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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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Mar032019

For Sale: Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies, Jerseys, Cards, Tickets, Videogames

By Barry Janoff

March 3, 2019: Bryce Harper has bought into the Philadelphia Phillies, and now the Phillies and MLB are seeking to get Philadelphia and the rest of the baseball world to buy into him.

It appears to be an easy sell.

Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the team this past Friday (March 1), and it only took the weekend for the team and its marketing department  — as well as MLB and partners — to respond.

His No. 3 jersey is up-and-running on the team’s Web site, MLBShop.com and Fanatics.com ($119.99).

According to Fanatics, Philadelphia Phillies merchandise sales are up 5,000% over last year at this time, and Harper’s Phillies jersey “is the No. 1-selling jersey of all -time in any sport for any player during the first 24 hours of a launch.”

He opted not to request the No. 34 he wore for seven seasons with the Washington Nationals (Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle was an idol, Mantle wore No. 7 with the New York Yankees, 3+4=7) because, as Harper said, “I thought (the late) Roy Halladay should be the last one to wear it (with the Phillies).”

Although No. 34 has been worn since Halladay (who died in 2017 in a plane crash and was posthumously elected to the Hall of Fame this year) left the Phillies in 2013, according to the team, Harper’s sense of baseball history has unofficially retired Halliday’s No. 34 with the Phils.

“It’s a special day at the ballpark — it’s officially Bryce Harper Day,” Francis Winkey, senior merchandise manager for the Phillies New Era Team Store said in a clip posted on the team’s Web site. “We’ve had product, just waiting for it to be official.

“Once we knew his number, we were able to the No. 3 on a jersey, and put it up for sale. And every day we are getting new (Harper) products In.”

The Phillies said they sold more than 180,000 tickets in the days after signing Harper.

Opening  Day is March 28 against the Atlanta Braves (NBC 10 in Philadelphia), with the four-game set scheduled to get some national air time, including Saturday March 30 on FS1 and Sunday Night Baseball (March 31) on ESPN.

MLB the Show 19 from Sony Entertainment for PlayStation4 initially released a mock cover with Harper in a nondescript grey hoodie, but has now updated it to show him in his Phillies uniform and cap.

"I’m official!” Harper posted to his Twitter page (more than 1 million followers) with shot of the new cover. “The new @phillies cover will be on shelves for @mlbtheshow launch day on 3/26."

An intro trailer, released in November in which Harper is seen on the field in his Nationals uniform, asks, “Which jersey will Bryce wear on the final cover?”

“Certainly the story of the day, and on everybody’s mind is what does the future hold for Bryce Harper?” says a voiceover in the MLB the Show 19 spot. “For an individual player this is the biggest story of the off-season.

“Where will he end up? We don’t know. He doesn’t know. But time will tell.”

His resume follows: “Six-time All-Star. 2015 NL MVP. 2018 Home Run Derby champion. The hair.”

Topps has unveiled Bryce Harper Phillies posters and a limited Harper Topps NOW card.

The card front shows Harper in his new Phillies jersey.

The back of the Topps Now card reads: “3/2/19 Bryce Harper signed the largest deal in MLB history, agreeing to a 13-year, $330-million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 26-year-old outfielder has been among the most talented hitters in the League since he debuted in 2012, totaling 184 home runs and an elite .388 on-base percentage.”

FOCO has unveiled what it called the “first two officially licensed bobbleheads to feature Harper in Phillies gear.”

The Bryce Harper Game of Thrones Iron Throne Bobblehead is part of the recently launched MLB Game of Thrones collection, and features Harper sitting on the famous Iron Throne.

A Bryce Harper “Welcome to Philadelphia” billboard bobblehead features Harper in his new Phillies uniform posing in front of a sign that welcomes the All-Star slugger to his new home.

“Bryce Harper is one of baseball’s most dynamic players, so it’s no surprise that Phillies fans are excited to have him as part of their team” Matthew Katz, licensing manager for FOCO, said via the company.

“It was a long off-season waiting for this decision and nothing makes this announcement more official than having a Bryce Harper bobblehead in Philadelphia Phillies pinstripes.”

Anticipate new creative and/or gear from such marketing partners as Gatorade, Under Armour and New Era.

Harper Named Cover Athlete For MLB The Show 19

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