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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.”

POLL POSITION

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. 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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#46Ul8rBF4XpB4lo0.99
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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Jun052009

Marketers Supporting Dwight Howard's NBA Finals Push

Updated June 5, 2009 (Originally posted May 27, 2009: A lot of the post-season marketing talk regarding the NBA has focused on ads from Nike and Vitaminwater putting Kobe Bryant and LeBron James in the spotlight. But companies such as adidas, T-Mobile and even Vitaminwater are supporting Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, which defeated LeBron's Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Nike is still running its "Most Valuable Puppets" campaign, with the company saying it is paying homage to two of the top players in the game. Vitaminwater has added to its Kobe-LeBron campaign with a new spot featuring Howard. Howard himself told the media after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals that he found the Nike "Most Valuable Puppets" spots entertaining but was quick to add, "If we go out there and play, we shouldn’t worry about what we see on TV, the commercials, the write-ups, whatever. Do we find it disrespectful that they’re counting us out? Yeah. But there is nothing we can control. What we can control is how hard we play on the court, and that’s when we get the job done.”

Adidas's Dwight Howard NBA Finals edition TS Commander LT.NBA Finals T-shirt featuring Kobe and Dwight.Adidas has been a strong marketing partner of Howard's for years, and af or the NBA Finals has released the 2009 All-Star Game unveiled the TS Commander LT, a sneak peak of the official player edition shoes for the 2009-10 NBA season which will debut at adidas Sport Performance stores Oct. 1. SRP $100). Howard will autograph a pair of the shoes after each Finals game, which will be put up for auction at www.NBA.com after the Finals. And at the NBA Store and at www.NBAStore.com, consumers can purchase a special NBA Finals T-shirt with the images of Bryant and Howard with the tag "Where CRUNCHTIME versus DUNKTIME Happens." Adidas' TechFit PowerWeb line was unveiled at the 2009 All-Star Game with the Magic center as the centerpiece. The undergarments act as a layer of body armor, have officially been endorsed by the NBA and even include an elbow sleeve accessory that Howard has been wearing during the playoffs (in addition to his adidas TS Bounce Commander basketball shoes) complete with an adidas logo. The line hits retail June 1, just three days before the NBA Finals are set to begin, with support that includes a promotion offering adidas gear and a "Give 100%, get 104%" tagged section at adidas.com. Adidas has also just unveiled a video, "Dwight Howard: The Detailed Mechanics of a Commander," an animated homage (from FreeDarko) that focuses on Howard's mental focus, spirit, energy and strength, at one point comparing his legs to the Space Shuttle that helped power him to the 2009 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. T-Mobile will continue to run its spot with Howard, Dwyane Wade and Charles Barkley in which Barkley injures the videogame version of Howard. Howard also figures prominently in Vitaminwater marketing, where he even has appeared along with Bryant and James, so a push involving Howard alone or with Bryant would seem to be in place. Howard's marketing reach, which currently brings him about $15 million in endorsements (which also include McDonald's and others), now extends to the virtual world. Last week, Goodwin Sports Management, Seattle, which handles Howard, signed a deal with Virtual Greats, a virtual goods sales and distribution system, to create a signature line of virtual products for Howard as well as NBA All-Star Kevin Durant and WNBA MVP Candace Parker. The virtual Howard (pictured above), Durant and Parker characters will also be used to promote NBA and WNBA licensed products in online communities.

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