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Kaelen Felix illustrates Veterans Day for 360 Magazine

Remembering Veterans During a Strained Time

By: Elle Grant

Wednesday, November 11th marks the annual commemoration of veterans in the United States, aptly named Veterans Day. This year, in the unprecedented context of coronavirus, as well as intense political and social strife, the day takes on an additionally sacred context as a reminder of those who have served our country.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress then passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, with the day becoming a national holiday beginning in 1938. Similar to Memorial Day, which is an annual federal holiday in May, it celebrates veterans of the United States. However, the difference between them is that Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living and dead. Yet a particular focus is on those veterans still with us, who served their country with honor and distinction whether during war or peacetime.

Several countries have similar days commemorating their veterans that find their root in remembering World War I and World War II on or near November 11th. Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday. World War I, as arguably the most brutal conflict in human history on the soldiers, is a devastating reminder of why countries celebrate those who serve.

2020 is a particularly remarkable year as it marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, and the 30th anniversary of both the end of the Panama Invasion and the beginning of Desert Shield.

Veterans Day has been distinctly impacted by the coronavirus, still sweeping the nation especially in the Midwest. As such, celebrations and efforts of remembrance are being affected in large ways. Arlington National Cemetery, used to hosting hundreds of thousands of veterans, their families, and the families of veterans who have passed, has altered its yearly ceremony in context of the current pandemic. For the first time, it will be livestreamed, with certain areas closed off, and embracing social distancing and masked mandates. Furthermore, the beloved observance at Memorial Amphitheater has been closed off to the general public, yet the overall cemetery will remain open.

Yet it is no time to despair or to pause the nation’s respects. There are 18.2 milling living veterans who have served during wartime alive in the United States today, all deserving admiration.

Many businesses and restaurants salute veterans during this day with special deals for those who have served and their families. 360 Magazine thanks all veterans for their service.

Trevor Bauer x Lids

All-star Cincinnati Reds pitcher and 2020 Cy Young Award finalist Trevor Bauer has partnered with Lids, the leading sports retailer.

In the 25-year history of Lids, Bauer is the first MLB player to partner with the company. Lids will become the exclusive headwear retailer for Bauer.

Bauer caught attention for his personal merchandise and custom cleats during the 2020 baseball season, and he will unveil several limited-edition custom hats, shirts and customizations throughout the year, all of which will be available nationwide.

Bauer said he has been a Lids customer for many years.

“As I’ve become more invested in design and branding in recent years, the opportunity to collaborate with such an iconic retailer, especially as its first MLB athlete partner, is really meaningful,” Bauer said.

Lawrence Berger, co-founder and partner at Ames Watson and Chairman of FanzzLids Holdings, said Bauer is equally impressive on and off the mound.

“Lids has been the leading headwear retailer for years, in large part due to the popularity of baseball hats, and we cannot think of a better individual to be our first MLB athlete partner than Trevor. We look forward to combining his passion for design with our talented creative team to make some incredible merchandise and content,” Berger said.

Bauer is the reigning MLBPA Players Choice NL Outstanding Pitcher and a finalist for the 2020 National League Cy Young Award, which will be announced Wednesday.

Bauer puts his season up against those of Jacob deGrom, who won the award in 2018 and 2019, and Yu Darvish, who debuted in 2012 with Bauer and is eyeing his first Cy Young Award, as well.

Bauer posted his career-best earned run average in 2020 of 1.73, second best in baseball only behind Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber. He won five games and anchored a Reds pitching staff that landed the seventh seed in the playoffs.

He also garnered attention for contributions to baseball as a whole with his self-titled YouTube channel and Momentum, an athlete-driven media company with the goal of connecting fans to the game.

Momentum uses authentic player stories to affect the public perception of baseball. With over 500 original pieces of audio and video, Momentum has built popular series like Bauer Bytes and Live At Bats. Its content has also been distributed through digital channels and partners like PlayersTV and FOX Sports.

You can follow Bauer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

You can also follow Lids on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, Woman at Computer

What happens to the home and economy when women leave the workforce?

The pandemic-induced recession forced many women to drop out of the workforce, with research showing they were much more likely than men to give up jobs so they could take care of children when schools went online.

The consequences of these decisions may go beyond each individual, though. 

“They could have large repercussions for the economy, the home, and society as a whole, says Andi Simon (www.andisimon.com), a corporate anthropologist, founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants, and author of the upcoming book Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business.

