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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. 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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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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Feb082009

Q&A: Candace Parker

Not many players in basketball history can claim to have been rookie of the year, MVP, member of a gold medal winning Olympic team and the star of a global marketing campaign. But Candace Parker can.

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor, NYSportsJournalism.com
(Posted Feb. 8, 2009)


Candace Parker had a golden year in 2008, and then some. In April, she helped lead the University of Tennessee to its second consecutive national women's NCAA Division I basketball title, and was named "most outstanding player" in the Final Four for the second consecutive year. She then was selected by the Los Angeles Sparks as the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft. In Beijing last summer, she helped guide the US women's basketball team to a gold medal at the Summer Olympics. Among her collegiate accolades in 2008 were the Wooden and Naismith awards. Following her rookie season with the Sparks, during which she averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, she was named both rookie of the year and MVP. Parker's endorsement deals include Gatorade, McDonald's and adidas, and she currently is the face of the U.S. segment of adidas' "Me, Myself" campaign, which includes a dedicated Web site where three women will be selected to appear in the marketing effort alongside Parker. She is represented by Goodwin Sports Management. The hoops star and her husband, Shelden Williams of the NBA's Sacramento Kings, currently are expecting their first child. She shared her thoughts with NYSportsJournalism.com.

NYSportsJournalism.com: What was your reaction when adidas described the theme of the "Me, Myself" campaign, and how do you think the campaign itself looks and succeeds in speaking to women?
Candace Parker: I was very honored to be the face of this campaign as I truly believe in the "Me Myself" message. This campaign speaks to all women because it demonstrates that whether you train professionally as a basketball player or enjoy recreational tennis, we all face the same challenges and triumphs. Adidas succeeds in delivering this message because it relates all women to each other no matter the skill, level, or age of the athlete.

NYSJ: You had a great college career and you were named MVP and Rookie of the Year in the WNBA, but put your career into context of being part of a global marketing campaign that also includes Ana Ivanovic, Iridia Salazar and Miwa Asao?
Parker: I am excited to be a part of a campaign that represents a wide spectrum of athletes from different backgrounds and at different points of their careers. We all are similar in that we play our sports with a great passion and commitment while maintaining our femininity in the process.

NYSJ: How much input have you had into the design, styling and marketing of the adidas shoes and clothing you wear?
Parker: Adidas has arranged numerous meetings to get my feedback and ideas concerning the "Me, Myself" product. With me being new to the adidas team this summer, I did not really get a chance to help design and style from scratch with the spring '09 season. The clothes and shoes that I wear I definitely like and think are fashionable. I am big on colors and matching, but also on durability and how comfortable a specific product is to train in. I am more than satisfied with my apparel and I look forward to having a much larger role in the style and design process in the future.

"It is not so much the endorsement companies or the [female] athletes that have to change. It is the perception of female athletes by the consumer."

NYSJ: You have strong marketing alliances, but there are far fewer female athletes than men who top $10 million a year in deals (the Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova and Michelle Wie among them). Does Madison Avenue have to change its mindset to use more women athletes or do the athletes themselves need to do more?
Parker: As time has gone on, more and more female athletes have received greater endorsement deals as a result of the acceptance through time of women in sports. It is not so much the endorsement companies or the athletes that need to change; it is the perception of female athletes by the consumer. More young girls idolize and look up to female athletes than ever before. Lucrative endorsement deals for female athletes are happening more and more and will continue as womens sports steadily evolve.

NYSJ: What is life like as a hoops star in Los Angeles, where basketball icons include Kobe, Magic and Kareem?
Parker: My first season in L.A. was exciting. I enjoyed playing basketball in a big city where losing is definitely not tolerated. From the Galaxy all the way to the Dodgers, Los Angeles expects championships. I hope to bring many championships to the L.A. Sparks. What makes players like Kobe, Magic, and Kareem so iconic is they are all winners and because they raised banners, the city of Los Angeles respected them and their names became iconic.

NYSJ: What has it been like being a teammate and friend of Lisa Leslie (who said she will retire following the 2009 WNBA season)?
Parker: The opportunity to play alongside Lisa Leslie has definitely benefited my career and knowledge for the game. Lisa is one of the greatest to ever play and through her advice and guidance she allowed me to avoid many obstacles that I would have unknowingly faced. As a teammate, she is a motivator and competitor every day. Lisa immediately took me in as more of a little sister. My first few weeks of training camp included oatmeal compliments of Lisa. She taught me things that I did not know, but also reminded me to do the little things daily. Lisa is a great teammate and friend that helped my rookie season go smoothly.

NYSJ: You won't return to the WNBA until late in the season, but what do you predict for the Sparks and the WNBA in 2009?
Parker: I believe great things are in store for the Sparks in 2009. We were so close last year to reaching the finals that it gives us motivation to build on all our mistakes and struggles, but better our strengths for this upcoming season. We will be a better team this year and I truly believe that we will be in the hunt for a WNBA championship.

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