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• Fenway Sports Management, ESPN Events and the City of Boston have unveiled “The Fenway Bowl,” an annual college football bowl game beginning in 2020 at Fenway Park teams from the American Athletic Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference .Fenway Park has hosted other college football games but this will be the first bowl game in the home of the Boston Red Sox.

• The next NFL100 Experience of a Lifetime contest: Join ESPN's Adam Schefter as his sidekick on the set of Monday Night Countdown for an NFL game day experience. Details here. https://www.nfl.com/100/experiences/

• 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.

• CBD edible company Bhang, Miami, has acquired Red Ace, a leading organic beverage company. Bhang plans to launch a Red Ace-branded line of CBD/terpene-style beverages and products, including functional sparkling beverages.

“This strategic acquisition not only strengthens Bhang’s position as one of today’s most expansive and diverse global cannabis house of brands, it opens an incredibly valuable pipeline to some of the biggest retailers in the world,” Scott Van Rixel, CEO for Bhang, said via the company.

Athlete ambassadors include Christian Ramirez, Russell Canouse and Kelyn Rowe (MLS) and Spencer Keiboom (Washington Nationals). Red Ace products are currently sold at more than 1,400 locations, including Whole Foods and Amazon.

• The future of WWE’s Superstars will be determined during a two-night draft taking place live on Friday Night SmackDown on Oct. 11 on Fos in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; and Monday Night Raw on Oct. 14 on USA Network, Pepsi Center, Denver. The draft will determine the Superstars that compete for Raw and SmackDown, which feature distinct casts, unique storylines and dedicated writing teams

• 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.

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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

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Weekend Box Office Sept. 13-15
1. It 2 $40.7M
2. Hustlers $33.2M
3. Angel Has Fallen $4.4M
4. Good Boys $4.3M
5. Lion King $3.6M
6. Hobbs & Shaw $2.8M
7. Overcomer $2.7M
8. The Goldfinch $2.6M
9. Peanut Butter Falcon $1.9M
10. Dora and the City of Lost Bold $1.9M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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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).

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MLB, MLBPA Builds Negro Leagues Museum Legacy With $1M Donation

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

June 22, 2017: A vital and significant part of baseball history has received major support from MLB and the MLB Players Assn., which this week jointly contributed $1 million to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO.

According to MLB and MLBPA, "The grant will strive to inspire future generations of minority youth to play baseball by helping to ensure the Museum’s sustainability as the preservationists of the history of the Negro Leagues as well as the memory and legacies of those who played." 
 
The contribution was made by MLBPA executive director Tony Clark and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred during a ceremony at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

The contribution will be allocated from the Youth Development Foundation, which is jointly administered by the MLBPA and MLB, and will be ear-marked to support the NLBM’s operations, museum services, expansion and educational and community programming, according to MLB and MLBPA.

A portion of the funds will allow the Museum to complete the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center on the site of the Paseo YMCA, where the original Negro Leagues charter was signed in 1920.

"It’s an honor to represent the players in providing this grant to the Museum to help ensure that the Negro Leagues and their players will never be forgotten," Clark said during media conference. "Today’s players are committed to providing opportunities for underserved populations to play baseball, and we all believe the Negro Leagues’ storied history can play an important role in our game’s future by inspiring minority youth to play the sport we all love."

According to Manfred, "Major League Baseball and our 30 clubs are proud to support the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s mission of bringing this significant era of our game’s history to life. Because of the sacrifices and triumphs of the men and women of the Negro Leagues, the Museum is an inspirational experience for fans of any age.

"We appreciate the Museum’s contributions to baseball and the role it can play in encouraging young people to become a part of our game."

The growth of the Museum and its presence throughout baseball has been a reflection of the growing interest in the Negro Leagues and the importance and impact its players have had on the game and in America.

The Museum was founded in 1990, originally contained within a one room office in Kansas City. It currently utilizes 10,000 square feet of space to preserve and tell the history of the Negro Leagues and players.

It features multimedia computer stations, several film exhibits, hundreds of photographs, a replica field with 12 bronze sculptures and a growing collection of baseball artifacts.

Among the players, coaches, managers, executives, teams and others who are honored in the Museum are Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, James "Cool Papa" Bell, Joe Black, Larry Doby, Andrew "Rube" Foster, Josh Gibson, Walter "Buck" Leonard, Willie Mays, John "Buck" O’Neil, LeRoy "Satchel" Paige, Jackie Robinson, the Birmingham Black Barons, Kanas City Monarchs, New York Black Yankees and Homestead Grays.
 
"On behalf of the board and staff of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the surviving Negro Leagues players, I would like to thank the Major League Baseball Players Assn. and Major League Baseball for their generosity and continued support," NLBM president Bob Kendrick said during the media conference,

"The Negro Leagues played an important role in not only changing the game, but America, too. This significant grant allows us to continue to preserve, educate and celebrate a once-forgotten but compelling chapter of American history. It also gives us the wherewithal to use this compelling story as a tool to inspire future generations to 'play ball!'" said Kendrick.

The Museum follows the timeline of the first African-Americans began to play professional baseball in the late 1800s on teams derived from the military, collegiate institutions and businesses such as hotels.

Racism and "Jim Crow" laws forced them around 1900 to form their own “barnstorming” teams around the country to play anyone who would challenge them.
 
In 1920, an organized league structure was formed under the guidance of  "Rube" Foster, a former player, manager and owner for the Chicago American Giants.

In a meeting held at the Paseo YMCA in Kansas City, Mo., Foster and a other Midwestern team owners joined to form the Negro National League.

Rival leagues formed in Eastern and Southern states, bringing the thrills and innovative play of black baseball to major urban centers and rural countrysides in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.

Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 was a historic event and a key moment in baseball and civil rights history. It also was a catalyst in the decline of the Negro Leagues, according to the Museum, as top players were recruited for MLB teams.
 
The last Negro Leagues teams folded in the early 1960s.

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