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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.”


 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.


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:
• 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



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.
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.
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.
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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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

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


Wash Watch: NBC,Tide Join For Sundays NFL (Not For Laundry) Campaign

By Barry Janoff

September 9, 2019: The NFL wants to own Sunday, and that means no other distractions — including doing the laundry.

The NFL has teamed up with partner Procter & Gamble’s Tide and NBC to declare, "Sunday’s Are NFL: Not For Laundry.”

Or Monday night, either, so as not to interfere with Monday Night Football (on ESPN, but not mentioned in the campaign).

Or even Thursdays, with Thursday Night Football (on Fox and NFL Network, also not mentioned in the campaign).

“Tuesdays are for laundry,” declares former All-Pro quarterback Peyton Manning in a new Tide spot that broke during NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

But hold on. Singer Gwen Stefani in follow-up spot begs to differ: “Tuesday nights are for watching The Voice,” on NBC, on which she is a host.

And the laundry days get even slimmer when characters from NBC’s Superstore, which airs on Thursday nights, say they don’t want washing-and-drying to interfere with their show.

The campaign carries over to digital and social media (#LaundryNight) and is expected to evolve with new creative during the season.

Tide also had a unique NFL blitz during Super Bowl LII in 2018, with several spots seeming to promote various other products — Old Spice, Mr. Clean, Budweiser, Lincoln, life insurance, muscle enhancers — but each quickly turning into a Tide commercial.

In his spot, “Tuesdays The Official Laundry Night,” Manning breaks the fourth wall as he speaks during a faux media conference, first to the audience in the room, and then directly to a guy at home doing his laundry.

“It happens every Sunday. Your favorite player makes an amazing play . . ." at which point JuJu Smith-Schuster makes an amazing play for the Pittsburgh Steelers and says, “And you missed it because you’re doing laundry!?”

“I was doing laundry,” a guy doing laundry replies to the screen.

“Don’t worry,” says Manning. “The NFL has teamed up with Tide to make Tuesday the official laundry night. Sundays are now 100% NFL: Not For Laundry.”

Gwen Stefani follows with her spot, “Laundry Night Is Sunday, The Voice Is On Tuesday." It starts as a promo for The Voice, but is interrupted by  Stafani.

“Did the NFL just try to declare Tuesday Laundry Night? The Voice is on Tuesday. Sunday is for laundry.”
The issue becomes even more muddled in “Superstore Dina And Glen,” who respond to the first two spots.

“So the NFL doesn’t want people doing their laundry during Sunday Night Football,” says Dina (Lauren Ash), who was watching the Manning Tide spot on a big-screen TV in Cloud 9 store No. 1217.

“That’s when everyone does it,” says Glenn (Mark McKinney) “When else would you do it?”

Sunday is the time when most people do their laundry, according to P&G.

“When our show is on?” wonders Dina. She then heads to the store’s PA system.

“Attention shoppers: The NFL thinks it’s better than us. Stock up on Tide. We wouldn’t want you to miss doing your laundry on Sundays.”

She then implies there is more to come: “This isn’t over, Manning,” she says.

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