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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.”

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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

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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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May302017

Danica Patrick, Nature‚Äôs Bakery Knead Each Other, Back In The Dough At SHR, Nascar

By Barry Janoff

May 29, 2017: It turns out that even if you burn your bridges behind you, you can rebuild them, no matter how much damage was incurred.

After a lawsuit and a lot of acrimonious dialogue, Stewart-Haas Racing, driver Danica Patrick and Nature’s Bakery are back on track, with the Reno-based brand again sponsoring Patrick in upcoming events.

The re-alliance was reached after Stewart-Haas Racing dropped a $31 million lawsuit against Nature’s Bakery for unpaid sponsorship, with Nature’s Bakery coming back in as primary sponsor for four Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series for the team through the 2017 schedule.

Financial terms were not shared.

Stewart-Haas filed the lawsuit in February, claiming the company had not paid its bills to sponsor Patrick in what was to be the second of a three-year sponsorship pact signed in August 2015.

Nature’s Bakery claimed that Patrick had not fulfilled her part of the deal by not fully supporting the alliance and at times referencing a rival company.

The new union between Stewart-Haas and Nature’s Bakery is shrunken version of the original alliance, with the company now a primary sponsor for four Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series to be split between the Patrick’s No. 10 and the No. 14 car of Clint Bowyer, according to a statement from Stewart-Haas.

The specific number of races for each and which specific races the would sponsor were not disclosed.

In February, Aspen Dental signed on as Patrick's lead sponsor for the races that would have been handled by Nature's Bakery.

"It’s gratifying to see a difficult situation get resolved in a professional manner that suits all parties," Brett Frood, president for Stewart-Haas Racing, said in a statement. "Together, we worked diligently to find an equitable solution to our collective challenges."

According to Nature’s Bakery founder Dave Marson, "I am a longtime motorsports fan and, particularly, a fan of Nascar. Our partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing began with direct, open conversations and that foundation allowed us to reach this agreement."

When the partnership unveiled during a press conference in August 2015, Patrick said, "Our brands align so perfectly it’s kind of amazing. This journey is going to be really fun."

The company’s logo appeared on Patrick’s car in some 20 races in 2016 and was scheduled for about the same number in 2017.

She appeared in several marketing efforts for the company in 2016, including "Five Questions With Danica" and "Nature’s Bakery Pumpkin Spice Season."

In a "Nature’s Bakery Chose Your Journey" campaign, Patrick joined winners of a Nature’s Bakery sweepstakes as they went rock climbing and on rope courses at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, attended the Sprint Showdown and the All-Star race and received a tour of Stewart-Haas Racing and the Nascar Hall of Fame. (They also received a year’s supply of Nature’s Bakery snacks.)

However, this past February, when Nature’s Bakery said they would not sponsor her due to her lack of effort on the company’s behalf,, Patrick told the press, "I think it was a shock to all of us. Everything that was asked of me, I did to the very best of my ability. When there was something to do we did it really well. But at the end of the day my focus is on those (sponsors) who are still around."

"We were thrown off by SHR’s lawsuit," Nature’s Bakery CEO Kelly Allin said in statement at the time. "SHR and its owners are no stranger to aggressive litigation. Ours is a family business that repeatedly sought to resolve our issues privately. In fact, we were scheduled to meet in (Charlotte, N.C.) just days before they sued us.

"Contrary to its image, SHR is run by big-business types that took advantage of Nature’s Bakery. They now are threatening scorched earth litigation against a multi-generational family company. We’re obviously not going to let them bully us. We may be a small brand, but we do not think what they are doing is right. We look forward to defending ourselves in court," said Allin.

At the time, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Frood said in a statement, "Nature’s Bakery is in material breach of its contract with Stewart-Haas Racing. It’s an unfortunate situation, but we know we’ve delivered on all aspects of our agreement and more.

"We took great pride in elevating the brand awareness and relevance of its products and were prepared to continue activating pursuant to the agreement in 2017 and beyond. Nature’s Bakery chose to breach and terminate the contract. We’re confident with our position."

Now, bridges have been repaired and the alliance, in a smaller version, moves on.

Patrick’s racetrack sponsors also include Aspen Dental, Code 3, Fanvision, Mobil1 and TaxAct.

Her personal endorsement deals include Advance America, Alpinestars, Coca-Cola, Edward Elmhurst Hospital, Ford, Nationwide, Schubert, Six Star, The Player’s Tribune and Tryolee Designs.

It was not specified if Nature’s Baker would return as a Stewart-Haas partner after 2017.

New Lead Sponsor Give Danica Green Flag For 2017

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