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NFL Franchise Notes: Broncos Launching Social Justice Initiatives

In Denver, Ryan O'Halloran notes the Broncos unveiled a "series of social justice initiatives" through the new "Broncos Inspire Change" program. The program "will revolve around education, awareness and funding, diversity and inclusion and activism." Players "will hold a 'Power Hour' meeting every Tuesday 'dedicated to player-led social justice causes,' and new initiatives in youth education and mentorship." A Diversity & Inclusion Committee was created (DENVER POST, 9/10).

SPREADING THE WEALTH: In S.F., Eric Branch notes the 49ers yesterday will distribute their $1M social-justice grant "established in May to nine nonprofit organizations that are focused on one of three areas: racial equality in policing, ending mass incarceration and educational and economic advancement for young Black people." The announcement was made after a "two-month selection process that included a review of each organization’s proposal" by ownership, execs and players. The final distribution of funds was "determined by the Players Social Justice Council" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/10).

DIFFERENT APPROACH: In Atlanta, Tim Tucker reports the Falcons "don't plan to have cardboard cutouts of fans at their games" this season. AMB Sports & Entertainment COO Dietmar Exler said, "We looked at it and we didn't feel like this was the right thing to do." Tucker wrote the team instead "plans to bring some season ticket holders into the stadium via the cameras on their smartphones or other devices, showing them on the stadium's halo-shaped video board" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 9/10).

ORDER UP: In Dallas, Sarah Blaskovich reports the new AT&T Stadium At Home program is "selling group-sized portions of gameday food, available for delivery or pick-up the day before" the Cowboys play. Legends Hospitality Dir of Food & Beverage George Wasai, who oversees AT&T Stadium, said the idea is to "enjoy the spirit and traditional flavors of AT&T Stadium" despite the atypical season. Different food packages vary in price (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/10).