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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

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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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Aug092018

Profession Fighters League Scores Investments From Kevin Hart, Ted Leonsis

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

August 8, 2018: The Professional Fighters League, founded by Donn Davis, Russ Ramsey, and Mark Leschly, and now in its first season, said it has closed $28 million Series B equity investment and added a bevy of high-profile investors to its roster.

The new money-backers include actor-comic Kevin Hart; motivational author and entrepreneur Tony Robbins; Brandon Beck, co-founder of Riot Games and co-creator of League of Legends; and Ted Leonsis, whose holdings include majority owner of the NHL 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals as well as the NBA Washington Wizards,.

Mark Burnett, chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group, was previously named as an investor. Burnett is also developing and producing content and programming for PFL.

Specific financial details for each investor were not disclosed.

“PFL is re-imagining MMA with a regular season, playoffs, and championship,” said Leonsis in a statement. “The PFL sport format is going to bring a major new audience to MMA which is great for PFL media distribution partners and PFL brand sponsorship partners.”

According to Burnett, whose production credits include Survivor and more then 3,200 hours of reality-based programming in more than 70 countries,, “I invested because I am certain that the next evolution of MMA is this Professional Fighters League. The fighters must win to move ahead. It’s MMA meets March Madness.”

PFL’s rookie season — which began with a concept intended to differentiate itself from the more-established UFC — launched June 7 in New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater with 72 Elite MMA fighters in six weight-classes, with each fighting twice in June, July and August. The top eight fighters in each weight-class advance to the single-elimination PFL Playoffs in October.

The PFL Championship is scheduled for New Year’s Eve, with the final bouts in each of six weight classes competing for a $10 million prize pool.

PFL is broadcast live on NBC Sports Network as well as NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app; and streamed live worldwide on Facebook Watch.

According to Kevin Hart, “I once said ‘If you get kicked in the face you deserve it, since you saw the foot coming’ . . . that was before I became an investor in the Professional Fighters League!

“I love sports, and the PFL is my favorite new sport to watch. The PFL fights are the most exciting in MMA as every fight means something, with fighters working to win a spot in the playoffs and the opportunity at their share of the $10 million. I became an investor as I believe the PFL is the future of MMA.”

PFL said that additional investors in this PFL Series B round include Elysian Park Ventures; SWaN Ventures; Debra Cafaro (chairman/CEO, Ventas Inc. and minority owner of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins); and Mark Leschly (managing partner, Iconica Ventures).

"The next evolution of MMA is this Professional Fighters League. The fighters must win to move ahead. It’s MMA meets March Madness.”

“We started the Professional Fighters League for the 300 million MMA fans worldwide who have an appetite for exciting new fights and innovative content,” co-founder and chairman Donn Davis said in a statement.

“The PFL is reimagining MMA with a regular season, playoffs, and earned championships, providing MMA fans the transparency, storytelling, and context that exist in all other major sports.”

According to Pete Murray, CEO for PFL, “Fans have enthusiastically responded to the PFL, with over 2.5 million people viewing PFL4. Our fights are as exciting and our broadcast is as good as other MMA companies that have been around for decades, and we’re just getting started.”

Pro Fighters League Unveils $10M, 126-Bout Schedule

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