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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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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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Oct182018

Brady Still Rules, But Mahomes Making Mark With Top-Selling NFL Merchandise

By Barry Janoff

October 18, 2018: Patrick Mahomes is making an impact in the NFL during his sophomore year, quarterbacking the Kansas City Chiefs to one of the best records in the league with stats that have him at or near the top of most charts.

The 24-year-old is also making an impact in NFL merchandise sales.

Mahomes, who played for three seasons at Texas Tech before being drafted by the Chiefs in 2017 is a fan favorite with college merchandise, topped sales of all women’s collegiate fashion tops from G-III Apparel Group.

His overall merchandise sales have him at No. 42 among all NFL players in sales of all licensed NFL merchandise during the off-season through the pre-season (March 1-Aug. 31), according to new figures from the NFL Players Assn.

His standing among the Top 50 best-selling NFL player merchandise is certain to rise with the release of in-season sales numbers, especially if his 2018 performance continues.

However, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady reclaimed the top spot in overall sales after finishing No. 2 to Nick Foles on the first quarter list.

The NFLPA did not release specific sales from retail merchandise.

Revenue from all 32 NFL teams was a record $13.7 billion in 2017, according to industry analysts, up from $13.1 billion in 2016 and $12.2 billion in 2015.

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott topped jersey sales and New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley had the leading collegiate co-branded Fathead wall decals, according the the NFLPA.

Overall, 21 quarterbacks were among the Top 50 best sellers on the list, followed by running backs with ten.

Wide receivers occupied eight slots, and tight ends had three.

On the defensive side, eight players made the Top 50 list this quarter,

According to the NFLPA, “Brady is the only player to top the NFLPA’s quarterly Top 50 Players Sales List six different times — including twice as year-end retail king.”

This also marks a record 13th appearance for Brady in the Top Three since the Player Sales List’s inception in 2014, and he has never ranked outside of the top nine.

In specific categories, Brady led all players in socks sold by Strideline, FBF Originals and Freaker; Funko Pop! Vinyl sales; cornhole boards sold by Victory Tailgate and Wild Sports; licensed headwear from Lids and New Era; and jigsaw puzzles by MasterPieces.

He had to settle for No. 2  behind Prescott in jersey sales, including men’s, women’s and children’s versions.

Philadelphia Eagles QB and Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles sold the most autographed memorabilia from Fanatics Authentic and The Highland Mint, twice as much as the next closest player, Brady.

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson sold more licensed novelty products by Wincraft than any other player, including buttons, clocks, drinkware, flags, banners, jewelry, luggage tags, tattoos, towels and welcome mats.

The NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List is a verified ranking of all officially licensed, NFL player-branded merchandise sold from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by over 70 NFLPA licensees.

They include Nike, Fanatics, Outerstuff, Fathead, McFarlane Toys, FOCO, Wincraft and Funko. Licensed product categories include men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys and T-shirts, player murals, figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, drinkware, jewelry and and electronic device accessories.

The Top 10 among all licensed product sold:

1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
2. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
3. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
5. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
6. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
7. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
8. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
9. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

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