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• 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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Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

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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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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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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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Sep192018

McGregor’s Notorious Plan For UFC 229: Buy My Whiskey As Price Of Admission

By Barry Janoff

September 19, 2018: Conor McGregor wants people to attend his media conference in New York on Thursday, Sept. 20 in person, even if the UFC has other plans.

The media event, to be held in Radio City Music Hall, is a prelude to and a major part of the hype for McGregor’s UFC 229 lightweight bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov, scheduled for Oct. 6 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The UFC, under the auspices of president Dana White, said that the McGregor-Nurmagomedov press conference, being presented by UFC partner AutoZone, would be limited to members of the media, UFC officials and other invited guests.

Radio City Music Hall holds nearly 6,000 people.

And McGregor wants his people there.

According to McGregor, via his official Twitter account, people can crash the party, with the price of admission being a bottle of Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, which McGregor endorses as founder, chairman and majority owner of Eire Born Spirits.

“The press conference will be open to the public,” McGregor posted on Twitter when he heard that the UFC said it would be closed to the public.

“The ticket for entry is a bottle of Proper Whiskey. 2 bottles and you skip the Q to the top.”

And to be sure his wishes are fulfilled:  “My soldiers will be outside making sure this rule is strictly adhered to.”

The UFC quickly moved to refute McGregor’s invitation.

“The press conference is not open to the public, it is for media only,” the UFC said in a statement. “We are directing all fans to Times Square where it will be shown for public viewing.”

The media conference, scheduled to begin at 5 PM (ET), will be shown live in Times Square on Silvercast's "Mega-Zilla" 78-foot x 330-foot outdoor screen (located on Broadway between 45th-46th Streets).

UFC is calling it “A viewing party unlike any other.” It will be captioned “so fans won’t miss a word,” also according to the UFC.

It also will be shown online.

Industry analysts are predicting upward of two million PPV buys for McGregor-Nurmagomedov. White said it could go as high as three million, calling it, “The biggest event in UFC history.”

The bout is McGregor’s first for the UFC since leaving the Octagon to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing ring on Aug. 26, 2017, also in T-Mobile Arena.

Press conferences leading up to that bout were as least as entertaining as the fight itself, with “The Notorious” McGregor in full f-bomb mode in confronting Mayweather Jr.

McGregor lost the fight via a 10th round KO, but walked away with upward of $100 million, a figure McGregor has not disputed.

Mayweather Jr. earned an estimated $300 million.

Nurmagomedov is 26-0, McGregor 21-3 (not including his Mayweather Jr. loss).

Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey launched this week in Ireland and the U.S., with further expansion in 2019.

Buying a bottle or two would not just be for the potential price of admission to the media event.

Eire Born Spirits said for every case sold it would donate $5 to local first-responder organizations/charities, up to $1 million annually.

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