Some ramifications of this 2020 exodus from the workforce for women could include:

  • A drop in consumer spending. When one spouse loses a job, whatever the reason might be, it means an immediate and sudden drop in income for that household. “The impact on household earnings will lead to reduced spending,” Simon says. “That will have ripple effects throughout the economy.”
  • An impact on women’s careers and advancement. Eventually, many of these women will no doubt go back to work, but how well they will be able to just pick up their careers where they left off could be another matter, Simon says. “Will they have lost ground in the line for promotions to men who didn’t take any time away from work?” she asks. “Also, depending on how slow the recovery is, rejoining the workforce might not be that quick and easy.”
  • A reduction in demand for family-related industries. When both spouses work outside the home, couples often need to make use of services that developed or grew because one adult – usually the woman – wasn’t around to take care of certain household duties. For households where a mother is now back in the home, that has changed. “They no longer need to pay someone for childcare services,” Simon says. “In addition, the need for house-cleaning services is likely to drop.”
  • Changes to retail markets. A woman who stays home with the kids has different needs than a woman who commutes to an office each day, and those differences could be reflected in the world of retail, Simon says. Just as an example, there could be a drop in demand for makeup. Sales of business attire for women may plummet – or at least take a hit as more casual, comfortable clothes become more important wardrobe necessities. Restaurants could continue to struggle as people eat out less and cook at home more.
  • Entrepreneurial urges could shift to home businesses. Some women could still keep their career mindsets and try to establish their own businesses run from their homes, Simons says. But she cautions that there are questions about just what those businesses might be since some potential areas – such as marketing, consulting, and business coaching – have seen a downshift in demand for their services. “That leaves you to wonder just how viable setting up a home business might be,” Simon says.

Despite all those concerns, some good can come out of this period as well for women who want a better life both personally and professionally, Simon says.

“If you’ve not been satisfied with your career and your life, this could be an opportunity to rethink and rewrite your personal story,” she says. “You need to imagine what you want to become, focus on how to make that possible, and then begin to take steps to make it happen.”

About Andi Simon

Andi Simon, Ph.D. (www.andisimon.com), author of the upcoming book Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business, is a corporate anthropologist and founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants (www.simonassociates.net). A trained practitioner in Blue Ocean Strategy®, Simon has conducted several hundred workshops and speeches on the topic as well as consulted with a wide range of clients across the globe. She also is the author of the award-winning book On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights. Simon has a successful podcast, On the Brink with Andi Simon, that has more than 125,000 monthly listeners, and is ranked among the top 20 Futurist podcasts and top 200 business podcasts. In addition, Global Advisory Experts named Simons’ firm the Corporate Anthropology Consultancy Firm of the Year in New York – 2020. She has been on Good Morning, America and Bloomberg, and is widely published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Business Week, Becker’s, and American Banker, among others. She has been a guest blogger for Forbes.com, Huffington Post, and Fierce Health.

Los Angeles Dodgers Win 2020 World Series

The 2020 World Series was one that baseball fans won’t forget anytime soon. A season that struggled to get off the ground and faced a few pandemic outbreaks ended with the most difficult gauntlet of a playoff format in baseball history. 9 wins later, the two best regular season teams in baseball clashed.

The season closed in Arlington with a battle between the little team that fully embraced modern baseball analytics and a team that, well, fully embraced modern baseball analytics but had way more money.

The Tampa Bay Rays, a team with the third lowest payroll in the entire league, were expected to be a team that put pitching and defense first, and that’s exactly what they did. Even with Brandon Lowe becoming the team’s breakout star on offense, Blake Snell, Charlie Morton, Tyler Glasnow and the “stable” of arms Tampa Bay bullpen made the Rays the best team in the American League.

The Dodgers, on the other hand, were expected to be one of the greatest teams of all time. The offseason acquisition of Mookie Betts, arguably the second best player in baseball, put them in conversation with the Yankees in the late 1920s and the Big Red Machine for the best offense of all time.

Impressively enough, Mookie Betts was the only superstar on the team that wasn’t homegrown or brought to prominence by the Dodgers. Justin Turner, Max Muncy and Chris Taylor were all reclamation projects, and platoon outfielder A.J. Pollock was signed in free agency, but almost the rest of the Dodgers core, including the pitching staff, was a product of incredible scouting, drafting, developing and extending.

LA finished the season with 43 wins, a pace that would have been good for 116 in a 162 game season, which would tie the regular season record. They even seemed to get better as the year went on, with Cody Bellinger finally coming around toward the end of the season and Corey Seager emerging as the player the Dodgers hoped he’d become when he won Rookie of the Year in 2016.

