• 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. 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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LG Glides Into NCAA Tournament Activation With College/NBA Legend Clyde Drexler

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2014: LG Electronics USA is no stranger to March Madness, and neither is former college and NBA star Clyde "the Glide" Drexler, and they will be joining forces to support the brand's multi-platform marketing during the coming NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament.

LG, now in its fifth year as an official NCAA corporate partner, said that Drexler would be the face of its “Do Game Day Right” campaign in conjunction with the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Via its “Do Game Day Right” effort, LG said it would "offer tips for hosting [gatherings during] March Madness games, recipes for game day bites, keeping up with scores on your LG G Flex through the NCAA March Madness Live app and advice for setting up the ultimate viewing experience."

Support includes an anthem basketball-focused TV campaign, a dedicated Web site and such social media as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

“Sports offer so many great moments, whether you’re playing in the game or cheering on your team with family and friends,” Drexler, who played for the University of Houston Cougars in the NCAA men's basketball title game in 1983 (losing to North Carolina State), said in a statement. “I love that LG is helping fans make the most out of their game-day experience, and I’m pleased to share what I’ve learned over the years as a player, coach and commentator.”

In addition, LG has unveiled a “Locker Room Sweepstakes,” with the top prize a trip to AT&T Stadium in North Dallas for Final Four weekend (April 5-7) and other participants eligible for such LG products as Smart TVs, G Pads, microwave ovens and washers and dryers (Details here.)

A separate “Do Game Day Right” promotion directs people to LG's Vine mobile app and Twitter site for an opportunity to win tickets to the 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. (Details here.)

LG March Madness activation on-site during Final Four weekend also includes a Coaches Cook-Off, which will pair a representatives from a Dallas-area school with an NCAA basketball coach in a cooking competition, offering a grant of exercise equipment and educational curriculum; and the LG Fan House as part of the Bracket Town fan festival, which will include participation from all NCAA March Madness partners.

LG's TV "Anthem" spot, played out against scenes of college hoops and other school-related activities, offers, "At LG, we know that everyday, in every corner of our world, another chance for a dream to come true presents itself. And just like you, we know the first step . . . believing it's all possible." (See the full spot here.)

According to William Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA, “LG is committed to helping fans create memorable experiences. “We are honored to be a part of those experiences, whether it’s at the games in Texas, or through the amazing picture quality of our Ultra HD TVs and smartphones for fans enjoying the games from home or on the go.”

In 2012, LG extended its original three-year alliance with the NCAA, which gives it exclusive category marketing and promotional rights related to all 89 NCAA championship events across 23 different sports, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and NCAA football championships.

NCAA corporate champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola. NCAA marketing partners include Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Burger King, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe's, Nabisco, Northwest Mutual, Reese's, Unilever and UPS.

“I love that LG is helping fans make the most out of their game day experience, and I’m pleased to share what I’ve learned over the years."

Drexler played 16 seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers (11+ seasons) and the Houston Rockets, scoring more than 22,100 points, and totalling 6,100-plus assists and more than 2,200 steals. He was a member of Houston's NBA championship team in 1994-95, was a ten-time All-Star and in 1996 was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Currently a TV announcer/commentator for the Rockets home games, Drexler was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2004 and in 2010 as a member of the Dream Team that won a gold medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
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