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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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(Sept. 14-16)
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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Dec202017

At Topps, Global Growth Is In The Cards For Consumers, Partners, Marketing

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

December 20, 2017: Iconic trading card and collectibles company Topps, whose roots trace back to 1938, is undergong a major overhaul, combining its  North American and International Sports & Entertainment divisions into a Global Sports & Entertainment division.

The reason for the move. “To address consumer demands from an increasingly global marketplace.”

David Leiner, who joined the New York-based company in 2009 and is currently the GM for North American Sports & Entertainment, has been appointed global GM for the new, combined division.

He will be responsible for leading and directing its strategy and business operations, according to Topps.

"We're creating one Global Sports & Entertainment division to allow us to serve our partners more efficiently as they compete globally and to address consumer demands from an increasingly global marketplace," Michael Brandstaedter, president and CEO for Topps. Co., said in a statement.

"David has delivered breakthrough innovation and significant operational success in North America and we look forward to bringing that experience to our markets and products throughout the world," said Brandstaedter.

Chris Rodman, who led the International Sports & Entertainment division for more than 20 years, will continue to “remain involved with the business as a consultant on Topps' key soccer projects and other matters,” according to Topps.

Although long-based on physical trading cards that have become part of sports lore — in particular with an MLB alliance that dates back to 1952 — Topps has innovated to stay ahead of the ever-changing social media and digital world.

Prior to the 2016 MLB season, the company unveiled Topps NOW, cards created ASAP after major events happen and are available exclusively on the Topps NOW Web site for 24 hours.

In just two seasons, Topps said it has sold more than one million cards, “making it the company’s most successful product-launch ever.”

 A Topps NOW card featuring Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees to commemorate his single-season rookie record-breaking 50th home run in late September sold 16,138 copies in a 24-hour period.

That was a Topps Now record until this week, when a card featuring Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani in his new Los Angeles Angels uniform set a new print-run record with 17,323 copies sold in a 24-hour period.

Regarding the company consolidation, "I'm excited about the opportunity to work across the globe with our outstanding partners and with the many talented people at Topps," said Leiner.

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