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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.”

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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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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Returns To MLB, Driven By Pete Frates, Red Sox, ALS Assn.

By Barry Janoff

July 31, 2015: One of the most impactful and effective cause-marketing campaigns of 2014 — and in recent memory — was the Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised more than $220 million worldwide to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Some $115 million of it went to The ALS Assn.

Led by co-founders Pete Frates, Pat Quinn and Anthony Senerchia; and the Boston Red Sox and MLB, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is back to raise awareness and funds to fight ALS, better known as Lou Gerhig's Disease.

Beginning today (July 31) and building through August, a multi-platform effort, anchored by a social media campaign, will take the Ice Bucket Challenge back to the public.

The Red Sox and representatives of several ALS organizations will join Frates — who earlier this season was made an honorary member of the team — and Quinn in Fenway Park to launch the 2015 effort, prior to the Red Sox hosting the Tampa Bay Rays.

Throughout August, each MLB team is scheduled to host its own ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and, in the spirit of the effort, then challenge another franchise, along with two other local personalities or organizations, to participate.

Frates and The ALS Assn. said the goal is to have an Ice Bucket Challenge every August "until a cure is found."

"You may ask, 'Why do the Ice Bucket Challenge again?'" the co-founders said in a statement. "And we understand. It's easy to see it as a one-time event. But let's make it more than that. Let's make it into a movement. . . . We officially challenge you to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, this August and #EveryAugustUntilACure."

"As the sport of Lou Gehrig, baseball's longstanding participation in the fight against ALS dates back to 1939," commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "In 2015, there remains no cure to the disease that bears his name, even after the great strides of last summer's phenomenon. Pat and Pete are passionate baseball fans, and in memory of Lou Gehrig, MLB and its clubs are honored to support their vision."

MLB said it would donate $100,000 to The ALS Assn. as part of the 2015 Challenge.

MLB has been at the forefront of the "Fight to Cure ALS" for many years, working with the ALS Assn., Project ALS, ALS Therapy Development Institute, ALS Society of Canada and the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. under the banner, "4 ALS."

"Thank you to MLB and to everyone who is making it possible to transform a moment into a movement, establishing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as an annual event to find treatments and cure for ALS," Barb Newhouse, president and CEO for The ALS Assn., said in a statement.We have to finish what started last summer: every August until there's a cure."

Last year, more than 17 million ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos were posted to Facebook, watched by 440 million people a total of 10 billion times, according to The ALS Assn.

For its efforts, The ALS Assn. was voted "2014 Grand Sports Marketer of the Year" by the readers of NYSportsJournalism.

The effort's origin is credited to Frates, a 29-year-old former captain of the Boston College baseball team, who was diagnosed with ALS in March 2012, and his family; and Quinn, a friend who also suffers from ALS.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis.

It is estimated that 30,000 people in the U.S. have ALS at any given time, with approximately 5,600 new cases diagnosed annually. More than 5,000 people die from the disease each year.

The ALS Assn. also said that U.S. veterans have almost 60% more risk of contracting ALS than civilians, especially those who serve overseas, information based on research at Harvard University that dates back to 1910.

 There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modestly extends survival.

More information on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge can be found here.

ALS Assn. Named 2014 Grand Sports Marketer Of The Year

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