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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. 23-25
1. Angel Has Fallen $21.3M
2. Good Boys $11.8M
3. Overcomer $8.2M
4. The Lion King $8.2M
5. Hobbs & Shaw $8.1M
6. Ready or Not $7.8M
7. Angry Birds 2 $6.4M
8. Scary Stories $6M
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $5.2M
10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $5M
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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Miller Lite Evokes 'Tastes Great-Less Filling' Memories In New Troy Aikman Ad

By Barry Janoff

September 10, 2015: Miller Lite left its mark in marketing and beer sales history with a series of iconic TV spots in the 1970s and 1980s under the theme, "Great Taste-Less Filling" (and revived for a time in 2008) that featured sports legends and celebrities.

The brand is tapping into their creative history with a new spot that features Troy Aikman, former quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys and current NFL analyst and commentator.

Perhaps not so ironically, Aikman in the spot admits to "dwelling in the past" regarding his former pro career, which included 165 career touchdowns, 32,942 yards passing, three Super Bowl wins (XXVII and MVP, XXVIII and XXX) and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

The commercial is part of Miller Lite's campaign centered around a bodega run by Fred, described as "half store clerk, half sage," who gives advice and usually encourages customers to be themselves, somehow then associated to buying the product.

In one spot, a guy sings "Karaoke" after being asked to do so by Fred. In another, "Advice," Fred suggests to a woman customer that she bring Miller Lite (her preferred choice) to a Chardonnay party. In a third, Fred downgrades his suggestions to a woman in the bodega looking for a "Last Minute Gift" from a case of Miller Lite to a 12-pack to a six-pack as the woman's description of her acquaintance slips from friend to "frenemy." (He ultimately tells her to keep five of the bottles and give away just one.)

Lead agency is TBWA\Chiat\Day LA.

The union between Aikman and Miller Lite is relatively organic. The Miller Lite Plaza and Miller Lite Club are located in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, and the brand is the team's exclusive beer partner through 2020.

In his spot, Aikman goes into Fred's bodega to buy Miller Lite when another customer, wearing Aikman's No. 8 Dallas Cowboys jersey, recognizes him. "I'm a huge fan," the guy says to Aikman. "All the touchdowns, the wins, the passes."

"You know, I don't like to dwell in the past," says Aikman. "But thank you."

Just then, Aikman's cell phone buzzes. The ring tone is an old play-by-play announcer. "Aikman, touchdown! Unbelievable! Airman, touchdown! Unbelievable," it repeats over and over.

"I dwell in the past," admits Aikman.

"I would, too," says Fred.

"I don't blame you," says the fan.

"Okay," smiles Aikman, followed by the tag line, "As long as you are you, it's Miller Time." (See the full commercial here.)

The Great Taste-Less Filling spots featured the likes of Joe Frazier, Yogi Berra, Dick Butkus, Boog Powell, Bob Uecker, Bubba Smith, Billy Martin, George Steinbrenner, politician Tip O'Neill and author Mickey Spillane.

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