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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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Jan202016

Nascar Turning 'Batman v Superman' Into Earnhardt v Johnson Super Marketing

By Barry Janoff

January 20, 2016: In the upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. is pitting two of the most iconic super-heroes in comic book and movie history against one another, and also tossing a roster of other DC Comics legends into the mix.

Thanks to an alliance between Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Nascar's Hendrick Motorsports that dates back to 2014, the theme of the movie is flying to the race track, with a super package of marketing and products featuring racing icons Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.

The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on March 25.

Leading up to that, Earnhardt Jr. and Johnson will play the roles of Batman and Superman, respectively, with activations to include marketing from Hendrick Motorsports partners Nationwide and Lowe’s, a sweepstakes, licensed products, in-store promotions, on-track activations and superhero-themed race car paint schemes.

“Delivering more value to our relationships is something we think about every single day,” Patrick Perkins, vp-marketing for Hendrick Motorsports, said in a statement. “The ability to bring together tremendous partners like Lowe’s and Nationwide and align them with arguably the year’s biggest action adventure film is an extraordinary opportunity.

"It creates ways to excite and entertain our current fans, reach new audiences and build special programs around everything from licensed merchandise to sweepstakes," said Perkins.

People will see the on-track result of this campaign at the Auto Club (Speedway) 400 on March 20 in Fontana, Calif.

Batman will be represented on Earnhardt’s No. 88 Nationwide Batman Chevrolet SS and Superman will be featured on Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Superman Chevrolet SS.

Licensed merchandise featuring the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice paint schemes for the Nos. 48 and 88 cars, respectively, will be available at participating retailers and online beginning Jan. 22. Items include die cast versions of the cars and die cast trucks, as well as hats and T-shirts.

Nationwide is offering via a sweepstakes the opportunity to attend the premiere of the film. The prize package also includes airfare, lodging, two tickets to the March 20 race and a meet-and-greet opportunity with Earnhardt, Jr. (Details here.)

On March 24, the eve of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice release, Lowe’s will host in its stores a free Superman-themed Build and Grow clinic, where families can build a wooden replica of Johnson’s Superman race car. (Parents can register their children at online beginning in March.)

A social media element includes Twitter with the hash tag, #HeroFaceOff.

According to Lawrence Lobpries, vp-consumer marketing for Lowe's, “In addition to putting a bold, unique paint scheme featuring Superman, one of the world’s greatest super heroes, in front of our passionate Team 48 fans, this partnership allows us to engage a new audience by bringing the thrill and action of the movie and Nascar to our stores across the country.”

"When we began working with DC Entertainment, this is exactly the type of program we all envisioned, and we’re proud to be involved."

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice paint schemes were co-developed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Hendrick Motorsports.

Earnhardt's paint scheme will showcase the Batman emblem and textures of the Caped Crusader’s suit. Johnson's car will feature the iconic S-shield and Superman suit textures.

In addition, Earnhardt and Johnson will wear custom-designed fire suits during the race weekend that feature the respective super hero logos.

"When we began working with DC Entertainment, this is exactly the type of program we all envisioned, and we’re proud to be involved," said Perkins.

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