• 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.”


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


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



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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).


MLB Players’ Weekend: “Not Justin,” "El K," “Polar Bear,” “Mr. Smile,” “Three Kids"

By Barry Janoff

August 6, 2019: If it’s the Dog Days of Summer, that means it’s time for El De La Sabana, Brown Eyes, Polar Bear and Mr. Smile to play in a MLB stadium near you.

MLB and the MLB Players Assn. have unveiled details for the third annual Players’ Weekend, scheduled for Aug. 23-25.

As in the two previous renditions, players have the option to stylize their jerseys with a nickname or personal message. (See a team-by-team list here.)

Thirty players, one representing each club, have been named Players’ Weekend Ambassadors and will take the lead in activation and teammates’ efforts.

They include Ronald “El De La Sabana” Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Pete “Polar Bear” Alonso (New York Mets), Cody “Belli” Bellinger (Los Angeles Dodgers), Alex “A-Breg” Bregman (Houston Astros), Lorenzo “Three Kids” Cain (Milwaukee Brewers), Vladimir “El K” Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays) , Adam “Roots” Jones (Arizona Diamondbacks), Francisco “Mr. Smile” Lindor (Cleveland Indians), Manny “El Ministro” Machado (San Diego Padres) and CC “Dub” Sabathia (New York Yankees).

During games, players will wear specially designed monochromatic all-black and all-white uniforms created specifically for the weekend-long event with jerseys by Majestic, caps by New Era Cap and socks from Stance.

In addition to the standard uniform items, Players’ Weekend 2019 will be the first MLB event with a league-wide batting helmet.

According to MLB, the same Rawlings helmets used in all regular season contests will be decorated in matte black and matte white to “further accentuate the white-on-white and black-on-black uniforms.”

Pitchers on teams wearing white uniforms will wear black caps to ensure all umpires and batters have clear visibility of each pitch, per MLB.

Players are also given the chance to design, wear and use “creatively colored and decorated equipment” including bats, spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher’s equipment.

A patch honoring Tyler Skaggs, the pitcher from the Los Angeles Angels who passed away on July 1, will also be available for players to wear on their uniforms, if they choose. The patches will help to raise awareness for the Tyler Skaggs Baseball Foundation, whose mission is to "inspire leadership, confidence, and teamwork through youth projects and family services."

Prior to and after the game, each player will again have the option to wear a T-shirt highlighting a cause or charity of his choice.

New to Players’ Weekend this year will be an expansion of mobile device usage.

Prior to the National Anthem, MLB said that players would be permitted to use their personal handheld mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, on the field or in the dugout to promote the event via social media.

During Players’ Weekend, photo shoots will be conducted with players at ballparks to highlight the standout designs, which MLB said would be amplified over social media among MLB, the MLBPA, clubs and individual player accounts using #PlayersWeekend.

Game-worn, authenticated Players’ Weekend jerseys and batting helmets will be auctioned at

All proceeds will be donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 by MLB and the MLBPA.

An initial commitment of $30 million is “focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the U.S. and Canada.”

Authentic and replica Players’ Weekend caps, jerseys and socks are available at

As for the creativity, some players are going low-key, others quirky.

Boston Red Sox ambassador Markus Betts is going with his well-known nickname, “Mookie.” Matt Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals) will be “Carp.”

Meanwhile, Texas Rangers ambassador Hunter Pence is going with “¯\_(ツ)_/¯.” Last year he went as “Underpants” (one of his many nicknames is Captain Underpants from the book with the same character).

Jeremy Jeffress (Milwaukee Brewers) will feature a bread emoji alongside a butter emoji.

Eric Sogard (Tampa Bay Rays) has selected “Nerd Power,” with the ‘O’ being replaced with a nerd emoji.

And Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians will be “Not Justin,” a nod to the recent Topps error card that confused him with the singer.

See a team-by-team list here.

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