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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.”

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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. 23-25
1. Angel Has Fallen $21.3M
2. Good Boys $11.8M
3. Overcomer $8.2M
4. The Lion King $8.2M
5. Hobbs & Shaw $8.1M
6. Ready or Not $7.8M
7. Angry Birds 2 $6.4M
8. Scary Stories $6M
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $5.2M
10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $5M
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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Mar122014

Q&A: Charles Barkley Talks About The Madness Of March, Marketing, Knicks, NBA

By Barry Janoff

March 11, 2014: Charles Barkley was in New York on Tuesday (March 11) as part of a CBS-Turner Sports media conference to talk about his role in the upcoming coverage of the NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Barkley will again be part of the on-air talent in the fourth year of a $10.8 billion, 14-year deal with the NCAA for March Madness joint broadcasting coverage between CBS and Turner Sports, which will air games on TBS, TNT and truTV. This year's Big Dance begins March 18 and runs through the Final Four in AT&T Stadium in North Texas, April 5 and April 7

This comes even as he works as a commentator and analyst for the NBA on TNT as part of the Emmy Award-winning crew of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal; and about a month after what Barkley called one of the "greatest moments of my life": Interviewing President Barack Obama in the White House as part of TNT's NBA All-Star Game coverage.

Before joining Turner, Barkley played 16 seasons in the NBA (Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets), was the league's MVP in 1992-93, was a ten-time All-Star and won two gold medals with the U.S. Men's National Team (1992 in Barcelona, 1996 in Atlanta). He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2006 and as a member of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team in 2010.

Beyond sports, Barkley is a staunch supporter of human rights and is active, both in pubic and behind the scenes, in enhancing the quality of life for students in need of financial aid and tools to support their education.

In addition to the NCAA tournament, the conversation with the always verbose Barkley turned to such topics as the New York Knicks pursuit of Phil Jackson, the state of the NBA, one-and-done college players going to the pros, upcoming commercials he'll appear in for Capital One and CDW that will air during March Madness, a conflict that existed between CBS and Turner analysts and commentators during the early days of the CBS-Turner NCAA alliance and working with Shaquille O'Neal.

Q: What do you think about the kids who leave for the NBA after one year of college or those kids who want to go to the NBA right from high school?

Charles Barkley: You should have to play in college for two years. You'll get a lot better in two years than you will playing 30 games. Clearly, the NBA sucks right now. The NBA is the worst it's ever been. I feel bad for the fans because they are not getting a quality product. All the players are making a lot of money but these fans are not getting quality basketball.

Q: What do you tell kids who say LeBron James went right from high school to the NBA, as did Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett, so why can't we do it?

CB: There's only one LeBron. Let's be honest here: You look at Kevin Garnett or Kobe Bryant, they are Hall of Fame players. But LeBron is the only player who I would say in the last 30 years who was good enough to go out of high school. And these other guys are not LeBron James and are never gonna be . . . I worry about these kids getting an education. These colleges, they're only concerned about making money. I'm not a hater. I don't care how much money Turner and CBS make. But you've got to educate these kids and the less time they're missing school  . . . that's what I concern myself with.

Q: What has it been like working with talent from CBS during March Madness?

CB: Some of these guys [when we first came in] didn’t treat us very well. They thought we were trying to take their jobs. You could just tell there was some tension in the beginning. [But I told them]  I’m not trying to take your job. I’m not even sure we want to do this. But [analyst and commentator] Dan Bonner was great to me and said, 'Anytime you want to talk about players or teams.' He was a great resource. . . . They were a little distant. They looked at it like a competition. We’re not trying to take your job. Relax. It’s gotten a lot better, because I think they realize, number one, they didn’t lose their job. We are in this together . . . I think the tension has eased and we’ve done a lot better, but the first time we got together they weren’t very friendly.

Q: When do you start to watch college basketball to prepare for the tournament?

