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• 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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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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UFC Oscar Mayer P3, Devour Deal Hits The Octagon With Multi-Platform Marketing  

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

February 28, 2019:
UFC has signed a deal to expand its alliance with Kraft Heinz Company brands Oscar Mayer P3 and Devour, with a “comprehensive multi-year partnership” that builds on the marketing alliance started last year.

Frozen food brand Devour has been named the “official frozen meal of UFC," joining Oscar Mayer P3 Portable Protein Pack, which was named “official protein snack” of UFC in 2018.

Both designations are new and mark exclusive sponsorship categories for UFC.

The expanded partnership will begin March 2 at UFC 235: Jones vs. Smith.

Financial terms were not release.

Kraft Heinz said that, similar to Oscar Mayer P3’s partnership with UFC, Devour’s collaboration with UFC will “focus on reaching the loyal MMA fan base that comprises key demographics, including millennials, early adopters and trendsetters.”

Devour is also a good fit for UFC regarding the brand’s attitude.

Kraft Heinz launched Devour in 2016 “with the mission to shake up the frozen aisle by taking an unapologetic stand for mouthwatering, craveable frozen foods.”

The brand created a spot to air on CBS during Super Bowl LIII, “Food Porn,” showing a man who had an over-the-top desire for Devour products, which did not pass network scrutiny. A second re-edited spot did run on national TV.

Marketing for the brand comes with such tag lines as, “Never just eat. Devour” and “Frozen food porn in the workplace is legal in all 50 states.”

Devour provided a taste of what was to come when it was part of UFC Fight Night in Phoenix on Feb. 17.

“Oscar Mayer P3 has been a tremendous partner for UFC, and during the short time we have been working together, we have discovered opportunities for natural collaboration that make sense for both our brands," Paul Asencio, UFC svp-global partnerships, said via the organization.

“With the introduction of Devour, as an official partner in 2019, we look forward to the continued growth of our relationship with the Kraft Heinz family that will enhance our brands and reach consumers in authentic ways."

According to UFC, Oscar Mayer P3 and Devour will be integrated into select UFC live events, with branded presence inside the  Octagon; custom integrations throughout UFC’s telecasts; in-venue activations; social media campaigns and custom content pieces; and Fight Week and Fight Night integrations.

This year, Oscar Mayer P3 and Devour will launch dedicated UFC products at select participating retail locations nationwide.

An exclusive Oscar Mayer P3 product line will feature co-developed product nutritionals focused on workout performance, certified by the UFC Performance Institute, along with the integration of UFC-themed packaging.

Devour will also have UFC marks on various product offerings.

Using UFC talent, Oscar Mayer P3 will be part of an original series produced at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, highlighting the importance of protein in an athlete’s preparation and daily routine.

Devour will be part of Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight program, featuring unique Devour, marketing placements and mentions.

According to Don Fussner, GM for Oscar Mayer, “Our relationship kicked off in September of last year, where we developed key learnings from those first fights, particularly in how to best connect with the UFC fan and bring our P3 proposition to life.

“With many early successes, we are now entering into an expanded, multi-year agreement that comprises holistic marketing communications, co-developed customized products and original content series.”

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