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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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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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Buoyed By Events, PPV, Product, WWE Claims Historical Q4 Financial Results

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

February 7, 2019:
WWE has unveiled financial results for its Q4 ended December 31, 2018, and is calling the numbers historic.

“In 2018, WWE generated the highest level of revenue and earnings in the company’s history by leveraging our brand strength to increase the monetization of our content worldwide,” Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO, said via the organization.

“Our long-term growth strategy will continue to focus on content creation, digitization and international development.”

According to George Barrios, WWE co-president, “We increased revenue by nearly $130 million, and  . . . we expect to balance 2019 revenue growth with investment in strategic areas that extend the moat around our business, enabling us to continue our business transformation and maximize shareholder value.”

WWE said that Q4 revenues increased 29% to $272.5 million from the prior year quarter, operating income nearly doubled to $53.4 million and net Income was $41.2 million.

During the quarter, WWE said that Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live remained the highest-rated programs on USA Network, which broadcast the 1,000th episode of SmackDown Live.

WWE also aired the eighth season of Total Divas, with a ninth season planned in 2019.

Unveiled were new seasons of other popular series, including Total Bellas and Miz & Mrs.

On its streaming service, WWE Network, pay-per-views and international specials remained significant drivers of viewer engagement.

WWE said that among WWE Network’s most viewed programs were its international pay-per-view events, Super Show-Down and Crown Jewel; and its first all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution.

Also popular were NXT Takeover: WarGames II, and the recently launched weekly series, NXT UK.

WWE said it added more than 100 hours of original content to WWE Network’s featured programming and nearly 450 hours of archival content, “which resulted in an on-demand library of approximately 11,500 hours at quarter-end.”

On its social and digital platforms, WWE said it produced more than 160 hours of content, including the second season of Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook Watch.

“Our long-term growth strategy will continue to focus on content creation, digitization and international development.”

WWE said that its first all women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, held in a sold-out Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY,  “trended No. 1 on Twitter for over two hours during the last game of the World Series and Sunday Night Football.”

International events included Crown Jewel and WWE Super Show-Down, which was held before what WWE said was its largest audience outside the U.S. in the last 25 years.

At retail, in partnership with Mattel, WWE said it “maintained its dominant position in the U.S. with the No. 1 action figure sold in 2018.

During the quarter, WWE released its latest console game in the WWE franchise, WWE 2K19, which was nominated for “Fan Favorite Sports/Racing Game” at the Gamers’ Choice Awards.

In mobile games, WWE said it had more than 100 million installs across its game portfolio, led by WWE Champions, which won a 2018 Webby People’s Voice Award; WWE Supercard and WWE Mayhem, which recently surpassed 17 million installs.

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