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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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Snickers Sweetens Presence At WWE WrestleMania 35, Skittles Gets Hell in a Cell

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

March 11, 2019:
WWE is ramping up for WrestleMania 35 and bringing its marketing partners along for the mega-activation and beyond.

WWE and Mars Inc. have expanded their alliance, with Snickers set to receive “significant visibility and consumer engagement across WWE’s global platforms at WrestleMania, scheduled for April 7 in MetLife Stadium, home for the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets.

Snickers will be the exclusive presenting partner of WrestleMania for the fourth consecutive year.

Beyond WrestleMania, Skittles is being added to the WWE roster to serve as the presenting partner for WWE’s Hell in a Cell event this September.

As with previous WrestleMania activation, WWE Superstars will promote the brand’s popular ‘You’re Not You When You’re Hungry’ campaign in custom content produced by WWE.

Creative will air in WWE’s flagship TV programs Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live on USA Network, and during WrestleMania 35 on WWE Network.

Content will also appear across WWE’s global digital and social platforms, including WWE’s YouTube channel, which has more than 40.5 million subscribers.

Marketing support again includes limited-edition Snickers packaging featuring five different WWE-themed Hunger Bars with catch phrases of five Superstars on the packaging: The Miz - Awesome, Lana - Ravishing, Bobby Roode - Glorious, AJ Styles  Phenomenal and Rusev - Brute.

Snickers lead agency is BBDO New York.

“WWE Superstars can’t perform in the ring and live up to their larger-than-life personalities if they’re hungry,” Josh Olken, brand director for Snickers, said via the company.

“We’re thrilled to be back for the fourth consecutive year as the presenting sponsor of WrestleMania, making sure that no one across WWE’s passionate fan base is hungry when getting their WrestleMania fix.”
 
The Snickers bars will be available March 18 through mid-April (or while supplies last) exclusively in Dollar General stores nationwide.

There will also be a special digital coupon on Snickers singles items, as well as a digital “Superstar-Yourself” experience on DollarGeneral.com.

Snickers will have a presence at WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s five-day, interactive fan festival at Pier 12 in Brooklyn, NY; plus custom digital and social content sponsorships on WWE.com and YouTube as part of a multi-platform media campaign.

As part of the extended WrestleMania 35 takeover of New York, the New York Mets will host WWE Day at Citi Field on April 6 vs the Washington Nationals.

For WWE’s Hell in a Cell presented by Skittles, support will include a cross-platform promotion via WWE’s global media channels, a co-branded custom integration that will air in the telecast and additional partnership activations to be unveiled.

“WWE is thrilled to expand our partnership with Mars and provide two marquee brands, Snickers and Skittles with valuable exposure across our global platforms."

According to John Brody, WWE evp-global sales and head of international, “WWE is thrilled to expand our partnership with Mars and provide two marquee brands, Snickers and Skittles with valuable exposure across our global platforms.

“Snickers will once again leverage the massive platform and global fan base that WrestleMania provides as we bring their ‘You’re Not You When You’re Hungry’ campaign to life in new and creative ways.”

WWE last week unveiled Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium as the site for WrestleMania 36 in April 2020.

WrestleMania 36 Taking Over Tampa

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