The Dodgers faced little adversity in the playoffs until the National League Championship Series, going up against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves had arguably the hottest offense in baseball, complete with the likely MVP of the National League in Freddie Freeman.

While the Braves jumped out to a 2-0 series lead, something seemed to click for the Dodgers in the seventh inning of game two. They couldn’t quite overcome a 7-0 deficit, but they picked up some momentum scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and four more in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The next day the Dodgers came out swinging with 11 runs in the first inning, basically ending the game before the Braves ever had a chance to answer. Behind five strong innings from Julio Urías, the Dodgers went on to win game three by a score of 15-3.

Clayton Kershaw fed the narrative that he struggles in the playoffs in game four giving up four runs over five innings on the way to a Dodgers loss. The boys from Chavez Ravine proceeded to play near perfect baseball the rest of the way, riding their bullpen in games five and seven and Walker Buehler in game six. A missile from defending MVP Cody Bellinger in game seven was the deciding factor and the exclamation point on LA’s third NLCS victory in the last four years.

The Dodgers met the Rays in the World Series, who were coming off a game seven themselves against the Houston Astros. Again, the Rays relied on pitching and defense to get through the playoffs, but they brought the hottest player in the playoffs into the World Series in left fielder Randy Arozarena.

When accounting for adjusted salary for his time in the majors and the shortened pandemic season, Arozarena made $90,000 in 2020. For reference, the two highest paid left fielders for the Dodgers, Joc Pederson and A.J. Pollock, made more than $10 million last year. Arozarena out-homered the Pederson-Pollock duo in the 2020 playoffs ten to two.

Unfortunately for Arozarena, he was the only member of the Rays consistently hitting. Just as the Rays had done all season, it was a new guy delivering the big hit every night. Mike Brosseau did it in game five of the American League Divisional Series against the Yankees, Kevin Kiermaier came up with a few clutch hits and Manny Margot played a big role in downing the Astros, but Arozarena seemed to be the only one the Rays could consistently count on.

Game one was proof of that as the Rays were shut down by Clayton Kershaw, who set the tone to repave his playoff legacy. Kershaw went six innings in the first game of the World Series, giving up just one run before exiting. Dodgers MVPs Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts both homered on the way to an 8-3 Dodgers victory.

The Rays evened the series in game two on the back of Brandon Lowe, who hit two home runs, driving in three runs. Rays third baseman Joey Wendle drove in two more on a fourth inning double and another on a sixth inning sacrifice fly. Homers from Chris Taylor, Will Smith and Corey Seager weren’t enough for the Dodgers as Blake Snell and the Rays bullpen held off the LA offense.

Though a score of 6-2 might not seem like a punishing victory for the Dodgers, they owned game three. The Dodgers current ace, Walker Buehler went six innings, striking out ten Rays batters and giving up just one run on a Willy Adames double. The bullpen trio of Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol and Kenley Jansen picked up where Buehler left off, giving up one run on a Randy Arozarena home run in the ninth. The Rays sent just 31 hitters to the plate.

Game four is the game that will go down in history. When everyone looks back on the 2020 World Series, they will probably remember games four and six. It might have been the craziest game of the year, and it happened on baseball’s biggest stage.

Two lefties started the game for the Dodgers and Rays, with Julio Urías and Ryan Yarbrough on the hill, respectively. Justin Turner opened the scoring with a home run in the first inning for the second night in a row. Corey Seager homered in the third inning to put the Dodgers up 2-0, a score that would hold for one inning when Randy Arozarena launched his second home run of the World Series and his record-breaking ninth of the postseason.

Heading into the top of the sixth, the Dodgers had a 3-2 lead, which they extended on a double from utility man Kiké Hernández. That set the stage for Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe, who launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to put the Rays on top for the first time in the game.

The Dodgers answered quickly on a Joc Pederson single that scored Corey Seager and Justin Turner, giving the Dodgers a 6-5 lead. The battle was just beginning, as Kevin Kiermaier homered in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 6, only for Corey Seager to give the Dodgers the lead once again with an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning.

It was quiet until the bottom of the ninth inning, when the unlikely Rays postseason MVP Randy Arozarena stepped up the the plate with two outs and a man on first base. Arozarena worked a full count from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, eventually drawing a walk to put runners on first and second base. That would bring up the most unlikely of heroes.

