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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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Oct192018

How The Grinch Sold Christmas With The NBA, ESPN, Wonderful Pistachios

UPDATED November 1, 2018

By Barry Janoff

October 19, 2018: Dr. Seuss’ How the The Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic book for kids of all ages, which has been turned into numerous animated and live-action versions on the big (Jim Carrey 2000) and small screen (the 1966 TV classic with Boris Karloff).

Next up: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, due in theaters Nov. 9,

To support the film, as well as the start of the 2018-19 season, the NBA and ESPN have joined with Illumination and Universal Pictures for a humorous multi-media campaign.

The Grinch movie also has tie-ins that also include Wonderful Pistachios, Barnes & Noble, Just Play, IHOP and 23andMe.

Among the NBA players who have filmed promo spots for the animated film are JR Smith (Cleveland Cavaliers), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors) and Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers).

The campaign is from ESPN CreativeWorks in conjunction with Illumination and Universal Pictures.

The spots are running across ESPN platforms, with focus during NBA broadcasts, with support including digital and social media.

The spots find The Grinch, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, calling the NBA players on their cell phones and being his usual Grinch-nasty self.

In "The Grinch vs. JR Smith," Smith, who is eating lunch in the ESPN cafe in Bristol, Conn. — having already removed his shirt, as is his go-to move during championship parades and in other public places —  when Grinch calls to talk about Game 1 of last season’s Finals against the Warriors.

In that game, Smith lost track of time and the score at the end of the fourth quarter. After grabbing a rebound with less that five seconds to play he dribbled toward mid-court instead of calling a timeout.

Time expired with the score tied, and the Warriors won in overtime, eventually taking the Championship series in four games

“JR, Grinch here. Let’s talk about last year’s Game ! Yikes.”

“Dude, it was last year,” says Smith, trying to be good-natured about it. “Let it go.”

“You’re right,” chides Grinch. “No turning back the clock now! Only time will tell . . . “ at which point Smith disconnects the call.

In "The Grinch vs. Draymond Green," Green gets his Grinch call at home, where he is rudely interpreted while watching an NBA game on his big screen TV.

Green wants to get back to the game, but Grinch annoyingly talks about how much he and the three-time NBA champ are alike: “You’re Green and grumpy and love talking trash . . . a lot! And you know how to get under someone’s skin.”

“I’m about to get under your skin,” growls Green.

Embiid is working out in "The Grinch vs. Joel Embiid" when Grinch calls to talk about Joel’s penchant for spending time on social media.

“How is my favorite Internet troll”? Grinch asks the Sixers center. “Is spending all day on social media part of the process? Maybe you’ll finally snag a date with that certain someone you’re always talking about,” a reference to Embiid’s crush on Rihanna.

“Lose my number,” says Embiid. And to make sure the message is clear, Embiid goes on Twitter and types, “@GrinchMovie, never call me again.”

The NBA-themed spots also include snippets of the movie’s lead song, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” with this version by Tyler the Creator and Danny Elfman.

Wonderful Pistachios, which has a multi-platform effort that includes two TV spots, Internet, social media, a billboard in New York’s Time Square and POP Grinch stand-ups.

“Wonderful Pistachios is the green icon of healthy snacking, so partnering with The Grinch, the green icon of the holidays, is the perfect opportunity to spread green holiday cheer to moviegoers everywhere,” Adam Cooper, vp-marketing for The Wonderful Co., said via the brand.

Barnes & Noble said Dr. Seuss’The Grinch will take over stores via h special displays in 536 stores featuring exclusive books, holiday ornaments, puzzles, games and toys starting Oct. 22.  Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide will also host a free Grinch Storytime on Nov. 3.

Barnes & Noble will feature a variety of exclusive Dr. Seuss books and products.

According to Stephanie Fryling, vp-merchandising, children’s books for Barnes & Noble,“Kids around the country love hearing Dr. Seuss’ tale of the Grinch who stole Christmas before his heart grew three sizes during the holidays, which is why we’re so excited to have these exclusive Grinch books, ornaments, and toys this holiday season.

“We think customers will love these special Dr. Seuss products, as well as the Kids’ section takeovers and displays in our stores.”

IHOP has limited-time food based on Grinch green, including pancakes and hot chocolate with green whipped topping, supported by TV ("Inspired by The Grinch"), Internet, social media and POP.

23AndMe genetic testing company has a campaign anchored by a TV spot, "Grinch's DNA Story."

Just Play hits retail and online this month with a series of toys and other Grinch products, including ornaments, plush, an advent calendar and a Who-ville playlet.

Clothing from various companies includes T-shirts, ugly Christmas sweaters, pajamas and wool caps.

The Grinch also stars Rashida Jones, Taylor Momsen, Keenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury and Pharrell Williams as the Narrator.

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