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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.”

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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.

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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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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Feb172019

NBA, FIBA, With President Obama, Marketers, Plan Basketball Africa League

By Barry Janoff

February 16, 2019: Stating that the continent has a “huge economic engine,” to develop the game of basketball, the NBA and FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, have unveiled plans to form a 12-team pro league in Africa.

Although the NBA has a footprint worldwide, this would be its first direct involvement with a professional basketball league outside of North America.

Sharing the plans during NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, league commissioner Adam Silver said that former President Barack Obama is among those who want to have “direct involvement” with the Basketball Africa League.

Silver said during the NBA All-Star 2019 Africa Luncheon that “several of our partners have also expressed an interest to work with us in Africa,” including Nike’s Jordan Brand and Pepsi.

“There has been a fantastic reception” for the formation of the league, with a target launch date of January 2020, said Silver. “The Basketball Africa League is an important next step in our continued development of the game of basketball in Africa.d

“Combined with our other programs on the continent, we are committed to using basketball as an economic engine to create new opportunities in sports, media and technology across Africa.,” said Silver.

During the event, President Obama appeared in a video applauding the NBA’s Basketball Africa League plan and its desire to boost the sport and communities in Africa.

“I want you to know that, though sport, if you put in effort, you will be rewarded,” he said in the video.

On his Twitter page, President Obama wrote, “I’ve always loved basketball because it’s about building a team that’s equal to more than the sum of its parts.

“Glad to see this expansion into Africa because for a rising continent, this can be about a lot more than what happens on the court.”

The NBA has played three games on the continent since 2015, including this past August in Pretoria, South Africa, where the NBA has an office.

Of the players on opening night roosters this season, 13 were born in Africa , according to the NBA.

Silver said the NBA and FIBA would have a financial investment and offer resources for the league, its infrastructure and growing the game on the continent.

The two organizations would also provide training for players, coaches and referees.

Regarding financial support from Africa-based businesses, Silver said there are more than 400 companies in Africa that generate more than $1 billion annually that potentially could become part of the project.

“Africa has a huge economic engine,” Silver said.

The NBA and FIBA said they plan to conduct qualification tournaments this year to identify the 12 teams that would represent several African countries, including Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia, with no more than two teams from the same country able to qualify.

The NBA also said it plans to introduce a re-imagined direct-to-consumer offering of NBA games for people in Africa by the start of the 2019-20 NBA season. That would include new packages, features and localized content.

Among those who joined Silver at the event were Michael Jordan, Hall of Famer and majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets, the team hosting All-Star Weekend; Hamane Niang, president for FIBA Africa; Alphonse Bile, executive director for FIBA Africa; Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, now an NBA Global Ambassador, who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo); WNBA All-Star Chiney Ogwumike, whose parents are from Nigeria; and Michele Roberts, executive director for the National Basketball Players Assn.

According to Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA vp and managing director for Africa, "The establishment of the Basketball Africa League is another exciting milestone for the NBA in Africa. Having a top-flight professional basketball league in Africa will provide a platform for elite players to showcase their talent and inspire more young boys and girls to play the game."

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