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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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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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Sep162015

New MLB Awards Platform Sponsored By Esurance Seeks To Score With Fans

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

September 17, 2015: In April, MLB unveiled an alliance with Esurance that put the company front-and-center as MLB's official auto insurance sponsor and as title sponsor for the first all-digital All-Star Game ballot. The deal gave the company access to all 30 MLB teams via an integrated 360 marketing effort featuring broadcast, digital and social assets and saw fan-specific activation on several baseball fronts, including MLB Network.

Esurance and MLB have built on their first-year pact with The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards, described as an "expanded awards program leveraging social media and technology culminating in a multi-platform broadcast special."

The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards will encompass 24 categories, including Best Major Leaguer, Best Bounceback Player, Best Breakout Player, Best Social Media Personality, Best Fan Catch, Best Video Board Moment, Best Interview and Best Celebrity Fan.

The voting will be supported by a multi-media platform, including a dedicated TV commercial that explains the voting process, Internet, social media, in-stadium and an Esurance #AwardWorthy Sweepstakes offering tickets to 2016 games, a trip to the MLB Winter Meetings and other goodies. (Details here.)

MLB said that the majority of The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards winners would be unveiled during a TV and online special broadcast from MLB Network on Nov 20.

Voting will be held exclusively at MLB.com and the respective Web sites of each MLB team over the next two months.

There will be five different groups of voters: fans, members of the baseball media, club front-office personnel, former MLB players and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) members. Each count for 20% of the winner selection, according to MLB. Winners in each category will receive the trophy known as the GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball).

“The Esurance MLB Awards will recognize the ways today's Major League players make an impact both on the field and through fan engagement,” Noah Garden, MLB evp-business, said in a statement. “This awards platform with Esurance takes a fun look at how fans consume, enjoy and appreciate baseball in 2015.”
 
According to Alan Gellman, CMO for San Francisco-based Esurance, a division of Allstate, “The Esurance MLB Awards is a true collaboration between MLB and Esurance to bring fans an all-digital awards experience with a new website to serve as a content hub, discussion forum, and voting platform for fans to engage with each other and be a part of the awards season like never before.”

Six winners will be revealed separately during the MLB TV  telecast: four will be announced on MLB.com, the MLB.com At Bat mobile app; and on official MLB social media accounts including Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook that same day. The awards for Best Manager and Best Executive will be revealed and presented in-person to the winners on MLB Network and MLB.com from the 2015 Winter Meetings in December.

Earlier this season, the first all-digital Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot and the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote each set all-time records for fan voting. Esurance also has a marketing deal with Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, which includes a TV spot that is part of the company's "Sorta You isn't You" campaign.



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