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• Michael Jordan has sold minority stake ownerships in the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets to two investment brokers but will remain majority owner for the team: Gabe Plotkin, founder and chief investment officer for Melvin Capital, and Daniel Sundheim, founder and chief investment officer for D1 Capital, have joined the Hornets as partners, pending NBA approval. Financial terms were not disclosed.

• The future of WWE’s Superstars will be determined during a two-night draft taking place live on Friday Night SmackDown on Oct. 11 on Fos in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; and Monday Night Raw on Oct. 14 on USA Network, Pepsi Center, Denver .

On both nights, Superstars from Raw and SmackDown will appear along with personalities from Fox and NBCUniversal programming who will announce select picks from each brand.

The draft will determine the Superstars that compete for Raw and SmackDown, which feature distinct casts, unique storylines and dedicated writing teams

• Ricky Rubio was named Tissot MVP of the FIBA World Cup after leading Spain to the 2019 championship.

• In an effort to “send a message of inclusion to its widely diverse fan base,” the NBA champion Toronto Raptors said they are the first NBA to offer an athletic hijab for Muslim women. The Nike Pro Hijabs with the team’s logo were inspired by the Hijabi Ballers, a Toronto-based non-profit organization dedicated to "celebrating and increasing the involvement of Muslim females in sports." “Inspired by those brave enough to change the game” the team posted to its social media platforms along with a video of the Hijabi Ballers in action.

• 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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Aflac Recruits Alabama’s Nick Saban For ‘High-Powered’ Brand Awareness Campaign

By Barry Janoff

August 21, 2019: Calling it a “high-powered football-themed marketing campaign that is among the most integrated in company history,” Aflac has signed a deal with veteran college football head coach Nick Saban to star in the effort.

The Alabama head coach will appear alongside the Aflac Duck.

Aflac, which said it has strong brand recognition, said it would use the campaign to boost awareness as the “leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites.”

In 2019, Aflac unveiled a marketing campaign, “Aflac Isn't," which it said was “designed to help consumers better understand Aflac's products and services by first clarifying what Aflac isn’t.”

The company will debut the first in a series of TV spots featuring Saban, “The Visit,” on Aug.24, which will “deliver on the next phase of the ongoing campaign and show that ‘Aflac isn't used how you think it's used.’”

It will be followed by two subsequent spots, "Campus Tour" and "Commitment Day," debuting mid-season and during the Southeastern Conference Championship game, respectively.

"This powerful, integrated marketing effort has me more excited than ever about football season," Teresa White, president for Aflac U.S., said via the company. "We've put together a winning strategy that resonates with college football's passionate male and female fan base.

“As we educate future policyholders about our brand, we aim to help more people protect themselves from one of the greatest financial problems of our time: the expenses health insurance doesn't cover."

The effort also will feature digital, social media and consumer activation.

"Our campaign to correct common misperceptions about our products and services is well underway," according to Shannon Watkins, vp-brand and creative services for Aflac.

"During football season, coach Saban, considered one of the greatest coaches of all time, and our Aflac Duck, the greatest duck of all time, will take us on a recruiting journey that parallels Aflac sales agents' efforts to recruit new policy holders."

Watkins said that "we'll follow them from the home visit to the campus visit and, ultimately, to signing day."

Aflac said it would will integrate the new campaign into its social media presence (@AflacDuck on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) as well as into its long-running "Aflac Trivia Question" on CBS and ESPN, which is being revamped to feature enhanced animation.

In addition to continuing to work with ESPN, CBS, Home Team Sports and Raycom Sports, Aflac is adding the Southeastern Conference and the SEC Network to its media package.

The agency team for the campaign included Publicis Seattle for broadcast creative, Spark Foundry for media buying and planning, Dagger/Atlanta for social media and Melt/Atlanta for SEC collaboration.

In “The Visit,” Saban, seated alongside the Aflac Duck, explains to a couple in their living room why they should sign with Aflac.

In “Campus Tour,” they take the couple on a tour of the Aflac campus.

"We've put together a winning strategy that resonates with college football's passionate male and female fan base."

Commitment Day” shows the couple he has been recruiting at a press conference committing to Aflac. “Coach Saban convinced us. Because Aflac pays you directly (unless assigned otherwise) for things health insurance doesn’t cover.”

According to Saban, “When I'm sitting down with a top recruit, I know there is a lot of competition out there, so I need to be honest about why choosing my team is the best option.

“I think we create more value for the player just like Aflac creates that same kind of value for its customers –  for most people, not having supplemental insurance coverage could be like playing the game of life without a complete team."

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