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• 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 to be unveiled at a later date.

• Fenway Sports Management, ESPN Events and the City of Boston have unveiled “The Fenway Bowl,” an annual college football bowl game beginning in 2020 at Fenway Park teams from the American Athletic Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference .Fenway Park has hosted other college football games but this will be the first bowl game in the home of the Boston Red Sox.  

• 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.

“This strategic acquisition not only strengthens Bhang’s position as one of today’s most expansive and diverse global cannabis house of brands, it opens an incredibly valuable pipeline to some of the biggest retailers in the world,” Scott Van Rixel, CEO for Bhang, said via the company.

Athlete ambassadors include Christian Ramirez, Russell Canouse and Kelyn Rowe (MLS) and Spencer Keiboom (Washington Nationals). Red Ace products are currently sold at more than 1,400 locations, including Whole Foods and Amazon.

• The future of WWE’s Superstars will be determined during a two-night draft taking place live on Friday Night SmackDown on Oct. 11 on Fos in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; and Monday Night Raw on Oct. 14 on USA Network, Pepsi Center, Denver. The draft will determine the Superstars that compete for Raw and SmackDown, which feature distinct casts, unique storylines and dedicated writing teams

• 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.”

POLL POSITION

 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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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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Dec172018

Hey, Google, Sign On As Presenting Partner For NBA All-Star Game 2019 Voting

By Barry Janoff

December 17, 2018: The NBA has a new presenting partner for All-Star voting, and people now have more options when it comes to selecting their favorite players.

The league has signed a multi-year deal naming Google its presenting NBA All-Star Voting partner, beginning with 2019 balloting,

NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google begins Dec. 25 at 11 AM (ET) — an hour before the league’s five games across ABC and ESPN — and conclude on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21 at 11:59 PM (ET).

Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

With the new alliance, people can vote by searching on Google and also through using any Google Assistant enabled device by saying, "Google, talk to NBA All-Star." 

In addition, voting will be conducted via the NBA App and NBA.com.

The alliance with the NBA comes as Google has unveiled plans to invest more than “$1 billion in capital improvements to establish a new campus, Google Hudson Square,” in New York, according to Ruth Porat, svp and CFO for Google and Alphabet, Inc.

The expansion includes two buildings on Hudson Street and another on Washington Street, with plans to move in by 2020 and 2022, respectively.

This would be in addition to plans unveiled earlier this year for a $2.4 billion purchase of the Manhattan Chelsea Market and shared plans to lease additional space at Pier 57., according to Porat.

The 68th NBA All-Star Game will be played in Spectrum Center, in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17  on TNT (8 PM ET).   

Voting updates will be shared three times by the league: Jan. 3, Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.

Five “2-for-1 Days” will allow people to have their votes count twice through all voting platforms: Jan. 3, Jan. 4, Jan. 10, Jan. 11 and Jan. 21 (Midnight – 11:59 PM ET each day). 

TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Jan. 24 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.

TNT will then unveil the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

The NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format, with the two team captains drafting rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves and making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

Unlike last year, this year NBA All-Star Game draft will be nationally televised.

The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

Details about the NBA All-Star Draft will be shared at a later date.

For the third consecutive year, NBA players and media will join fans in selecting the NBA All-Star Game starters.

Fans will account for 50% of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25% each. 
 
Throughout the voting period, people may submit one full ballot each day through the NBA App and NBA.com, as well as on Google and through the Google Assistant.

All current NBA players will be available for selection. 
 
Players and media will also be able to complete one ballot, featuring three front court players and two guards from both the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

Players may vote for their teammates or themselves. 

People can vote on Google.com or the Google Search App by searching “NBA Vote” and “NBA All-Star Vote” or by searching for their favorite player or team.

People can submit votes for ten unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 21.
 
NBA All-Star Voting will be available on the Google Assistant for the first time using any Google Assistant enabled device by saying, "Google, talk to NBA All-Star." 

People may submit votes for up to ten unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 21.

The Google Assistant is available on laptops, phones, speakers, tablets and other connected devices.

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