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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

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

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Aug092016

Golf Sponsor Spend To Top $1.8 B In '16 Behind Spieth, McIlroy, Rio, Beer 

By Barry Janoff

August 19, 2016: This year, for the first time since 1904, golf is part of the global stage at the Summer Olympics, being staged in Rio de Janeiro. Its presence there will, according to industry analysts, help to boost golf's profile among casual players and youngsters, as well as those who may have no connection to it.

It turns out that golf's sponsorship presence has been pretty solid all along.

Worldwide sponsorship spend on golf is expected to top a record $1.82 billion this year, up 5.1% from the $1.72 billion spent in 2015, and also exceeding a projected 4.6% increase as well as a 4.7% increase in overall sponsorship spending.

Anheuser-Busch InBev is the most prevalent brand in the sport, with 35% of properties with a sponsor in the malt beverage category reporting a partnership with an Anheuser-Busch brand, according to the 2016 Golf Sponsorship Spending Report from marketing, research and consulting firm IEG, Chicago.

Alcoholic beverages is the most active category sponsor of golf, with companies in this category "five times more likely to sponsor the sport than the average of all sponsors," according to IEG research.

The increase in sponsorship spending comes at time when participation in golf has slightly decreased.

Figures show a dip in 2015 to 24.1 million (among those over the age of 6 who played at least one round of golf) from 24.7 million the two previous years, and down from 25.7 million in 2011. However, numbers remained strong in several key areas, including committed golfers, beginning golfers and in the number of people interested in taking up the game, according to the National Golf Federation.

Earlier this year, the PGA Tour and LPGA unveiled a partnership to include schedule coordination, joint marketing programs, domestic TV representation, digital media and "exploring the potential development of joint events."

Both organizations said that the alliance "strengthens their relationship and the potential benefits of working together in these various areas (which) are attractive for the overall growth of the sport."

Young golfers such as Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko are "resonating" with consumers and young potential participants, according to NGF.

Earlier this month, Nike Golf said it would "accelerate innovation in its golf footwear and apparel business and will partner with more of the world’s best golfers" but at the same time would "transition out of equipment — including clubs, balls and bags."

Beginners numbered 2.2 million in 2015, which NGF said "compares favorably to the all-time high of 2.4 million in 2000," the year that Tiger Woods won three major championships.

Companies have good reason to activate in golf. According to NGF, an estimated 81 million people, including 62 million non-golfers, watched golf on TV in 2015 while 27 million read about the game in traditional or electronic media.  One out of three Americans — about 95 million — played golf on a golf course or alternate venue, watched on TV or read about it in 2015.

Sponsorship spend on golf $1.65 billion in 2014, $1.6 billion in 2013, $1.51 billion in 2012. $1,4 billion in 2011 and $1.36 billion in 2010, according to IEG.

By comparison, global sponsorship spend on soccer will hit a record $60.2 billion this year, worldwide sponsorship spend in motorsports topped $5.3 billion last year and tennis was at $739 million, per IEG.

NFL sponsorship spend was $1.2 billion last season, the NBA hit $799 million, MLB reached $778 million and the NHL was $477 million.

"An estimated 81 million people, including 62 million non-golfers, watched golf on TV in 2015 while 27 million read about the game in traditional or electronic media."

Veteran golfer Phil Michelson tops the list among highest-paid golfers at $52.9 million, with $50 million of that from endorsement deals including Barclays and Rolex, according to Forbes.

McIlroy is second in endorsements at $35 million, including Nike and Omega. Spieth (pictured above) is third with endorsement earnings at $32 million from such partners as Under Armour, AT&T, Rolex and Coca-Cola.

Despite being away from the game due to rehab, Tiger Woods still takes in about $45 million in endorsement deals that include Hero Motorcorp, Kowa and Rolex.

Thompson ranks high among women golfers in endorsements with such deals as Rolex, EA Sports and Red Bull.

“Athletes like Tiger, Rory and Michelle (Wie) drive tremendous energy for the game and inspire consumers worldwide,” Daric Ashford, President for Nike Golf, said in a statement.

Following Anheuser-Busch, the Top Ten most active brands in golf are MasterCard (33% of properties with a sponsor in the category report a partnership with M/C), Coca-Cola (32%), Bacardi (25%), Rolex (21%), Daimler (16%), United-Continental (14%), AT&T (14%), Toyota (14%), PepsiCo (12%) and BMW (12%).

After alcoholic beverages, the most active categories are banks (which are three times more likely to sponsor golf than the average of all sponsors), automotive (2.8), professional services (2.3), insurance (2.3), tech-business (2.3), tech-consumer (2) and non-alcoholic beverages (1.9).

During the Olympics, NBCUniversal's Golf Channel will have about 50 hours of coverage.

PGA Tour, LPGA Become A Marketing Twosome

No Tiger, But Spieth, Rory, Day Drive Golf Sponsorship Spend To $1.7B

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