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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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Jan082018

Topps Signs Japanese Star-MLB Rookie Shohei Ohtani To First National U.S. Deal

By Barry Janoff

January 8, 2018: Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani has yet to play a game in MLB, but he already has made quite an impact.

Claiming that Ohtani would have “some of the most highly coveted baseball cards and collectibles on the market in 2018,” Topps has signed the 23-year-old athlete to his first national deal in the U.S.

Financial terms of the exclusive trading card and long-term autograph deal with Topps were not shared.

Last month, when he signed with the Los Angeles Angels, his Topps NOW card in his new Angels uniform set a category record with 17,323 copies sold in a 24-hour period.

That bested the mark set during the 2017 season when a Topps NOW card of New York Yankees Aaron Judge setting the single-season rookie home run record (16,138 cards).

Topps said that Ohtani’s first pack-pulled trading card would appear in late spring to coincide with Spring Training. His cards, including exclusive autographed items, would then be featured in Topps products throughout the year.

“Getting a deal with Shohei Ohtani was a priority for us because we want the best for our Topps fans,” David Leiner, global general manager, sports & entertainment for Topps, said in a statement.

“Ohtani is a dynamic two-way player who has gained a lot of attention because of his incredible talent. We are thrilled to offer his trading cards and autographed cards to baseball fans,” said Leiner.

Ohtani was the focus of a MLB multi-term off-season quest, ultimately won by the Angels.

In Japan, with the Nippon Ham Fighters, he was known for his pitching — 624 strikeouts in 543 career innings in the Japan Pacific League — and hitting. Over the last two seasons in the JPPL, Ohtani hit .322 with 30 home runs and 98 RBI in 169 games.

When he was signed by the Angels in early December, they said, “We are honored Shohei Ohtani has decided to join the Angels Organization. We felt a unique connectivity with him throughout the process and are excited he will become an Angel.

“This is a special time for Angels fans, the Ohtani family, and Nez Balelo (his agent) and the team at Creative Artists Agency."

According the Leiner, “He’s an incredible talent that transcends baseball and we’re exciting for him to join a long list of great baseball players who have Topps rookie cards.”

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