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• 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.

• Greenleaf Foods said it has signed a deal with the Los Angeles Rams to become the first plant-based food brand to officially partner with an NFL team. As part of this partnership, Greenleaf’s Lightlife Burger will be available at Rams home games this season, beginning Sep. 15 during the team’s 2019 home opener ( agasint tthe New Orleans Saints). Lightlife plant-based protein products will also be featured in the Rams Game On! Program at Albertson’s, Vons, and Pavilions.

• The NFL and Facebook have signed a multi-year partnership extension that will “deliver more diversified NFL video content to fans worldwide through Facebook Watch,” expanding a relationship that began in 2017

The NFL will continue distributing recaps from all 256 regular season games, as well as playoff games and the Super Bowl; plus video highlights from such postseason tentpole events las the Pro Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine and NFL Draft. The NFL will also utilize Facebook Watch for distribution of an array of unique content including NFL news and analysis, Video versions of NFL-produced podcasts and classic and special NFL 100 content.

In addition, the NFL will create Facebook Groups around content themes and work to share relevant video in those groups.

• American Airlines will not renew its naming rights deal with the venue that is home to the NBA’s Miami Heat, which has been AmericanAirlines Arena since it opened in 1999 via a 20-year deal valued at $42 million, according to Miami Today. The team and Miami-Dade County executives are in “advanced talks”with another national company. American will remain the official airline for the Heat.

• Bowlero Corp,, the leading owner and operator of bowling centers in America, has acquired the Professional Bowlers Assn. which has been in operation since 1958. Bowlero said, “All scheduled tournaments and programming will continue, with plans to build upon key initiatives including the PBA's groundbreaking Fox Sports partnership.” Full story here.

• Marshawn Lynch has been named as the founded for the expansion Oakland Panthers of the Indoor Football League, with the team beginning play in February 2020 in Oakland (formerly Oracle) Arena. The NFL Raiders are moving from Oakland to Las Vegas beginning with the 2020 season. Full story here.

• 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. 6-8
1. It: Chapter Two $91M
2. Angel Has Fallen $6M
3. Good Boys $5.4M
4. Lion King $4.2M
5. Overcomer $3.8M
6. Hobbs & Shaw $3.7M
7. Peanut Butter Falcon $2.3M
8. Scary Stories $2.3M
9. Ready Or Not $2.2M
10. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $2.2M

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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Screen Time: ESPN Scripts NBA Preview Inspired By TV Shows Past And Present

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2018: There are many ways to approach doing a preview of the upcoming NBA season.

According to ESPN, “If the NBA has taught us anything, it’s to expect drama — everywhere!"

With that as a foundation, ESPN said it paired each team with a TV drama, "then the NBA Forecast panel ranked how central each subplot will be to this season. Are you not entertained?”

With photo illustrations by Eric Heintz, the pithy previews are inspired by such shows as Baller, Billions, Chicago Fire, Empire, The Leftovers, CSI, Sons Of Anarchy and Twin Peaks.

Spoiler alert: the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers got good reviews; the New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings did not.

TV-inspired team previews (in alphabetical order):

Atlanta Hawks Got Shorty
Photo illustration of rookie Trae Young
“Did they forfeit their future - or hit the jackpot?”

Boston Celtics Baller
Photo illustration of Jason Tatum
“Kid. Father. Phenom.”

Brooklyn Nets Billions
“When a Russian plutocrat owns your team, losing is acceptable — until it’s nyet.”

Charlotte Hornets Mad Man
Photo illustration of Kemba Walker
“He’s an all-star. He’s underpaid. And he’s about to get his."

Chicago Bulls Chicago Fire
“The coach is on the hot seat. and everyone is feeling the heat.”

Cleveland Cavaliers The Leftovers
Photo illustration of Kevin Love, JR Smith, Tristan Thomson
“Believe it or not, most of us are still here.”

Dallas Mavericks Succession
Photo illustration of rookie Luca Doncic
“Can a wunderkind save them . . . again?”

Denver Nuggets Blindspot
“Stardom is in the eye of the beholder.”

Detroit Pistons Twin Peaks: The Return
Photo illustration Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond
“Thirty years later, they’ve gone big again - but will it work this time?”

Golden State Warriors Empire
Photo illustration of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins
“You never see the end of a dynasty coming.”

Houston Rockets Curb Your Enthusiasm
Multiple photo illustrations of a stoic Carmelo Anthony interspersed with photo illustrations of coach Mike D’Antoni, James Harden and Chris Paul
“What’s wrong with this picture?”

Indiana Pacers The Good Fight
“Months ago they nearly unseated the King. Now a throne is theirs for the taking.”

Los Angeles Clippers The Ex-Files
“Their players are out there.”

Los Angeles Lakers Strangest Things
Photo illustration of LeBron James surrounded by bevy of other new players
“One new guy is supernatural. Four are mystifying. What could possibly go wrong.”

Memphis Grizzlies Arrested Development
“They’re old. They’re slow. They’re gong nowhere fast.”

Miami Heat Burn Notice
Photo illustration of Hassan Whitehead and Dion Waiters
“They’re playing with fire.”

Milwaukee Bucks 34
Photo illustration of Giannis Antetokounmpo
“Only one man an save them. is time running out?”

Minnesota Timberwolves Damages
Photo illustration of head coach Tom Thibodeau with Karl-Anthony Townes, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler
“Everyone is angry. Everyone is exhausted. Everyone is to blame.”

New Orleans Pelicans Designated Survivor
Photo illustration of Anthony Davis
“For now, he’s all they’ve got.”

New York Knicks Lost
Photo illustration shadow of unseen players
“They’re stuck on an island. Crazy things happen. None of it makes any sense.”

Oklahoma City Thunder Better Call Paul
Photo illustration of Paul George
“Need help? Star lonely? No wingman?”

Orlando Magic Sons Of Anarchy
“Who’s running this show?”

Philadelphia 76ers CSI: Philly
Photo illustration Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and head coach Brett Brown
“Looks like someone picked a bad day to tweet.”

Phoenix Suns Younger
“You can get away with a lot when you’re young.”

Portland Trail Blazers Insecure
Photo illustration of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum
“What happens when your best isn’t good enough?”

Sacramento Kings Catastrophe
Photo illustration of GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadivé
“What’s their problem? Everything.”

San Antonio Spurs This Was Us
Photo illustrations of head Coach Gregg Popovic, Tony parker, Manu Gianobili and Kawhi Leonard
“This was real. this was love. this was family. Until it wasn’t.”

Toronto Raptors Cold Case
Photo illustration of Kawhi Leonard
“Born in L.A. Raised in Texas. Can the Canadian spirit melt this superstar’s heart?”

Utah Jazz Justified
Photo illustration of Donovan Mitchell
“There’s a new sheriff in town.”

Washington Wizards House of Cards
Photo illustration of John Wall and Bradley Beal
“Team chemistry is so overrated.”

ESPN’s coverage of the 2018-19 NBA regular season includes five opening week games, beginning with the Pelicans visiting the Rockets and the Mavericks at the Suns on Oct. 17.

ESPN will have LeBron James’ home-opener with the Lakers when they host the Rockets on Oct. 20.

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