Brett Phillips didn’t even make the ALCS roster. He was with the Kansas City Royals before being traded to the Rays on Aug. 27. He originally pinch ran earlier in the game with little expectation of getting a plate appearance, but with the way Rays manager Kevin Cash uses his bench, the Rays were out of options. Phillips was going to bat.

Down to his last strike, the career .202 hitter flicked a ball into center field. Kevin Kiermaier score easily, but a bobble from Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor caused the Rays third base coach to send Arozarena to the plate in an attempt to score the winning run. Arozarena fell down on his way to the plate, which should have ended the inning.

The throw to the plate from Taylor was cut off by Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy, who relayed the ball to LA catcher Will Smith. Smith was unable to hang onto the throw, and the ball rolled to the backstop, allowing Arozarena to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The long shot hero scored the Rays most valuable postseason player, and the sight of Arozarena pounding on home plate for the eighth run is something that will be burned in the memories of baseball fans forever.

Game five saw Clayton Kershaw take the hill once again to face Rays hard-throwing right hander Tyler Glasnow. Again, Kershaw set out to rewrite his playoff story, going five and two-thirds innings, striking out six and giving up two runs. Joc Pederson and Max Muncy both homered for the Dodgers on their way to a 4-2 victory.

Game six had the Rays up against a wall forcing them to send out their horse, Blake Snell. Randy Arozarena immediately launched a ball into the right field seats off Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin for his record tenth homer of the postseason. Snell was mowing down Dodgers hitters through five and one-thirds innings before giving up a single to catcher Austin Barnes.

The most talked about decision of the World Series came next, with Kevin Cash removing a blistering hot Snell from the game before facing Mookie Betts, who hit .208 against left-handed pitching in 2020. Right-hander Nick Anderson took the hill for the Rays, and Betts proceeded to slap a double down the left field line. A wild pitch with Corey Seager at the plate scored Barnes and advanced Betts to third, then Seager grounded a ball to first base, scoring Betts, who looked like he was out to prove he’s the best baserunner in the game this postseason.

The Dodgers went up 2-1, but for Rays fans and players, it must have felt like the score was 12-1, as the Rays couldn’t get a single thing going the rest of the game against the Dodger bullpen. Betts swatted a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning for an insurance run, and Julio Urías slammed the door over the last two and one-third to give the Dodgers their first World Series victory since 1988.

Corey Seager took home the trophy for World Series MVP, but Clayton Kershaw really stole the spotlight. The eight-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young winner and 2014 MVP Award winner picked up the first ring of his career in his tenth postseason. He was a lock for the Hall of Fame before 2020, but now he’ll get to make his induction speech wearing at least one World Series ring, and with the litany of young talent and financial resources at the fingertips of Dodgers management, he figures to eye a few more before he calls it a career.

In probably the worst story of the night, third baseman Justin Turner exited the game early because of a positive test for COVID-19. When it was announced at the conclusion of the game, it was a difficult moment for everyone who knew Turner had been with this Dodgers team the entire way. Outside of Kershaw, he might have been the most deserving of a celebration.

He even sent out a tweet thanking everyone for checking in on him and saying he could’t believe he couldn’t be out on the field to celebrate winning the World Series. The story went sour when it appeared that Turner actually did celebrate on the field, presumably placing everybody he came in contact with in danger.

The MLB released a statement saying Turner was adamant about celebrating on the field despite security officials advising him not to leave an isolated space. The story is still developing, but fans obviously voiced their discontent via social media, and it made the success of what MLB called their “bubble” to that point seem moot. While the disappointment for Turner being unable to celebrate a title that he was such a key part of is palpable, it is difficult to justify his actions exposing players, families and fans to COVID-19.

Turner, along with Pedro Baez, Kiké Hernandez, Jake McGee, Joc Pederson, Blake Treinen and Alex Wood, is set to become a free agent after not receiving a qualifying offer from the Dodgers. It is yet to be seen how this will affect him in free agency, or he could return to the Dodgers where he is already one of the organizations most beloved players.

The 2020 baseball season ended about as well as anyone who has lived through 2020 could have predicted, but baseball fans who were worried about 2020’s title feeling cheap seem to have come around to the idea that this title was equally or more trying to achieve. 60 games or 162 games, the 2020 Dodgers will go down in history.

JLO × COACH

By Cassandra Yany

Coach unveiled its holiday campaign Tuesday with the central message “Holiday Is Where You Find It.” It emphasizes the message that holiday is a state of mind regardless of how you’re celebrating this year.

