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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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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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Tim Tebow, Derrick Henry Help Nissan Open Heisman House For 2016 College Football

By Barry Janoff

September 1, 2016: Millions of fans across the country are ready for the 2016 college football season.

But the festivities have already started in Nissan's Heisman House, which this year adds NFL rookie Derrick Henry, Tim Tebow and Danny Wuerffel to a roster of returning House members that includes Marcus Mariota, Mark Ingram, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Tim Brown, Tony Dorsett, Eddie George, Charlie Ward, Doug Flutie, George Rogers and Herschel Walker.

The effort, which began in 2011, will see with partner ESPN multi-level activation across TV, print, radio, Internet and social media, in addition to on-campus experiences such as the Heisman House Tour.

The Nissan Heisman House campaign "supports Nissan’s long-standing sponsorship of the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award and the Heisman Trophy Trust, a charitable organization focused on outreach to the underprivileged and underserved," according to Nissan.

"Each year we take our partnership with the Heisman Trust's outstanding charity efforts to a new level, and we continue to enjoy the opportunity to entertain fans with our Heisman House campaign," Jeremy Tucker, vp-marketing communications and media for Nissan North America, said in a statement.

The Heisman House and support for the Heisman Trust was enhanced via a four-year deal signed last year in which Nissan beceme an official sponsor of 100 colleges and universities and a "proud supporter" of select NCAA championships.

Calling it the "widest-reaching sponsorship in the history of collegiate sports," Nissan said the alliance covers "22 men’s and women’s sports, 100 schools, thousands of student-athletes, 22 million alumni and 188 million fans" nationwide.

In addition, Nissan brand Infiniti is an official corporate partner for NCAA men’s basketball. and the Final Four.

The 2016 Heisman House campaign includes four 45-second spots and five 15-second spots. Eight Nissan vehicles will be featured throughout the campaign, including the Rogue, Titan and Armada, which Nissan said is part of its "Year of the Truck" focus.

The Nissan Heisman House Tour features a simulated Heisman House that will travel to different college campuses throughout the U.S. leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship in January.

The Tour provides fans an opportunity to enjoy the Heisman House living room, take photos with the Trophy, and meet Heisman Trophy winners as well as ESPN on-air talent.

The first Heisman House Tour stop is  scheduled for Sept. 4 for the Notre Dame vs. Texas game at DKR Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Nissan also unveiled for the second season its Diehard Fan App, which enables people to virtually paint their game face using a smartphone or tablet (iOS and select Android devices).

"Updates to Nissan's Diehard Fan mobile app brings even more excitement this fall as college sports swing into action," said Tucker. "This is just one way to unleash your team colors anywhere, anytime, and engage with Nissan and our College 100 Sponsorship of men's and women's college sports programs throughout the U.S."

Former Heisman Trophy winners, some of whom are current NFL players or analysts, enjoy the camaraderie that the campaign brings.

"The Heisman House is really fun, a great way to get together with friends and former teammates and rivals,' said Eddie George, who won the Heisman in 1995 with Ohio State before going on to a stellar career in the NFL. "(At 42) I'm in really good shape and it's interesting to see which of the other guys look as if they still could compete on the football field — or not!"

The lead spot for the 2016 effort, "Welcome to the House," follows a drone set off by Derrick Henry, who won the Heisman in 2015 with Alabama and is now a rookie with the Tennessee Titans, that files from room to room, unveiling what activities — some more weird than others — the residents are undertaking, played out to Thin Lizzy's "Boys Are Back In Town."

The guys get their revenge on Henry in "Heisman House Garage" when they explain that rookies to the House must wash the dozens of Nissans available for their use.

"Go Deep" finds Flutie hosting a faux interview show in which guest Tim Brown talks about all the ways in which he scored during his 1987 Heisman season at Notre Dame. "But not with a Hail Mary," chides Flutie, who won the Heisman in 1984, evoking his iconic game-winning pass for Boston College that season against Miami.

Tim Tebow, currently seeking to find a place in baseball, gets to live out another dream in "Tebow's Dream": Creating a new musical genre with fellow Miami athlete Danny Wuerffel, complete with classic MTV-style hair, cars and women.

Derrick Henry gets his own payback in the "Derrick Henry Effect," in which Mark Ingram, Marcus Mariota and Doug Flutie suddenly become small by comparison when Henry enters a room.

According to Tuicker, "This year's great cast of roommates will not disappoint and there are a number of surprises in store as we let them loose to showcase their talents, both as the top football players of their eras and as winning performers and media personalities today."

Nissan Unveils NCAA Deal With 100 Schools

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