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• Tony Wyllie has been named regional president and managing director for Special Olympics North America. Wyllie most recently was svp-communications for the NFL’s Washington Redskins since 2010. His three-decade career also includes PR/communications w the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans.

• The Los Angeles Clippers have signed a deal with Los Angeles-based tech firm Honey, which includes naming rights to team's renovated Honey Training Center: Home of the L.A. Clippers and its logo on team practice jerseys. According to Honey, "10 million-plus members worldwide use Honey's suite of free tools daily to save time and money when shopping online.”

• 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.

• 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. 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 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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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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May222017

Citing Fan, Team, Sponsor Growth In U.S., NBC Sports Goes All-In With Rugby

By Barry Janoff

May 22, 2017: Calling the U.S. "one of the fastest-growing markets for rugby participation and fan growth," World Rugby and NBC Sports Group have signed a seven-year alliance that gives NBC Sports exclusive U.S. media rights to the Rugby World Cup and other key rugby events through 2023.

According to World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper, "We know there are about 40 million rugby fans in the States based on our research and that’s going up."

The agreement includes U.S. media rights on all platforms and in all languages to the Rugby World Cups in 2019 (in Japan) and 2023; the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017 (Ireland) and 2021; the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2018 (San Francisco) and 2022; and the annual World Rugby U20 Championships from 2017-2023.

Financial terms were not shared.

However, Gosper said during an interview to unveil the partnership (posted to the World Rugby twitter page), "This is a huge deal for us. It’s a lot of money — about three-times what we earned in the last cycle."

The first Rugby World Cup Sevens championship to be held in the U.S. is scheduled for July 20-22, 2018 in San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

Among the companies aligned with USA Rugby are Emirates Airway, AIG, Gatorade, KT Tape and adidas, which last month signed a multi-year deal to be the official kit supplier for USA National Teams and representative teams.

The deal piggy-backs on NBCU’s exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to the Olympics, which in 2016 saw Rugby Sevens make its Olympic debut in Rio.

The last time rugby was played in the Olympics was the 15-a-side version of the game in 1924. The U.S. won the gold medal that year (the U.S. men’s team finished ninth in 2016, the women’s team fourth).

"This agreement is the culmination of years of cultivating our rugby portfolio," Jon Miller, president—programming for NBC Sports Group, said in a statement. “It began with U.S. collegiate rugby clubs and now, through this unprecedented agreement, includes the greatest tournaments, teams, players and coaches in the world.

"Whether it is men’s or women’s, sevens or 15s, pros or amateurs, rugby fans can rest assured that they will have more access to more premier rugby content than has ever been possible in the U.S.," said Miller.

NBC Sports said it plans to use NBC, NBCSN, The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Gold (NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer product) "and possibly other platforms to provide more comprehensive U.S. coverage of the numerous events included in the agreement than ever before."

According to USA Rugby, the governing body for the sport in the nation, USA Rugby has more than 115,000 members, including more than 32,000 college rugby members, 1,200 high school teams, 900 college teams, 700 senior club teams and 400 youth teams.

More than 80,000 people attended a USA Sevens international tournament in March 2016 in Las Vegas, and 61,500 attended a USA vs New Zealand match in November 2014 in Soldier Field, Chicago.

"NBC is a great deal and a great deal for rugby fans in America," Gosper said during his interview. "This will open the market in the United States over the next two World Cups.

"(The U.S. is) the biggest commercial sporting-entertainment market in the world. it also means it’s the most competitive . . . There is a huge marketing for women, too, where about 30% of the player base is women. So we may well see some explosive growth in the years to come," said Gosper.

"(The U.S. is) the biggest commercial sporting-entertainment market in the world. it also means it’s the most competitive."

"The USA is one of the fastest-growing markets for rugby participation and fan growth," Bill Beaumont, World Rugby chairman, concurred in a statement. "This exciting and unprecedented deal with one of the world’s most prestigious broadcasters will ensure that more people than ever before in the USA will be able to access the world’s top men’s and women’s 15s and sevens events. NBC will be the destination for rugby in the USA."

The agreement begins this spring with the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017 from Georgia.

In a post-2016 Summer Games survey, World Rugby found that the number of rugby fans in the six markets surveyed grew by more than 16.3 million as a result of the sport's inclusion in the Rio Olympics.

In addition, "driven by broadcast and social media interaction reaching new audiences, the total number of rugby fans worldwide grew to more than 300 million."

Of the six core markets surveyed before and after the Games, World Rugby research showed rugby's Olympic inclusion "increased the reach of the sport in France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and the USA. Support was particularly marked among women and the 18-24 age group, with strong agreement that rugby sevens was great addition to the Olympic Games.”

Following is a year-by-year breakdown of the events included in the NBC Sports agreement:

• 2017: Women’s Rugby World Cup (Ireland); World Rugby U20 Championship (Georgia)
• 2018: Rugby World Cup Sevens (San Francisco, Calif.); World Rugby U20 Championship
• 2019: Rugby World Cup (Japan); World Rugby U20 Championship
• 2020: World Rugby U20 Championship
• 2021: Women’s Rugby World Cup; World Rugby U20 Championship
• 2022: Rugby World Cup Sevens; World Rugby U20 Championship
• 2023: Rugby World Cup; World Rugby U20 Championship

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