There is no doubt that 2020 has been a unique year for everyone. Coach acknowledges this through the campaign and underscores that during these unprecedented times, the meaning of the holidays remains the same no matter how different festivities may look this year. They encourage fans of the brand to “cherish the big things, celebrate the small things.”

“Holiday Is Where You Find It” highlights Coach’s belief in optimism, finding joy in the little things and seeking comfort in togetherness and family traditions. The campaign will be presented in a series of short vignettes and images showcasing the cast celebrating new and old traditions. 

The cast consists of Jennifer Lopez and Michael B. Jordan and their families, as well as ambassadors such as Kiko Mizuhara, Jeremy Lin and Yang Zi.  Other members of the Coach Family featured in additional content include Camila Morrone, Megan Thee Stallion, Quincy, Yuna and Ramla Ali. 

Jordan is depicted celebrating Kwanzaa with his parents Michael B. Jordan Sr. and Donna Jordan, brother Khalid Jordan and sister Jamila Jordan-Theus. A video shows the family setting up the lights outside to spread holiday cheer. “Hanging out and giving back, honestly that’s at the top of my list,” said Jordan. 

Lopez is seen on Coach’s Instagram with her mother Guadelupe Lopez, and her children Emme and Max Muñiz. “I find holiday in the smiles on my kids’ faces,” said Lopez. “Number one on my to-do list is to count my blessings.” She is photographed wearing the Beat Shoulder Bag and the Holiday Cityscape Intarsia Sweater.

Lopez’s involvement in the holiday campaign follows her first collaboration with the fashion brand for the Coach X Jennifer Lopez Hutton Bag which launched earlier this month. The bag was designed with Creative Director Stuart Vevers and inspired by Coach and Lopez’s shared values of authenticity and inclusivity. It combines Coach as a modern-day icon with Lopez’s unique approach to style.

The holiday campaign spotlights the Beat Shoulder Bag, inspired by the downtown attitude of New York. The purse has three compartments for organization and a secure snap closure. The crossbody strap allows for hands-free wear, while the interchangeable chain strap lets you carry the bag. Crafted with soft leather, the Beat Shoulder Bag is available in a variety of colors and patterns, with distinct embellishments accenting some of the versions.

Also presented is the new Hitch backpack and belt bag for men. Each comes in three different color variations. The backpack is available in solid black and patterned black/ gray, brown/ black and brown/ tan displaying Coach logos, while the belt bag is sold in solid amber and patterned brown and brown/ tan with logos. Made of leather and canvas, the backpack is spacious and has multiple pockets for accessories. The bag is durable and lightweight, making it multifunctional and perfect for anything from work to travel. The leather belt bag was created with a hands-free design, and the zip closures and exterior pocket make essential items easily accessible. The bag can effortlessly be dressed up or down.

A social series will feature the archive-inspired Swinger Bag, which was first introduced in the ‘80s and has been reimagined for today. The short-strap shoulder bag is available in both nylon and leather. The bag is sold in a number of solid colors and a patterned version containing Coach’s signature jacquard. It is secured with a zipper, along with the iconic turn-lock closure. The Swinger Bag also has a detachable strap for those who want to style it as a crossbody.

Coach worked with a global family of creatives to bring this campaign to life. This team included photographers and directors Ryan McGinley, Renell Medrano, Hao Zeng, Brad Ogbonna, Takako Noel, Gen Yoshida, Fan Xin, DJ Furth, Zhangmeng, Jian LV and Christelle de Castro.

ABOUT COACH

Coach is a leading design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections, with a long-standing reputation built on quality craftsmanship. The brand approaches design with a modern vision, reimagining luxury for today with an authenticity and innovation that is uniquely Coach. All over the world, the Coach name is synonymous with effortless New York style.

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CruiseCompete’s Top 9 Reasons to Enjoy a Cruise During the Holiday

Create A New Holiday Tradition For the Highly-Anticipated 2020 Holiday Travel Season  

CruiseCompete Offers The Top 9 Reasons to Enjoy a Cruise During the Holidays

Holiday voyages in December and January are some of the most popular voyages and cruise vacations. Rather than wait to book these vacations, the cruise specialists and travel advisors at CruiseCompete encourage travelers to plan and book their holiday cruises now.

Currently, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and MSC Cruises all have voyages in December departing from Florida or California. 

Take a peek HERE

And New Years’ cruises are plentiful too, with Oceania, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and MSC Cruises planning very special voyages. Check them out HERE

Here are nine great reasons to cruise over the holidays: (See the full list HERE.)

