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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. 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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Jun252010

MLB, Marketers Honor Peanuts' Diamond Event: Play Ball, Charlie Brown!

June 25, 2010: When Jake Norworth wrote the words to "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" in 1908, he  didn't know that one particular line would reverberate in both baseball and comic strip history.

"Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack" is as famous a line in song as any. On Oct. 2, 1950, Charles Schulz likely had heard that song when the first "Peanuts" comic strip appeared in print. The iconic strip, which contained numerous baseball (as well as other sports) plot lines, was written and illustrated by Schulz and ran with original versions until Feb. 13, 2000, the day after his death. Since then, previously published strips have remained in syndication.

This year, to honor the 60th anniversary of the strip, Schulz'  family has teamed with MLB to honor Charlie Brown (the star of Peanuts, not the real Charlie Brown who pitched in four games for the Cleveland Spiders in 1897, going 1-2 with a 7.77 ERA) and his gang. Among the festivities are bobble head days with such teams as  the San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Schulz' hometown team Minnesota Twins; appearances by Peanuts characters such as Lucy; and a traveling Peanuts at Bat! exhibit, which is part of the The Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., featuring dozens of Peanuts baseball-themed strips, photographs and memorabilia.

Among other events, on July 14, the day after the MLB All-Star Game, ABC-TV will air Lucy Must Be Traded Charlie Brown, which originally aired in 2003 and has since been on DVD (Paramount).

The diamond 60th anniversary party is hitting MLB diamonds under the auspices of Peanuts Worldwide, a joint venture between Iconix Brand Group, New York, and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. Other brands are also on the roster, include Hallmark, the exclusive destination for Peanuts 60th anniversary products such as plush, giftware and Keepsakes ornaments; Yahtzee: Peanuts 60th Anniversary Collectors Edition by USAopoly, Snoopy Flying Ace videogame for Xbox Live Arcade, Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years by Andrews McMeel, The Peanuts Collection: Treasures from the World's Most Beloved Comic Strip by Little, Brown and tank tops by Mighty Fine.

Upcoming events with MLB teams include Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (June 26) when Schulz' daughter Jill Schulz will throw out the first pitch and fans will get Snoopy bobbleheads courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm); Cleveland Indians (Aug. 8) with an appearance by Peanuts characters; and the Minnesota Twins (Aug.15) with a visit from Peanuts characters and Peanuts-themed activities.

The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers held Peanuts' events earlier in June.

The Schulz Museum’s Peanuts at Bat! exhibit will travel to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisc. (June 26 - Aug. 29) and the Washakie Museum in Worland, Wyoming (Sept. 23 – Nov. 3).

According to Peanuts Worldwide, nearly 10% of the 18,000 Peanuts comic strips were baseball-themed.

"My dad had a great fondness for baseball, and often shared his memories of playing with the neighborhood kids as a young child, using just a stick and whatever they could find as a ball," Jill Schulz said in a statement. "His love of the sport shows through in the many baseball challenges faced by Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang in the comic strip and television shows throughout the years."

As to why the baseball team on which Charlie Brown pitches loses all his games, Jill Schulz said that her Dad would explain, "Everyone experiences losing at one time or another — people can identify with losing. Very few people experience winning all the time."

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