• 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.”


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


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


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.
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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.
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.
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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).


College Football Fans Will ‘Live’ On ESPN Billboard For National Championship Run

By Barry Janoff

December 21, 2018: About a hundred years ago, a select group of hardy — some would call them foolish — people would climb up a flagpole and spend an extended length of time on a small platform, sometimes to promote products, sometimes just to draw attention to themselves.

ESPN is bringing that fad back in a new form: Billboard sitting.

To support its coverage of the two college football semi-final games (Dec. 29) and the National Championship (Jan. 7), ESPN has selected four people who will ascend a billboard located in San Jose, near the site of Levi’s Stadium in which the National Championship game will be played, and remain there for an extended period.

The four people — representing the playoff teams of Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, respectively — will move into their new digs on Dec. 27.

Those chosen to temporarily relocate 45 feet in the air to a 40-foot wide by 8-foot deep billboard are Llyas Ross Sr. (representing the Alabama Crimson Tide), Nancy Volland (Clemson Tigers), Jeanette Kim (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) and Ruben Hunter (Oklahoma Sooners).

ESPN is providing a 75-inch TV built into the billboard for them to watch the semi-final games.

ESPN is also providing each with a private tent, sleeping bag, camping chair and meals.

Bathrooms and showers will be available off-premise, so the four people will actually get to ascend and descend on an intermittent basis.

After the semi-finals, the two people representing the two losing teams will return to earth, while the other two remain in their lofty positions until Jan. 7, when they get to watch the game in person in Levi’s Stadium, located in Santa Clara.

The full event will be live-streamed on ESPN3 and integrated into regular ESPN programming for the 12 days of the project, which will conclude on Jan. 7, to coincide with the National Championship Game.

Throughout their time on the billboard, the fanatic four will participate in activities and challenges to earn cash and prizes, many of which will be based upon fan engagement on social media.

People can show their support by watching the live-stream on ESPN3 and via the hash tag #ESPNBillboard on social media.

People can also watch the event in person.

The National Championship team and its respective winning billboard resident will be honored after the game.

“ESPN wouldn’t be where we are without our fans,” Emeka Ofodile, vp-marketing for ESPN, said via the network.

“This billboard celebrates the unique fandom and passion in college football by putting it on display for the nation to see and engage directly with the fans.”

The activation, under ESPN’s “Who’s In” umbrella college playoff campaign, was developed by creative agency RED with IMG Live for experiential production and Catalyst for public relations.

All three are divisions of Endeavor Global Marketing.

To be considered, some 700 people submitted video testimonials explaining why they should represent their team.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic features No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Clemson (4 PM ET), the Capital One Orange Bowl No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Alabama (8 PM ET), both on Dec.29 on ESPN.

The National Championship game in Levi’s Stadium is scheduled for 8 PM (ET).

According to Ofodile, “The College Football Playoff is more than just the game on the field — it’s a unique cultural event, and these fans represent that.”

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