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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.

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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. 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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BodyArmor Into NCAA
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Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
Men's Hoops Are 'Toxic'

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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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Box Score: Pizza Hot Stays Hot, Signs New Multi-Year Alliance With NCAA

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 11, 2018: The NCAA likes its pizza, and especially likes pizza delivered to fans, student-athletes and alumni from Pizza Hut, signing a multi-year pact that maintains the brand's status as the official pizza of the NCAA.

Pizza Hut signed with the NCAA as a corporate sponsor in November 2016, enabling it to activate around all 90 NCAA championships each year.

The new pact runs through the 2020-2021 academic year. Financial terms were not released.

During March Madness in 2017 and 2018, Pizza Hut incorporated Pie Top shoes into its marketing efforts, enabling wearers to order pies with Bluetooth technology that links the shoe to the user’s phone and Pie Tops app.

Earlier this year, Pizza Hut became the official pizza partner for the NFL, replacing Papa John's in the category and becoming the only brand to have national partnerships with both the NCAA and NFL.

Pizza Hut said it would continue to support intercollegiate athletics and student-athlete achievements through marketing programs and initiatives at multiple NCAA championships.

"The excitement and entertainment of enjoying live sports with friends and family is a time-honored tradition, and Pizza Hut aligns naturally with these experiences," Zipporah Allen, CMO for Pizza Hut, U.S, said in a statement.

"Pizza and sports are a perfect match. From the Men's Final Four and College World Series, to the NFL Draft and Super Bowl, we're looking forward to feeding the passion and excitement of all sports fans at every level."

The partnership provides Pizza Hut the ability to use official NCAA marks and media, as well as the opportunity activate at official NCAA events, including NCAA March Madness, College World Series and Frozen Four.

The partnership was facilitated through CBS Sports and Turner, which manage and collaborate on the NCAA's corporate champion and partner program.

According to Ellen Lucey, director of championships and alliances for the NCAA, ”We've seen some highlight-reel worthy performances from Pizza Hut over the past few years, everything from the pizza ordering Pie Tops to the Pizza Hut Fan Challenge at many of our championships.

“We can't imagine a partner who is more committed to bringing additional excitement and entertainment to NCAA fans.”

Over the past year, Pizza Hut has rolled out a new loyalty program, Hut Rewards; and worked to improve technology and equipment.

Pizza Hut said it has spent more than two years looking at the entire delivery ecosystem, "from the box, to the pouch, to delivery dispatch at the restaurant."

Pizza Hut also said it is in the process of “redesigning several of its 6,300 dine-in and delivery/carryout locations in an effort better service customers and efficiency back of house.”

“We can't imagine a partner who is more committed to bringing additional excitement and entertainment to NCAA fans than Pizza Hut.”

The recently released 2018 American Customer Satisfaction Index report saw Pizza Hut tied with Papa John’s for the top spot among national pizza chains.

However, according to ACSI, Papa John’s index dropped 2% versus 2017 while Pizza Hut rose 5% “for the biggest ACSI gain in the industry — likely the result of a new rewards program, and investments in equipment, technology, and marketing,” according to the ACSI.

Domino’s was third, Little Caesars fourth.

"We are extremely proud to be ranked No. 1 in customer satisfaction, as it is a testament to the commitment that our 120,000 team members show to our customers every day," Nicolas Burquier, chief customer and operations officer for Pizza Hut, said in a statement.

"We re-trained all of our employees in the fall, and also introduced an oven-hot delivery system that keeps our pizzas hotter while adding thousands of drivers to enable our speed of service to be faster. It's great to know that customers are noticing and we are constantly engaging with our teams to make sure their satisfaction only continues," said Burquier.

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