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• 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.

• The next NFL100 Experience of a Lifetime contest: Join ESPN's Adam Schefter as his sidekick on the set of Monday Night Countdown for an NFL game day experience. Details here. https://www.nfl.com/100/experiences/

• 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.”

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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.

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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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Channel Chasers

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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Jun202010

Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Marketers Reap Rewards Of 2009-10 Title

Win an NBA title, earn a special cereal box from General Mills' Wheaties.June 20, 2010: To the victors go the spoils, and in the case of the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers that includes record TV ratings and digital views, a parade and a special box of Wheaties. And, of course, the requisite championship gear from adidas at Store.NBA.com and Nike to commemorate Kobe Bryant's fifth NBA title ring.

As Bryant said after he led the Lakers to a seven-game victory over the Boston Celtics, "This one is by far the sweetest because it's against [the Celtics] and because its the hardest one by far."

ABC said its coverage of The Finals averaged 18,144,000 viewers over seven games, making it the most-viewed NBA championship round in the network's history. In addition, Game 7 generated a 15.6 rating and 28,203,000 viewers to become the highest-rated and most-viewed NBA game since  Game 6 of the Finals in 1998, in which the Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz for the NBA title in what was Michael Jordan's last game with the Bulls (who, like the Lakers, were coached by Phil Jackson). ABC said the numbers recorded during this year's Finals enabled the network to win the night in prime time for all seven nights of the series.

According to ABC, the 2009-10 Finals were up 26% in ratings (10.6 vs. 8.4) and viewers (18,144,000 vs. 14,347,000) over the 2009 NBA Finals, when the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in five games. The seven-game series was also up 45% in viewership (vs. 12,543,000 viewers) and 29% in rating (8.2) compared to the last seven-game Finals, which were in 2005 when the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Detroit Pistons.

The seven-game series also spurred digital media growth. Visits to ESPN.com’s NBA section were up 24% during the 2010 Finals versus 2009. ESPN.com’s online video starts during the Finals were up 19% from last year. On mobile devices, visits to the ESPN.com NBA section were up 64% over 2009, according to ESPN, which is a sibling of ABC in The Disney Co.

Vitaminwater unveiled a special spot with Kobe Bryant after the Lakers 'klosed' Game 7.In addition to NBA partners that advertised during the seven-game series, other brands also are benefitting from the Lakers' victory. General Mills said that for the second consecutive year it would create a commemorative Wheaties box featuring Lakers. Among those on the limited-edition box will be Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Ron Artest and coach Jackson.The 15.6-oz box will be available nationally beginning late July 2010.

Adidas hit the market with official Lakers championship gear almost as soon as the final buzz in Game 7 had sounded in Staples Center. Among the items are the Lakers "championship pack" ($78.99), which includes the NBA Finals video, a cap and T-shirt; and various goodies such as championship plaques, clocks, flags, banners and, yes, even a placemat.

Bryant was named MVP of the Finals, and his marketing partners shared in the glory. Nike produced a special-edition Zoom Kobe V "2010 Finals Edition" shoe and a 'Black Mamba' 5-rings T-shirt. And Vitaminwater created a spot called "Kloser," in which "klose" is defined as, "To end game and demoralize opponents." Offers Bryant: "Championship this year — klosed. Defeating [playoff opponents including Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Utah and Boston] — klosed. Shameless product placement — klosed. Quest for five — closed. That's how you close."

The Lakers said they plan to celebrate their NBA championship with a parade on June 21 that will be funded by the team itself. Estimates from team and Los Angeles ranged between $1.5 million and $2 million. Upward of 2 million people are expected to line a two-mile-long parade route  (see below) extending from the Staples Center to the edge of the University of Southern California campus, according to theLakers.

Lakers players will address fans from a float plying the parade route, along with double-decker, open-air buses on which the team’s coaches, staff members, owners and cheerleaders will ride.

Last season, the Los Angeles and the Lakers held a parade-ending rally attended by more than 95,000 inside the Los Angeles Coliseum. That aspect has been eliminated, which is expected "to mitigate anticipated pedestrian and traffic congestion, while also relieving security, sanitation and other civic demands otherwise required of the privately funded 2010 ceremonies," according to the Lakers.

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