• 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.”


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


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


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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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).


In Mint Julep Country, Coca-Cola Regains Official Soft Drink Status At Kentucky Derby

By Barry Janoff

November 20, 2017: The Kentucky Derby is famous for its Mint Juleps, with 120,000 served in Churchill Downs over a two-day period in May.

But there are plenty of requests for soft drinks, as well.

Pouring rights at the iconic race track now belong to Coca-Cola, which has replaced Pepsi after signing a multi-year deal to become an official partner with Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

Pepsi had been the official category partner with Churchill Downs since 1999, when it replaced Coca-Cola.

At that time, Coke had been an official partner with the race track for about ten years and had a presence there dating back to the 1940s, according to Churchill Downs.

Financial terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

The deal includes sponsorships, in-kind products and direct promotional and marketing support for such Coca-Cola products Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, Coca-Cola Life, Sprite, Powerade and Dasani.

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola replaced rival Pepsi at the plate when it signed a deal to become the official soft drink for MLB.

The deal comes about a month after Churchill Downs signed a five-year deal with Brown-Foreman’s Woodford Reserve to become the presenting sponsor for the Kentucky Derby.

Woodford Reserve replaced Yum Brands, which  had been presenting sponsor since 2006 but opted not to renew its contract.

Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve partners also include Longines, Dodge Ram Trucks and Stella Artois.

“Churchill Downs and Coca-Cola are two American icons so the partnership is an especially strong fit,” Kristin Warfield, vp-partnerships for Churchill Downs Racetrack, said in a statement.

“The hundreds of thousands of racing fans who come from all over the world to experience Churchill Downs’ world-class horse racing and the Kentucky Derby will now be able to enjoy a broad range of Coca-Cola products and experiences,” said Warfield.

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for May 5, 2018, as part of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

Pepsi is the official soft drink for the Preakness.

Coca-Cola is also the official soft drink for the Belmont Stakes.

Coca-Cola Consolidated took over Coca-Cola operations in the Louisville region in February 2015, which was previously serviced by Coca-Cola Refreshments.

Under the new Coca-Cola Churchill Downs alliance, Coca-Cola Consolidated said it would support community initiatives and fundraising events that take place during Derby week.

It will also “bring exciting new offerings to fans at the races through experiential activations such as virtual reality experiences and customized race day bottles,” according to Coca-Cola Consolidated.

According to Heather Hucks, senior director-brand marketing for Coca-Cola Consolidated, “Churchill Downs is one of the most iconic sports venues in the world. We are delighted to bring racing fans a variety of leading beverage choices throughout the year and at the Kentucky Derby.

“As the local bottler, we are committed to the Louisville community and are excited to grow this partnership – both on the track and off.”


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