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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

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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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King James, Greek Freak Lead Initial Fan Voting For 2019 NBA All-Star Game

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 3, 2019: In the first tabulations from the NBA on voting for the 2019 All-Star Game, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective conferences with 1,083,363 and 991,561 votes, respectively.

Kyrie Irving of Boston Celtics is the only other player to date with more than 900,00 votes (910,329).

Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks leads all rookies with 679,839 votes and is second overall among front court players in the West in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google.

Fans account for 50% of the vote — which began on Christmas Day — to determine the ten starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game.

All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25% of the vote.

The NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. (TNT, 8 PM ET).

Behind James and Dončić, the Top Five Western Conference front court vote getters also include Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant (659,968)., Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (605,417) and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (580,055).

Golden State’s Stephen Curry holds first place among West guards with 793,111 votes.

The Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Rose, a leading candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, is second with 698,086 votes.

The Top Five West Guard also include the Houston Rockets James Harden (541,606), Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook (459,792) and golden State’s Klay Thompson (247,618).

Behind Antetokounmpo, the Top Five East front court players include Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors (774,172), Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (648,002), Sixers teammate Jimmy Butler (222,206) and Jayson Tatum of the Celtics (214,622).

Among the Top Five East guards behind Irving are Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, now in his final NBA season (409,156), Kemba Walker of the NBA All-Star Game host team Charlotte Hornets (319,519), Ben Simmons of the Sixers (259,993) and Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers (198,009).

NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Jan. 21 (11:59 PM ET).

Two remaining fan voting updates will be shared on  Jan. 10 and Jan. 17. 

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format.

Two team captains — the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes — will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

Details about the NBA All-Star Draft regarding TV airing, will be shared at a later date.

TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on  Jan. 24 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.

The network will announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

NBA ALL-STAR VOTING 2019 PRESENTED BY GOOGLE

Eastern Conference
Frontcourt

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 991,561 votes
2. Kawhi Leonard (TOR) 774,172 votes
3. Joel Embiid (PHI) 648,002 votes
4. Jimmy Butler (PHI) 222,206 votes
5. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 214,622 votes
6. Blake Griffin (DET) 192,694 votes
7. Vince Carter (ATL) 76,022 votes
8. Andre Drummond (DET) 68,204 votes
9. Gordon Hayward (BOS) 66,492 votes
10. Al Horford (BOS) 62,288 votes

Guards
1. Kyrie Irving (BOS) 910,329 votes
2. Dwyane Wade (MIA) 409,156 votes
3. Kemba Walker (CHA) 319,519 votes
4. Ben Simmons (PHI) 259,993 votes
5. Victor Oladipo (IND) 198,009 votes
6. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 180,571 votes
7. Zach LaVine (CHI) 128,605 votes
8. Jeremy Lin (ATL) 62,573 votes
9. Bradley Beal (WAS) 61,269 votes
10. John Wall (WAS) 54,366 votes

Western Conference
Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (LAL) 1,083,363 votes
2. Luka Dončić (DAL) 679,839 votes
3. Kevin Durant (GSW) 659,968 votes
4. Anthony Davis (NOP) 605,417 votes
5. Paul George (OKC) 580,055 votes
6. Steven Adams (OKC) 261,327 votes
7. Nikola Jokić (DEN) 235,272 votes
8. Kyle Kuzma (LAL) 195,477 votes
9. Draymond Green (GSW),138,017 votes
10. DeMarcus Cousins (GSW) 92,977 votes

Guards
1. Stephen Curry (GSW) 793,111 votes
2. Derrick Rose (MIN) 698,086 votes
3. James Harden (HOU) 541,606 votes
4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 459,792 votes
5. Klay Thompson (GSW) 247,618 votes
6. Damian Lillard (POR) 200,609 votes
7. DeMar DeRozan (SAS),197,524 votes
8. Lonzo Ball (LAL) 175,040 votes
9. Devin Booker (PHO) 111,897 votes
10. Chris Paul (HOU) 101,104 votes

NBA Signs Google As All-Star Game Voting Presenting Partner

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