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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.”


 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).


NHL Gaming World Championship Adds To Roster Of Marketers For 2019 Finals

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 14, 2019:
As a testament to its growing popularity, adidas, Astro Gaming, Brisk, Great Clips and MGM Resorts will join returning sponsors Honda, Scotiabank and EA Sports for the second NHL Gaming World Championship regionals and Finals in May and June.

Regional finals are scheduled for this month, with the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship Final scheduled for June 30 in Las Vegas.

Marketers will have on-site activation as well as presence across NHL Gaming World Championship media partners, including Twitch.TV/NHL, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and

The 2019 NHL Gaming World Champion will offer a $100,000 cash prize pool, including $50,000 for the winner.

In addition, the champion will be featured during the broadcast of the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone.

A 30-minute pregame show, The GWC Lobby, will debut ahead of the European Final.

The GWC Lobby will “introduce and profile competitors, outline the gameplay schedule, break down player strategy, and check in with the players as they warm up their hands for competition.”

The GWC Lobby is hosted in partnership with Great Clips, Honda and MGM Resorts International.

Among the onsite activation:

• adidas, the official outfitter of the NHL Gaming World Championship, will provide outfitting for finalists, including exclusive gamer jackets and adidas caps for each Live Regional Final.
• Astro Gaming, the official controller (or headset/headphones), will be supplying the official C40 TR Controller, Astro A40 TR Headset and MixAmp Pro TR used within gameplay across the Regional tournaments and World Final.

• Brisk, an iced tea soft drink produced via a joint venture between the Pepsi-Lipton Company and Unilever. will offer competitors refreshments at the Canadian Regional and World Final.
• North American partner Great Clips will host the Friends and Family Cheering Zone and be on-site to provide complimentary haircuts and stylings to participants and talent at the U.S. Regional and World Final.
• Returning for the second consecutive year as a North American partner, Honda will sponsor the “Road to the Finals” interview area, checking in with the gamers before, during and after each phase of competition across all phases of the Tournament.
• Scotiabank returns as an official Canadian partner, this year hosting a dedicated Fan Vote during the Canadian Regional live-stream that will award one of the competitors and a fan with a chance to serve as a guest of Scotiabank at the World Final in Las Vegas.
• As the official resort destination of the NHL, MGM Resorts will host the World Final at Allied Esports’ HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas inside The Luxor.
The schedule for Live Regional Finals (subject to change):

• May 18: European Live Regional Final Viasat Studios Stockholm
• May 25: Canadian Live Regional Final Sportsnet Studios Toronto
• May  30: United States Live Regional Final NBC Studios Stamford, Conn.
• June 30: 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship Final Esports Arena, Luxor Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

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