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• 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.

• Greenleaf Foods said it has signed a deal with the Los Angeles Rams to become the first plant-based food brand to officially partner with an NFL team. As part of this partnership, Greenleaf’s Lightlife Burger will be available at Rams home games this season, beginning Sep. 15 during the team’s 2019 home opener ( agasint tthe New Orleans Saints). Lightlife plant-based protein products will also be featured in the Rams Game On! Program at Albertson’s, Vons, and Pavilions.

• The NFL and Facebook have signed a multi-year partnership extension that will “deliver more diversified NFL video content to fans worldwide through Facebook Watch,” expanding a relationship that began in 2017

The NFL will continue distributing recaps from all 256 regular season games, as well as playoff games and the Super Bowl; plus video highlights from such postseason tentpole events las the Pro Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine and NFL Draft. The NFL will also utilize Facebook Watch for distribution of an array of unique content including NFL news and analysis, Video versions of NFL-produced podcasts and classic and special NFL 100 content.

In addition, the NFL will create Facebook Groups around content themes and work to share relevant video in those groups.

• American Airlines will not renew its naming rights deal with the venue that is home to the NBA’s Miami Heat, which has been AmericanAirlines Arena since it opened in 1999 via a 20-year deal valued at $42 million, according to Miami Today. The team and Miami-Dade County executives are in “advanced talks”with another national company. American will remain the official airline for the Heat.

• Bowlero Corp,, the leading owner and operator of bowling centers in America, has acquired the Professional Bowlers Assn. which has been in operation since 1958. Bowlero said, “All scheduled tournaments and programming will continue, with plans to build upon key initiatives including the PBA's groundbreaking Fox Sports partnership.” Full story here.

• Marshawn Lynch has been named as the founded for the expansion Oakland Panthers of the Indoor Football League, with the team beginning play in February 2020 in Oakland (formerly Oracle) Arena. The NFL Raiders are moving from Oakland to Las Vegas beginning with the 2020 season. Full story here.

• 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. 6-8
1. It: Chapter Two $91M
2. Angel Has Fallen $6M
3. Good Boys $5.4M
4. Lion King $4.2M
5. Overcomer $3.8M
6. Hobbs & Shaw $3.7M
7. Peanut Butter Falcon $2.3M
8. Scary Stories $2.3M
9. Ready Or Not $2.2M
10. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $2.2M

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

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

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Nov192018

Manny Pacquiao: Why I’m Fighting Broner, Not Mayweather, In Return To U.S. Arena

By Barry Janoff

November 19, 2018: There has been a lot of attention this month on Floyd Mayweather Jr., whose on-off-maybe-on matches-exhibitions-bouts in Japan brought his 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao — and a potential rematch — into the spotlight.

Pacquiao has confirmed his next fight, but not with Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion, will end his two-year hiatus from boxing in the U.S. (due to a situation with the IRS, according to boxing analysts) when he returns to Las Vegas to defend his World Boxing Association welterweight world title against former four-division world champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner.

The Pacquiao vs. Broner bout is scheduled for Jan. 19 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

Pacquiao (39, 60-7-2, 39 KOs) vs. Broner (29, 33-3-1, 24 KOs) and its co-main event fights will be produced and distributed live by Showtime PPV and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

“There is a very shortlist of ‘must-see’ fighters among active fighters and these two fighters are at the top of the list,” Stephen Espinoza, president of sports and event programming for Showtime Networks, said during a media event in New York today. (Another press event is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on Tuesday.)

“We’d like to welcome Manny Pacquiao back to Showtime and back to the U.S. These two fighters are perennial draws at the box office and in the streets. They are two of the most widely-known boxers and two of the most talented, athletically gifted fighters in the sport. I guarantee this will be an exciting fight. There will be plenty of action for the fans.”

Financial details were not revealed, but they will not come close to the number that industry analysts were floating about regarding a Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao rematch, upward of if not surpassing $400 million.

When asked why he was coming back, Pacquiao offered, ”To prove that Manny Pacquiao is still in boxing. My career in boxing continues. My journey in boxing continues.”

Why Broner versus Mayweather Jr.? "I chose Broner as my next opponent because I believe we will have a good fight. He is a high-calibre fighter and boxer. I can not underestimate him.”

This past September, Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao “accidentally” met in Japan during the Soca Weekend Music Festival in Tokyo, during which Mayweather Jr. boasted, “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another nine figure payday on the way.”

Mayweather Jr. recently unveiled a series of bouts in Japan against MMA fighters — a tactic he followed in 2017 when he faced UFC-fighter-turned-boxer Conor McGregor. Mayweather Jr. has since disavowed those Japan MMA fights, but hinted that big-money MMA exhibitions might still take place.

As for Pacquiao regarding Mayweather Jr..

“When Floyd and I met in Japan, we talked about . . .  he said, ‘Come out of retirement to fight me. To challenge me,’" Pacquiao said during the media event. “I told him, ‘I have the belt. You have to come out of retirement to challenge me.’ In that situation, he was trying to bully me . . .  If he wants to come out of retirement, after this fight (with Broner), we’ll see.

“I am doing this fight first before we talk about a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

Broner himself was agitated when asked about a potential Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao rematch.

“No disrespect to Floyd, but he (Pacquiao) ain’t fighting Floyd,” said Broner. “He has to get past me first. Why are you talking about that? I’m fighting Pacquiao. You might get punched!”

Tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Broner fight go on sale Nov. 24. Tickets are priced at $1,500, $1,000, $750, $500, $300, $200 and $100, not including applicable service charges.

The fight is being promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in association with About Billions Promotions.

PHOTOS COURTESY SHOWTIME

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