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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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Apr162018

Pro Fight League Unveils $10M,126-Bout Schedule On NBCSN, Facebook Watch

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

April 16, 2018: The Professional Fighters League, calling itself MMA re-imagined, has unveiled its roster of 72 fighters from 13 countries and its official 11-event, 126 fight schedule, with the first PFL regular season event to be held on June 7 in New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater.

The league, co-founded by Donn Davis, Russ Ramsey and Mark Leschly, will have its bouts aired on NBCSN and Facebook Watch.

The 2018 PFL season features the 126 fights in seven regular-season competitions, a bracket-style ”win or go home” playoff and a $10 million post-season prize pool.

“PFL is the new league for the new era of MMA, the fastest-growing sport in the world,” Peter Murray, CEO for the PFL, said in a statement.

“We are confident that our innovative win-and-advance format will excite MMA fans and draw new fans to the sport. We are honored to provide these incredibly skilled athletes the opportunity to compete on a major global stage..”

All of the PFL regular season bouts will air live on Thursday in primetime during MMA Night in America on NBC Sports Network.

According to Jon Miller, president for NBC Sports. “We are looking forward to the start of the first ever 2018 PFL season on NBCSN. MMA fans now have regularly scheduled exciting live fights on Thursday nights throughout the summer.

“The PFL win and advance true sport format will be game-changing for MMA.”

PFL recently unveiled a partnerships with Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Contender), president of MGM Television Group & Digital and MGM Television, to develop and produce new content and programming for PFL’s upcoming season.

MGM and Burnett will both join as PFL investors.

The deal will feature PFL’s “What Do you Fight For?” short-form digital and social content with behind-the-scenes videos, “Top 10 of The Week," "Path to the Finals," "24:7: Life of a Fighter," and “Inside the Gym” cam.

Events televised by NBCSN will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. All regular season events will have encore telecasts on NBCSN later the same night.

Facebook will also open each event with a live 30-minute pre-fight show and close with a live 30-minute post-fight show. In the U.S., fans can watch the first three hours of coverage of each event on Facebook prior to NBCSN’s presentation of the main bouts.

The season will begin with 12 athletes in each of six different weight-classes. Eight fighters from each class will earn their way into the playoff round, and one fighter in each division will earn the title of champion.

According to Carlos Silva, PFL president, “The most talented fighters from around the world will proudly fight under the PFL banner.

“In our format, every single punch and every single round matters, as fighters compete for a shot at the PFL championship. We can’t wait to see all the action in the regular season, which stars emerge post-season in October, and who will share in the biggest MMA prize pool ever on New Year’s Eve.”

The 2018 PFL season:

  • June 7: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York
  • June 21: Chicago Theater, Chicago
  • July 5: GWU Smith Center, Washington, D.C.
  • July 19: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
  • August 2: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY
  • August 16: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • August 30: Ocean Resort Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
  • October 5: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • October 13: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • October 20: Playoff Event (Venue and City TBA)
  • December 31: Championship Event (Venue and City TBA)

(Tickets for the June 7 PFL1 regular season event in Madison Square Garden Theater in New York go on sale April 18 at PFLMMA.com.

See the full current roster here.

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