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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.

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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. 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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Ronda Rousey Impact, Media Deals Help WWE To Record Viewership, Revenue

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2018: Call it the Ronda Rousey Impact.

WWE has released its Q2 2018 finances (ended June 30, 2018) and the numbers are strong.

And we’re putting the “blame” on Ronda.

In January, UFC star and actress Ronda Rousey revealed that she would be signing a multi-year deal to appear in WWE events and marketing.

She followed that up with appearances at WWE live events, highlighted by WrestleMania 34 on April 8 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

WWE later reported that WrestleMania 34, “broke the record for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s highest grossing entertainment event, grossing $14.1 million,” with attendance a sold-out crowd of 78,133, including people from all 50 states as well as 67 countries.

Upcoming, Rousey will appear as in the WWE 2K19 viedogame and be part of WWE Evolution, WWE's first all-women’s pay-per-view event.

In April, the first 50-man Greatest Royal Rumble played before a sold-out crown of 62,000-plus as the first event in a long-term partnership between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Last month, WWE signed new media deals with Fox (SmackDown Live) and USA Network (Monday Night Raw) that topped $3 billion.

“We’re pleased with our continued success in increasing the monetization of WWE content globally,” Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

“This success is evidenced by the completion of our new U.S. distribution agreements with USA Network and Fox Sports, the staging of another record-breaking WrestleMania."

Among the Q2 highlights:

• Revenues increased 31% to $281.6 million, which WWE said was the highest quarterly revenue in its history.

• Operating income nearly doubled to $21.2 million from $10.7 million in the prior year quarter.

• Digital engagement continued to grow through the first six months of 2018 with video views up 58% to 14.4 billion and hours consumed up 71% to 509 million across digital and social media platforms.

WWE Network average paid subscribers increased 10% to 1.80 million.
 
• WWE completed agreements with USA Network and Fox Sports, effective Oct. 1, 2019, which increase the average annual value of WWE’s U.S. distribution to 3.6 times that of the prior deal with NBCU.

For its social and digital platforms, the WWE said it produced more than 165 hours of content, including versions of its "Best of WWE" series in Spanish, Portuguese, and German; and plans to launch a series, WWE Now in Arabic.

Regarding live events, WWE said revenues of $52.3 million were “essentially unchanged from the prior year quarter as increases in the average ticket price at events in both North America and international markets was offset by a reduction in average attendance for the company’s events worldwide.”

WWE said it hosted 90 total events (excluding NXT) in the current quarter, consisting of 61 events in North America and 29 events in international markets, versus to 92 events in the prior year quarter (66 events in North America, 26 in international markets).

“North American ticket sales declined $2.4 million primarily due to the staging of five fewer events and an 8% decline in average attendance to 5,900,” said WWE. “Partially offsetting these factors, the average ticket price increased 5% to $81.71.”

International live-event revenue increased 9% to $13.5 million from $12.4 million in the prior year quarter.

“The staging of three additional events during the quarter and an 8% increase in average ticket price to $78.31 was partially offset by a 10% reduction in average attendance to approximately 5,700 fans,” per WWE.

Looking ahead: the WWE has the Mae Young Classic 2018 (Aug. 8-9, Full Sail University, Winter Park,FL); and the first all-women’s pay-per-view event, WWE Evolution, scheduled for Oct. 28 in NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New York.

WWE Evolution, will stream live on WWE Network and be available on PPV worldwide, featuring women’s championship matches from Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, NXT and NXT UK, as well as the finals of the all-women’s tournament, Mae Young Classic 2018.

The entire women’s roster is scheduled to participate, including Rousey, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Carmella, Nia Jax and Asuka; as well as Hall of Famers and Legends Trish Stratus,and Lita.

According to George Barrios, WWE co-president, “By executing our strategy and engaging our passionate global fan base, we can continue to deepen the moat around our business. We believe this will enable us to drive long-term growth and shareholder value.”

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