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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.”

POLL POSITION

 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.

KEEPING SCORE

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

BUY SELL

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.
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Channel Chasers

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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Aug152019

Legendary 'Bullitt' Mustang Coming To Mecum Auctions, Could Bring A Cool $2M

By Barry Janoff

August 15, 2019: There are car classic cars, iconic cars and ground-breaking cars.

And then there is what might be the most legendary and coolest car in Hollywood history.

The original Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang fastback driven by actor Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie, “Bullitt,”  is scheduled to hit the Mecum Kissimmee 2020 auction in January 2020.

According to Mecum Auctions, “Yes, we’re talking about the actual car used in the movie and not some replica or mockup.”

The movie, filmed in and around San Francisco, features McQueen as SFPD Lt. Frank Bullitt, who takes on the mob and political bad guys, and features what has been referred to as “the most intense, thrilling car chase scenes ever filmed.”

The car up for auction is one of just two Mustangs used in the film and is named “Bullitt,” after the main character.

The auto could become the most expensive Mustang ever auctioned by Mecum, topping the $2.2M for a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake at Mecum Kissimmee earlier this year.

According to Mecum, the car is being consigned by Sean Kiernan, whose family has owned the car for more than 40 years (and whose father paid $6,000 for the car in 1974 and subsequently rebuffed several attempts by McQueen himself to purchase the vehicle).

Mecum, which this week signed a national broadcast extension of its deal with NBC Sports thru 2024, said the car — “considered by many to be the world’s single most recognizable and celebrated vintage Mustang — remains in original condition and retains many distinguishable and unique elements from the movie.”

The selling price would have to top $7 million to become the most expensive auto ever auctioned off by Mecum, a 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype GT/104, which went for $7 million in 2014.

The Mustang was displayed at LeMay - America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. in July, and will be exhibited at various automotive events around the country leading up to the Mecum Kissimmee 2020 auction in January.

McQueen’s granddaughter, actress Molly McQueen, appeared in a 2018 commercial touting the 2019 Ford Mustang, which including 50th anniversary editions of the “Bullitt.”

The original “Bullitt” also was featured in an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

According to BBC’s “Top Gear” show, “In January 1968, Warner Bros purchased a pair of Mustangs for use in the film — vin numbers 8R02S125558 (aka ’558) and 8R02S125559 (aka ’559).

“Mustang ‘558 was used for all of the heavy lifting — the jump shots you witnessed on screen — while ‘559 was the car actually driven by McQueen. Once filming had wrapped, ‘558 went to a salvage yard, and only resurfaced in California (in 2017).

“But later in 1968, ‘559 was sold to a Warner Bros employee named Robert Ross, who kept hold of it until 1970, when he sold it on to a New Jersey police detective named Frank Marranca (for  $6,000).

“Detective Marranca kept the car until 1974, before selling it to Robert and Robbie Kiernan for $6,000.

“The Kiernans begin using this Mustang as their daily driver, which is the very definition of doing life correctly.”

BULLIT 1968 MUSTANG PHOTO COURTESY MECUM AUCTIONS

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