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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Mar152018

State Farm Ensures Sponsor Spend On College Sports Hits Record $1.24B In 2018

By Barry Janoff

March 15, 2018: College sports has more than 190 million fans, split about 60-40 between male and female, with 31 million of them earning at least $100,000 per year and 27 million in the sweet marketing demo ages of 18-24, according to leading collegiate sports marketing and licensing firm IMG College.

All told, “The fans of college sports comprise the largest, wealthiest, most diverse, and best educated base audience in all of sports,” reports IMG College, which represents the NCAA, its 89 championships and more than 200 of the nation’s top universities.

Targeting that massive a base, marketers from a bevy of categories are spending more time and money than ever at schools nationwide supporting sports, seeking to attract fans, athletes and consumers.

So much so that sponsorship spending on college athletics is expected to total a record $1.24 billion in the 2017-2018 season, a 4.5% increase over 2017.

By comparison, overall sponsor spend in 2018 is projected to rise 4.5% while overall sports sponsor spend in 2018 is expected to rise 4.9% versus the prior year.

Insurance is the most active category sponsoring college athletics, followed by Automotive, Banks, Retail and QSR.

State Farm is the most active sponsor overall in the NCAA — ahead of Nissan, Nike, Coca-Cola and AT&T — as well as with most individual conferences, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

College sponsor spend in 2014-15 was $1.1 billion, $1.15 billion in 2015-16, $1.18 billion in 2016-17.

ESP Properties did not indicate how much State Farm or other marketers spent.

College athletics sponsorship spending covered by ESP Properties includes NCAA Corporate Champions and Corporate Partners, College Bowl Game title sponsors and co-sponsors, College Football Playoff sponsors, Power Five Conference school sponsors and non-Power Five conference school sponsors.

The figures do not include national TV ad spend, which adds billions more to the total pot.

Last year, for example, companies spent a record $1.28 billion on national TV ad spend during March Madness, a figure that is expected to rise during the current NCAA Div. I Basketball Tournament, according to Kantar Media, NY.

“With a high passionate fan base and a demographic profile that spans young to old, college sports remains a desirable marketing platform for those already in the sport as well as new companies looking to make their mark on the college scene,” said William Chipps, senior content editor for the ESP Sponsorship Report.

Where does the money go? At a time when the debate over whether or not to pay college athletes has risen to a new crescendo, the NCAA said that “NCAA schools distribute more than $3.3 billion in athletics scholarships each year.”

The NCAA also said that 80% of college athletes are earning degrees, “The highest rate ever.”

State Farm is the most active sponsor in college sports, with 72% of NCAA properties with a sponsor in the insurance category reporting an alliance with State Farm.

By conference, 73% of ACC properties with a sponsor in the insurance category report an alliance with State Farm, 82% in the Big 12 Conference, 80% in the Big 10, 60% in the SEC and 77% in the Pac-12, according to ESP Properties 2017-18 College Sponsorship Spend Report.

Among all NCAA schools and conferences, the most active brands behind State Farm are Nissan (63% of NCAA properties with a sponsor in the automotive category reporting an alliance with Nissan), Nike (61%), Coca-Cola (42%), AT&T (41%), UPS (34%), Geico (34%), Gatorade (32%), StubHub (25%), Toyota (21%), Koch Industries (21%), Ford (21%), Pepsi (20%), Delta (20%) and Muscle Milk (20%).

As part of the NCAA Men’s Final Four in San Antonio, the Music Festival is sponsored by AT&T, Coca-Cola and Capital One, with Capital One also presenting sponsor for the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One (in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center).

Behind State Farm in the ACC, the Top Five also included Coca-Cola (60% of ACC properties with a sponsor in the soft drink category reporting an alliance with Coca-Cola), Nike (60%), Geico (53%) and Gatorade (47%).

Behind State Farm in the Big 12, the Top Five also included Nike (73%), Geico (64%), Koch Industries (64%) and AT&T (55%).

Along with State Farm in the Big 10, the Top Five also included Libman (67%), UPS (60%), Nike (60%) and Meijer (53%).

In the Pac-12, the most active brand is AT&T, with 92% of Pac-12 properties with a sponsor in the telecom category reporting an alliance with AT&T. Second was State Farm, followed by Nike (72%), Muscle Milk (54%) and Nissan (54%).

In the SEC, co-leaders State Farm and Coca-Cola (60%) were followed by Zaxby’s, Regions Bank and Nissan (40-% each).

As the most active category, insurance companies are 6.2 times more likely to sponsor college sports than the average category.

Top categories behind Insurance are Automotive (4.8 times more likely to sponsor college sports than the average category), Banks (4.3), Retail (3.8), QSR (3.7), Sports Apparel (3.4), Telecom (3), Soft Drinks (2.6), Medical (2.6), Ticketing (1.6), Sports Drinks (1.3), Fuel (1.3), Logistics (1.2) and Airlines (1.1).

NCAA Corporate Champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

NCAA Corporate Partners include Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Google Cloud, Infinity, Intel, Lowe’s, Marriott, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

March Madness National TV Ad Spend Tops $1.2B

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