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• Timex has partnered with more than 60 colleges and universities to design watches featuring the logo from each respective school for the College Tribute Collection. (See the schools here.)

• Kellogg's Cheez-It brand has signed a multi-year deal to become title sponsor for the Cheez-It Bowl , the college football game formerly known as the Cactus Bowl, which features teams representing the Big 12 and Pac-12 Conferences in Chase Field, Phoenix. Cheez-It also becomes the game's exclusive snacks partner. The 30th edition of the game is scheduled for Dec. 26, (ESPN).

• Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the Professional Fighters League said the PFL playoff semi-final matches would be held in the new Entertainment and Sports Arena on Oct. 20.

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Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival Schedule (Check local IMAX for times)

• Thursday Aug. 30
Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor

• Friday Aug. 31
Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World

• Saturday Sept. 1
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Rise Of Ultron, Ant-Man

• Sunday Sept 2.
Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Home Coming

• Monday Sept. 3
Thor: Ragnarok. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp

• Tuesday Sept. 4 Origins
Iron Man, Spider-Man: Home Coming, Black Panther, Doctor Strange

• Wednesday Sept. 5 Team Ups
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War

• Thursday Sept. 6 Fans Choice
Avengers, Iron Man

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1. Crazy Rich Asians - Warner Bros. - $25.2M
2. The Meg  - Warner Bros. - $21.1M
3. Mile 22 - STX Entertainment - $13.6M
4. Alpha - Sony - $10.5M
4. Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Paramount - $10.5M
6. Disney's Christopher Robin - Disney - $8.9M
7. BlacKkKlansman - Focus Features - $7M
8. Slender Man - Sony - $5M
9. Hotel Transylvania 3 - Sony - $3.7M
10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - Universal - $3.4M
11. The  Equalizer 2 - Sony - $2.8M
12. The Spy Who Dumped Me - Lionsgate - $2.6M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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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