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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. 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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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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Following A Challenging 2010, Can The PGA Tour Get Out Of The Woods In 2011?

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

December 10, 2010: Even though the most visible golfer in the world, Tiger Woods, struggled in 2010 and did not win a tournament for the first time in his career, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem not only said that he was happy with the overall performance of players and marketing support but that there were numerous dynamics in place that would make 2011 a strong year.

Although the challenges of the current economy are still a major concern, Finchem said during a media conference on Dec. 9 that six new sponsors have been added on the PGA Tour level with "seven or eight renewals and several more on the horizon. We now have over 30% of PGA Tour title sponsorships extended beyond 2012. And so we made solid progress." (Full list of corporate partners here.)

Going into 2011 the commissioner said that just two of 45 tournaments for next season lacked a corporate sponsor — the Bob Hope and The Heritage — but that all of the tournaments are "fully funded."

Among recent marketing activity, the PGA Tour signed a deal under which United Airlines would replace long-time partner Delta as the official company in the category and another signaling General Motors' return after two years off the circuit due to financial problems. Among other sponsorship activation, GM's Cadillac will be back to sponsor the World Golf Championship this March in Miami via a six-year deal under which the event is being renamed the Cadillac Championship. GM dropped its alliance not only with the event but with Woods, the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl in 2008 and 2009.

A sign of the improving times is that GM was part of World Series marketing when it unveiled a Chevrolet campaign during the Fox telecasts featuring the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers, and also will be part of Super Bowl XVL in February, also on Fox.

GM's Cadillac brand returns in 2011 as title sponsor of a PGA Tour event.“We are partnering with a company that has demonstrated, over a long, long period of time, a tremendous knowledge for marketing,” Finchem said at the end of November regarding the automaker, which had previously been aligned with the PGA Tour for 50 years. “The problems that befell this company were not about selling cars. Cadillac is a brand that has always been strong. It is getting stronger now and to be a part of that upswing is a great opportunity for us.”

Regarding Woods' situation, Finchem spun some positive aspects out of the fact that the man who lost his world No. 1 ranking had not been playing up to par.

"We like the way virtually all of our partners are trying to get the story lines out about players," said Finchem during the media conference on Dec. 9. "[That's] tougher to do when Tiger is playing really well, because he does eat up a lot of the interest and time. But in this last year when he didn't play early in the year and then in '08, it opened up the opportunity to get some of these other stories told, which is important to our future."

Finchem said he foresees a stronger Woods playing in 2011 but could not predict where and how often he would compete. "I'd ask you to ask Tiger that. I do have a feeling that in a sense from talking to a wide range of players that there's going to be . . . an extensive effort by players to shake up their schedule a little bit. I don't want to characterize any one particular player, but I think you're going to see that pretty much across the board.

Tiger Woods was on the cover of EA Sports' PGA Tour '11 and garnered other global attention despite his sub-par showing on the golf course."With Tiger, you know, Tiger has not had a lot of movement in his schedule for about ten years. But his overall presence as a player who is chasing big records and a perennial No. 1 player, now No. 2, is that he increases interest across the board in the sport, whether he's playing or not, actually. And that's a positive thing."

Finchem addressed the ratings of PGA Tour events on TV in 2010 and how other sports contributed to soft ratings. "I think that it is appealing on television. I think that the challenges we have are promoting what we have effectively. And we have had more challenges this past year on what's up against us than we have had in a while: The Winter Olympics performed significantly higher than anybody would have anticipated, and that hurt us three weeks early in the year, three weekends . . . In the first quarter, the NFL ratings were at an all-time high. That hurt us. And we have had four or five other instances later in the season where there were just uniquely popular programming up against us."

Looking forward, Finchem said "that would not necessarily play out again this year. I don't think it's at all a function of the quality of the telecast.All three of our partners have done a much better job as the years have gone by, and I think they have got it down. I think if you want to watch golf, they do a great job. We particularly like the technological aspect, the high-tech aspects that have been added the last three or four years.

"So we like the way that our television partners focused on that," Finchem continued. "I think we have to do a better job of bringing it home to our overall fan base, which is over 100 million people [who] pay attention to golf on television on a regular basis. We have got to reach them with some compelling stories, and that's what we are really focused on."

"[Tiger Woods] increases interest across the board in the sport, whether he's playing or not, actually. And that's a positive thing."

According to Finchem, the performances of rookies and younger players "has led us to conclude that we really need to focus on that dynamic as we go into 2011. It will be our primary promotional focus to get people to pay attention to how well the veterans continue to play, and the young stars, the competition between the newer generation and the more experienced and older players. We think [this made] for good theater this year, and we are excited about that development."

Finchem specifically singled out such young players as PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson, as well as FedExCup winner Jim Furyk, Bernhard Langer (Charles Schwab Cup champion) and Jamie Lovemark (Nationwide Tour Player of the Year) as proof that it was not only Woods and Phil Mickelson who garnered the fan, media and marketing attention. "I've never in my tenure seen so much buzz and interest about rookies and young players creating exciting performances," Finchem said.

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