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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. 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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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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'Money' Says Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao II Is En Route In ’18: Could It Top $400M?

By Barry Janoff

September 15, 2018: Don’t call it a comeback, call it a possible $400 million sequel.

For those people who have been aching for a rematch of the Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.-Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao fight of May 2, 2015, Mayweather Jr. himself says it is going to happen — this year.

Mayweather Jr. on Saturday (Sept. 15) posted this to his Instagram account:

“Floydmayweather I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another 9 figure pay day on the way @mayweatherpromotions.”

The text was accompanied by a short video showing the two fighters apparently running into each by accident other during the Soca Weekend Music Festival in Tokyo.

In the video, the two men are relatively playful, with Mayweather Jr. egging Pacquiao on about a fight, yelling “Easy money.”

Pacquiao points to his waist and says, “I have the belt,” a reference to his most recent fight, in July, when he defeated Lucas Matthysse to win a WBA welterweight title (and register his first knockout victory since 2009).

To which Mayweather Jr. replies, “The belt?! I’ll take if from you like I did before . . . (and) I don’t want to hear about your shoulder hurting,” referring to a reason Pacquiao gave following their fight in 2015 as to why he lost to Mayweather Jr.

In a separate video posted on Pacquiao’s Facebook page, Mayweather Jr. boasts about staging the rematch — tentatively scheduled for December, most likely in Las Vegas — saying, “Easy work. Easy work, baby. He don’t want it.  I’m coming back in December. We gonna get the payday. . . . December. I think I need to make that comeback.”

Pacquiao responded, “50-1. #No excuses.”

Like their first bout, the rematch, if and/or when it happens, is expected to come with lots of marketing and hype.

Lead sponsor for Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao I was Tecate. Marketing partners also included the Mexican Tourism Board, Paramount Pictures and Smart Communications. Sponsorship revenue topped $13 million, according to analysts.

Multi-media support included TV, print, radio, Internet, social media and fighter activation.

The 39-year-old Pacquiao’s record is 60-7-2.

The 41-year-old undefeated Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) has fought twice since the Pacquiao meeting, defeating Andre Berto in 2015 and Conor McGregor in August 2017.
 
The 2015 Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight, staged in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, was won by Mayweather Jr. via a unanimous decision.

That fight topped $400 million in gross revenue, according to industry analysts. Mayweather’s bout with MMA-specialist-turned-boxer McGregor topped $600 million.

The Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight was on PPV, jointly produced by HBO and Showtime, the respective rights-holders of Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr., setting a PPV record of 4.6 million buys.

Mayweather Jr. came out of the fight about $200 million richer, Pacquiao about $120 million in the green.

Showtime Sports said its Showtime PPV presentation of Mayweather Jr.-McGregor in 2017 generated 4.3 million PPV buys in North America, the second largest PPV event of all time behind Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao.

Mayweather Jr. took home at least an estimated $300 million, McGregor an estimated $100 million, according to industry analysts.

Mayweather Jr. has been busy recently promoting his chain of Mayweather Boxing + Fitness locations, which he plans to open nationwide and internationally.

Pacquiao is a leading political figure is his native Philippines and is said to be considering running for president in 2022.

Boxing itself has been on the upswing this year, with the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin middleweight bout in Las Vegas this weekend (Sept. 15) drawing major attention. (Editor's note: Won by Alavarez via majority decision.)

Recent major deals have included Perform Group signing an eight-year $1 billion alliance with Matchroom Boxing to show fights in the U.S. on Perform's DAZN live- and on-demand streaming platform; and ESPN extending its deal with Top Rank.

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