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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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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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NBCUniversal Going The Full 100 Yards For NFL 100 Kickoff With Stars, Shows

By Barry Janoff

September 4, 2019: Rock ’n’ Roll badass Joan Jett and Hollywood self-proclaimed badass Betty “B-Dog” White are both part of NBCUniversal’s run-up to the 2019 NFL season.

For NBCU and NBC Sports, that’s all good.

NBCUniversal said it would prepare for NBC Sports’ coverage of NFL Kickoff 2019 with “unmatched participation by its sports, news, entertainment and theme park assets, utilizing some 30 personalities across its portfolio of programing,” in anticipation of the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 5.

Three days later, NBC Sports begins its 14th season of Sunday Night Football — “America’s No. 1 primetime television show for a record eight consecutive years,” per NBC — when Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Celebrities and NBCU personalities participating in the Kickoff event include Kelly Clarkson — who is joined by rock icon Joan Jett in the NBC Sunday Night Football opener — Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, Mario Lopez, Dylan Dreyer and Jim Cramer.

In addition, 97-year-old Betty White hypes NFL Kickoff 2019 in a new promotional video airing across NBCUniversal network. (“There’s only one thing more badass than this year’s kickoff . . . and you’re looking at her!”)

And Brett Favre will hit the parking lot of Soldier Field with Bill Swerski’s Superfans from "Saturday Night Live" to discuss the history of the Packers and Da Bears rivalry throughout the years.

Concurrently, NBC Sports is launching a weekly NFL free-to-play prediction game, "Sunday Night 7", beginning with this week’s Sunday Night Football opener, with “$2 million in guaranteed cash prizes over the course of the regular season and NBC NFL playoff games."

"Sunday Night 7" seven-question contests focus on each upcoming NBC "Sunday Night Football" game (i.e. “Which team’s quarterback will have more yards and touchdowns?”) Sunday Night 7 is available for download on the NBC Sports Predictor app (in the App Store and Google Play Store) and at NBCSports.com/Predictor. (Details here.)

Among the NBCU properties and programs supporting NFL Kickoff 2019 are are Today, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Nightly News with Lester Holt, Access, CNBC’s Mad Money, E! News, Telemundo, Golf Channel and NBC Sports Radio.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will air five special post-Sunday Night Football telecasts, beginning Sept. 8.

Today will bring back the segment “Today Food Loves Football,” featuring chefs from Chicago and Wisconsin as they create and share some of the most famous foods in their regions.

All day Thursday, NBC Sports will have NFL Kickoff branding on more than 20 Web sites of networks/brands across NBCU, including NBCSports.com, GolfChannel.com, Today.com and NBCNews.com.

And NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country, beginning in Chicago for NFL Kickoff 2019, and visiting the host cities of each Sunday Night Football game.

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