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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

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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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ESPN Unveils Sponsor Roster For 2019 ESPYs To Benefit The V Foundation

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service
July 3, 2019:
Capital One, Cadillac, Coors Light, Dove Men+Care, eBay, Gatorade, Hotels.com and MassMutual are among the partners that will help bring ESPN’s 2019 ESPY Awards to life on July 10 from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The partner making the most impact: The V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded in 1993 by ESPN and Jim Valvano, former head basketball coach for North Carolina State University, who passed away in April of that year.

Capital One returns as presenting sponsor of the show and will also award the Capital One Cup.

The Cup is presented annually at The ESPYS to the nation’s best men’s and women’s Division I college athletic programs in the country.

The programs also receive a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships.

First-time associate sponsor MassMutual will present the Pat Tillman Award for Service, which will be givento former U.S. Marine Kirstie Ennis.

Cadillac will present the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, being given to Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legend and NBA Hall of Famer.

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance is being presented to Rob Mendez, head coach of the junior varsity team at Prospect High School, Saratoga, Calif.

Among other activation, Century 21 sponsors the Best Breakthrough Athlete Award and Red Carpet Sky Cam, Dove Men+Care presents the Sports Humanitarian of the Year and Gatorade sponsors the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year program recognizing the nation’s most elite high school athletes.

Coors Light is the presenter of the official ESPYS Post Party and Hotels.com will have an interview with Captain Obvious on the red carpet.

Sponsorship benefits and hospitality opportunities include various media components across ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN.com, the ESPN app and ESPN across social platforms.

Sponsors also participate in the ESPYS Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Capital One, benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

ESPN and eBay's ESPYs Auction Benefitting the V Foundation items includes more than 80 celebrity experiences now available on eBay through July 10.

“Every year the ESPYs Auction significantly contributes to and supports the critical work being done through the V Foundation,” Kevin Martinez, ESPN vp-corporate citizenship, said via the company.

“Every year the ESPYS Auction significantly contributes to and supports the critical work being done through the V Foundation."

“With the generous support of sports fans, employees, and partners we are close to reaching the major milestone of helping to raise over 100 million dollars for cancer research and we need your help to get there.”

They include include a UFC Ultimate Fan Experience, plus Private Meet & Greet with Dana White; Pitch Lunch with Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban; announce a selection at the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas; appear in a This is SportsCenter commercial; attend the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker; and an invitation of Jennifer Lopez’ birthday party.

According to Brenda Halkias, GM for eBay for Charity, “eBay is the only platform that can provide purpose, fandom and passion in one vibrant marketplace, connecting shoppers to the causes and charities they care about the mos.

“Together with our annual ESPN collaboration, we’re able to offer entertainment and sports fans one-of-kind experiences they can’t find anywhere else and support the V Foundation’s mission to achieve victory over cancer.”

Since 1993, the V Foundation has funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide.

ESPN will provide three hours of pre-show coverage live from Los Angeles beginning with ESPYs Red Carpet Live on ESPN2 (5 PM ET), then on ESPN (from 6 PM ET).

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan will host.

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