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Nike’s Shares Plunge as Colin Kaepernick Ad Ignites Boycott

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Nike shares have dropped as much as 3 percent on Tuesday following the brand’s decision to select Colin Kaepernick as the face for the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” slogan.

The former NFL player was the first to take a knee during the national anthem, an unapologetic anti-American protest that ignited an uproar against the league, causing ratings to significantly drop.

Kaepernick has continued to advocate for racial equality despite defenders falsely accusing the activist of disrespecting the country’s values. Although he believes the core beliefs of the states are deeply intertwined with racism.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said after he kneeled at an August 2016 game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Just one day following Nike’a release of the new campaign, thousands of the sportswear giant’s fans slammed the company with tweets paired with the trending hashtag #Nikeboycott. Some went as far as posting images online of themselves destroying Nike apparel.

Business Insider reports, the trading is down 2.2 percent, but Nike doesn’t anticipate the boycott will have a major impact on the majority of sales. However, GlobalData Retail’s Neil Saunders told Reuters that the campaign will hurt the brand in Middle America.

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Report: SEC suspends regular Season Competition, Championships for all Sports

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The SEC (Southeastern Conference) has reportedly suspended all regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses, as well as SEC championship events, until March 30, amid the spread of the new coronavirus.

The announcement follows the cancellation the league orchestrated for the remainder of the men’s basketball tournament in Nashville.

“We understand that this decision will be disappointing to our student-athletes and coaches who have been preparing all season to compete in this event as well as viewers at home,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey in a statement.

“While this was not an easy decision, the health and well-being of our entire SEC community is of paramount importance.”

At that time, the conference also prohibited access in similar fashion to all on-campus regular-season games for SEC member institutions, including A&M. Those measures will be reconsidered on March 30, according to the conference.

According to Wednesday’s statement, the SEC will automatically refund tickets to the conference tournament that were purchased through the SEC office, an SEC university or the SEC Ticket Exchange via Ticketmaster.

Along with the SEC, the Big 10 and American Athletic Conference also canceled the remainder of their men’s basketball tournaments due to the novel coronavirus.

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Jeff Bezos sets sights on buying NFL team

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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is reportedly planning on purchasing an National Football League (NFL) team and is currently in talks with several current owners.

According to CBS Sports, Bezos “has spent considerable time around owners, including Washington Redskins’ Dan Snyder, and is in the process of moving to Washington.” Bezos, is worth an estimated $110 billion, including ownership of The Washington Post.

“There are not any teams currently on the market, though the Seattle Seahawks will be sold at some point following the death of Paul Allen last year,” the report said on Sunday. Snyder has been trying to get a state-of-the-art stadium built in Washington, DC, and Bezos can help him build one.

“Bezos moved The Washington Post to a new location after purchasing the paper, is setting up an Amazon hub in the area and some believe could aid Snyder`s pursuit of a new stadium, perhaps even with an Amazon sponsorship,” the report elaborated. Amazon has a partnership with the NFL to stream Thursday Night Football and he may buy an NFL team from a business perspective.

NFL is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.

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Charles Rogers: Former Detroit Lions receiver dies at 38, reports say

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According to a report from Chris Solari of the Detroit Absolutely free Press, former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers, has died at the age of 38.

The Saginaw, Michigan native was the No. 2 general pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. He holds the school record for most touchdowns in a career and won the Fred Biletnikof Award in 2002 for the nation’s best wide receiver.

He was a unanimous first-team All American, totaling 2,821 yards and 27 touchdowns in just two seasons.

Rogers’ former teammates first broke the information on social media. The cause of death is still unclear.

DEVASTATED TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF MY SPARTAN BROTHER CHARLES RODGERS. SPOKE WITH HIS MOM THIS EARLY MORNING. MAKE SURE YOU PRAY FOR HER AND HIS LITTLE ONES. YOU SHOULD ALSO BE RESPECTFUL OF THEIR PRIVATENESS AT THIS TOUGH TIME. RIP CHUCK 

— CHRIS BAKER (@TOTEN86) NOVEMBER 11, 2019

Rogers is said to leave behind eight children.

CAN ENSURE: PREVIOUS MSU AND LIONS WR CHARLES ROGERS HAS DIED. THE SAGINAW INDIGENOUS WAS 38 SEVERAL YEARS PREVIOUS.

— CHRIS SOLARI (@CHRISSOLARI) NOVEMBER 11, 2019

Rogers, in his three seasons in the NFL, caught 36 passes for 440 yards with four touchdowns.

This is a developing story.

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