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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.”

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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)

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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

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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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Sep242018

Buoyed By Boost In Attendance, Sales MiLB Doubles Copa Hispanic Campaign For 2019

By Barry Janoff

September 24, 2018: According to Minor League Baseball, more than 18 million U.S. Hispanics designate themselves as fans of MiLB, behind only the NBA and MLS.

This past season, MiLB unveiled Copa de la Diversión (“Fun Cup“) a season-long event in which 33 teams during select games donned caps and jerseys with the Hispanic versions of their names that were reflections of their local Hispanic communities and heritage.

The 33 teams who dedicated 167 games as Copa de la Diversión-designated events reported a 12.6% attendance increase compared to similar game dates in 2017, according to MiLB.

In addition to attendance and and increased interaction with the Hispanic community, MiLB said that retail sales of Copa-specific licensed merchandise via MiLB ballparks' team stores and MiLB teams' online stores “far exceeded participating teams' pre-season goals.”

MiLB said that sales projected to be more than 500% higher than pre-campaign estimates.

That encouraged MiLB to not only bring Copa de la Diversión back for 2019, but to more than double the platform.

All 33 teams who participated in the inaugural 2018 campaign will return for the expanded 72 teams in the 2019 edition.

The new Copa de la Diversión teams will also bring the total number of states represented from 19 to 29, with all teams representing "a diverse mix of market sizes and community demographics.”

MiLB, with offices based in St. Petersburg, Fla., encompasses some 260 teams.

Marketing will come with the tag, “72 Teams, 29 States, Copa.”

Last season’s list included the Albuquerque Isotopes transforming into the "Mariachis de Nuevo México" and the San Antonio Missions celebrating sandal-wielding matriarchs as the "Flying Chanclas de San Antonio.”

"The initial Copa de la Diversión results and overwhelmingly positive feedback suggest that our fans are embracing the passion and commitment our teams have poured into this transformative campaign," Kurt Hunzeker, MiLB' vp-marketing strategy and research, said via the league.

"We listened and learned from fans what we could do better next year, and those insights will help frame how our expanded Copa teams plan, prepare and activate fan engagement and marketing efforts celebrating their communities in 2019."

According to  Joe Ricciutti, president and GM for the Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, one of the teams joining the program in 2019, "We were very impressed watching the Copa de la Diversion program develop across Minor League Baseball this past season. We are excited and honored to be selected to be a part of the program in 2019 and look forward to bringing the Copa to the Jersey Shore!"

Final Copa de la Diversión results will be unveiled during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas this December.

New culturally relevant Copa de la Diversión on-field brands will be unveiled in March 2019.

Details of marketing activation and availability of caps, jerseys and other merchandise will be available via each team’s respective Web site.

"The 33 clubs participating in the Copa de la Diversión program (last) year have committed approximately $500,000 in marketing resources to better engage their Hispanic consumers in their markets,” said Hunzeker.

“That's the very definition of commitment. They've reallocated their marketing funds to go after this vitally important, financially powerful, young (group).”

Copa de la Diversión grew out of a national marketing campaign MiLB launched in 2017, "It's Fun to Be a Fan" and corresponding Spanish-language Es Divertido Ser Un Fan marketing campaign.

That season, three MiLB teams adopted new alternate on-field names to reflect their unique and diverse fan bases: the Charlotte Knights (Caballeros), Las Vegas 51s (Reyes de Plata) and Visalia Rawhide (Toros).

MiLB said that the sales of licensed merchandise for of all 160 teams in 2017 set a MiLB record with more than $70.8 million in retail sales.

That marked a 3.6% increase over 2016's total of $68.3 million, which had been the highest total recorded since MiLB’s licensing program began in 1992.

The Hispanic names for the MiLB teams that will be joining Copa de la Diversión in 2019 will be unveiled in March.

MiLB teams that participated last season were:

• Albuquerque Isotopes: Mariachis
• Bowie Baysox: Cangrejos Fantasmas (Ghost Crabs)
• Brooklyn Cyclones: Jefes
• Charlotte Knights: Caballeros
• Corpus Christi Hooks: Raspas
• Daytona Tortugas: Tortugas
• Durham Bulls: Toros
• El Paso Chihuahuas: Chihuahuas
• Eugene Emeralds: Monarcas
• Everett AquaSox: Conquistadores
• Greenville Drive: Energía
• Hartford Yard Goats: Chivos
• Hillsboro Hops: Lúpolos (hops, as in the plant)
• Inland Empire 66ers: Cucuys (bogeymen)
• Kane County Cougars: Cougars
• Kannapolis Intimidators: Rápidos
• Lake Elsinore Storm: Storm
• Las Vegas 51s: Reyes de Plata (Silver Kings)
• Lehigh Valley IronPigs: Tocino (bacon)
• Memphis Redbirds: Música
• Oklahoma City Dodgers: Cielo Azul (Blue Sky)
• Omaha Storm Chasers: Cazadores de Tormentas
• Pawtucket Red Sox: Osos Polares (Polar Bears)
• Rancho Cucamonga Quakes: Temblores
• Round Rock Express: Chupacabras
• Sacramento River Cats: Dorados (Golden)
• Salt Lake Bees: Abejas
• San Antonio Missions: Flying Chanclas
• San Jose Giants: Gigantes
• Stockton Ports: Caballos
• Tulsa Drillers: Petroleros
• Visalia Rawhide: Toros
• Winston-Salem Dash: Rayados (Stripes)

New teams added for 2019 include:

• Arkansas Travelers
• Bradenton Marauders
• Carolina Mudcats
• Charleston RiverDogs
• Chattanooga Lookouts
• Clinton LumberKings
• Columbia Fireflies
• Columbus Clippers
• Delmarva Shorebirds
• Down East Wood Ducks
• Erie SeaWolves
• Florida Fire Frogs
• Fresno Grizzlies
• Greensboro Grasshoppers
• Gwinnett Stripers
• Hickory Crawdads
• Iowa Cubs
• Lake County Captains
• Lakewood BlueClaws
• Lancaster JetHawks
• Lansing Lugnuts
• Lexington Legends
• Louisville Bats
• Midland RockHounds
• Modesto Nuts
• Myrtle Beach Pelicans
• Nashville Sounds
• New Hampshire Fisher Cats
• Norfolk Tides
• Reading Fightin Phils
• Reno Aces
• Richmond Flying Squirrels
• Salem Red Sox
• Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
• Tacoma Rainiers
• Trenton Thunder
• Tri-City Dust Devils
• West Michigan Whitecaps
• Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

Hispanic Push Helps MiLB Set Record In Licensed Merchandise Sales

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