  1. Sparkling clean ships – This is the perfect time to board a gorgeous cruise ship. More…
  2. Truly festive atmosphere– After Thanksgiving, the cruise lines get in the holiday spirit by decorating their ships from bow to stern. More…
  3. Special guests– Christmastime cruises would not be complete without guest appearances from Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elf friends. More…
  4. New Year’s fun – Ringing in the New Year is a splash while traveling on a cruise ship. More…
  5. No snow – A holiday cruise is ideal for those looking for a change of scenery as colder weather moves in at home.  More…
  6. Great food – Nobody goes hungry on a cruise vacation, especially during the holidays. More…
  7. Kid’s activities galore – With children on holiday break from school, many families love to cruise during December. More…
  8. True relaxation – Leave the hustle and bustle (and accompanying stress) of the holidays behind and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere with the family on a cruise vacation. More…

  9. Unique gifts – A cruise vacation is one-holiday gift that will truly be appreciated. Plus, the ship and ports offer the chance to procure distinctive goods. More…

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LaMelo Ball Joins PUMA

By Justin Lyons

LaMelo Ball, top 2020 NBA Draft prospect and younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, signed with the sports company PUMA for a long-term sponsorship deal.

Ball said he’s excited to join the PUMA family as he kicks off his basketball career.

“I believe the brand is the perfect partner for me because PUMA will allow me to just be myself. I want to be 100-percent authentic whether that’s playing basketball or showing off my personal style, and that’s what I want to do with PUMA,” Ball said.

The 6-foot-7-inch guard with elite passing skills opted out of college basketball in favor of professional contracts in Lithuania and Australia.

Adam Petrick, the global director of brand and marketing at PUMA, said Ball is a natural fit for PUMA because of his personal style and his “physical gifts and dynamic play on the court.”

“We are thrilled to add him to our roster of talented athletes, and at just 19 years old, we can’t wait to see his impact on the broader culture surrounding basketball,” Petrick said.

The first collaboration between the young phenom and PUMA will come in the form of a PUMA x LaMelo Ball T-shirt and hoodie set. The set will release Nov. 18, the same day as the 2020 NBA Draft where Ball is expected to go in the top five.

PUMA also intends to blur lines between sports, culture, music and fashion with its approach to the collaboration with Ball, which will likely be seen in the form of shirts, shoes and other apparel.

The partnership will follow PUMA’s “Not From Here” concept, something Ball cooked up himself to represent his unique attitude.

“I don’t know what normal is. I personally chose a different path to achieve my success because that defines who I am,” Ball said. “I know some people think I am mysterious or ‘not from here,’ and I might have to agree. I am someone who likes to be different and consider myself to be one of one. That’s the message I want to share in my upcoming projects with PUMA.”

Ball and PUMA will also join forces to host basketball camps, clothing donations, court refurbishments and more to support programs that encourage young athletes stay active.

With names like RJ Barrett, Kyle Kuzma and Deandre Ayton highlighting the list, Ball is the latest in a line of young talent to join PUMA.

In Ball’s 2019-2020 season as a member of the Illawarra Hawks, he played just 12 games before injuring himself during practice and deciding to leave for the NBA Draft. He averaged 17 points, 6.8 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft after winning the NBA Draft Lottery. The Timberwolves had a 14% chance at landing the first pick, tied for the best odds with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, the team holding the worst record in the league.

With the Timberwolves trading for star guard D’Angelo Russell last season, mock drafts appear to have Minnesota targeting Anthony Edwards, the wing player out of Georgia.

Without a consensus first pick, there is also speculation that Minnesota could trade out of the first pick, opening an opportunity for a team looking for a point guard with passing abilities like Ball’s.

It all remains to be seen the night of the Draft Nov. 18, where one thing is for sure: LaMelo Ball’s name will be called.

Emmy Awards Coverage Begins this Sunday

E!’S “LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2020 EMMY AWARDS” COVERAGE KICKS OFF THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH AT 4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT

Giuliana Rancic and Vivica A. Fox To Headline The Network’s Extensive Multi-Platform Coverage

Emmy-nominated Actress Laverne Cox To Join Stylist Brad Goreski and “Nightly Pop” Co-host Nina Parker on E! “Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards”  

“E! Stream the Red Carpet: Emmys” Digital Show Returns on Twitter Focusing on Fan Interaction Begins at 6:00pm ET3:00pm PT

As the stars virtually come together for television’s biggest night, Giuliana Rancic and Vivica A. Fox will headline E!’s “Live From The Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” to bring fans fun and authentic interviews and the most spontaneous moments with primetime TV’s biggest stars and nominees alongside “E!” Style Correspondent Brad Goreski, pop culture expert, Naz Perez and E! News’ “The Rundown” host, Erin Lim. E! will provide viewers with the most extensive multi-platform coverage on-air, on digital and across mobile and social live from the Universal Lot in Universal City, California on Sunday, September 20th as coverage begins at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT with “E! Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards.”

