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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.

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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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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New U.S. Oracle Tennis Pro Series An ‘Unprecedented Expansion’ In Tournaments

By Barry Janoff

September 4, 2019: Tech company Oracle is making hoops news these days as the former naming rights holder to Oracle Arena in Oakland, which had been home to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and now as a Founding Partner at Chase Center, the venue that is the new San Francisco home for the Warriors.

Oracle is also serving up news in tennis, unveiling the Oracle Pro Series, a planned schedule of more than 25 new ATP, WTA and ITF World Tennis Tour pro tournaments to be held nationwide in 2019 and 2020.

Oracle is partnering with InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, led by Jim Courier, Tennis Hall of Famer and Tennis Channel analyst; and his business partner, Jon Venison, to manage the Oracle Pro Series.

The company said the lower-tier Oracle Pro Series would create more than 40% new playing opportunities in the United States for tennis professionals and “expand the pathway for the next generation of aspiring champions from college tennis up to the ATP Tour and the WTA Tour.”

"The Oracle Pro Series is an unprecedented expansion in the number of U.S. professional tournaments and reinforces Oracle's commitment to advancing the sport," Courier said via InsideOut Sports & Entertainment.

According to Oracle, “The Oracle Pro Series would reward success with immediate access to higher-level tournaments by connecting all Oracle events into one merit-based path to the highest levels of international professional tennis.

"At Oracle, we're looking at this holistically," Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said via the firm, headquartered south of San Francisco in Redwood City.

"We want more exposure for tennis at all levels in the United States. All of our efforts, from awards to tournament series to collegiate sponsorships and strategic partnerships, are pieces of an overall plan to raise the quality of American tennis."

Many of the tournaments will be combined men's and women's events with equal prize money ranging from $25,000 to $108,000 per tournament.

The six combined tournaments scheduled for the fall of 2019 will be played in California, Texas and Florida. (See schedule below.)

The final schedule for 2020 will include more than 20 tournaments, most of which will be combined events. Locations will be unveiled later this year.

According to Courier, ”We are thrilled to be partnering with Oracle to give up-and-coming players more opportunities to compete for prize money, improve their rankings and launch their careers.

"Together, we will play a big part influencing the future of tennis in the U.S."

The new platform builds on Oracle's presence at the pro and college tennis levels, including the Oracle Challenger Series, an annual hard-court tournament as part of the ATP Challenger Tour and the WTA 125K Series.

Oracle also supports collegiate tennis through sponsorship of the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. This includes hosting several marquee ITA championship events throughout the year, such as the Oracle ITA Masters and the Oracle ITA Fall Championships.

At the grassroots level, Oracle supports tennis through a strategic partnership with Universal Tennis Rating. UTR leverages Oracle'scloud technology to power its algorithm-based, big-data rating system and digital platform.

"We are incredibly excited that Oracle is providing even more opportunities for American players to compete throughout the year, as well as more opportunities for fans to attend professional tennis events throughout the country,” Stacey Allaster, CEO for the U.S. Tennis Assn., said via the organization.

"These events help develop American talent and serve as a stepping stone for players to reach the highest levels of the game, while at the same time inspire kids across the nation to pick up a racket and play this sport."

The 2019 Oracle Pro Series schedule (subject to change):

• Oct. 6-13: The Claremont Club, Los Angeles

• Oct. 13-20: Baylor University, Waco, Texas

• Oct. 20 -27: Texas Christian University,  Fort Worth, Texas (ATP)

• Oct. 20-27: Southern Methodist University, Dallas (WTA)

• Nov. 4-10: Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif.
Nov. 11-17: USTA National Campus, Orlando

• Nov. 17-24: Sanchez-Casal Academy, Naples, Fla.

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