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• NFL Network’s Good Morning Football is in London for six days starting today (Monday, Oct. 22) leading up to the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game in Wembley Stadium on Sunday (Oct. 28). Good Morning Football will air Monday-Friday (7 AM ET) from Westminster Live Studios. 

• Charles Wang, 74, businessman and former owner of the New York Islanders (2000-16), passed away on Sunday morning. RIP.

• ESPN said it generated its best NBA opening week rating since 2014 on Saturday for LeBron James’ home-opener with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers vs. Rockets game telecast, won by Houston, 124-115, drew a 2.5 metered market rating, also making it the highest-rated NBA regular season game on ESPN since the Warriors 73rd win game in April of 2016.

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1. Venom $35.7 M
2. A Star Is Born $28M
3. First Man $16.6M
4. Goosebumps 2 $16.2M
5. Smallfoot $9.3M
6. Night School $8M
7. Bad Times at the El Royale $7.2M
8. The House With A Clock In Its Walls $4M
9. The Hate U Give $1.8M

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Jun012018

Father’s Day Consumer Spend Is Expected To Top $15B For Second Consecutive Year

By Barry Janoff

May 31, 2018: Father’s Day is June 17, and spending is expected to reach $15.3 billion this year, with 77%  of people in the U.S. not only celebrating but spending an average of $133 per person.

The figure comes up just short of last year’s record $15.5 billion spend, according to a just-released study from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

The survey found that 47% of consumers plan to give a “special outing” gift, such as a concert, sporting event or dinner., which represents the largest share of spending at $3.2 billion.

But Father's Day is about more than spending on goodies.

MLB and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are supporting the 23rd Annual Home Run Challenge, a national men's health campaign designed to increase research and bring awareness to the fight against prostate cancer.

From the NRF survey, also among the leading categories, consumers plan to spend $2.2 billion on clothing (purchased by 43% of shoppers), $2.1 billion on gift cards (42%) and $1.8 billion on consumer electronics (20%).

“We are pleased to see consumer confidence continue to rise, leading to another near-record holiday spend on Father’s Day,” Matthew Shay, president and CEO for Washington, DC-based NRF, said in a statement.

“Leading into the second half of the year, Americans are looking forward to treating their dads and retailers will be prepared to offer a variety of gift options that will create new memories on this special day.”

Until this year, the total spend on Father’s Day had gone up every year since 2009, when it was an estimated $9.4 billion.

People spent $14.3 billion on Father’s Day in 2016, $12.7 billion in 2015 and $12.5 billion in 2014.

By comparison, people spent more than $23 million last month on Mother’s Day, which also was down from a record $23.6 million in 2017.

People spent $18.2 billion on Easter this year, per NRF.

As to where people will shop for dad, 39% will go to a department store and 34% will shop online.

Nearly 50% of smartphone users plan to use their device to help make purchasing decisions.

Among the sports events attended on Father’s Day will be MLB games, which would be to see top athletes in action, but a whole lot more.

From June 1 to Father's Day, MLB and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are supporting the Home Run Challenge, which invites people to "Keep Dad in The Game" and pledge a donation for every home run hit by signing up at HomeRunChallenge.org.

To date, the Home Run Challenge has raised nearly $50 million for scientific research, according to PCF.

"Partnering with Major League Baseball for the 23rd Annual Home Run Challenge has been like winning the World Series," Michael Milken, founder and chairman of PCF, said in a statement.

"We are enormously grateful to our MLB partners for their ongoing dedication to help raise awareness about prostate cancer and the need to fund groundbreaking research that so many men living with the disease need in order to survive."

Blue is the official color for prostate cancer awareness and MLB players, coaches and managers will lend their support in solidarity by wearing specially designed blue-infused caps on Father's Day.

The hats and other exclusive Father's Day apparel are be available to purchase at MLBShop.com and at MLB stadiums nationwide, with 100% of MLB's proceeds going to support PCF and partner Stand Up To Cancer.

According to Phil Rist, Prosper Insights evp-strategy, “Special outing gifts have steadily grown in  popularity for Father’s Day since their lowest point in 2009. These consumers, especially those between 18-24 years old, want to offer something to their dad’s that is unique, thoughtful and allows for quality time on dad’s special day.”

Among other categories, $878 million will be spent on home improvement supplies (16%), $862 million on personal care products (19%), $844 million on greeting cards (63%) and $830 million on tools or appliances (16%), $798 million on sporting goods or leisure items (16%, $686 million on automotive accessories (16% and $628 million on books or music (22%).

The survey of 7,681 consumers was conducted May 3-10, per the NRF.

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