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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.

• "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.”

POLL POSITION

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)

KEEPING SCORE

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

SOURCE: FORBES

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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Brady, OBJ, Browns Top NFL Jersey, Merch Sales List Heading Into New Season

By Barry Janoff

July 24, 2019: Tom Brady may play for the New England Patriots, but when it comes to ending his time as a top-rated quarterback, as they say in Brooklyn, “Fuggedaboutit!”

In the first list of the 2019-20 season based on total sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise, Brady remains No. 1 heading into the 2019-20 season, according to the NFL Players Assn.

Brady, entering his 20th NFL season, all with the Patriots, and coming off a win in Super Bowl LIII, topped both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 year-end NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales list, and is the only player to top the yearly list three times since its inception in 2014.

This also marks a record 16th appearance for Brady among the top full-year and quarterly best-selling player merchandise lists; he has never ranked outside of the Top Nine, according to the NFLPA.

But young players also made their mark: Kyler Murray, quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, is the highest-ranking rookie among the Top 50 at No. 21; while sophomore New York Jets quarterback Sam Darold was No. 4. and second-year Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is No. 5 on the list.

Darnold and Mayfield substantially climbed from the NFLPA’s year-end list to the first quarter preseason rankings. Darnold moved up 36 spots from No. 40 and Mayfield rose 21 spots from No. 26 .

The NFLPA did not release specific sales numbers but did say that official licensees generated record retail sales, exceeding $1.6 billion during the past year.

According to the NFLPA, the first list of the 2019-20 season is based on total sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise, tracking year-to-date pre-season results March 1-May 31, 2019 for the most up-to-date, comprehensive sales figures currently available.

Two members of the Browns made the Top Ten: No. 2 Odell Beckham Jr., the wide receiver who arrived from the New York Giants; and Mayfield.

The five most popular Nike jerseys were Beckham Jr., Darnold, Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Mayfield.

Beckham Jr. also led all players in youth jersey sales from Outerstuff, Fanatics and Nike, followed by Julian Edelman, Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Saquon Barkley.

The Patriots and Chicago Bears led all teams on the list, with four players from each finishing among the Top 50.

Among sales of college jerseys, the leaders were Barkley (Penn State), Mayfield (Oklahoma) and James Conner (Pittsburgh) in apparel from Nike, adidas, Under Armour and Fanatics.

In other categories:

• Sales of bobbleheads by Forever Collectibles were led by Brady, Mayfield, Edelman and Mahomes II.

• Brady and Antonio Brown topped licensed headwear from New Era.

• Mayfield sold the most licensed drinkware from Wincraft, followed by teammate Beckham Jr.

The NFLPA oversees and tracks NFL player-branded merchandise sold from official online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 75 NFLPA licensees.

Licensees include Fanatics, Outerstuff, Nike, Fathead, FOCO, Funko and Wincraft.

NFLPA licensed product categories include video games, trading cards, men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys, T-shirts and hoodies, backpacks, wall decals, pennants, collectible figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, plush, drinkware and pet products.


The Top 25 Players (based on all licensed product sold March 1 – May 31, 2019) :
1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
2. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns
3. Khalil Mack, LB, Chicago Bears
4. Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets
5. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
6. Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
7. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
8. Antonio Brown, WR, Oakland Raiders
9. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
10. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

11. Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Beats
12. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
13. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
14. J.J.Watt, DE, Houston Texans
15. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
16. Jamal Adams, SS, New York Jets
17. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
18. Nick Foles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
19. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
20. Drew Brees, QB. New Orleans Saints

21. Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
22. Le’Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets
23. Davonte Adams, ??, Green Bay Packers
24. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco Giants
25. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

SOURCE: NFLPA

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