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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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Dec242018

Match Point: Five Cities, Including Incumbent London, Vie To Host ATP Men’s Finals

By Barry Janoff

December 21, 2018: This past August, the ATP, the world governing body for men’s pro tennis circuits, initiated a search for a new city to host its year-end men’s event, the Nitto ATP Finals, when the current contract with The O2 in London ends in 2020.

Considering the name and marketing power attached to the event, it was little surprise when the ATP said some 40 cities had expressed interest to host the tournament from 2021-2025.

The organization has since narrowed the list to five cities: incumbent London, Manchester, Singapore, Tokyo and Turin.

The ATP said it would now enter the final phase of the bidding process, which includes visiting the candidate cities to “further review their respective visions for the ATP Finals.”

The ATP is expected to make its decision in March during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

“The level of interest we have received worldwide throughout the bid application process reflects the rich heritage of this unique tournament, as well as the success of the event at The O2 since 2009,” Chris Kermode, ATP executive chairman and president, said via the organization.

“It has been a highly competitive process, and the candidate cities on the shortlist deserve huge credit for the passion and creative vision they have shown in their respective plans to continue the growth of our showpiece event.”

Financial details were not shared.

The event, held in November, has been staged in London’s The O2 since 2009, with a deal that runs through the 2020 Finals.

Japan-based Nitto Denko Corp. in 2017 signed a four-year ATP Finals title sponsorship alliance.

The 2018 season-ending tournament attracted 243,819 people across eight days of competition, bringing the tournament’s cumulative attendance in The O2 since 2009 to 2,561,084, according to the ATP.

The ATP Finals were first held in Tokyo in 1970. Shanghai hosted the tournament in 2002 and again from 2005-08.

The longest stay in a single venue was 13 consecutive years in New York’s Madison Square Garden from 1977-1989.

Other cities that have hosted the ATP Finals include Barcelona, Boston, Frankfurt,  Houston, Melbourne, Paris, Stockholm and Sydney.

Singapore hosted the women’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, played in October, from 2014-18.

The WTA Finals are moving to Shenzhen beginning 2019 via a deal that runs through 2028.

Manchester had also put in a bid to host the WTA Finals.

Among the players who have won the Nitto ATP Finals are Bjorn Borg (three times), John McEnroe (three times), Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl (five times), Pete Sampras (five times), Andre Agassi, Roger Federer (six times), Novak Djokovic (five times), Andy Murray and last month 21-year-old Alexander Zverev, who defeated World No. 1 Djokovic for the title.

According to the ATP’s Request For Expressions of Interest to Become Host of the ATP Finals From 2021, “More than 250,000 fans attend the event annually, it is broadcast to 180 markets, has nearly 6,000 hours of TV coverage with global viewership figures reaching an average of 95 million viewers each year and more than 250,000 people in attendance.

Included in the pitch were such selling points as:

• Strong commercial investment, including sponsorship and corporate hospitality packages.

• Attractive event for international brands.

• Global media focus on host city.

• Spending by hundreds of thousands of spectators.

According to the ATP, ”The event will bring huge exposure to the host city through a season-long promotion of ATP Race to . . . your location.”

“The ATP Finals have never stood still, remaining vibrant and relevant to fans, sponsors and media worldwide at every turn.” said Kermode.

“There’s no question that London has set a very high benchmark and, with the final shortlist . . . we believe we will be well-placed to determine the next exciting chapter of a tournament that has come to represent the absolute pinnacle in men’s professional tennis.”

The ATP said that The Sport Business Group at Deloitte has been managing the bid process,

Among the events overseen by the ATP are 64 tournaments in 30 countries, including the ATP Tour, ATP Challenger Tour and ATP Champions Tour.

ATP Puts Men’s Finals Host City Up For Bids

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