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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.”

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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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Mar292018

Bun & Done: MLB (Hot) Dog Days Are Here, With 19M To Be Consumed This Season

By Barry Janoff

March 29, 2018: This season, MLB stadiums will be offering more enticing, tempting and exotic food selections than ever. Options inlcude the Cleveland Indians Flamethrower pulled pork sandwich, Detroit Tigers Chicken Shawarma Nachos, Oakland A’s Monte Khrush Davis Cristo sandwich, Tampa Bay Rays Reuben Cuban Sandwich and the Milwaukee Brewers Cheddar Beer Bratwurst.

In fact, MLB is hosting its first “Fan Food Fest,” scheduled for April 21-22 in New York, during which each team will serve a specialty item from their respective stadium menu.

However, one item on MLB menus remain as much a part of the game as hitting, catching and pitching: Hot dogs.

This season, people in MLB ball parks are predicted to consume more than 19 million hot dogs, plus another 4.6 million sausages, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Washington, DC.

“In a love affair that’s spanned decades, baseball and hot dogs remain inseparable,” Eric Mittenthal, president for the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, said in a statement.

“Year after year, hot dogs continue to hit it out of the park at the concession stand, even as teams innovate to offer more food choices and inventive creations. There’s simply no replacing the unshakable bond baseball and hot dogs share.”

The predicted 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.  

The No. 1 stadium hot dog consumers? The people who watch the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium, where more than three million hot dogs (Dodgers Dogs pictured above) are expected to be sold this season, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Based on last year’s attendance, that means that nearly 80% of fans at Dodger home games will eat a hot dog, according to the Council.

Not far behind: Colorado Rockies fans and Texas Rangers fans are tied for No. 2, predicted to consume more than 1.2 million in Coors Field and Globe Life Park, respectively.

Top hot dog eaters also include Wrigley Field-Chicago Cubs (one million), Progressive Field-Cleveland Indians (one million) and Busch Stadium-St. Louis Cardinals (959,700).

The San Francisco Giants are expected to defend their title as MLB’s sausage sale champions, with 475,000 anticipated to be purchased in AT&T Park, according to National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

The Giants are followed by the St. Louis Cardinals (419,356 sausages) and Cubs (400,000).

The Milwaukee Brewers will maintain their position as the only team in MLB expected to sell more sausages than hot dogs, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council

The Council also found what it called a “growing trend among teams to offer fans hot dog deals throughout the season.”

Among the promotions in 2018: Tampa Bay Rays fans can partake in $2 dog night during every Tuesday home game in Tropicana Field. “Dollar Dog Nights” are scheduled to be held by such teams as the White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians.
 
Of course, even a hot dog is no longer you dad’s hot dog.

Among the new offerings cited by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council:

Texas Rangers Dilly Dog: A dill pickle that is cored out and stuffed with an angus beef jumbo dog, then battered and fried to a golden brown (pictured).

Atlanta Braves Spec-Tater: A potato stuffed with a jalapeño-cheddar sausage and wrapped in bacon, then topped with cheese, cream, scallions and more jalapeno.

Detroit Tigers An Ode to Detroit Dog: Natural-casing hot dog smothered in brisket chili and drizzled with habanero queso sauce.

Arizona Diamondbacks Asada Dog: 18-inch Schreiner’s hot dog in a telera roll with fries, queso blanco, carne asada, pico de gallo and guacamole.

Colorado Rockies Triple Play Dog: Extreme dog topped with Carolina style pulled pork, crumbled bacon bits and purple slaw.

Pittsburgh Pirates Paella: Three-foot pan that features homemade kielbasa and traditional pierogis.

Kansas City Royals Teflon Don:  Hot dog topped with yellow mustard, Don Carlo’s slow roasted chili, jalapenos, chopped onion and parsley.

Tampa Bay Rays Bacon Fried Doggy: Deep-fried, bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with caramelized onions.

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