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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.

• NBC Sports Group and World Rugby today signed a four-year partnership to exclusively present the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series across NBC Sports platforms in the U.S. through 2023. The HSBC Sevens Series was an NBC Sports property from 2010-2016.

• ESPN, X Games and MLB said that four more MLB clubs have joined the Shred Hate initiative, described as a “multi-faceted, innovative bullying prevention program striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness.

The Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Oakland A’s will “support Shred Hate bullying prevention efforts and have the No Bully methodology implemented within select schools in their markets throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are returning to the initiative for a second consecutive year. Other MLB clubs have also been part of the initiative, which launched in 2017.

• The Museum of Ice Cream — a hands-on destination that serves homemade ice cream and offers such activities as cookie carousel to a slide that leads into a pool filled with rainbow sprinkles — will add to its original (2016) San Francisco location with the opening of a second location, in New York City’s Soho (555 Broadway), spanning almost 25,000 square feet over three floors.

• On the same day that Naomi Osaka was named the No. 1 seed for the upcoming U.S. Open, the two-time Grand Slam winner has signed a deal with Hyperice, a recovery and performance technology brand that specializes in vibration and percussion fitness devices. She joins such athletes as Blake Griffin and Lindsey Vonn on the roster. Full story here.
 

• Kellogg's Frosted Flakes has signed a deal to become title sponsor for the renamed Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.  The postseason CFB game will feature teams from the ACC and Pac-12 in the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2019, and will air for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS. The game was known as the Hyundai Bowl from 2010-18.

• 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

XFL Teams (scheduled to begin play Februty 2020)

• Dallas Renegades
Globe Life Park

• Houston Roughnecks
TDECU Stadium

• Los Angeles Wildcats
Dignity Health Sports Park

• New York Guardians
MetLife Stadium

• St. Louis Battlehawks
The Dome

• Seattle Dragons
CenturyLink Field

• Tampa Bay Vipers
Raymond James Stadium

• Washington DC Defenders
Audi Field

KEEPING SCORE

The 32 men and 32 women who will be seeded in the singles draws at the 2019 U.S. Open (Aug. 26-Sept. 8) have named by the USTA:

U.S. Open Men’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain
3. Roger Federer, Switzerland
4. Dominic Thiem, Austria
5. Daniil Medvedev, Russia
6. Alexander Zverev, Germany
7. Kei Nishikori, Japan
8. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
9. Karen Khachanov, Russia
10. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

U.S. Open Women’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Naomi Osaka, Japan
2. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
3. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
4. Simona Halep, Romania
5. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
7. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
8. Serena Williams, United States
9. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus
10. Madison Keys, United States

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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May072009

MLB Could Take Endorsement Hit Due To Manny, A-Rod

By Barry Janoff

Executive Editor, NYSportsJournalism.com

Manny Ramirez FatHeadMay 7, 2009: The news that Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been suspended for 50 games for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug testing program, coupled with the recent news linking Alex Rodriguez to banned substances, and added to the ongoing news associating Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others to such substances, has marketers rethinking endorsement deals using baseball players.

"A lot of companies have stayed away from [Ramirez] already because of his personality. This will make him a far reach for anyone looking for a baseball player for an endorsement," said Robert Tuchman, president and founder of TSE Sports and Entertainment, New York, and author of the new book, 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live. "Unfortunately MLB hasn’t hit bottom yet with all these new revelations. They need to clear this stuff up and move on past this era to come out of this. They will soon enough. They have a lot of young stars in the pipeline."

Ramirez, does not have far to fall in the world of marketing as he earns only about $4-5 million in endorsements. Ramirez has a deal with RecoveryX, an energy drink from Changing Times Vitamins, Scottsdale, AZ; and FatHead has a Ramirez product. But beyond a 2008 campaign in which he was among a group of ball players to do a Father's Day effort for Macy's, his presence among national marketers has been limited.

The Dodgers have to dismantle at least until Ramirez's scheduled return on July 3 their "Mannywood" section at Dodger Stadium, unveiled during the team's current record-setting home stand. Already taken down soon after his suspension was a section on the Dodgers' Web site for selling seats in Mannywood, located in Sections 51 an d 53, closest to where Ramirez plays left field, for which fans had been able to purchase two seats for $99 and receive a limited-edition "Mannywood" T-shirt. On May 5, the Dodgers, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, even issued a limited edition "Yo estuve en Mannywood" ("I was in Mannywood") T-shirt to fans who purchased tickets in Mannywood. Harder to remove will be numerous billboards throughout Los Angles also supporting Mannywood. And M. Ramirez remains an option on the team's Web site among Dodgers being touted for nomination to the 2009 All-Star Game.

Ramirez was banned for what he called a medication that was prescribed to him by a doctor for a "personal health issue" and not steroids. But the image of a top-level, and very high profile player, being suspended by MLB for 50 games only adds to the public perception of baseball. According to recent column by Kurt Streeter of The Los Angeles Times (which broke the Ramirez suspension story), "L.A. loves Kobe [Bryant] because of his skill, swagger and cold-blooded-killer 'tude. But Ramirez - softer, goofier, wearing the befuddled look of a man who has just lost his keys while still an assassin with a bat - is already right up there with Kobe." Bryant was able to come back from sexual assault allegations in 2003 (a case that was settled out of court), which saw his endorsement earnings drop from $65 million to under $20 million, but which have since returned to about the $35 million level. Likewise, swimmer Michael Phelps took a serious endorsement hit after the release of a photo showing him holding a bong.

Ramierez, working with his agent, Scott Boras (who also handles A-Rod), was quick to admit responsibility, to apologize to the Los Angeles Dodgers and fans and to also distance himself from the "steroid" cloud hanging over some of the game's top players. "Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy,” Ramirez said in a statement. “Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing: I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.”

If history holds true, Ramirez' popularity among fans and consumers - aka those people who voices directly influence how marketers act and react - will fall. After being association with illegal substances, both Rodriguez and Phelps saw significant drops in trust, appeal, endorsement, and aspiration awareness numbers in the Davie Brown Index, which tracks the ability of athletes and celebrities "to influence brand affinity and consumer purchase intent."  Back to Home Page