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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.”


 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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).


MilB 'Copa de la DiversiĆ³n': 33 Teams, 19 States, 160 Games, 360-Degree Marketing

By Barry Janoff

March 20, 2018: In February, Minor League Baseball unveiled a season-long initiative called Copa de la Diversión —“Fun Cup" — specifically designed to “embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams' local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.”

Now, MiLB has unveiled caps, uniforms and marketing plans that 33 of its teams across 19 states will be undertaking during the Copa de la Diversión campaign.

The 160-game event series begins on April 8, in Round Rock, Texas.

MiLB said this season’s effort grew from the successful launch of its national "It's Fun to Be a Fan" (and corresponding Spanish-language Es Divertido Ser Un Fan) marketing campaign in 2017.

Last season, three MiLB teams adopted new alternate on-field namesto reflect their unique and diverse fan bases: Charlotte Knights to Caballeros, Las Vegas 51s to Reyes de Plata and Visalia Rawhide to Toros.

According to MiLB, some 18.3-million U.S. Hispanics designate themselves as fans of Minor League Baseball, behind only the NBA and MLS.

Copa de la Diversión is a long time in the making and stands for all things great about MilB: Inclusiveness. Innovation,” said David Wright, CMO for MiLB. “Leveraging data to tell our story. Of course, Fun. This is not one and done . . . we are just getting started!”

Each of the 33 clubs decided how many games they wanted to play as their Copa de la Diversión versions. MilB said it suggested three. Most decided on more, with the average five games apiece.

A three-foot tall Copa de la Diversión trophy will embark on a tour of the participating cities, as part of a Gira de la Copa ("Cup Tour").

MiLB plans to embrace the Copa de la Diversión well beyond caps and jerseys.

“Participating teams will bolster their marketing and customer service efforts this season to create a culturally-relevant game-day experience through music, concessions and promotions,” according to MiLB.

According to Kurt Hunzeker, vp-marketing strategy and research for MiLB, “Minor League Baseball is built on the fun, memory-making experiences created by our teams each and every day.

“When we introduced 'It's Fun to Be a Fan' and Es Divertido Ser Un Fan last season, the overwhelmingly positive response led us to create this season-long event series, further showcasing our teams' commitment to their communities and MiLB's unique brand of fun."

The participating teams for the 2018 campaign:

• Albuquerque Isotopes Mariachis de Nuevo México
• Bowie Baysox Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake
• Brooklyn Cyclones Jefes
• Charlotte Knights Caballeros
• Corpus Christi Hooks Raspas
• Daytona Tortugas Tortugas de Daytona
• Durham Bulls Toros de Durham
• El Paso Chihuahuas
• Eugene Emeralds Monarcas de Eugene
• Everett AquaSox Conquistadores
• Greenville Drive Energía
• Hartford Yard Goats Chivos de Hartford
• Hillsboro Hops Lupus
• Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino
• Kane County Cougars
• Kannapolis Intimidators Los Rapidos De Kannapolis
• Lake Elsinore Storm
• Las Vegas 51s Reyes de Plata
• Lehigh Valley IronPigs Tocino
• Memphis Redbirds Musica
• Oklahoma City Dodgers Cielo Azul
• Omaha Storm Chasers Cazadores de Tormentas
• Pawtucket Red Sox Osos Polares
• Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Temblores
• Round Rock Express Chupacabras
• Sacramento River Cats Dorados
• Salt Lake Bees Abejas de Salt Lake
• San Antonio Missions Flying Chanclas
• San Bernardino Cucuys
• San Jose Giants Gigantes
• Stockton Ports Caballos
• Tulsa Drillers Petroleros de Tulsa
• Visalia Rawhide Toros
• Winston-Salem Dash Rayados

At the end of the season, each team will auction its Copa de la Diversion gear and donate the proceeds to a U.S. Hispanic/Latino organization in the community.

Check each team’s Web site for the respective Copa de la Diversión games.

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