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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.”


 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.


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:
• 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



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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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).


Tony Stewart Channels Burt Reynolds For Mobil 1 'Smokey And The Bandit' Parody

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2014: In 1977, Burt Reynolds hit the big screen as Bo "Bandit" Darville in Smokey and the Bandit.

The story follows the Georgia-based truck driver who, along with his friend Cledus Snow, is offered $80,000 by Big Enos Burdette and his son, Lil Enos, to drive from Georgia to Texas to pick up a truckload of what was then considered "bootleg" beer and return, with the stipulation that they must make the approximately 1,300 mile round trip within 28 hours.

That film was followed by Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Smokey and the Bandit III (1983).

Now, Mobil 1 and driver Tony Stewart have joined for a marketing effort that might be dubbed Smokey and the Bandit IV.

The activation is built around a five-episode series (plus an intro trailer), Smoke Is The Bandit, in which Stewart, as Smoke, is presented with a challenge that involves Mobil 1, the official motor oil of Nascar.

In the real world, Stewart drives the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing.

The series will air on Mobil 1's YouTube channel, with episodes breaking now through March 25.

Support includes Mobil 1's Facebook page, where visitors can get "behind-the-scenes access to photos from the Smoke is the Bandit with Mobil 1 set and exclusive information about the video shoot with many Nascar legends and personalities."

“As fans enjoy the return of the Nascar season, we thought it would be fitting to re-create one of the classic car chase movies in a fun way with our Nascar spin, all while putting Smoke behind the wheel of his favorite car,” Artis Brown, Mobil 1 Motorsports manager for ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, said in a statement.

Episode 1, "The Challenge," finds Smoke approached by Big Enos (played by former driver and current ESPN broadcaster Ricky Craven) and Lil Enos (driver and Fox Sports 1 race analyst Hermie Sadler) with the task of driving to Texarkana to pick up 400 bottles of Mobil 1.

"What do you want with all that oil?" asks Stewart as Smoke.

"My Daddy wants the No. 14 Chevy to benefit from Mobil 1's outstanding protection and performance throughout the Nascar season," replies Lil Enos.

"We're going to need a car . . . a fast one," says Smoke. Then, speaking to his friend The Snowman (Darrell Waltrip) on his CB radio, he exclaims, "We got us a new job. Let's go get some Mobil 1."

The upcoming schedule includes Episode 2, “The Pickup”  (March 11);  Episode 3, “The Interview” (March 13); Episode 4, “The Sheriff” (March 18); Episode 5, “The Big Finish” (March 20).

Mobil 1 said that on March 25 it would air the complete series as a single-play, long-form feature that includes all six videos in succession, with additional commentary from Stewart and the other series’ stars.

Other members of the cast include Jeff Hammond (Buford T. Justice) and Nicole Briscoe (Frog).

Smokey and the Bandit is still my all-time favorite movie,” said Stewart, whose on-screen appearances include Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) with Lindsay Lohan. “Bringing this legendary movie back to the screen – with the Bandit’s black Trans Am and all – has been an absolute blast and I hope the fans have just as much fun watching the videos.”

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