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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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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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Foot Locker Puts NBA's Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Together Again For First Time

By Barry Janoff

August 7, 2013: Foot Locker is getting a triple-dose of sports endorsements in two new ads, one starring Blake Griffin and Chris Paul of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers appearing together for the first time in a national commercial, and a second starring Victor Cruz of the NFL's New York Giants that supports Kids Foot Locker.

The spot with Griffin and Paul is part of the New York-based specialty athletic retailer's "Approved" campaign.

"We enjoyed working with Blake and Chris on our latest Foot Locker commercial," Stacy Cunningham, evp-marketing for Foot Locker, said in a statement. "They both exude the talent and humor that is inherent in our 'Approved' campaign. They are a perfect fit for our brand and will help extend our message."

Foot Locker has been creatively busy over the past month, with TV commercials featuring Shaquille O'Neal ("Shaqnosis") and another with the NFL's Arian Foster and Julio Jones for Under Armour shoes and gear.

In the spot, "The Endorser," Paul walks in on Griffin, who is sitting in an upscale high-rise living room. He is wearing Nike's Jordan Brand Super.Fly 2 basketball shoes (previously seen in a Jordan Brand ad co-starring "Dr. Darryl Drain") and Nike apparel outfitted from Foot Locker.

"I'm liking the gear" Paul says to his teammate.

Griffin responds in a robot-like voice and with a demeanor straight out of The Stepford Wives. "Foot Locker has the freshest Jordan gear that make me, Blake Griffin, look my best."

Paul, a bit confused, points to his Air Jordan T-shirt and begins to respond, "Yeah, B, I like Foot Locker too . . . "

Griffin, however, interrupts with his on-going endorsement pitch. "And try our extra caliente salsa. it's a full-court press on your taste buds. So come on down for great deals on our premium . . . "

A mystified Paul then looks behind Griffin's chair and sees that his teammate is attached to a machine called "The Endorser." Paul unplugs Griffin — whose marketing deals also include Kia, GameFly and Subway — who reverts to his normal voice. However, even without the machine, he still likes Foot Locker. "I'll tell you what, though, I really like this gear."

"Blake, you really meant that," Paul says. "You're turned off [from The Endorser machine]."

Paul then switches The Endorser back on, and Griffin reverts to robot pitchman. "I also love Lithuania. Sponsored by Lithuania Tourism." (See the full spot here.)

"Foot Locker created a fun commercial and I had a great time doing this spot with Chris," Griffin said in a statement. "Regardless of whether or not you like my skills as a salesman in the spot, you'll agree that we look fresh in our Jordan Brand gear from Foot Locker."

In the spot with Victor Cruz, "Buddy Montage," the Giants' wide receiver is playing video games with a kid name Scott. "That's some fresh Kids Foot Locker gear," Cruz observes.

"Thanks, Victor," Scott responds. Then, breaking the fourth wall, Scott says, "You know, Victor, I'm going to be sad when this commercial is over and we're not pretend buddies anymore."

"Scott, there's still time life," Cruz responds, "Let's make it count."

Then, in real time over the next 20 seconds of the commercial, Cruz and Scott play football in the house, go for a ride in a paddle boat, break cement bricks using karate, go fishing, ride an ATV, demolish a home, create a giant ice cream sundae and appear to fly in a hot air balloon.

"So what's after this?" Scott asks as time winds down. "Just the logo," Cruz replies.

The camera pulls back to reveal a green screen and the rest of the crew members, one of whom pulls Scott out of the basket and off the set.

Closing text reads, "Kids Foot Locker. Time to Go Big." (See the full spot here.)

Both spots are from BBDO, NY.

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