Comprehensive coverage begins with “E! Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” featuring “Nightly Pop” co-host Nina Parker, celebrity stylist Brad Goreski, E! News’ “The Rundown” host, Erin Lim, and Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox as they countdown 10 of the most anticipated Emmy nominees and their biggest moments. As part of the network’s second screen live coverage, our “Live From E! Stream” digital show returns on @enews Twitter, eonline.com, and the “E! News” app at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT featuring “Daily Pop” Co-hosts Justin Sylvester and Carissa Culiner. Emmy nominees will answer fan-submitted questions, putting E! viewers right in the middle of all the Emmys excitement.

As soon as the ceremony wraps, “Nightly Pop” co-hosts Morgan Stewart, Nina Parker and Hunter March break down the major moments of the night including the surprise wins and snubs, and the most buzzworthy speeches and performances during the “E! After Party: The 2020 Emmy Awards.”  Then on Monday, September 21st, “Daily Pop,” and “Nightly Pop” will recap the most memorable moments of the night, talk to the big winners and give fans a look inside the Emmys beginning at 9:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT. 

As part of E!’s day-of coverage, the network will celebrate a round-up of fan submissions from E!’s #GlambotChallenge TikTok stunt both on E! Entertainment handles and during the Countdown show. 

Digital & Social

“E! News” fan-favorite Instagram Stories will feature a day-long takeover featuring various E! talent and celebrities, along with a special edition of Emmys coverage on Monday, September 21st, delivering E!’s fresh, comedic and quick-pace take on the biggest moments of the night. The fun continues Monday, September 21st as “E! News” livestreams “Post Pop,” featuring Lilliana Vazquez and Scott Tweedie. They’ll recap the biggest Emmys moments, including what viewers didn’t see on TV on the @enewsTwitter, eonline.com and the “E! News” app starting at 10:00am ET/7:00am PT. “E! News’” popular Snapchat series, “The Rundown,” hosted by Erin Lim, will also include special Emmys coverage on Monday, September 21st. Fans can follow every moment as the event unfolds and get exclusive behind-the-scenes content on “E! News” digital at eonline.com, and @enewsacross social platforms (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook). Style fans can also follow along @stylecollective on Instagram for a fashion-first approach to the night.

Sponsors

All the action, effortless style, fashion forward glam and celebrity encounters fans crave is brought to E!’s “Live From The Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” by an unmatched partnership lineup with Ketel One VodkaLay’sLG ElectronicsNatural DiamondCouncil, and TRESemmé onboard. 

E!’s “Live From The Red Carpet” is produced by Den of Thieves. Executive Producers are Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Barb Bialkowski and Amanda McPhillips.

Complete Schedule:

Friday, September 18th 

11:00pm ET/PT

“Emmys: E!’s Inside Guide” spotlighting the biggest names giving a special look inside this year’s Emmys and nominees. 

Saturday, September 19th 

11:00am ET/PT

“Daily Pop: Live Emmy Special” featuring co-hosts Carissa Culiner, Justin Sylvester, and Morgan Stewart.

Sunday, September 20th 

4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT

“Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” featuring “Nightly Pop” co-host Nina Parker, “E!” Style Correspondent Brad Goreski, E! News’ “The Rundown” host, Erin Lim, and Emmy-nominated actress, Laverne Cox.

6:00pm ET3:00pm PT

“Live From The Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Vivica A. Fox, along with “E!” Style Correspondent Brad Goreski, pop culture expert, Naz Perez and E! News’ “The Rundown” host, Erin Lim.

7:00pm ET4:00pm PT

“E! Stream the Red Carpet: Emmys” digital show on Twitter at @enews from the Emmys red carpet, hosted by “Daily Pop” co-hosts Justin Sylvester and Carissa Culiner.

11:00pm ET8:00pm PT (Immediately following the Emmys)

“E! After Party: The 2020 Emmy Awards” featuring “Nightly Pop” Co-hosts Morgan Stewart, Nina Parker and Hunter March along with “The Rundown” host Erin Lim.

