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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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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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Sep182017

In Quest For Monster Energy Nascar Cup Title, Harvick Driven By Fans, Sponsors

By Barry Janoff

September 18, 2017: Race car driver Kevin Harvick was in New York in the Microsoft Store on Fifth Ave. last week, appearing at a media event to talk about the 2017 ten-race Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series playoffs, appearing along with follow drivers Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Austin Dillon.

For the first time, the  Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series playoffs will feature a stage racing format.

The series began on Sunday in Chicagoland Speedway with the 2017 champion to be crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19 (all to air on NBCSN).

Drivers competing for the Cup also include Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Chase Elliott.

But in the midst of discussing the playoffs, sponsorships, Danica Patrick and personal alliances, Harvick ended up talking about the NBA.

"I was never a basketball fan, had never been to a game, but a couple of years ago my son Keelan asked me to take him to a Charlotte Hornets game," said Harvick, who lives in the Charlotte area. "(Team owner) Michael Jordan was there. We had a great time. Now we have season tickets. We go all the time."

The NBA conversation began when Harvick was asked about the 2.5 x 2.5 ad patches that will appear for the first time on NBA jerseys this coming season.

In NBA terms, that is a change of tsunami proportions. In Nascar, drivers, fans and teams know that sponsor alliances and visible logos are part of the landscape on cars, helmets and driver suits.

Harvick said his team gets about $18-$20 million in sponsorships, which include primary sponsors Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Busch Beer, Hunt Brothers Pizza and Mobil 1, plus such brands as Ford, Goodyear, Outback Steakhouse, New Era and Fanatics.

The NBA defending champion Golden State Warriors last week set the NBA mark with a three-year deal for $60 million with Internet services provider Rakuten. The Cleveland Cavaliers signed a three-year deal with Goodyear valued at $30 million. Some 14 NBA teams to date have signed jersey-patch deals, most in the $4-$5 million range annually

"They are our life blood, they keep us going," said Harvick. about the roster of sponsors that are associated with each Nascar team and driver.

"The NBA saw this as a move they needed to make. It is added income, a source of revenue,” said Harvick.

Harvick also had a strong NBA association this past season when Mobil 1 ran a humorous multi-media effort, "Don't Change Your Oil," which paired the 5’10” Harvick with 7’2” NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo.

Last week, Smithfield Foods said that beginning with the 2018 Nascar season they would move after six  from being a primary sponsor with Richard Petty Motorsports to Stewart-Hass Racing, which currently includes Harvick, Busch, Clint Bowyer, Cole Custer and Danica Patrick.

The move became a catalyst in shakeups on both teams, with Patrick saying she would leave Stewart-Haas Racing after the 2017 season and Richard Petty Motorsports saying that driver Aric Almirola would not return.

Although he said he had not as yet spoken directly with Patrick, Harvick said, "My support for her is unwavering . . . I believe she will find a new team and (primary) sponsor."

As for Smithfield’s move to SHR: "Smithfield is a strong brand in Nascar," said Harvick. "I see this as a good relationship for SHR."

In acknowledging the strength of Nascar sponsors, Harvick also said that strong alliances were important for him as a driver, businessman and member of the racing community.

"My sponsors — in particular my primary sponsors — have supported me through the ups and downs of my career," he said. "It’s not just a logo you put on your car. When you sign with a sponsor, that is the type of quality relationship you want.

"Both sides (drivers and brands) understand that this is about supporting a race team but also about reaching fans and consumers where they live, work and shop. I am well aware that Nascar fans are extremely loyal to the brands that (drivers) are associated with. That has a big impact on the type of deals we sign."

Also of importance to Harvick is how his sponsors connect with his fans.

Last month, for example, Mobile 1 had Harvick and Mutombo appear along with his No. 4 car as part of a meet-and-greet with people in New York’s Times Square. And Outback offered people free Blooming’ Onions with their meal to celebrate Harvick’s Top Ten finish at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Throughout the season, Harvick autographs items for Fanatics that are made available to fans at race tracks.

And that connection with sponsors and partners also originates with Harvick. His KHI Management, a full-service sports and celebrity-marketing agency, has a suite in Bank of America Stadium, home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

"That is a great place to entertain, to build relationships with my sponsors," said Harvick.

Harvick said that Busch and Mobil 1 are already planning campaigns with him for the start of the 2018 season.

But first comes the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series, which Nascar is supporting with a multi-media marketing campaign, and an opportunity for Harvick to add to the title he won in 2014.

"Some of the drivers are looking for their first title, Some have won before (Keselowski 2012, Busch 2015)," said Harvick. "It will be very interesting to see what happens, and certainly very competitive."

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