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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. 23-25
1. Angel Has Fallen $21.3M
2. Good Boys $11.8M
3. Overcomer $8.2M
4. The Lion King $8.2M
5. Hobbs & Shaw $8.1M
6. Ready or Not $7.8M
7. Angry Birds 2 $6.4M
8. Scary Stories $6M
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $5.2M
10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $5M
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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Feb122019

With Giannis, Metro by T-Mobile May Get Greek Freaky At NBA All-Star Game

By Barry Janoff

February 12, 2019: Giannis Antetokounmpo, among the top candidates for the NBA’s MVP this season, has a new team.

Antetokounmpo, aka the Milwaukee Bucks’ “Greek Freak,” has signed on as a spokesman for Metro by T-Mobile.

Antetokounmpo, who received the second-most votes for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game this weekend (behind LeBron James) and will captain Team Giannis, will appear in multi-media marketing for the company.

A lead 30-second spot,”Giannis Plays HORSE,” brakes this week on TV and online. A 15-second spot, “That’s Giannis,” will also be airing.

In addition to TV and digital media, Metro will launch a guerrilla-style social media campaign, “#TeamGiannis” this week as Giannis and the league prepare for the NBA All-Star Game.

People will be able to enter a sweepstakes on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win a prize pack from Metro, including Nike shoes, a T-shirt and a custom hat.

The alliance comes just after AT&T this month replaced Verizon as the NBA’s official wireless telecom partner.

Although AT&T plans to have significant presence in Charlotte and on-air for the All-Star Game and surrounding events, Metro by T-Mobile plans to make an impact with the Greek Freak.

According to T-Mobile, which has positioned its Metro brand as a David to the Goliath’s of AT&T and Verizon, Antetokounmpo’s “background as an underdog has given him a unique connection to the Metro brand.”

“Like Metro, I’ve been an underdog most of my life, first as a son of Nigerian immigrants in Greece and eventually as an unheralded NBA draft pick,” Antetokounmpo said via the company. “That background has given me the edge I’ve needed to succeed and the perspective to know what’s valuable in life.

“Positivity, loyalty, and staying connected to my family and fans are all priorities to me. I’m proud to partner with a brand that shares those values and brings a much-needed counterbalance to the wireless market.”

According to John Legere, CEO for T-Mobile, “Nobody does destroying-the-status-quo like a Giannis drive to the hoop and a Metro by T-Mobile unlimited rate plan for the family for $1,200 less a year than AT&T and Verizon.

“It’s a perfect match of disruption!” A superstar this savvy? I’m officially #TeamGiannis.”

Antetokounmpo will also get All-Star Game related airtime via a new documentary, “Finding Giannis,” scheduled to run on TNT prior to State Farm All-Star Game Saturday Night (Feb. 15).

He also appears in a new safety video from Greece-based Aegean Airlines (pictured).

T-Mobile recently acquired naming rights to MLB’s Seattle Mariners home stadium, which since it opened in 1999 has been known as Safeco Field, but will be T-Mobile Park for the next 25 years.

The company also has naming rights to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, home for the NHL’s Golden Knights.

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