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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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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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Mar282019

Concession Confession: MLB Fans Love Home Runs, Home Wins, Hot Dogs

By Barry Janoff

March 28, 2019: When people start going out to the ball park today, Opening Day of the 2019 MLB season, they will be looking for a sweet home team victory, home runs and hometown hot dogs.

People in MLB stadiums this season are expected to consume about 18.3 million hot dogs and nearly four million sausages, according to a survey from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

That’s a lot, but actually down from more than 19 million hot dogs and 4.6 million sausages consumed last season.

The 19 million is the same figure as in 2017 and down slightly from the 19.4 million in 2016, but up from 18.5 million in 2015.

In 2011, people ate 22.5 million hot dogs in MLB ball parks; in 2014, the number topped 21.3 million.

As far as toppings, 71% of people in the U.S. who eat hot dogs add mustard, followed by ketchup (52%), onions (47%), chili (45%) and relish (41%).

"It's easy to see why hot dogs and sausages have been stadium staples since the very beginnings of Major League Baseball itself," Eric Mittenthal, NHDSC president, said via the Washington D.C.-based group.

”They are delicious, convenient and nostalgic. What would America's pastime be without these most American of foods?"

The Los Angeles Dodgers top MLB, with projected sales of 2.7 million hot dogs at Dodger Stadium. In second, with 1.2 million hot dogs expected to be consumed is the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field.

San Francisco Giants fans are predicted to consume 450,000 sausages in Oracle Park, with Cubs fans not far behind at 400,000.

As in past years, the Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park is the sole MLB venue where sausage sales will outpace hot dogs.

During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, people in America “typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period,” according to NHDSC.

While old favorites will always be on the menu, the coming season will have some culinary surprises.

"In 2019, hot dogs will continue to prove their versatility at ballparks nationwide with versions that reflect our dynamic culture and changing tastes," said Mittenthal.

”It's exciting and mouth-watering to see new takes on old classics that definitely are not your granddad's dog!"

Consumers spent more than $2.4 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets last year.

Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city (36 million-plus pounds), beating out New York and Philadelphia.

At the ball park it’s not just hot dogs. How about pizza.

People in the U.S. eat three billion pizzas a year, with annual U.S. pizza sales upward of $39 billion, according to NHDSC. On any given day, 13% of people in the U.S. eat pizza.

Some places have sought to combine both, such as Domino’s, which has a pizza offering with a crust stuffed with hot dogs.

Pepperoni leads the list of most popular pizzas, followed by sausage, mushroom and plain cheese.

The overall U.S. sausage market is valued at $7.7 billion, of which Italian sausage is $550 million.

Total U.S. pepperoni sales in 2018 topped $526 million, up 9.4% from 2017. By quantity, 63.5 million pounds of pepperoni was sold, an increase of 5.8%.

Among some MLB stadium offerings this season:

Arizona Diamondbacks: "All Day Breakfast Dog" has hash browns, country gravy, cheddar cheese, bacon, fried eggs, hot sauce and green onion put onto an 18-inch hot dog.

Baltimore Orioles: "Crab Mac ‘N Cheese Dog," a hot dog topped with macaroni and cheese and a generous lump of crab meat, seasoned with Old Bay.

Chicago Cubs: “Southwest Fiesta Specialty Hot Dog," a beef frank topped with chili-lime crema, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and house-made pickled peppers.

Cincinnati Reds: "The Nacho Dog," a hot dog topped with jalapenos, nacho cheese, salsa and tortilla chip crumbs.

Detroit Tigers: "Coney Dog Egg Roll," an egg roll stuffed with cut-up hot dogs and chili, drizzled in mustard and sprinkled with onions.

Los Angeles Dodger: “Dodger Sausage," which stuffs a grilled, al pastor sausage with pineapple chunks and tops it with pineapple salsa and cilantro-lime crema. Also, the "Going Yard," a 16.5-inch jalapeño cheddar sausage topped with grilled onions, roasted corn and avocado relish, drizzled with sour cream."

Minnesota Twins: “Boomstick," a two-foot-long creation smothered in chili, nacho cheese, grilled onions and jalapeños

San Francisco Giants: ”Pineapple Polish Sausage," a sweet and savory mix of pork and pineapple chunks.

St. Louis Cardinals: Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog," a jumbo hot dog wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon, served on a locally made jumbo bun and topped with baked beans, pico de gallo, spicy aioli and crispy fried onions.

Texas Rangers: ”RWB (Red, White & Blue) Dog,” a beef frank, flanked by red and blue pickle relish, with a blend of savory, sweet and spicy.

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