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The newly unveiled logo for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games combines two iconic symbols associated with the Games – a gold medal and the Olympic torch – which combine to form an image of Marianne, a female figure representing the French Republic  This is the first time the Olympic logo will be shared with the Paralympic Games.

• The late golf icon Arnold Palmer will be commemorated with a Forever Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service in 2020. The stamp features James Drake's action photo of Palmer at the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

• Dr Teal's Epsom Salts has signed All Pro TE Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) and two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams) to explain in marketing the “benefits of balancing rigorous workouts with regimented muscle recovery in order to achieve and maintain peak performance.”

• Sacramento, California's capital city, has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022. The club will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. 

• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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Most Popular NBA Player Jerseys (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
6. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
8. Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with Houston Rockets)
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets

Most Popular Player Merchandise (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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Weekend Box Office Oct. 18-20
1. Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil $36M
2. Joker $29.2M
3. Zombieland 2 $26.7M
4. Addams Family $16M
5. Gemini Man $8.5M
6. Abominable $3.5M
7. Downton Abbey $3M
8. Judy $2M
9. Hustlers $2M
10. It 2 $1.5M
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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.
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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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
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.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• 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)

NBA 2019 Opening Nights
• Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors TNT 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 22 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

• Oct. 23 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers ESPN 8 PM (ET)
• Oct. 23 Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ESPN 10 PM (ET)

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May222009

Nike Sees Long Run With LeBron, Kobe 'Most Valuable Puppets'

May 21, 2009: Nike plans to run its new "Most Valuable Puppet" campaign, which stars caricature versions of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, through the NBA Finals in mid-to-late June, especially if the real James and Bryant cooperate with wins. Three spots in the campaign, via Weiden + Kennedy, Portland, Ore., already have broken but as many as six could be on tap staring an odd couple version of Kobe and LeBron as Jim Henson Muppets by way of Nike's Anfernee 'Lil Penny' Hardaway from the 1990s. The newest spot, "Kobe's Unstoppable Game Tape," which broke May 21, sees the LeBron puppet watching a highlight reel with the real LeBron. But the action stops and switches to a highlight reel of the real Kobe. As LeBron moans and shakes his head, a voiceover says, "Since the dawn of time man has asked the question, What makes Kobe Bryant, aka The Black Mamba, so unstoppable? What makes his dunk so unstoppable? What makes his three-pointers so unstoppable? What makes his overall unstoppableness unstoppable? Is it possible to stop something that is so unstoppable?" Then text on the screen reads, "This DVD was produced, directed and edited by Kobe Bryant, aka The Black Mamba, for LeBron." The LeBron puppet then tosses his DVD highlight reel at the Kobe puppet.

''When you go with puppets and things like that, it's kind of unlimited,'' James told the Akron Beacon Journal. ''I don't have to be there. So it's kind of unlimited how many we can do. We'll keep it going until the buzz dies down.'' And Kobe told ESPNews, “They’re great. One of the things LeBron and I have talked about is how funny it would be to see how different we are and then how funny that is together. You know what I mean? Because LeBron just goes, goes and goes. He’s high energy all the time. They say things we’d never actually say but the demeanor of it is kind of cool.”

The first spot, "Chalk," broke May 8 and showed the LeBron puppet psyching himself up for the playoffs by mirroring his real-life version's chalk-clapping pre-game ritual, eventually filling a room with dust and annoying Kobe with such rants as, "Woo! MVP! Chosen One, baby! Ohio ... Akron, Ohio, baby! Come on, Kobe, let's go down the highway!" The second spot, sees the Kobe puppet getting revenge by looking for the three title rings he has earned with the Los Angeles Lakers. "Have you seen my THREE CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS?" Kobe says to an annoyed LeBron. "I seem to have misplaced my THREE CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS. They represent the THREE CHAMPIONSHIPS that I myself have won." "This is my problem?" the LeBron puppet replies. "Kobe, I'm busy." Eventually, LeBron asks Kobe, "Have you checked your CHAMPIONSHIP RING DISPLAY CASE!?" "Will you look at that," Kobe replies as he walks to the display case. "There are my THREE CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS." "Do they have names?" a frustrated LeBron asks. "Why do we live together." Oddly, the puppets are not as yet voiced by the real players.

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