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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.

• 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.”


 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.


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:
• 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



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.
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).


Toasted Grasshoppers, Batman! MLB Unveils Details For 2019 NYC FoodFest

By Barry Janoff

August 22, 2019: As National Baseball Hall of Fame manager once said, “When we lose, I eat. When we win, I eat. I also eat when we’re rained out.”

If you are a baseball fan who feels the same way, MLB has shared the date and location for the second of its planned three MLB FoodFest presented by Budweiser events for this year: In New York on Sept. 21-22 on Fifth Avenue near Bryant Park.

The event follows a MLB FoodFest this past April in Los Angeles and precedes one in London happening in October, with the location and date to be finalized.

This is the second MLB FoodFest presented by Budweiser in New York, following the premiere last year, tickets to which sold out in 48 hours, according to the league.

Tickets for MLB FoodFest presented by Budweiser in New York are available at

Coca-Cola is also partnering with the event.

As with the 2018 New York edition and the Los Angeles installment, all 30 MLB teams designated one concession item to “represent their team and community at this distinctive baseball-themed food festival.”

A promo spot from MLB offers an overview of the food and festivities. The league is supporting with social media including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (#MLBFoodFest).

MLB said most of the menu offerings are new to the New York event.

However,returning from the inaugural MLB FoodFest are four favorites: the Seattle Mariners Toasted Grasshoppers, Pittsburgh Pirates Pulled Pork Pierogie Hoagie, Hot Lobster Rolls from the Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks Churro Dogs.

The two local teams will offer the Mets Bases Loaded Dog and the Yankees Shrimp Po’Boy.

The limited-edition event is open from 11 AM-10 PM (ET) each day, with two-hour windows available to attend.

Each ticket grants access to the space for a designated two-hour block and can only be secured online prior to arrival at the venue. (Details here.)

Anyone purchasing and using a ticket that includes alcohol must be 21 years of age or older. MLB asks that attendees “Please drink responsibly.”

People have two ticket options for MLB FoodFest in NY:

• Food Ticket: 30 different food items ($35)

• Food and Beer Ticket (must be 21 or older): 30 different food items plus 3 beers ($50)

Each ticket includes scaled-down portions of the unique dishes that fans find in ball parks across North America, as well as complimentary Coca-Cola beverages.

In addition to dining on the 30 ballpark items, attendees will also have access to new interactive elements.

The Home Run Derby Virtual Reality.experience developed by the MLB Games and VR team allows people to wear a VR headset and swing for the virtual fences with a proprietary VR bat controller to bring the unique feel of a real bat into their hands.

Also new to MLB FoodFest in New York is an MLB FoodFest merchandise shop which will feature officially licensed, limited-edition caps, shirts and collectibles on-site.

Budweiser, the presenting sponsor of MLB FoodFest, will have a Brewmaster and custom beer bar on-site for attendees 21 years of age or older.

Anheuser-Busch will provide a recommended beer pairing for each of the 30 ballpark items.

The Brewmaster will also describe the brewing process and introduce the Budweiser Innovation Copper Lager, “a rich lager aged on Jim Beam bourbon barrel staves with hints of Vanilla and caramel rye followed by a deliciously smooth finish.”

Among the menu items:

American League
• Baltimore Orioles: Stuggy’s Crab Mac N Cheese Dog
• Chicago White Sox: Elote Nuggets
• Cleveland Indians: Fat Rooster
• Detroit Tigers: Coney Egg Roll
• Houston Astros: Frito Pie Corndog
• Kansas City Royals: BBQ Burger
• Los Angeles Angels: Kung Pao Chicken Drumstick
• Minnesota Twins: Tony O’s Cuban Sandwich
• Oakland A’s: Brisket Nachos
• Tampa Bay Rays: Beer Braised Short Rib Grilled Cheese
• Texas Rangers: Dilly Dog
•  Toronto Blue Jays: Jane Dough Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

National League
• Atlanta Braves: Dagwood Grilled Cheese
• Chicago Cubs: Beer Can Chicken Sandwich
• Cincinnati Reds: Bulgogi Beef Egg Rolls
• Colorado Rockies: Rocky Mountain Oysters
• Los Angeles Dodgers: Smoke Pork Belly Bao Buns
• Miami Marlins: Chicken & Bubble Waffle
• Milwaukee Brewers: Curveball Frites
• Philadelphia Phillies: Philly Cheesesteak
• St. Louis Cardinals: Four Hands Nachos
• San Diego Padres: Mahi Mahi Taco
• San Francisco Giants: Cha Cha Bowl
• Washington Nationals: See You Tater Backyard BBQ Tots

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