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• 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.

• 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, "10 million-plus members worldwide use Honey's suite of free tools daily to save time and money when shopping online.”

• Washington Mystics forward-guard Elena Delle Donne has been named 2019 WNBA MVP.  It is the second MVP award for seven-year player, making her the first player in WNBA history to earn the honor with two different teams (2015 Chicago Sky).

• BMW Group Russia has signed a deal with tennis star Daniil Medvedev, currently ranked No. 4 in the world, who fell in five sets to Rafael Nadal in the recent U.S. Open Grand Slam finals. Medvedev, who will represent Russia in the inaugural ATP Cup tournament in Australia this January, will participate in various brand activities, including a BMW patch on his shirt, in Russia and worldwide .

• 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.

• CBD edible company Bhang, Miami, has acquired Red Ace, a leading organic beverage company. Bhang plans to launch a Red Ace-branded line of CBD/terpene-style beverages and products, including functional sparkling beverages. Athlete ambassadors include Christian Ramirez, Russell Canouse and Kelyn Rowe (MLS) and Spencer Keiboom (Washington Nationals).

• 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. 13-15
1. It 2 $40.7M
2. Hustlers $33.2M
3. Angel Has Fallen $4.4M
4. Good Boys $4.3M
5. Lion King $3.6M
6. Hobbs & Shaw $2.8M
7. Overcomer $2.7M
8. The Goldfinch $2.6M
9. Peanut Butter Falcon $1.9M
10. Dora and the City of Lost Bold $1.9M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Cancer Drives Home
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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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Apr242019

Super Bowl Champ Tom Brady Is The G.O.A.T. Of NFL’s $1.6B Official Merch Sales

By Barry Janoff

April 24, 2019: Winning the Super Bowl is not getting old for Tom Brady, and neither is being the player with the best-selling NFL merchandise.

For a second straight year, consumer spending made the New England Patriots quarterback No. 1 on the year-end Top 50 Player Sales List, according to the NFL Players Assn.

Numbers are based on total sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise from March 1, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2019, which includes Super Bowl LIII.

The NFLPA did not release specific sales numbers but did say that official licensees generated record retail sales, exceeding $1.6 billion during the year.

According to NFLPA, Brady is the only player to claim the retail crown three times. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has finished on top of the year-end sales list twice.
 
This also marks a record 15th appearance for Brady among the Top Three best-selling player merchandise since the list’s inception in 2014. Overall, he has never ranked outside of the Top Nine.

Dak Prescott, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, was No. 2 in sales for a third straight year.

Running back teammate Ezekiel Elliott was No. 4, meaning the duo has held two of the top four spots on the last eight Top 50 player lists, according to the NFLPA.

Carson Wentz, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, was No. 3
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II came in No. 5 following his All-Pro season.

Several players in the Top 25 should fare as least as well in upcoming sales lists as they all have changed teams and should fare well in sales of jerseys and other merchandise with new team logos.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown (No. 11) moved from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 13) went from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns and quarterback Nick Foles (No. 24), left the Eagles to join the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The five most popular Nike jerseys were Brady (jersey No. 12), Khalil Mack (No. 52), Mahomes (No. 15), Todd Gurley (No. 30) and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelma (No. 11).

The top selling collegiate alumni football jerseys from Nike were LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh), Brady (Michigan), Bryant (Oklahoma State), Joe Thomas (Wisconsin) and Marcus Mariota (Oregon).

Giants running back Saquon Barkley at No. 6 overall was the highest ranking rookie on the NFLPA list since Ezekiel Elliott topped the year-end list in 2016.

Baker Mayfield (No. 12), Sam Darnold No. 26), Leighton Vander Esch No. 31) and Josh Allen (No. 48) were the other rookies among the Top 50.

"This marks a record 15th appearance for Brady among the Top Three best-selling player merchandise since the list’s inception in 2014."

Fathead wall decals and cutouts of Brady, Barkley, Beckham Jr., Mayfield and Mahomes II were the best-sellers.

Brady also sold the most cake toppers from DecoPac, jigsaw puzzles from MasterPieces, youth apparel from Outerstuff and pet jerseys from Pets First.

The NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List is the only verified ranking of all officially licensed, NFL player-branded merchandise sold from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFLPA licensees.

They include Fanatics, Outerstuff, Nike, Fathead, FOCO, Wincraft and Funko. Licensed product categories include video games, trading cards, men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys, T-shirts and hoodies, backpacks, wall decals, pennants, collectible figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, plush, drinkware and pet products.

Top 25 NFL Players (based on officially licensed products sold March 1, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019).
1, Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
2. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
3. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
5. Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
6. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
7. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
8. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
9. Khalil Mack, LB, Chicago Bears
10. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
11. Antonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh Steelers*
12. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
13. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants*
14. Todd Gurle, RB, Los Angeles Rams
15. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
16. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
17. Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
18. Alvin Kamara, RB New Orleans Saints
19. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
20. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
21. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
22. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
23. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
24. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles*
25. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

*Now with new team
Source: NFLPA

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