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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.”


 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.


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:
• 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



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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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.
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.
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.
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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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).


Game, Set, Match: Women Tennis Players Are World’s Highest Paid Female Athletes

By Barry Janoff

August 7, 2019: The world’s top tennis associations — including the International Tennis Federation, the Women’s Tennis Assn. and the U.S. Tennis Assn. — and tournaments have been making significant moves to ensure that women players earn the same winnings as their male counterparts.

The result of that includes all four Grand Slams having the same payout for men and women winners.

The upcoming U.S. Open (Aug. 26-Sept. 8) is offering a total prize allotment of $57 million, up from $53 million last year, with the men’s and women’s singles champions each receiving a record $3.85 million.

Concurrently, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation this past March, alleging that there is a vast discrepancy between what they earn versus the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team.

The USSF has since produced numbers that it says show such a gap does not exist.

The focus on earnings in tennis is also seen in the just-released "Top 15 World’s Highest Paid Women Athletes," which is dominated by tennis — 12 on the list, including the Top 11, according to the new study from Forbes.

They are led by Serena Williams at $29.2 million (not including her personal companies and venture portfolio, which Forbes put at $10 million), with the Top Five also including Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens.

The highest-paid non-tennis player on the list is USWNT star Alex Morgan at No. 12.

Williams was the only woman athlete who made Forbes' recent "Top 100 Highest Paid Athletes in the World" (No. 63 overall).

According to Forbes, the Top 15 highest-paid women athletes earned a cumulative $146 million, compared with $130 million last year, each earning at least $5 million each.

By comparison, Forbes said about 1,300 male athletes will reach or surpass that figure in 2019.

Among the highest-paid male athletes, soccer players take the top three spots, with Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. having earned a collective $311 million in combined salaries and endorsements, according to Forbes.

Serena Williams' endorsement roster includes Nike, Gatorade, Beats by Dr. Dre, JP Morgan Chase, General Mills (she appears on a current limited-edition box of Wheaties), Pampers and Axa Financial.

Pre-U.S. Open, Williams is on the cover of the September issue of Essence, with a lengthy article inside.

Her social media following is strong, as well: more than 5.3 million on Facebook, 10.9 million on Twitter, 11.4 million on Instagram.

Naomi Osaka reached No. 2 due in large part to her back-to-back Grand Slam wins at the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2019 Australian Open.

She had been ranked No. 1 in the world but heading into the 2019 U.S. Open is No. 2.

Osaka won $3.8 million for beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open finals (the same payout as men’s winner Novak Djokovic) and then $2.9 million for winning the Australian Open (the same as men’s winner Djokovic).

Her deals are anchored by the recently signed multi-million alliance with Nike (her contract with adidas expired at the end of 2018) worth upward of $8-$10 million over several years, according to industry analysts..

Osaka’s marketing roster also includes MasterCard, All Nippon Airways, Nissan, Procter & Gamble, Shiseido (bareMinerals — pictured — and Arissa), Yonex, Nissin Foods and Wowow.

Total prize money on the WTA Tour is $179 million in 2019, according to Forbes.

Alex Morgan, arguably regarded as the best female soccer player in the world, takes in more than $5 million from deals that include Nike (pictured), Coca-Cola, Beats, AT&T, Continental Tires and Volkswagen.

Morgan, a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team FIFA World Cup champions in 2015 and 2019, also is following the path of other top athletes by forming her own media company

Forbes said its figures are based on prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019.

World’s Highest Paid Female Athletes (Total Earnings/Endorsements)

1. Serena Williams tennis $29.2 million/$25 million
2. Naomi Osaka tennis $24.3 million/$16million
3. Angelique Kerber tennis $11.8 million/$6.5 million
4. Simona Halep tennis $10.2 million/$4 million
5. Sloane Stephens tennis $9.6 million/$5.5 million
6. Caroline Wozniacki tennis $7.5 million/$4 million
7. Maria Sharapova tennis $7 million/$6 million
8. Karolina Pliskova tennis $6.3 million/$1.7 million
9. Elina Sviolina tennis $6.1 million/$1.5 million
10. Venus Williams tennis $5.9 million/$5 million
10. Garbine Muguruza tennis $5.9 million/$3.5 million
12. Alex Morgan soccer $5.8 million/$5.5 million
13. P.V. Sindhi badminton $5.5 million/$5 million
13. Madison Keys tennis $5.5 million/$3 million
15. Aria Jutanugarn golf $$5.3 million/$2 million


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