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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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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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WNBA GMs Pick Sparks For Championship, Maya Moore MVP, A’ja Wilson Top Rookie

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 16, 2018:
The WNBA’s 22nd season is about to begin (May 18), which gives the league’s 12 GMs the opportunity to look ahead and make predictions about the best of the best for the coming campaign.

Among the standouts: The Los Angeles Sparks were picked to win their fourth WNBA championship, Maya Moore of the defending champion Minnesota Lynx was selected as the favorite for WNBA MVP, A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces was favored for Rookie of the Year honors and two-time WNBA Coach of the Year Cheryl Reeve of the Lynx was cited as the best coach, according to the 2018 WNBA.com GM Survey.

Among the GMs, 33% predicted a title for the Sparks, which won championships in 2001, 2002 and 2016.

Last year, Los Angeles lost a five-game Finals series to Minnesota, which has won four championships in the last seven seasons.

The Lynx were the second choice to win the 2018 title (28%), followed by the Phoenix Mercury (17%), Connecticut Sun (17%) and Dallas Wings (8%).
 
Moore, the 2014 WNBA MVP, was top pick for the 2018 MVP with 33% of the vote, one of eight players to receive consideration. 

The Mercury’s Brittney Griner (17%) was second.

Moore was also named as the player the GMs would most want taking a shot with the game on the line (58%).

The Atlanta Dream were recognized as the most improved team (50%) and the team that made the best off-season moves (50%).

That included signing veteran free agents Renee Montgomery and Jessica Breland and re-signing  Angel McCoughtry, the two-time WNBA scoring leader and four-time All-WNBA selection, who sat out the 2017 season for health reasons.

A’ja Wilson of the relocated Las Vegas Aces (from San Antonio), the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm, was the clear favorite to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors, receiving 83% of the vote.

Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever) was second (17%).

Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum tied with Atlanta’s Brittney Sykes (25% each) as the player most likely to have a breakout season.

Seattle’s Sue Bird, who last year tied Tamika Catchings for the most All-Star Game selections (10) in WNBA history, received the most votes as the best leader (75%), the player with the highest basketball IQ (67%) and the best at making her teammates better (58%.

She also tied with Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot as the league’s best passer (42% each).

Seattle’s Breanna Stewart. the 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 2017, was named as the player the GMs would start a franchise with if they could sign any player (42%).

The GMs voted the Lynx as the team with the best home-court advantage (92%) for the fourth year in a row.

The 2018 WNBA regular season runs through Aug. 19. 
 
Complete results of the survey are here.

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