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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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• 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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• 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. 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

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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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Sep242018

Buoyed By Boost In Attendance, Sales MiLB Doubles Copa Hispanic Campaign For 2019

By Barry Janoff

September 24, 2018: According to Minor League Baseball, more than 18 million U.S. Hispanics designate themselves as fans of MiLB, behind only the NBA and MLS.

This past season, MiLB unveiled Copa de la Diversión (“Fun Cup“) a season-long event in which 33 teams during select games donned caps and jerseys with the Hispanic versions of their names that were reflections of their local Hispanic communities and heritage.

The 33 teams who dedicated 167 games as Copa de la Diversión-designated events reported a 12.6% attendance increase compared to similar game dates in 2017, according to MiLB.

In addition to attendance and and increased interaction with the Hispanic community, MiLB said that retail sales of Copa-specific licensed merchandise via MiLB ballparks' team stores and MiLB teams' online stores “far exceeded participating teams' pre-season goals.”

MiLB said that sales projected to be more than 500% higher than pre-campaign estimates.

That encouraged MiLB to not only bring Copa de la Diversión back for 2019, but to more than double the platform.

All 33 teams who participated in the inaugural 2018 campaign will return for the expanded 72 teams in the 2019 edition.

The new Copa de la Diversión teams will also bring the total number of states represented from 19 to 29, with all teams representing "a diverse mix of market sizes and community demographics.”

MiLB, with offices based in St. Petersburg, Fla., encompasses some 260 teams.

Marketing will come with the tag, “72 Teams, 29 States, Copa.”

Last season’s list included the Albuquerque Isotopes transforming into the "Mariachis de Nuevo México" and the San Antonio Missions celebrating sandal-wielding matriarchs as the "Flying Chanclas de San Antonio.”

"The initial Copa de la Diversión results and overwhelmingly positive feedback suggest that our fans are embracing the passion and commitment our teams have poured into this transformative campaign," Kurt Hunzeker, MiLB' vp-marketing strategy and research, said via the league.

"We listened and learned from fans what we could do better next year, and those insights will help frame how our expanded Copa teams plan, prepare and activate fan engagement and marketing efforts celebrating their communities in 2019."

According to  Joe Ricciutti, president and GM for the Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, one of the teams joining the program in 2019, "We were very impressed watching the Copa de la Diversion program develop across Minor League Baseball this past season. We are excited and honored to be selected to be a part of the program in 2019 and look forward to bringing the Copa to the Jersey Shore!"

Final Copa de la Diversión results will be unveiled during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas this December.

New culturally relevant Copa de la Diversión on-field brands will be unveiled in March 2019.

Details of marketing activation and availability of caps, jerseys and other merchandise will be available via each team’s respective Web site.

"The 33 clubs participating in the Copa de la Diversión program (last) year have committed approximately $500,000 in marketing resources to better engage their Hispanic consumers in their markets,” said Hunzeker.

“That's the very definition of commitment. They've reallocated their marketing funds to go after this vitally important, financially powerful, young (group).”

Copa de la Diversión grew out of a national marketing campaign MiLB launched in 2017, "It's Fun to Be a Fan" and corresponding Spanish-language Es Divertido Ser Un Fan marketing campaign.

That season, three MiLB teams adopted new alternate on-field names to reflect their unique and diverse fan bases: the Charlotte Knights (Caballeros), Las Vegas 51s (Reyes de Plata) and Visalia Rawhide (Toros).

MiLB said that the sales of licensed merchandise for of all 160 teams in 2017 set a MiLB record with more than $70.8 million in retail sales.

That marked a 3.6% increase over 2016's total of $68.3 million, which had been the highest total recorded since MiLB’s licensing program began in 1992.

The Hispanic names for the MiLB teams that will be joining Copa de la Diversión in 2019 will be unveiled in March.

MiLB teams that participated last season were:

• Albuquerque Isotopes: Mariachis
• Bowie Baysox: Cangrejos Fantasmas (Ghost Crabs)
• Brooklyn Cyclones: Jefes
• Charlotte Knights: Caballeros
• Corpus Christi Hooks: Raspas
• Daytona Tortugas: Tortugas
• Durham Bulls: Toros
• El Paso Chihuahuas: Chihuahuas
• Eugene Emeralds: Monarcas
• Everett AquaSox: Conquistadores
• Greenville Drive: Energía
• Hartford Yard Goats: Chivos
• Hillsboro Hops: Lúpolos (hops, as in the plant)
• Inland Empire 66ers: Cucuys (bogeymen)
• Kane County Cougars: Cougars
• Kannapolis Intimidators: Rápidos
• Lake Elsinore Storm: Storm
• Las Vegas 51s: Reyes de Plata (Silver Kings)
• Lehigh Valley IronPigs: Tocino (bacon)
• Memphis Redbirds: Música
• Oklahoma City Dodgers: Cielo Azul (Blue Sky)
• Omaha Storm Chasers: Cazadores de Tormentas
• Pawtucket Red Sox: Osos Polares (Polar Bears)
• Rancho Cucamonga Quakes: Temblores
• Round Rock Express: Chupacabras
• Sacramento River Cats: Dorados (Golden)
• Salt Lake Bees: Abejas
• San Antonio Missions: Flying Chanclas
• San Jose Giants: Gigantes
• Stockton Ports: Caballos
• Tulsa Drillers: Petroleros
• Visalia Rawhide: Toros
• Winston-Salem Dash: Rayados (Stripes)

New teams added for 2019 include:

• Arkansas Travelers
• Bradenton Marauders
• Carolina Mudcats
• Charleston RiverDogs
• Chattanooga Lookouts
• Clinton LumberKings
• Columbia Fireflies
• Columbus Clippers
• Delmarva Shorebirds
• Down East Wood Ducks
• Erie SeaWolves
• Florida Fire Frogs
• Fresno Grizzlies
• Greensboro Grasshoppers
• Gwinnett Stripers
• Hickory Crawdads
• Iowa Cubs
• Lake County Captains
• Lakewood BlueClaws
• Lancaster JetHawks
• Lansing Lugnuts
• Lexington Legends
• Louisville Bats
• Midland RockHounds
• Modesto Nuts
• Myrtle Beach Pelicans
• Nashville Sounds
• New Hampshire Fisher Cats
• Norfolk Tides
• Reading Fightin Phils
• Reno Aces
• Richmond Flying Squirrels
• Salem Red Sox
• Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
• Tacoma Rainiers
• Trenton Thunder
• Tri-City Dust Devils
• West Michigan Whitecaps
• Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

Hispanic Push Helps MiLB Set Record In Licensed Merchandise Sales

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