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• Six first-year eligible candidates are among the 27 semi-finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018: CB/S Ronde Barber, G Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss andDE/DT Richard Seymour. The Class of 2018 will be unveiled during NFL Honors, a two-hour prime-time awards special to air nationally (Feb. 3, 2018) on the eve of Super Bowl LII.
• The New York Knicks named Dan Sabreen vp-public relations, effective Nov. 27. Sabreen has spent more than a decade at CBS Sports, most recently as vp-communications.
• For every save made by goalkeepers during MLS Eastern and Western Conference Championships and MLS Cup, Allstate said it would donate two new soccer nets to fields in need in that club's city. MLS goalies participating inlcude Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew), Joe Willis (Houston Dynamo), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders) and Alex Bono (Toronto FC).
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• Average age of participants Nov. 5, 2017: 41.2 years old
• 11,696 participants will represent their running clubs
• More than 50,000 people will cross the finish line
• 305 runners will celebrate their birthday on Marathon Day
• Cost to take a taxi on the NYC Marathon 26.2 mile route: $68.50 (no traffic)
• The biggest and smallest includes on the race route are both on the Verrazano Bridge
• Number of hot dog vendor carts needed to cove the course: 34,584
• Number of intersections crossed by Marathon runners: 300
• Number of times needed to climb 104 stories of One World Trade Center to complete a marathon: 101+
• Size running shoe needed for the Statue of Liberty: 879

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John Cena, Triple H, Divas Help WWE Power TapouT To Larger Fitness Market

By Barry Janoff

April 1, 2016: Global fitness and training brand TapouT, which last year was acquired and re-launched by WWE and Authentic Brands Group, has taken a major move to reach a larger audience, signing a deal to have its apparel available in almost 300 JCPenney stores.

The initial men's line will be joined by the launch of a  women’s collection this summer.

TapouT’s product also includes accessories and eyewear, performance beverages  and fitness centers. More product categories are scheduled to launching later this year.

TapouT, which originated in 1997 as a MMA-specific product, was re-launched as a lifestyle fitness brand last March when it was acquired via a joint venture between WWE and Authentic Brands Group, with WWE making the brand its "official fitness and training partner."

WWE and ABG said that the move into JCPenney would be supported by a fully integrated marketing program, including such WWE global platforms as TV, WWE Network, PPV broadcasts, live events such as WrestleMania, digital and social media.

WWE star John Cena serves as a Tapout brand ambassador. To help the move into JCPenney, he is featured in a new spot taking people behind the scenes of his workout regimen.

In addition to Cena, others in the campaign include Triple H, El Patron Alberto and WWE Divas Natalie Eva Marie, Charlotte and Lana. WWE Divas wear TapouT apparel during their fitness and training activities.

The brand's tagline is intended to reach a broad audience: "Fitness is a lifestyle with no finish line."

“From working out to hanging out, TapouT offers a stylish collection of performance sportswear that’s versatile enough to wear in and out of the gym,” James Starke, svp-men’s apparel for JCPenney, said in a statement. “TapouT has a strong fan base and JCPenney is excited to add this brand to our great assortment of high quality activewear for young men.”

According to Jamie Salter, chairman and CEO for ABG, “We are thrilled to reintroduce TapouT performance apparel into the retail space with JCPenney. The next generation of TapouT preserves elements of the original brand essence while tapping into current consumer needs for apparel that suits their active lifestyle.”

ABG also handles such brands as Prince, Bobby Jones, Ektelon and Juicy Couture, as well as managing intellectual properties for Shaquille O'Neal, Muhammad Ali and the estates of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

“Fitness is my life, and it is important for me to use the high quality and comfortable performance apparel that TapouT offers,” said Cena. “The TapouT brand stands for motivation, discipline and determination, three core values that are key to my active lifestyle.”

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