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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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Channel Chasers

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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ACS Plays The Point For Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Week

By Barry Janoff

January 23, 2017: If something seems a bit different during college basketball games this week, that’s because some NCAA 4,000 men’s and women’s coaches and their staffs on teams and in conferences nationwide are trading in their usual on-court attire in favor of sneakers and suits to support Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Week (Jan. 23-29).

The annual event is under the auspices of the American Cancer Society in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Suits & Sneakers raises awareness about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing cancer risk, increases cancer awareness, highlights the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing a person’s cancer risk and promotes the American Cancer Society’s free programs and services available to those facing cancer, according to ACS.

Among the head coaches and teams who have filmed supporting spots are Tom Izzy (Michigan State), Phil Martelli (St. Joseph), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Seam Miller (Arizona), Mike Brey (Notre Dame) and Frank Haith (Tulsa).

To help support Suits & Sneakers Week, people can purchase a specially designed pair of gold sneaker laces online or in stores from Shoe Carnival in memory of Lacey Holsworth, a loyal fan of the Michigan State Spartans who passed away from cancer in 2014 at the age off eight.

Funds raised by this effort, which will continue through the end of the college basketball season, will go to Coaches vs. Cancer and Princess Lacey’s Legacy, to fight pediatric cancer.

Pediatric cancer is the second leading cause of death among children ages 1-14 in the U.S.(behind accidents/unintentional injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and it is estimated that in 2016 there were nearly 10,400 new cancer cases diagnosed among children in the U.S., according to ACS.

Princess Lacey’s Laces are available in all Shoe Carnival store locations, and online (while supplies last). Last year, the promotion raised more than $86,000.

"Cancer continues to take the lives of many people we love," Coach Izzo says in his spot to support the campaign. "Including Lacey Holsworth, a little girl with a huge love for life and the basketball program here at Michigan State. Sadly, Lacey didn’t survive her battle with cancer. On behalf of all of us at Michigan State and families everywhere, please help us honor her memory.

"Often we think there is nothing we can do, but there is. Together with Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society, you can make a real difference. And help us save more lives from pediatric cancer," said Izzo.

In December, ACS launched its first multi-media campaign to support the Coaches vs. Cancer program, an alliance with the NABC that features college basketball coaches to raise awareness and donations.

The cause marketing campaign, "Come and Play For Us," is built around a TV spot, "The Recruiting Call," that includes such well-respected head coaches as Lon Kruger (University of Oklahoma), Tubby Smith (Memphis), Roy Williams (North Carolina) and  Jay Wright (Villanova University).

Since its founding, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised more than $100 million for ACS, according to the NABC.

"We are excited to continue our partnership with Shoe Carnival and Princess Lacey’s Legacy," David Doan, vp-strategic sports alliances, American Cancer Society, said in a statement. "Through this special gold shoelace offer, sports fans are able to join in to the fight against pediatric cancer and support the American Cancer Society’s mission to lead the fight for a world without cancer."

"Often we think there is nothing we can do, but there is. Together with Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Caner Society, you can make a real difference."
 
Own conjunction with the game-related efforts, a Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Corporate Challenge seeks to engage basketball fans  and offers opportunity to do something at their workplace.

ACS said that corporations can join their favorite basketball teams and coaches in the fight against cancer by hosting a Wear Your Sneakers to Work Day. Following the 2017 Suits And Sneakers week, individuals can make a minimum donation of $5 to the American Cancer Society for the opportunity to wear sneakers to work on Monday, Jan. 30, or the first day of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament.

According to Sharon Byers, chief development and marketing officer for ACS, "Suits And Sneakers has been an important element of our Coaches vs. Cancer program since coaches first started lacing up in 1993.

"In 2017, for our second year running, we also proudly feature Lacey’s Laces, gold shoelaces in memory of Lacey Holsworth to raise money for pediatric cancer as we continue to reach out to sports fans to help us save more lives from cancer," said Byers.

The American Cancer Society was named a Top Ten Sports Marketer of the Year for 2016 by the staff and editors of NYSportsJournalism.com, for the Coaches vs. Cancer marketing campaign and also for a platform with IMG College, in collaboration with Curing Kids Cancer, "A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer."

 The program "targets college football fans through 12 of IMG’s partner universities to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer."

Voting is currently underway for the Grand Sports Marketer of the Year for 2016.

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