• 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.”


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)


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



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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John McEnroe: The NY Knicks Are Toxic, Have Hit Bottom . . . Now Move Forward

By Barry Janoff

June 27, 2017: In anticipation of his role as analyst and commentator during ESPN’s exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon (July 3-16), John McEnroe held court during a media conference today talking about the Grand Slam event (during which ESPN will have 140 hours of coverage on TV and 1,500 on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN App).

He spoke about his recent comments on Serena Williams (responding to an earlier statement that "On the men’s circuit she would rank around No. 700" he offered "Obviously if it wasn't for Serena, American tennis would even be in a lot deeper trouble. She, in my opinion, is the greatest female player ever") and match-fixing ("The cheating in the game is worse than ever").

But McEnroe also weighed in — quite heavily — about a special passion, the New York Knicks, of which the Queens, NY-raised 58-year-old, seven-time Grand Slam winner has been a high-profile fan for decades.

On Tuesday (June 26), McEnroe appeared on The Dan Patrick Show and sang (while playing guitar) a parody about the Knicks, covering Green Day’s "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)."

"Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. What do we do with Melo (Carmelo Anthony) now that Phil doesn’t want to stay home? I still believe, or at least I can hope, that the Knicks don’t keep being the butt of everyone’s joke. Something unpredictable but in the end I hope he’s right. But Phil . . . don’t trade (Kristaps) Porzingas tonight.” (See the full segment here.)

During the ESPN media conference the next day, his tone was a bit more serious.

"As of yesterday (June 26) it was my understanding that Phil was going to finish out his contract. Try to turn things around," said McEnroe. "Although, obviously, that wasn’t going too well.

"It seemed," he emphasized, "as if it had gotten so toxic it just wasn’t going to be able to work out."

From McEnroe’s perspective, "The things that he did try — trades, free agents — hadn’t worked out. The way he handled the situation with Melo (saying, among other things, that he would be better of with another team), I don’t think anyone, including himself, would have thought that was the right approach. Even if it was better for the team and for Melo to leave, it wasn’t handled well."

McEnroe, although somewhat acquiescing to the outcome, admitted that Jackson and the Knicks deciding today to "mutually" part ways was, for him, unexpected.

"I was surprised that this happened,” said McEnroe. "I don’t hang around with NBA players but now and then I am around a couple and with people who are involved with the NBA. It seemed like there was no question that (players) were less-inclined to make a move toward the Knicks at the moment. Which I always found amazing."

McEnroe, who was in his tweens when the Knicks won their last NBA titles (1969-70, 1972-73) did see reasoning behind the timing of the move, but reacted like a true New Yorker at heart.

"I am biased, but I think that New York is the greatest city in the world. And I’m thinking, We can’t get guys to play for the New York Knicks?! In Madison Square Garden? That just seems beyond belief," said McEnroe.

“If it had something to do with Phil Jackson, even though he was a legendary Knick (he was a member of both Knicks title teams) and was one of the greatest, if not among one of the best couple of head coaches (ever) in the NBA (11 titles with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers), if it’s better moving forward, then I guess it’s better now," he said.

"I’m thinking, We can’t get guys to play for the New York Knicks?! In Madison Square Garden? That just seems beyond belief."

Like other fans of the team, McEnroe said he anticipated better times for the Knicks in 2016-17, but they finished with a poorer won-lost record (31-51) than the previous season (32-50), when they actually showed marked improvement over 2014-15 (17-65).

"I would have sworn to you before the season started last year I believed they could win 50 games," he said. "Having (signed) Joakim Noah, whose father, (former tennis star) Yannick, is a long-time buddy of mine, a former defensive player of the year who had some skills. I know, knowing him, that he dreamed of coming to New York, a kid who spent a lot of his life growing up in the city.

"Picking up Derrick Rose (in a trade from Chicago) at the time seemed to be a sensible risk, a one-year deal. Kristaps Porzingas (in his second season) was coming along. And you had some other players.

"I know some of it was bad luck. Unfortunately, the knock on Melo seemed to be and continued to be true — that even though he is such a great offensive player and a great guy, he wasn’t making the guys around him better. Or better enough, the way some of these other guys do, with LeBron (James) as the most obvious example.

"But that’s easier said than done. Maybe Melo would have been better off allowing Porzingas to get more of the spotlight and taking some of the pressure off of him. So if it ends up that he (Anthony) does stay — which who knows what the hell is going to happen now — but if he does, it would be better for Melo if he allowed Porzingas to flourish. It would actually help him (Anthony).

"That fact that he feels he is being over-shadowed in some ways is not accurate. It’s going to take Porzingas even in a best-case scenario a few more years to get to the level we hope he gets," said McEnroe.

Is this new chapter a foreshadow of better things to come for the Knicks, he was asked.

"Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom, or what appears to be rock bottom, to move forward," said McEnroe.

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