• 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.

• "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."

• "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member."

• "I intend to live forever, or die trying." — Groucho Marx RIP 8-19-1977

• Per NBC Sports: “A plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and their daughter Isla rolled off the end of a runway and caught fire upon landing today (Aug. 15)  in Elizabethon (Municipal Airport), Tenn. All (five people) aboard the plane (including two pilots) are safe.”The airport is about 14 miles south of Bristol Motor Speedway, where Earnhardt Jr. was scheduled to be part of the NBC Sports crew cowering this weekend’s Nascar races.

• Continuing its expansion into the sports betting landscape, MLB has signed a multi-year partnership designating FanDuel as an “authorized gaming operator” of the league. FanDuel called it a “landmark deal” as it marks the company’s first partnership with MLB or an MLB team. MLB also has alliances in the sports betting category that include MGM Resorts International, Draftings and Sportradar. Full story here.

• For future trivia buffs: ex-NFL and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones has become the first player to officially sign with the XFL, which is scheduled to begin play in February 2020. Landry, who played in 19 games (five starts) during his NFL career (2013-18), mainly with the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be assigned to one of eight XFL teams via an eignt man QB draft scheduled for the fall. Financial terms were not released.

• Nick Kyrgios, currently ranked No. 27 in the world, has been fined $113,000 by the ATP relating to a series of incidents during his second-round loss at the Western & Southern Open Wednesday evening in Cincinnati, including five separate unsportsmanlike conduct situations, each a $20,000 fine.

• National consumer cannabidiol (CBD) brand cbdMD has signed a deal with reigning UFC heavyweight world champion, Daniel "DC" Cormier, which comes as Cormier is scheduled to defend his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 on Aug.17.

• T-Mobile said it would donate $2,000 per home run hit at the inaugural T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby to Little League Baseball and Softball—pledging to hit at least $1 million in total donations in its first year of partnership. The money will fund participation grants to make programs more affordable for kids and families. The donation includes the $642,000 donated at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at MLB All-Star Week.

• Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has become an investor in the MLS Seattle Sounders, along with his wife, musician Ciara; as well as rap artist Macklemore and his wife Tricia Davis. The Sounders also said that founding owner Joe Roth is leaving the club.

NBA Opening Weekend presented by Kia national TV Games 2019-20:
Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors (TNT), Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers (TNT); Oct. 23 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN), Denver  Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN); Oct. 24 Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets (TNT), Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors (TNT); Oct. 25 Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans (ESPN), Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN).

• WNBA Teams, Players Now Part Of NBA 2K20: "We have arrived!" Full story here.

• 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.”


NBC Sports Group and Mecum Auctions have signed a multi-year partnership extension to continue coverage of Mecum car auctions across NBC Sports through 2024.

The top-five selling cars since the start of the partnership in 2014:
1, 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype GT/104 $7M (2014)
2, 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari $4.7M (2016)
3. 1966 Ford GT40 MkI $4.4M (2016)
4. 1933 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe $3.85M (2018)
5. 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible  $3.5 (2014)


World's Most Valuable Sports Franchises

1. Dallas Cowboys $5 billion, +4%
2. New York Yankees $4.6 billion +15%
3. Real Madrid $4.24 billion +4%
4. Barcelona $4.02 bilion
5. New York Knicks $4 billion +11%
6. Manchester United $3.81 billion
7. New England Patriots 43.8 billion
8. Los Angeles Lakers $3.7 billion +12%
9. Golden State Warriors $3.5 billion +13%
10. New York Giants $3.3 billion

11. Los Angeles Dodgers $3.3 billion
12. Boston Red Sox 43.2 billion
12. Los Angeles Rams $3,2 billion
14. Washington Redskins $3.1 billion
14. Chicago Cubs $3.1 billion
16. San Francisco 49ers $3.05 billion
17. Bayern Munich $3.01 billion
18. San Francisco Giants $3 billion
19. Chicago Bulls $2.9 billion
19. Chicago Bears $2.9 billion



Weekend Box Office Aug. 9-11
1. Hobbs & Shaw $25.4M
2. Scary Stories $20.8M
3. The Lion King $20M
4. Dora and the City of Lost Gold $17M
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $11.6M
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain $8.1M
7. The Kitchen $5.5M
8. Spider-Man Far From Home $5.3M
9. Toy Story 4 $4.4M
10. Bring the Soul $2.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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What's In A Name? For AT&T, $6.3M March Madness And More In Media Value

By Barry Janoff

April 7, 2014: In July 2013, AT&T acquired naming rights to what was then Cowboys Stadium via a 15-20-year deal estimated at upward of $19 million per year.

Although that still ranks as one of the highest-priced naming rights deals, AT&T is already reaping rewards from its investment.

In 2013, AT&T, a corporate partner of the NCAA, received more than $16 million in media value via on-air branding and its other platforms related to the Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament, according to marketing and research firm Kantar Media, New York.

