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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

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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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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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MLB Bringing Trout, Judge, Verlander To ‘Ultra Reality’ With NTT Tech Alliance

By Barry Janoff

September 4, 2019: If you think Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Justin Verlander and Christian Yelich and look good in real life, MLB says wait until you see them in “ultra reality.”

Calling it the league’s first official partnership with a Japan-based information technology company, MLB has signed a multi-year deal with NTT, a global leader in tech and business solutions.

NTT and MLB said they would collaborate to “create an exciting new baseball fan experience” using NTT’s proprietary Ultra Reality Viewing platform, with NTT becoming, in a new category, the “official MLB fan experience partner for Ultra Reality Viewing.”

MLB and NTT are in the “planning stages” for a prototype URV experience at select upcoming games, with specific details to follow.

Under the new pact, NTT also becomes “title sponsor of MLB Network Ballpark Cam,” a network of cameras installed across all 30 MLB ballparks and controlled from MLB Network’s studios in Secaucus, N.J,

Financial details were not shared.

Earlier this year, NTT signed a multi-year deal as title sponsor for the IndyCar series, as well as the official technology partner for IndyCar, the NTT IndyCar Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500.

“We’re excited NTT has committed to building an expanded baseball technology portfolio and we eagerly anticipate what the partnership will deliver for clubs and fans,”  MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said during a media event today at MLB headquarters in New York.

“Sharing, and executing on, a vision to leverage advanced technologies to benefit baseball fans will serve as the foundation for how our NTT partnership will explore and experiment with unique ways to create new baseball experiences.”

NTT said the deal would help to raise its brand awareness by “utilizing MLB’s various distribution platforms, including digital, mobile, social, offline and television.

“This partnership with MLB is an excellent example of NTT's vision of using technology to help organizations and communities achieve their goals in the Smart World era and create impactful customer experiences.”

According to NTT, Ultra Reality Viewing is its “real-time super high-definition surround video synthesis technology that combines multiple 4K camera images into a super-wide image — such as 12K in real-time — and transmits them synchronously to remote locations.

“With the super high-definition surround videos — which cannot be captured by general cameras — audiences can view sports content as if they were watching it live in the stadium or on the field.”

"NTT is proud to partner with MLB and accelerate the future of smart sports,” said Jun Sawada, president and CEO, NTT Corp. “Technological innovations have the potential to change sport and fan experience drastically.

“Based on our heritage of innovation and successful implementation experience, we will contribute to MLB’s success by creating a new fan experience with our unique Ultra Reality Viewing technology.

"Through this partnership," said Sawada, "NTT aims to establish the valuable technology solution that brings Smart Sports to life.”

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