CB: The way I do it is, November and December I watch the NBA. After two months of the NBA, you can tell the good teams, the bad teams and the pretty good teams. I start watching college on Jan. 1 watching the games. And I start calling a bunch of my college coaching friends and [people] who I know really know college ball, who watch the game all year: Dan Bonner, Greg Anthony, Mike Gminski, Clark Kellogg. They know the teams, the players, the coaches. And they always say, Whatever you need, reach out to us.

Q: Any changes you would make in covering the NCAA Tournament?

CB: I would love for me and Dick Vitale to do the First Four. I have always wanted to work with Dick Vitale. It would be great. When I brought it up a couple of years ago, they thought I wanted to go to ESPN to work with Dick. It was the total opposite. We would get great exposure for the First Four. It's really stupid that this hasn't happened.

Q: Will you be making any marketing appearances during NCAA broadcasts, in particular with CDW and Capital One as you did last season?

CB: I have done some new commercials that will run during the tournament. We did some new CDW spots. (See the new "Grow Smart" spots here.) I get to play the computer nerd [again] in those commercials. [Laughs.] CDW has been a very gracious company. i don't like to talk about this, I do this behind the scenes: I gave a million dollars to my high school in Alabama [Leeds]. I donated a million dollars to my college (Auburn) and another school in Birmingham (Corningstone) to send poor kids to college. I don't do the CDW commercials for money. But I don't do it for free. When I partnered with CDW, one of the things I asked them was to donate computers to [schools in] poor neighborhoods and to poor students. My relationship with Capital One is different because they are an [official] NCAA sponsor. I enjoy working with them.  I appeared with Alex Baldwin for Capital One last year, this year I'll be with Greg Anthony. No Samuel L. Jackson. [Laughs.]

Q: What are your thoughts about Phil Jackson joining the New York Knicks to head up basketball operations?

CB: I like Phil Jackson and respect Phil Jackson, but coaching is not the problem with the Knicks, Making bad decisions is the problem. He won't be able to fix this thing for a few years.

"I don't care how much money Turner and CBS make. But you've got to educate these kids and the less time they're missing school  . . . that's what I concern myself with."

Q: If he decides to join them, what would he be facing in terms of challenges?

CB: The Knicks are not a good team. I told you that four months ago. Nothing has changed. What I would tell [team owner James] Dolan is break this thing down and start over. That's what they have to do. You guys (in New York) are not patient. How has the other way been working for you? Not well, right? Now you have a bunch of bad contracts and you are screwed for years. Sometimes you have to take a step back. Listen, what is Phil going do? Carmelo [Anthony] might leave. But even if he don't leave, he's going to put a big number on your cap. And you still stuck with Amaré's [Stoudemire] contract, J.R. Smith's contract. Raymond Felton . . . What are they gonna do? It's a mess.

Q: Do you like what they did in Boston, with president of basketball operations Danny Ainge trading popular players such as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and rebuilding, much as they did several seasons back when they brought in Garnett and Ray Allen?

CB: That's what you gotta do. You don't take any heat for doing it if you know what you're doing. That's the way to do it. Let me ask you a question: What exactly did the Miami Heat do a few years ago [when they brought in LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade]? The Knicks did it. In some cases it was just a bunch of bad decisions . . . I love what the Celtics are doing. I love what the [Philadelphia] 76ers are doing. They are building. Of course, you have to draft wisely. Have cap space for free agents. But you can't have a bunch of bad contracts. You can't just have a bunch of old players who make a lot of money.

Q: What is it like to work with Shaquille O'Neal?

CB: [Laughs.] When he first came, he tried to fit in. We don't want you to fit in. We want you to be true to who you are. It's not like it's Charles' turn to go, it's Kenny's turn, it's Ernie's turn. You have something to say, [we want you to] say it.  It's not like we don't want you to step on anybody's toes. We want you to stomp on their feet. We want you to be who you are. And he's a funny guy. He's got so much going on. He's doing commercials. He's got like five commercials running. He's making appearances. He's working on a movie. I'm the total opposite. He's always trying to get me to do things. I'm like, Dude, I want to go golfing and fishing.

Photos: Courtesy Turner Sports

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