Monday, September 21st 

12:30pm ET/PT

A special Emmys episode of “Daily Pop” featuring co-hosts Carissa Culiner, Justin Sylvester, and Morgan Stewart.

11:30pm ET/ PT

A special Emmys-themed episode of “Nightly Pop” featuring co-hosts Morgan Stewart, Nina Parker and Hunter March. 

About E! Entertainment

E! is the only global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 91 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S and 161 countries globally. E! programming includes popular series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Total Bellas,” “Botched,” “E! True Hollywood Story,” and topical series “The Soup.” “E! News” is the leading multi-platform publisher delivering breaking entertainment news and pop culture coverage 24/7 across EOnline.com and all digital and social media. The brand’s programming slate includes “Daily Pop,” “Nightly Pop” and digital shows: “E! News’ The Rundown” and “BingE! Club” on Snapchat, and “Close Up by E! News” on Quibi. E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights and the “E! People’s Choice Awards” celebrates the best in pop culture and is the only award show for the people, by the people. E! is a network of the NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. For more corporate information, visit www.nbcuniversal.com.  

About Den of Thieves

Den of Thieves (DoT) is a television live event, scripted and non-scripted production company founded in 2007 by Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager. Since its inception, DoT has become one of the most highly regarded and sought-after production companies in the industry. DoT is the production company responsible for producing the MTV Video Music Awards for the past 13 consecutive years, while also holding Executive Producer credits for Netflix’s “Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour” concert special, E! Network’s People’s Choice Awards and “Live from the Red Carpet” awards seasons specials, Quibi’s “The Rachel Hollis Show,” MTV’s virtual “Promathon” event, YouTube Originals #MoveWithMe global dance event, the MTV Movie Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Awards for Turner Broadcasting, ABC’s “The Gong Show” and Ken Jeong’s Netflix comedy special “You Complete Me, Ho,” to name a few. Aside from spearheading some of the world’s leading premier event shows and specials, DoT is the name behind the production of comedy specials and documentaries for Netflix, Comedy Central, and Apple among others. Beyond that, DoT also produced the multi-network broadcast of Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief in September 2017, in addition to the digital stream of the historic March for Our Lives rally in March 2018.

Mulan illustration by Maria Soloman for 360 Magazine.

Mulan Boycott

by Justin Lyons

A new movement is taking over social media as pro-democracy activists try to spread a boycott of the new Disney film Mulan.

Disney’s live-action remake of the 1998 original film hit Disney’s streaming service Disney+ this weekend. On top of the monthly subscription fee, those wanting to see Mulan would have to pay $29.99 to unlock it.

Social media users in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand called for movie fans and Disney lovers to avoid the new film because of comments from Liu Yifei, who plays the titular Mulan.

In Aug. 2019, Liu expressed via Weibo, a Chinese social media site, that she supported Hong Kong police. The comments came amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Liu was met with instant backlash, but now that her movie is available to stream, the widespread boycott seems to have intensified.

Joshua Wong, a Hong Kong activist, has been particularly outspoken regarding the situation. He asked everyone who believes in human rights to boycott the film.

He also retweeted multiple tweets from other activists. One of which was from Twitter user Gwyneth Kwai-lam Ho, who linked a story about the boycott from The Guardian.

“Not while the true Mulans are suffering in the darkness of a Chinese jail,” the tweet said.

Mulan currently sits at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes among critics but 55% among audience members. It had a production budget of $200 million.

Allison Christensen Illustrates a Sports Article for 360 MAGAZINE

2020 Summer Olympics

by Justin Lyons

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are following the old show business gospel of “the show must go on.”

John Coates, vice president of the International Olympic Committee, spoke with AFP to say the Olympics would indeed begin in July 2021, whether COVID-19 is still around or not.

The summer games were originally scheduled to take place this summer, but complications from COVID-19 delayed them until next year.

Coates said the next Olympiad will be “the Games that conquered COVID.”

According to BBC, chief executive of the Tokyo Games Toshiro Muto also said it was possible for a limited audience to be in attendance and wanted to avoid having no spectators.

BBC also reported that Muto said a vaccine was not necessary for the games to go on.

Sports were warmly welcomed back in the United States in July, and the National Football League will return this week. Though basketball, baseball and hockey are finishing their seasons without fans, plan for fans in football stadiums remain tentative.

Fans around the country will have their eyes on the situation, and we obviously hope to see fans cheering on their home countries next year in one of the most unifying events in the world if conditions so permit.