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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

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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
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• 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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Top Sports Marketers Of The Year 2015: Special Olympics World Games L.A. 

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By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

January 13, 2016: The role that the Special Olympics World Games played in helping to get Los Angeles selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee's representing city to bid on the 2024 Summer Games can not be underestimated.

Los Angeles, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984, was tapped by the USOC after first being bypassed (along with San Francisco and Washington DC) in favor of Boston. When Boston officials chose to reject the nomination, Los Angeles was back, and the Special Olympics World Games were given an added degree of focus.

With the Special Olympics World Games are being staged in the U.S. for the first time since 1999 (Raleigh, N.C.), organizers called it the "single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games." And it lived up to its billing

From July 25-Aug. 2, Los Angeles hosted 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, 30,000 volunteers and an estimated 500,000 spectators

Founding Champions and partners included AEG, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Finish Line, Mattel, NBA, NCAA, Procter & Gamble, Safeway, Toyota, Toys R Us, U.S. Golf Assn., Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Kaiser Permanente, The David Geffen Foundation, WWE, The Walt Disney Company and The Knights of Columbus.

“It’s a natural fit,” Julie Kessler, director for Special Olympics World Games 2015, Coca-Cola, which has been a Special Olympics partner for almost a half-century, said in a statement. “Special Olympics and Coca-Cola both champion acceptance and celebrate the courage, determination and joy of these incredible athletes.”

ESPN, with focus on the athletes themselves, covered the entire event, including Opening Ceremony from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, daily competition, nightly highlights, Closing Ceremony and other cultural activities.

Viewers worldwide had access to ESPN’s coverage via its networks and media platforms.

Among the marketing by sponsors:

Coke’s support of the Games extended to the market via a commemorative 8-oz. glass bottle, outdoor advertising and retail promotions encouraging consumers to support Special Olympics by volunteering or donating.

Toyota created a Special Olympics digital hub — “Journey to the Games” — which showcased agh brand's various activities leading up to the World Games this summer and throughout the Games itself. Toyota activation also included in-store activations and events at Toyota dealers and support from Team Toyota Nascar driver Clint Bowyer.

Kaiser Permanente created “Be Brave,” an integrated campaign featuring seven Special Olympians from Southern California, ads with actress Allison Janney, billboards, Internet, mobile and social media.

WWE employed "all its platforms," including WWE Network, TV and PPV broadcasts, live events, digital, social media and its athletes as spokespersons "to generate awareness and support of the World Games.”

The U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative Forever stamp to support the Special Olympics World Games.

From May 26 - July 10, the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America saw participants relay the Flame of Hope via three simultaneous cross-country routes, covering all 50 states, ultimately converging in Los Angeles prior to the World Games. The event included more than 20,000 participants.

“This is an incredible opportunity to support a truly global event and we’re taking a holistic approach, from our sponsorship investment at the national level, support vehicles and engaging local fundraising efforts across the country to the hundreds of Toyota employees who will volunteer at the World Games,” Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, said in a statement. “The world is coming to Los Angeles and we are proud to join the Special Olympics World Games and support our shared values of acceptance and inclusion.”

“The Special Olympics World Games is a truly compelling event, filled with some of the most extraordinary sports stories and people you will ever see, and we are looking forward to showcasing them,” Russell Wolff, evp-ESPN International, said of the event. “Sports has the power to be unifying, uplifting and life-changing, and this event will be a remarkable and tangible example of that power.”

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