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• Steve Phelps has been named Nascar President, effective Oct. 1, replacing Brent Dewar, who has “elected to step down and will remain with the company through the end of the 2018 racing season, transitioning to a senior consulting and advisory role in 2019.”  Phelps joined Nascar in 2005.

• On Location Experiences,  the official hospitality partner of the NFL has signed Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith as Brand Ambassador for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta this February. Joining Emmitt Smith will be 16 NFL Legends who will all attend one of the three, exclusive pre-game tailgates hosted by On Location.

• The College Sports Information Directors of America, Associated Press and the Fiesta Bowl Organization said they would recognize college football players who have overcome adversity with a new honor, the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award.  During the 2018 college football season, 30 student-athletes from all levels of college football who have overcome injury, illness or other challenges will be recognized as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Nominees. At the end of the season, three student-athletes will be chosen as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award winners.

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Top 10 Universities Ranked by Total Football Revenue (per Forbes)

1. Texas A&M: $148M
2. Texas: $133M
3. Michigan: $127M

3. Alabama: $127M
5. Ohio State: $120M

6. Oklahoma: $118M

7. Notre Dame: $112M

7. Auburn: $112M
7. LSU: $112M 

10. Florida: $111M

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1 The Predator $24M
2. The Nun $18.2M
3. A Simple Favor $16.1M
4. White Boy Rick $8.8M
5. Crazy Rich Asians $8.7M
6. Peppermint $6.1M
7. The Meg $3.8M
8. Searching $3.2M
9. Unbroken $2.4M 
10. Mission Impossible – Fallout $2.3M

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.
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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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Nov192017

NFL Extends Games In Mexico Through 2021; Will Super Bowl, Expansion Follow?

By Barry Janoff

November 19, 2017: Having the NFL play games in Mexico last season and this has been so invigorating for fans, politicians and marketers that the alliance has been extended.

Even as the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots were facing off in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on Sunday (Nov. 19), the league extended a partnership with Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism for the NFL Mexico Series with three additional regular season games, 2019-2021.

The current agreement covered games in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Back in 2005, the first NFL game in Mexico saw the San Francisco 49ers play the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City in front of 103,467 people.

The Raiders played the Washington Redskins in Estadio Azteca in 2016, with more than 76,400 in attendance.

(Editor's note: Attendance was 77,357 for the game between the Patriots and Raiders, won by New England, 33-8.)

The NFL International Series in London began in 2007, with four games per season now on the schedule.

The NFL said that the agreement would be formalized by both parties at a later date, “at which time representatives of the parties will finalize the corresponding legal and administrative documents.”

Mexico City has been mentioned as a possible site for NFL international expansion and a potential Super Bowl, along with London.

Among other activation, the league has a Web site dedicated to fans in Mexico and has had an office in Mexico City for almost 20 years.

NFL held a Fan Fest in Zocalo Square Nov. 18-19, which included the Vince Lombardi Trophy, interactive games and sponsor activities, NFL merchandise, all 51 Super Bowl rings, photo opportunities and player autograph signings.

Sponsors included banking firm Banorte, CMDX (Mexico City), Dodge, Televise Network, Wilson and Visit Mexico Tourism.

MLB next season is playing regular season games in Mexico for the first time since 1999, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, with three games scheduled for May 4-6, 2018 in Estadio de Beisbol. MLB has also mentioned Mexico City as a possible expansion site.

Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism said the relationship with the NFL has “highlighted the importance of high impact sporting events for the promotion of Mexico’s tourism both nationally and internationally . . . (providing) economic benefits to Mexico City and the country as well, by supporting the tourism sector and offering our country a platform to be promoted internationally within the main markets that generate tourists.

“(This) has served as a platform to significantly boost the tourism industry in Mexico, with fans taking advantage of the opportunity to expand their trips and explore the country . . . (as) part of the strategies that are implemented within this sector to increase economic impact.” 

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