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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

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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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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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Northwestern Ensures Ad Exposure For Second March Madness Tournament

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 6, 2013: Last year, Northwestern Mutual became an official marketing partner of the NCAA and began its journey into March Madness.

Now, Northwestern said it would be "ramping up its advertising presence [via] a robust marketing program" to activate around the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Division I basketball tournaments.

Among its plans, the Milwaukee-based insurance firm said it would serve as presenting sponsor for a number of key events supporting the 75th celebration of March Madness; increase it advertising on tournament broadcast partners CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV; extend its presence to the Internet and mobile advertising on NCAA March Madness Live; and sponsor a number of events during Final Four weekend in Atlanta to benefit the Coaches vs. Cancer program.

In addition, Northwestern Mutual said it would be the presenting sponsor of the First Four games, as it did last year, which will air on truTV March 19-20 from the University of Dayton arena; and would also be the halftime sponsor for the entire NCAA Div. I women's basketball tournament.

"We're excited to increase our brand presence around this season's March Madness," Conrad York, vp-marketing for Northwestern Mutual, said in a statement. "We've renewed some strategies that were successful last year, while also adding a number of new activities, all with the goals of continuing to build our brand's awareness and provide sports fans opportunities and events that they can be excited about in the spirit of the game."

New this year, the company is the presenting sponsor of two 75th celebration programs on CBS and has co-branded "75 Years of NCAA March Madness" vignettes that pay tribute to the great memories around the sport.

On April 5, Northwestern Mutual will be the title sponsor for the 2013 American Cancer Society Coaches' Huddle, a fundraising event in Atlanta scheduled to include several NCAA men's basketball coaches. The next day, the Northwestern Mutual Road to the Final Four 5K will take place on the streets of Atlanta, with the finish line outside the Georgia Dome, where the semi-final games will be played later that day. The NCAA title game will be played there two days later.

Northwestern Mutual will also be presenting sponsor for the 4Kay run in New Orleans, where the NCAA Div. I women's Final Four will take place. Proceeds from the Coaches' Huddle and the Final Four 5K will help fund pediatric cancer research and other American Cancer Society initiatives.

Northwestern Mutual will also garner March Madness attention as the exclusive advertiser for a special Sports Illustrated issue devoted to the 75th celebration of the NCAA tournament. The firm has a full-page ad on the back cover, a three-page spread after the front cover and several multi-page ads inside.

"We've renewed some strategies that were successful last year while adding new activities, all with the goal of continuing to build our brand's awareness."

Among the marketers that had advertising spend during the 2012 NCAA Div. I men's tournament, the automobile category led with $205.8 million (headed by GM, Infiniti and Mercedes), followed by financial services ($115.7 million), telecom ($87.6 million), restaurants ($86.8 million, led by Pizza Hut, Dominos, Applebee's and Subway) and insurance ($82.4 million, with State Farm and Allstate as the top spenders), according to a new study from marketing and research firm Kantar Media, NY.

In 2012, some 80-85 companies advertised during March Madness, with the top ten accounting for $362.3 million, led by General Motors ($80.3 million), per Kantar Media.

Northwestern Mutual unveiled its corporate partnership with the NCAA in January 2012, including exclusivity in the life insurance, wealth management and retirement planning service categories.

NCAA marketing partners also include AT&T, Capital One, Coca-Cola, Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, Lowe's Nabisco, Reese's, Unilever and UPS.

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