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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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Peyton, Eli Manning Return As Rap Brothers For DirecTV's New Football Fantasy Zone

By Barry Janoff

August 11, 2014: Prior to the start of the 2013 NFL season, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and brother Eli Manning of the New York Giants headed up a campaign for DirecTV that was anchored by a faux MTV-style commercial-video, "Football in Your Pants." For real, that spot has received more than eight million YouTube views to date.

This season the sibling NFL quarterbacks star in a multi-media campaign for DirecTV's new Fantasy Zone channel, anchored by a faux MTV-style commercial-video, "Fantasy Football Fantasy."

Peyton and Eli have brought along some guest stars, including Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, New York Jets running back Chris Johnson, members of the Broncos offensive line and Peyton and Eli's dad, former pro quarterback Archie Manning.

DirecTV describes the Fantasy Zone as "a live fantasy football show available exclusively to NFL Sunday Ticket Max subscribers every Sunday afternoon during the coming NFL regular season."

Some 41 million people in the U.S. and Canada are active in the fantasy sports category, generating nearly $2 billion in league and transactions fees in the U.S. alone, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Assn. About 70% of that comes from fantasy football platforms.

According to DirecTV, "The Fantasy Zone channel will provide timely game-to-game fantasy analysis and statistics powered by NFL.com Fantasy along with multiple, revolving on-screen tickers offering real-time stats, highlights, projections and key player updates."

“NFL Sunday Ticket on DirecTV strives to provide NFL fantasy players with even more content to help manage their teams. We’ve added a variety of unique features to our fantasy offerings over the years and creating DirecTV Fantasy Zine is the next logical step,” Daniel York, chief content officer for DirecTV, said in a statement. “Our Red Zone Channel in NFL Sunday Ticket Max has been part of the sports viewing experience for millions of NFL fans every Sunday. We believe DirecTV Fantasy Zone will have no less of an impact for the legions of fans who love fantasy football.”

Peyton Manning recently signed with Nationwide Insurance, now an official NFL partner. He also has deals that include Gatorade, Papa John's (including ownership of several locations in the Denver area), and Buick. He tops the list of NFL players with about $13-$15 million in endorsements, according to industry analysts.

Eli also has deals including Dunkin' Donuts, Gatorade, Citizen Watches and Toyota. He earns about $8 million in endorsements.

The DirecTV spot begins with Eli walking into a living room to find his brother seated on a sofa in front of a large-screen TV.

"Hey Peyton, you watching football?" Eli asks.

Peyton, who must have be preparing for a Monday or Thursday night game that week, replies, "I'm watching DirecTV Sunday Ticket's new Fantasy Zone channel. It's a whole channel dedicated to nothing but fantasy football. It's like a fantasy football . . . " he says. And they continue in unison, " . . . fantasy!"

Which leads to a rap that likely — and some would say mercifully — will not be duplicated, including cars, cheerleaders, football players, a trip to outer space, a flying horse, the aforementioned guest stars and a rap mix about Fantasy Football Fantasy."

The spot ends by directing viewers to Fantasy Zone channel. (See the full spot here.)

Peyton's Broncos' teammates used the spot to play a prank on their quarterback when the rap song blasted out over the loudspeakers while the team was on the field exercising. (See the video here.)

For those with a need to rap like the Mannings, here is the DirecTV Fantasy Zone video rap:

"Fantasy. Fantasy. Football fantasy. If you like football, then you like fantasy. Yeah. Back at 'em.

"There's a fantasy channel that you gotta see. It's a fantasy football fantasy. Like catching' a football that came from me. When you open it up, there's nacho cheese. Like an end zone that ends in a waterfall. A shower that shower's you in tine footballs. It's a football fantasy like no other. Like having a best friend that's your quarterback brother.

"You get constant updates. And constantly lift weights. You keep track of the players. I keep putting' on layers. You watch your points rack up. I make this car back up. This fantasy channel it's so brand new. It's the greatest thing that'll ever happen to you.

"Like Chris Johnson giving you a Johnson (hair)do. While Broadway Joe and your Mom make stew.

"Sometime's I have this fantasy. I'm going to go so wild and free. On a horse that has wings. And we fly up into space. But then the music drops out. there's no sound in space. But my Dad's in space. Because it's my football fantasy. it's like football sandwiched in fantasy. All this talk is of sandwiches is making me hungry."

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