This year marks the first time that an NCAA corporate partner has its name on the venue hosting the basketball Final Four.

Because of that, AT&T is projected to receive $6.35 million in media value from the NCAA championship game between Kentucky and Connecticut alone. The value comes via national exposure on CBS from signage (mostly exterior as all ads within Final Four host stadiums must be covered evern for official marketing partners, per the NCAA), verbal mentions and on-screen text, according to analytics and research company Front Row Marketing Services, a division of Comcast-Spectacor, Philadelphia. All of which received substantial air-time.

The value is based on an estimate of 30-second TV spots going for about $700,000.

AT&T's total media value for the Final Four, yet to be determined, would also include national exposure during the two semi-final games played on Saturday night, which were televised across three Turner Broadcast networks: TBS, TNT and truTV.

Those two games "delivered the two most-watched college basketball telecasts in cable television history," according to Turner Sports. Kentucky's last second one-point win over Wisconsin was the most viewed college basketball game ever on cable, peaking with an average of 18.6 million total viewers.

“The power of naming rights is exponentially profiled during large scale sporting events like the Final Four, the Super Bowl or the CFB National Championship," said Eric Smallwood, svp for Front Row Marketing Services & Front Row Analytics. "The value that AT&T will receive from [the NCAA basketball title] game will be worth a third of their annual price tag, and the telecom will be 'top of mind' for every fan who watches the game, even those who have Verizon and T-Mobile."

In addition, the 2014 Final Four is expected to generate more than $276 million in spending and other financial income in North Texas, according to the Major Events Trust Fund, a unit of the Governor of Texas' Office of Economic Development and Tourism.

Last year, AT&T spent some $70 million to activate in and around March Madness, second only to the $80.7 million spent by General Motors, according to marketing and research firm Kantar Media.

This year, AT&T's marketing around March Madness included a TV spot with Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, supporting U-Verse; spots supporting AT&T's the theme "Nothing But Network," with AT&T "network guys" Frank and Charlie; and others for AT&T's Family Plan, including one with retired NBA veteran Grant Hill.

AT&T also had a multitude of activations on the ground in and around Dallas, where the company is headquartered, as well as 20 miles away in Arlington, site of AT&T Stadium, leading to and then during Final Four Weekend, April 5-7.

Among AT&T's platform of events were experiential outdoor ads such as interactive store fronts, building projections and a “3D spectacular" in which an oversize basketball appears to have come off a billboard and crashed into a car; the AT&T Block Party as part of the NCAA March Madness Music Festival; and the AT&T Mobile Lounge and AT&T Fan Zone at Bracket Town, where fans had the opportunity to meet current NCAA coaches and other basketball legends.

Upcoming high-profile national events scheduled for AT&T Stadium include the annual Cowboys Classic Kickoff games; a college football playoff game (Jan. 1, 2015) and the National Championship Game (Jan. 12, 2015) that will be part of college football's newly implemented playoff system; and the 50th award 2015 Academy of Country Music awards show (April 19, 2015).

In addition to seeking future Final Fours, the stadium also wants to be part of the rotation to host upcoming NBA All-Star Games and NFL Super Bowls. The venue was the site of both before AT&T acquired naming rights and was known as Cowboys Stadium (the NBA All-Star Game was player there in February 2010 and Super Bowl XLV was played there in February 2011).

Although the City of Arlington owns the stadium, which opened in 2009 at a estimated cost of $1.3 billion, a pre-arranged agreement had the AT&T deal enacted with Jerry Jones, majority owner of the venue's significant occupant Dallas Cowboys. AT&T was already an anchor sponsor at the stadium.

"The value that AT&T will receive from [the NCAA title] game will be worth a third of their annual price tag, and the telecom will be 'top of mind' for every fan who watches the game, even those who have Verizon and T-Mobile."

That was not AT&T's first foray into stadium or arena naming rights. The company's roster also includes AT&T Park in San Francisco, San Antonio's AT&T Center and Jones AT&T Stadium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

“This is not the most in dollars there has been for naming rights, but this is the best naming-rights relationship,” Jones said at the time of the naming deal. “This was clearly the right company for us to move forward with. What greater icon in America than AT&T? You know, we’re pretty proud to be called ‘America’s Team.’ And so whose name would fit better [with the Cowboys] than AT&T?”

NCAA corporate champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola. NCAA marketing partners include Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Burger King, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe's, Nabisco, Northwest Mutual, Reese's, Unilever and UPS.

“AT&T is an iconic American leader that has guided the path of communication in the world for more than 100 years,” said Jones in 2013. “Our stadium has always been about providing fans with an unsurpassed experience in the area of technology. With AT&T, we are growing our relationship with one of the world’s strongest and most innovative companies to ultimately provide fans with the latest cutting-edge technology for many years to come.”

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