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• In response to the mass shooting that occurred in the early hours of August 4, 2019, The Dayton Foundation has established the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund.

• NBC Sports Group and World Rugby today signed a four-year partnership to exclusively present the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series across NBC Sports platforms in the U.S. through 2023. The HSBC Sevens Series was an NBC Sports property from 2010-2016.

• ESPN, X Games and MLB said that four more MLB clubs have joined the Shred Hate initiative, described as a “multi-faceted, innovative bullying prevention program striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness.

The Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Oakland A’s will “support Shred Hate bullying prevention efforts and have the No Bully methodology implemented within select schools in their markets throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are returning to the initiative for a second consecutive year. Other MLB clubs have also been part of the initiative, which launched in 2017.

• The Museum of Ice Cream — a hands-on destination that serves homemade ice cream and offers such activities as cookie carousel to a slide that leads into a pool filled with rainbow sprinkles — will add to its original (2016) San Francisco location with the opening of a second location, in New York City’s Soho (555 Broadway), spanning almost 25,000 square feet over three floors.

• On the same day that Naomi Osaka was named the No. 1 seed for the upcoming U.S. Open, the two-time Grand Slam winner has signed a deal with Hyperice, a recovery and performance technology brand that specializes in vibration and percussion fitness devices. She joins such athletes as Blake Griffin and Lindsey Vonn on the roster. Full story here.
 

• Kellogg's Frosted Flakes has signed a deal to become title sponsor for the renamed Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.  The postseason CFB game will feature teams from the ACC and Pac-12 in the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2019, and will air for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS. The game was known as the Hyundai Bowl from 2010-18.

• The NFL said the Pro Bowl would return to Orlando's Camping Ground Stadium for the fourth successive year, scheduled for Jan. 26, 2020. It will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and be simulcast on ABC (3 PM ET). Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

POLL POSITION

XFL Teams (scheduled to begin play Februty 2020)

• Dallas Renegades
Globe Life Park

• Houston Roughnecks
TDECU Stadium

• Los Angeles Wildcats
Dignity Health Sports Park

• New York Guardians
MetLife Stadium

• St. Louis Battlehawks
The Dome

• Seattle Dragons
CenturyLink Field

• Tampa Bay Vipers
Raymond James Stadium

• Washington DC Defenders
Audi Field

KEEPING SCORE

The 32 men and 32 women who will be seeded in the singles draws at the 2019 U.S. Open (Aug. 26-Sept. 8) have named by the USTA:

U.S. Open Men’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain
3. Roger Federer, Switzerland
4. Dominic Thiem, Austria
5. Daniil Medvedev, Russia
6. Alexander Zverev, Germany
7. Kei Nishikori, Japan
8. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
9. Karen Khachanov, Russia
10. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

U.S. Open Women’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Naomi Osaka, Japan
2. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
3. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
4. Simona Halep, Romania
5. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
7. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
8. Serena Williams, United States
9. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus
10. Madison Keys, United States

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Aug. 16-18
1. Good Boys $21M
2. Hobbs & Shaw $14.1M
3. The Lion King $11.9M
4. Angry Birds 2 $10.5M
5. Scary Stories $10M
6. 47 Meters Down $9M
7. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $8.5M
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $7.6M
9. Blinded By the Light $4.5M
10.The Art of Racing in the Rain $4.4M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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NFL Network Signs Prime Time Deal To Air Alliance Of American Football Games

By Barry Janoff

February 1, 2019: The neophyte Alliance of American Football, just a week away from beginning its inaugural season, continues to add media partners to bring its game to the people.

The AAF, which already has an alliance with CBS Sports Network, this week added Turner Sports for coverage and has now signed a significant multi-year deal with NFL Network.

The AAF will make its debut Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, just a week after the NFL’s Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3.

The pact with NFL Network — owned by the NFL — adds credibility to the eight-team rookie league.

It also brings the AAF another step closer to the NFL universe.

Financial terms of the pact were not released.

"NFL Network understands the mission and vision for The Alliance and what we are trying to accomplish," Charlie Ebersol, AAF co-founder and CEO, a veteran TV and film producer whose father, Dick Ebersol, former chairman for NBC Sports and now a senior advisor for NBC Universal Sports and Olympics.

"This partnership will now keep professional football in its prime time television spot, allowing fans to continue watching America's most popular sport well into the spring."

The AAF is counting people wanting to continue to see football on TV in the spring, when the NFL off-season consists of the Scouting Combine (Feb. 26-March 4) and the NFL Draft (April 25-27)

According to Mark Quenzel, svp-programming and production for NFL Network, “Having live football games on NFL Network in February, March, and April will be a great addition to our lineup and a nice complement to our coverage of the NFL Combine and NFL Draft,.”

Also leading the AAF is co-founder Bill Polian, a veteran football executive with more than 40 years experience.

Hines Ward, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl XL, XLIII) and is now head of football development for AAF.

Shaquille O’Neal said he has invested in the league, but did not disclose figures.

The first game on NFL Network will see the Salt Lake Stallions face the Arizona Hotshots on Feb. 10.

NFL Network will then air two games per week in prime time on Saturday and Sunday nights.

CBS is scheduled to air the AAF's opening day,.

CBS Sports Network will then carry one AAF game each week throughout the ten-week regular season and then the post-season in April.

The inaugural AAF championship game is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019, to be broadcast nationally on CBS from Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.

Turner’s TNT will televise the Stallions vs. Birmingham Iron on  Feb. 16 as a lead-in to its coverage of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm.

TNT will then air an Alliance playoff matchup in April.

Turner’s B/R Live will support the inaugural season of the AAF with a special program available Feb. 9, introducing fans to the league, including some of the top moments from the pre-season.

B/R Live’s game coverage will begin Feb. 23, with Arizona vs. Salt Lake.

B/R Live will support the inaugural season of The Alliance with a special program available Feb. 9, introducing fans to the league, including some of the top moments from the pre-season.

AAF partners also include Riddell, Starter, New Era and Topps.

AAF said it has signed more than 400 players. Head coaches include such former NFL players and/or head coaches as Mike Singletary, Steve Spurrier, Brad Childress, Dennis Erickson and Mike Martz.

The eight AAF cities, stadiums/head coaches:

Eastern Division
• Atlanta Legends: Georgia State Stadium / Brad Childress
• Birmingham Iron: Legion Field Stadium / Tim Lewis
• Memphis Express: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium / Mike Singletary
• Orlando Apollos: Spectrum Stadium / Steve Spurrier
    
Western Division
• Arizona Hotshots: Sun Devil Stadium / Rick Neuheisel
• Salt Lake Stallions: Rice-Eccles Stadium / Dennis Erickson
• San Antonio Commanders: Alamodome / Mike Riley
• San Diego Fleet: San Diego County Credit Union Stadium / Mike Martz

Alliance Of American Football Adds Turner Sports To Inaugural Season Partners

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