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The newly unveiled logo for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games combines two iconic symbols associated with the Games – a gold medal and the Olympic torch – which combine to form an image of Marianne, a female figure representing the French Republic  This is the first time the Olympic logo will be shared with the Paralympic Games.

• The late golf icon Arnold Palmer will be commemorated with a Forever Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service in 2020. The stamp features James Drake's action photo of Palmer at the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

• Dr Teal's Epsom Salts has signed All Pro TE Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) and two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams) to explain in marketing the “benefits of balancing rigorous workouts with regimented muscle recovery in order to achieve and maintain peak performance.”

• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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Most Popular NBA Player Jerseys (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
6. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
8. Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with Houston Rockets)
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets

Most Popular Player Merchandise (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
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Weekend Box Office Oct. 18-20
1. Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil $36M
2. Joker $29.2M
3. Zombieland 2 $26.7M
4. Addams Family $16M
5. Gemini Man $8.5M
6. Abominable $3.5M
7. Downton Abbey $3M
8. Judy $2M
9. Hustlers $2M
10. It 2 $1.5M
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NFL UK 2019
• 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)

NBA 2019 Opening Nights
• Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors TNT 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 22 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

• Oct. 23 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers ESPN 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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Jul172019

Team Griffin Foundation Sweeps Offering ‘Spend A Day In The Life Of Blake Griffin’

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 17, 2019:
Blake Griffin wants you to spend some time with him, and has launched a sweeps to make that happen.

The NBA All-Star forward with the Detroit Pistons has joined with 15 Seconds of Fame's Fanthropic to unveil “Spend a Day in the Life of Blake Griffin,” offering an all-access opportunity that includes staying in a four-star Los Angeles hotel. hoops, a private meal, a pair of autographed sneakers and access to a $5,000 Nike shopping spree.

The purpose of the activation: To raise support and awareness for the Team Griffin Foundation, described as an “organization committed to young men and women—providing them the best opportunities to develop and showcase their skills and learn essential lessons of life, competition and hard work.”

People are being encouraged to make a contribution of as little as $10 with their entry into the sweepstakes, with all proceeds directly benefiting the Team Griffin Foundation. The Team Griffin Foundation will receive 100% of the net proceeds from this campaign. (Details here.)

"Our meaningful partnership with Blake and the Team Griffin Foundation represents another great opportunity to help raise funds for an important and worthwhile cause, while at the same time offering incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences to fans,” Michael Mackey, chief business development officer for 15 Seconds of Fame and chairman for Fanthropic, said via the company.

According to Fanthropic, “This isn't just some run-of-the-mill ‘Meet & Greet.’ You are going to live a day in the life of Blake Griffin.

“This isn't just hanging out with any basketball player. This is Blake Griffin. The No. 1 overall selection in the NBA Draft, NBA Rookie of the Year, Slam Dunk Contest Winner, Six-time NBA All-Star and Five-time All-NBA selection.

“We are going to fly you and a friend to California and put you up in a four-star hotel. Start your day watching how Blake trains, then challenge him to a game of H-O-R-S-E.

“After you've worked up an appetite, sit down for a private lunch together and talk about Blake's ten years in the NBA and what he thinks about all the offseason moves.  Feel free to take a ton of selfies!
 
“As if that weren't enough, Blake wants to make sure you don't go home empty-handed, so he'll hand over an autographed pair of sneaks and a $5,000 Nike shopping spree  to ensure you never forget this day!”

"Whether a student is looking to get into athletics, the arts, or something else entirely, the Team Griffin Foundation aims to support both young men and women in pursuit of their dreams," said Griffin via Fanthropic,

"I'm thrilled to partner with 15 Seconds of Fame's Fanthropic to help launch Team Griffin's latest fundraising initiative."

According to the Team Griffin Foundation, TGF “wants to inspire young people to nurture their passions whether that is athletics, academics, or the arts. Team Griffin has provided support to causes in Detroit, Los Angeles, Oklahoma, and additional causes globally.”

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