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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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 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.

KEEPING SCORE

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

BUY SELL

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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jun152016

Buster Posey Catches Renewed, Expanded Alliance As Under Armour Spokesman

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

June 15, 2016: Buster Posey has done such a good job as a brand ambassador for Under Armour that the sports apparel and footwear company wants him to do even more.

Baltimore-based Under Armour said it has signed Posey to a multi-year extension of their partnership, which started when Posey turned pro in 2008.

Financial terms of the deal were not shared.

According to Under Armour, Posey will continue to play a "central role for the brand through wear of Under Armour baseball gear on field and in training, and supporting key initiatives including Under Armour’s Connected Fitness and MLB licensed apparel platforms."

As part of the renewed partnership, Posey now becomes the face of Under Armour’s exclusive baseball collection in collaboration with Dick’s Sporting Goods.

"Since the day I turned pro, Under Armour Baseball has always provided me with the best gear to perform at the highest level," Posey wrote on his Twitter page. "I'm happy to announce that’s not going to change anytime soon."

The catcher for the San Francisco Giants makes about $3 million in endorsements, according to industry analysts, from deals that also include Esurance and Topps.

Posey currently stars for Esurance in a multi-layered effort that includes TV spots, "What Would Buster Do?" vignettes, Internet, social media and activation prior to and during the All-Star Game in San Diego this July.
 
Posey’s partnership extension with Under Armour follows on the heels of the extension revealed with the Washington National’s Bryce Harper earlier this month.

Under Armour's athlete roster also includes Stephen Curry, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Jordan Spieth, Clayton Kershaw and Lindsey Vonn; as well as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and an alliance with the estate of Muhammad Ali.

According to Ryan Kuehl, vp-gobal category sports marketing for Under Armour, “Buster is everything a team could ask for in a model baseball player, and Under Armour is proud to be his long-term partner. His accomplishments speak for themselves."

Since joining the Giants, Posey has become one of just three catchers in MLB history to catch three no-hitters and win three World Series titles; is a three-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger and a NL batting champion.

"Buster’s humility, hunger and never-ending focus on being a better athlete and teammate every day are the values Under Armour was built on; we’re excited to see what he does next," said Kuehl.

“Under Armour has been by my side through the last seven incredible years, and I can’t wait to see what comes next,” Posey said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to continuing my relationship with Under Armour well into the future as we build on our shared commitment to performance and innovation by delivering great things to fans and aspiring athletes worldwide.”

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