Media, NY.

Since 2004, the top five categories have spent more than $700 million during March Madness, nearly 60% of total spend among all companies.

The No. 1 category is automotive, followed by telecommunications, restaurants and financial services, the latter led by Capital One, Quicken and TD Ameritrade.

In 2015, the Men's Div. I Final Four two semi-final games — both of which aired on TBS — and the championship game on CBS generated a record $193.5 million in ad revenue.

Capital One's overall ad spend in 2015 topped $1.6 billion.

The first three Capital One spots for March Madness 2016, breaking this week, see Barkley, Lee and Jackson embarking on their trip, sharing mutual admiration but more often finding Lee (who again directed the spots) and Jackson making Barkley the butt of their humor.

In "Escape," the three sing their own version of the song, "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rubert Holmes.

"If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain/If you're not into yoga/And have half a brain/If you like making love at midnight in the dunes of the cape/Then I'm then love that you're looking for/Write to me and escape." (See the full spot here.)

"Nicknames" sees Barkley at the wheel of their car, lamenting his need for a new nickname.

"What's wrong with Sir Charles?" asks Jackson. "I need something fresh," says Barkley.

That open's the door for the other two to come up with a plethora of options: "Slam Chuck" "Alley-Oops" "March Sadness" "Full Court Mess" "No. 34 With Fries" and "The Round Mound Of Sit Around." Barkley's option: "Chuck-a-Licious." (See the full spot here.)

In "Best Friends," Barkley shows up wearing an iridescent lime-green outfit, including a hot, vest, shirt and sweats. Turns out he wants to dress like Lee, who is already wearing that outfit. "When you are best friends, you start dressing alike," Barkley explains to Jackson. "Why you biting my style?" Lee asks. "You're my bestie," says Barkley. "Hash tag 'Twinning.'" (See the full spot here.)

NCAA corporate partners include Allstate, Amazon Echo, Microsoft's Bing, Buffalo Wild Wings, GM's Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, Lowe's, LG, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese's, Unilever and UPS.

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