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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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IOC Continues To Build Boxing For Tokyo 2020 Without International Federation

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September 1, 2019: Following the International Olympic Committee’s decision earlier this year to suspend the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, the IOC continues to ahead with plans to stage boxing under the auspices of its own Boxing Task Force.

The IOC has now formed an Athlete Ambassador Group to “engage with and represent boxers: and is finalizing appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers to “independently review the process for selecting and evaluating boxing referees and judges.”

The Tokyo Games will feature 186 men and 100 women boxers, compared to 250 men and 36 women at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Four Continental Events and a final World Qualification Event will be held between February and May 2020 to “give boxers the opportunity to seal their places at the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament.”
 
The World Qualification Event will be open only to those boxers who have not yet qualified for the Games. (See details below.)

“The Qualification Events represent a fair and transparent pathway to the Olympic Games with equal opportunities for all National Olympic Committees,” Morinari Watanabe, Boxing Task Force Chair and IOC Member, said via the IOC.

“Everything is being done to provide world-class Qualification Events and to ensure the best possible conditions for the athletes.”

The creation of the Olympic Boxing Task Force by the IOC Executive Board followed the recommendation by the IOC EB in May — approved by the IOC Session in June — that "boxing keep its place on the Tokyo 2020 program, but that recognition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) by the IOC should be suspended and evaluated after Tokyo 2020."

The decision was based on the recommendations of the Inquiry Committee set up by the IOC EB on Nov. 30, 2018, “over concerns about AIBA in the areas of finance, governance, ethics and refereeing and judging.”

“These recommendations aim to keep athletes at the heart of the Olympic Games, protecting their experience and their right to compete,” Watanabe said at the time.

“They also fully respect the principles of inclusivity and universality, increase the gender balance and establish fair participation criteria for athletes across the world, ensuring a diverse and comprehensive representation.”

The five Qualification Events together with planned dates (subject to change, more details to follow):

• Asia/Oceania: Wuhan, China, Feb. 3-14, 2020

• Africa: Dakar, Senegal, Feb. 20-29, 2020 
Dakar International Expo Centre, Diamniadio

• Europe: London, March 13-23, 2020
 Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

• America: Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 26-April 3, 2020
 CeNARD Training Centre

• World: Paris, May 3-24, 2020

IOC KO’s Boxing Federation For 2020 Summer Games

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