Six things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 9.15.2014

Latest on the NFL's reputation crisis; Clintons stop in Iowa; Heineken rebuffs SABMiller offer; Alibaba roadshow moves to Asia; Investors worried about Scottish independence vote.

Six things for PR pros to know Monday morning, 9.15.2014

1. Fans checking Twitter for the latest fantasy football news on Sunday probably noticed the #BoycottNFL hashtag, one of many protests of the National Football League’s handling of domestic violence cases.

Here’s a wrap-up of the latest on the NFL’s reputation crisis:

2. Hillary Clinton appeared in Iowa on Sunday, home of the first presidential primary contest, and acknowledged she’s "thinking about" a second run for the White House. In 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign surprised many with its performance in the state, fueling its run to the Democratic nomination. Former President Bill Clinton was peppered with questions from reporters before his appearance at the event.

3. Heineken has turned down an acquisition offer by international brewing conglomerate SABMiller, saying it wants to remain independent. Netherlands-based Heineken is valued at about $44 billion.

4. Alibaba Group’s pre-IPO investor roadshow had a tense stop in Hong Kong, where investors are upset the company decided to go public in the US instead of on a local exchange. Executive Chairman Jack Ma told investors there on Monday that the company wants to expand in Europe and the US. Investor relations experts talked with PRWeek last week about why the investor roadshow remains critical in the social media age.

5. The UK’s Queen Elizabeth II has weighed in on Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum, saying voters should "think very carefully" before pulling the lever. Investors are also worried about the many implications of the vote.

6. Lufthansa pilots at the airline’s Frankfurt hub are planning to strike on Tuesday, citing improvements they want in the company’s early retirement package.

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