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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. 23-25
1. Angel Has Fallen $21.3M
2. Good Boys $11.8M
3. Overcomer $8.2M
4. The Lion King $8.2M
5. Hobbs & Shaw $8.1M
6. Ready or Not $7.8M
7. Angry Birds 2 $6.4M
8. Scary Stories $6M
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $5.2M
10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $5M
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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Marketers, Media Partners Support Players, Games At Jr. NBA Global Championship

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

August 5, 2019:
AT&T, Beats by Dr. Dre, EA, Fanatics, Gatorade, HomeCourt, Kaiser Permanente, Nike, Sky Sports, Sony Pictures, Spalding, Tencent and YouTube are among the marketing and media partners that will support the players and games at the 2nd Jr. NBA Global Championship this week.

The competition, featuring the top 32 boys and girls teams from around the world, takes place Aug. 6-11 in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

According to the NBA, the Jr. NBA Global Championship reached 5,000 more youth players this year than its inaugural season in 2018 and has also seen double-digit growth in corporate activation.

Fox Sports will air 16 games throughout the week, with a total of 24 hours of programming across Fox, FS1 and FS2.

The girls and boys Global Championship games will air on Fox on Aug. 11 (3 PM ET and 4:30 PM ET, respectively).

Among the top-tier “Proud Partners” for the Jr. NBA Global Championship are AT&T, Gatorade, Kaiser Permanente and Nike.

The Jr. NBA Global Championship is supported by NBA partners FIBA and USA Basketball,

Nike will provide premium apparel for all athletes and AT&T will offer giveaways inside HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex;

Gatorade will provide all sideline product, including coolers, carts, cups, towels and sports drinks.

In addition, they will present the Jr. NBA Global Championship Skills Night (Aug. 8) featuring skills and three-point competitions and a dunk exhibition, as well as a hydration seminar for all participants. 

Kaiser Permanente will host the "Developing the Total Athlete Series," three days of life skills development sessions led by NBA and Kaiser Permanente health experts and supported by NBA and WNBA talent.

It will cover the "total health spectrum of mind, body and spirit in a culturally inclusive environment."

Kaiser Permanente will also provide athletes with stress relief items, stretching stations, consultations with physicians and a smoothie bar in the Player Lounge.

All Jr. NBA Global Championship teams will visit NBA Experience, a new destination scheduled to open in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 12.

It includes 13 interactive elements and hands-on activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors.

Dwyane Wade, Mike Conley, Breanna Stewart, Swin Cash and Rick Carlisle are among NBA and WNBA ambassadors scheduled  to participate during the week of basketball and life skills development.

Among other activation:

• Beats by Dr. Dre will have music in the DJ booth at HP Field House and Beats Pill+ speakers in the exclusive Player Lounge, an area for the athletes to "relax, recharge and connect with their peers in a casual and fun setting."
 
• EA, the official partner of the Jr. NBA Global Championship Day of Service, will unveil a refurbished court alongside Jr. NBA participants for the greater Orlando community and enhance the Player Lounge with gaming areas for the athletes to enjoy.
 
• Fanatics, the official retailer of the Jr. NBA Global Championship, will sell an assortment of Jr. NBA Global Championship merchandise at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

• HomeCourt, a leading mobile basketball training application, will be integrated into Skills Night to provide three-point contestants with shooting statistics and video footage.

All players can compete in exclusive digital shooting and dribbling challenges through the HomeCourt app.

Players and fans will have opportunities throughout the week to participate in onsite dribbling contests at HP Field House and in the Player Lounge. 

• Spalding will provide basketballs, nets and ball carts for games and practices.

The brand will also host two shooting sessions with pro shooting coach Chris Matthews, consisting of various shooting drills and demonstrations for the youth participants.

The Jr. NBA Global Championship includes the top 32 boys and girls teams (16 U.S. and 16 international) that advanced from regional competitions earlier this year, which "collectively reached more than 15,000 youth from 75 countries."

The 16 international teams (eight boys and eight girls teams) represent Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe & Middle East, India, Latin America and Mexico.

"Jr. NBA Global Championship reached 5,000 more youth players than its inaugural season in 2018 and has seen double-digit growth in corporate activation."

The 16 U.S. teams represent Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and West regions. 

In addition to coverage across Fox Sports, all games will be telecast live and simulcast on FOXSports.com as well as the Fox Sports app.

NBA All-Star Vince Carter, Sarah Kustok (YES Network’s lead Brooklyn Nets game analyst) and college basketball analyst Donny Marshall will provide commentary for Fox.

Sky Sports, the NBA’s exclusive broadcast partner and official Web site operator in the U.K. and Ireland, will broadcast select games in the U.K. and Ireland across Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Main Event.

Sony Pictures Sports Networks will broadcast select games to fans in India on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 2.

Tencent, the exclusive official digital partner of the NBA in China, and China Mobile Migu, the official telecom carrier immersion platform of the NBA in China, will stream select games in China.

The NBA Africa YouTube channel, the NBA’s first YouTube channel dedicated to sub-Saharan Africa, will broadcast seven games throughout the week, including the Global Championship games on Aug. 11.

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