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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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Aug092010

Thinking Out Of The Batter's Box: Next 'Evolution' In Offbeat Baseball Promotions

Promo item from the St. Paul Saints lets fans take sides on the theory of evolution, a "hot" baseball topic.August 9, 2010: Sports teams, especially those in Minor League Baseball, are always on the lookout for unusual anniversaries to celebrate, strangely famous people to honor and unusual items to  give away as fan incentives. The St. Paul (Minnesota) Saints may take the "out of the box" trophy for 2010:  A night to celebrate the "150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species." (The book actually was first published in November 1859, making this more like the 151st anniversary, but what's another year in the overall evolution of life.)

In an effort to bring "to the forefront the highly controversial science vs. religion debate,"  the first 2,500 fans who are "either created or evolved" to enter the Saints game on Aug. 9 at Midway Stadium will receive a spinning head bobble. According to the team, one side of the heads is Adam and the side other is  Cro-Magnon Man. The body of the doll represents Darwin, with one hand of the body holding an apple while the other will stretch lower to the ground and hold a club, according to the team.

The event,  titled “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” actually was planned for June but was hindered by unforeseen challenges: a shipping company strike kept the items "somewhere in the Pacific Ocean," causing two delays. But the St. Paul Saints say they are finally ready to give away the"controversial" head bobbles.

“The events that have occurred to prevent us from distributing these spinning bobbles aren’t quite of biblical proportion, but we definitely had to think twice whether or not we would continue with the giveaway,” Derek Sharrer, Saints evp/GM, said in a statement. “I’m not sure if this is simply the evolution of a great promotion, or if some greater force was preventing us from doing it.”

Promotions scheduled during the game against the Sioux CIty Explorers will "ensure that fun will be had by both sides," according to the team. "Those favoring creationism will have a chance to bob for apples.  In the seventh inning, everyone will rest. For those on the evolution side, fans will be forced to adapt to their surroundings whether in the left field bleachers or hot tubs. They will honor the Saints evolutionary chain and some may participate in contest to find the best Tarzan call."
 
PepsiCo's Frito brand is a big supporter of Minor League Baseball and its promotional giveaways.This is not the first time that the Saints, who play in the American Association (which is not affiliated with either Major League or Minor League Baseball), have had a promotion tied to a unusual situation. In 2002, during a time of stress between Major League Baseball and the Players Association, the club gave away seat cushions allowing fans to show their support by choosing to sit on either Commissioner Bud Selig or union chief Donald Fehr. And in 2009, the team offered an Al Franken/Norm Coleman “Re-count Doll" when it took eight months for Franken to officially be declared winner of Minnesota's vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Among the most unusual upcoming Minor League Baseball promotions for 2010:

Aug. 19: Lakewood (NJ) Blue Claws (South Atlantic League/Philadelphia Phillies): Diamond Dig: A diamond will be buried in the infield and 250 women will get to search for it (after the game).

Aug. 24: Binghamton (NY) Mets (Eastern League/New York Mets): In cooperation with Sage Supply hardware, the team will give toilet plungers to the first 1,000 fans.

Aug. 25: Peoria (Ill.) Chiefs (Midwest League/Chicago Cubs): Infamous Illinoisans Night: "From governors to gangsters, the Chiefs pay recognition to some of Illinois most infamous citizens." Not listed but potentially could include Al Capone, former Gov. Rob Blagojevich, John Dillinger, John Wayne Gacy Jr. and Richard Leopold and Nathan Loeb.

Aug. 28: Brevard Country (Viera, Fla.) Manatees (Advanced Florida State League/Milwaukee Brewers): Paul Lopez and Amber Miller, winners of the team's "From Home Plate to Happily Ever After" contest, will be married on the field prior to the game against the Clearwater Threshers.

Aug. 29: Tulsa (OK) Drillers (Texas League/Colorado Rockies)): Double-shot promotion: The first 2,000 fans get a replica of ONEOK Stadium; all fans get to see an appearance by Myron Noodleman, the self-titled "hippest nerd in da' biz," who looks like a combination of Pee-Wee Herman and early Jerry Lewis. Noodleman in August also will do his shtick with such teams as the Harrisburg Senators, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Altoona Curve, Tennessee Smoikes, Joliet Jackhammers and Southern Illinois Miners.

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