Breakfast Briefing: How Nigel Powell saved the Kaepernick campaign

The lead communicator stepped in to save Nike's endorsement of the quarterback from the chopping block, according to a new report. Plus: What to watch at today's landmark hearing.

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Nike’s campaign starring Colin Kaepernick almost never happened. In fact, Nike came very close to cutting the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback from its roster of athletes last summer, with its sports marketing department befuddled by what to do with a quarterback who was both inactive in his sport and controversial.

So what happened? Nike comms leader Nigel Powell stepped in and "went ballistic" at the suggestion of firing Kaepernick, warning that the company would face a backlash from the young, cosmopolitan consumers it covets, according to the Times.

Showdown. Both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexual assault, are set to testify in front of Congress today. Insiders told Axios the hearings could go south for Kavanaugh if he’s not believable or awkward, like when he detailed the length of his virginity in a Fox News interview. The term "wall-to-wall media coverage" may be inadequate in this case. Trading on Wall Street could slow significantly during the broadcast, according to MarketWatch. Here’s a handy viewer’s guide from the Associated Press.

Skeletons in George Washington’s closet? Theories about how Elton John ends concerts? Mr. Kurd? Where to start with President Donald Trump’s Wednesday evening press conference? For your reading pleasure, here are lists of the ___ most stunning/astonishing/memorable lines from the press event from the Times, CNN, and The Atlantic.

A sleek SoHo home evidently wasn’t enough for Cadillac, which is moving its headquarters back home to Detroit after four years in the Big Apple. General Motors executives said as recently as April that Cadillac would stay based in New York, but the brand’s leader told The Wall Street Journal this week that he wants its staff closer to designers and engineers in Michigan.

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