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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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Marshawn Lynch Makes ‘Beast Mode’ Ownership Run With IFL Oakland Panthers

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September 11, 2019: For 17 NFL seasons, Marshawn Lynch made news on the field as a running back with the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders.

Now Lynch is making news off the field as a “player” with the Indoor Football League.

Lynch said he is joining with entertainment and gaming entrepreneur Roy Choi to found the Oakland Panthers, which will join the IFL for the 2020 season this February.’

Lynch, a native of Oakland, said he was driven to keep pro football in Oakland, which will be without a NFL team when the Raiders move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.

”I believe the power of football has the ability to transform a community and the families who live there,” Lynch said via the IFL.

“I’ve seen it and lived it. I'm excited that Da' Town will get another team to call its own.”

Lynch, who was a key part of the Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII championship team (2014) and a five-time Pro Bowl selection, said he attended some IFL games last year “and had a good-ass time. The games have lots of fluidity and tickets are priced so that the entire family can check it out,.”

The Panthers are scheduled to play seven home games in the Oakland Arena, formerly known as Oracle Arena when the NBA’s Golden State Warriors played there before moving to their new Chase Center venue in San Francisco for the 2019-20 season.

According to the IFL and Lynch, the Panthers franchise will support its athletes in a “unique manner.”

“Given the challenges of Bay Area housing prices, the Panthers will not only provide salaries for players, but the team will also provide lodging and meals during the season.”

Lodging and practice facilities will be located in the East Bay.

Also according to the IFL and Lynch, the team name Panthers “is no accident.”

"The Oakland community has a long history with the name. It references the Bay Area indigenous cougar and (2018) film, Black Panther film, directed by Oakland native Ryan Coogler.

“It also pays tribute to Oakland's history of activism with the groundbreaking social action of the Black Panther movement of the '60s.”

"Oakland and the Bay Area embody activism, work ethic, passion, and loyalty,” Choi said via the league. “Those qualities are represented by the Panther name and by my co-founder Marshawn Lynch.

“While I am obviously impressed by his on-field performance, it is his community work that is the most inspiring. There is no one better than Marshawn to lead such a community-oriented sports franchise like the Oakland Panthers.

Choi said Lynch and he were “exploring ways the community can also have ownership in our team."

"I was blessed with my time and journey making it to the (NFL) but there are more ways of getting there than the route I took."

Choi, who owns two other IFL franchises (Cedar Rapids Iowa River Kings, San Diego Strike Force) as managing partner of Knighted Ventures, a Los Angeles-based company investing in and managing projects in entertainment and gaming; and founder of KCM Agency, a marketing firm.

He is also the executive producer for Kollaboration Global, a national nonprofit organization that “provides Asian American artists and leaders a platform to discover, empower, and connect.  of the “gourmet food truck movement.”

The Panthers have named veteran sports executive Scott McKibben as president and Kurt Bryan their head coach as part of a ten-man coaching staff.

Founded in 2008, the IFL currently has 12 other franchises: Arizona Rattlers, Bismarck (ND) Bucks, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) River Kings, Dunk City (Albuquerque, NM) Gladiators, Green Bat Blizzard, Iowa (Des Moines) Barnstormers, Nebraska (Grand Island) Danger, Quad City (Moline, Ill.) Steam wheelers, San Diego Strike Force, Souix Falls (SD) Storm and the Tucson Sugar Skulls.

The season runs February to July.

"I was blessed with my time and journey making it to the (NFL) but there are more ways of getting there than the route I took,” said Lynch, who has an apparel and accessories line under his nickname, Beast Mode.

“So its hella important to me, to keep finding opportunities for players to pursue their dreams of getting to that next level, and I know the Panthers and this league can help with that."

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