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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

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Weekend Box Office Aug. 9-11
1. Hobbs & Shaw $25.4M
2. Scary Stories $20.8M
3. The Lion King $20M
4. Dora and the City of Lost Gold $17M
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $11.6M
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain $8.1M
7. The Kitchen $5.5M
8. Spider-Man Far From Home $5.3M
9. Toy Story 4 $4.4M
10. Bring the Soul $2.3M
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).

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Apr012013

Walking The Line Between Remembering and Marketing Jackie Robinson

By Barry Janoff

(Originally published at MediaPost.com)

April 1, 2013:
Hollywood could not have scripted Mariano Rivera's retirement any better.

Last month, Rivera said that the 2013 MLB season would be his last, having worn a New York Yankees uniform since 1995.

Not only will it be the conclusion of a stellar, soon-to-be Hall of Fame immortalized career, it will be the last time any MLB player gets to wear No. 42 on his regular baseball uniform.

In 1997, the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first MLB appearance, baseball retired No. 42 for all teams. However, a "grandfather clause" was enacted, enabling players who were at the time wearing the number to keep doing so.

According to MLB, there were 13 men wearing No. 42 when the number was retired, most notably Rivera and Mo Vaughn, then with the Boston Red Sox. Other than April 15 — designated by MLB in 2004 as an annual Jackie Robinson Day, on which every MLB player wears No. 42 — Rivera was the last No. 42 standing after Vaughn retired in 2003.

The film, 42, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, starring Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, opens on April 12, just three days before the anniversary of Robinson's first official appearance in an MLB Brooklyn Dodgers uniform — April 15, 1947.

MLB has put its support behind the film, as have such marketers as Walmart, Marriott, Subway, Ball Park, New Era and Amtrak.

The challenge, however, has been to respect Robinson's achievements while accommodating consumers.

"Jackie Robinson was more than a legendary ball player and his legacy extends far beyond the playing field," Timothy Smith, vp-marketing for Ball Park, said when the brand unveiled its 42 activation. Marketing is anchored by Internet, social media and packaging advertising; a Facebook sweepstakes offering such prizes as a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. (where Robinson was enshrined in 1962); and in-store alliances with Kroger and Safeway. "We couldn't be more proud to align our brand with 42 and celebrate the life of Robinson while also rewarding our fans," said Smith.

At Marriott, support of 42 has come via a Marriott Rewards Facebook game with movie ticket giveaways and a chance to attend the Hollywood premiere. Marriott also created a souvenir 42 key card and has been airing in-room a personalized message from Chadwick Boseman attached to the film's trailer. Marriott said it would hold screenings of 42 in Boston, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Phoenix for "elite Marriott Rewards participants" and have screenings for employees in New York and Washington DC.

"This is the story of one man overcoming incredible odds to achieve his dream and open the door for African Americans during a troubled and divisive time in the country's history," Apoorva Gandhi, vp-multicultural markets and alliances, Marriott International, said in a statement regarding the 42 alliance. "We applaud its message of equality, inclusion and opportunity, which are values we embody in our Marriott culture."

Retail giant Walmart said it is using the release of the film "to salute African Americans who overcome barriers, then and now," according to Sharonda L. Britton, director of multicultural, African American and Asian marketing. Walmart filmed a series of videos with supplier partners sharing their stories, which began airing in-store in February during Black History Month, and has incorporated the movie into other activations as the premiere nears, including in-person appearances from Boseman and items such as framed posters and photos of Robinson in action.

QSR chain Subway has been running a TV spot, with a heavy focus during March Madness games, in which several of its "Famous Fans" athlete spokespersons talk about Robinson's legacy, followed by a call for consumers to see 42 in theaters.

Now through April 14, Amtrak is offering travelers a 42% discount on a companion rail ticket "aboard most Amtrak routes" with the purchase a regular full adult ticket. Explained Amtrak, "It's our way of honoring the greatness of  No. 42, Jackie Robinson, and the upcoming Warner Bros. film."

A blatant case of cashing in on the cache of Robinson's life? Not really. In February, Della Britton Baeza, who has been president and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation since 2004, was presented with the Amtrak Pioneer Award for her outstanding community contributions and leadership; and Meta Robinson, the granddaughter of Jackie and Rachel Robinson, accepted a similar award on behalf of her grandmother.

Among other activations, New Era has a Jackie Robinson "42" Brooklyn Dodgers American Legend Collection 59FIFTY Cap, with a portion of sales going to The Jackie Robinson Foundation, the national, not–for–profit, organization founded in 1973, the year after his death, "as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson through the advancement of higher education among underserved populations."

Support has also come from platinum sponsors of The Jackie Robinson Foundation, which include Coca-Cola, Unilever and General Electric, as well as New Era, MLB and the Dodgers.

CMG Worldwide, which works with the Jackie Robinson estate, has enacted deals including Panini trading cards and Mitchell & Ness jerseys.

MLB herld special screenings of 42 at various Spring Training camps, led by the Dodgers, which hosted some 350 current and former players and executives at their event.

Harrison Ford is scheduled to attend a benefit showing of 42 in Kansas City on April 6, where Robinson played for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1945 and is the site of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (tickets are sold out, per the Museum).

This is not limited to the U.S. In Montreal, where Robinson played for the minor league Royals in 1946, a video remembering Robinson's Canadian tenure is currently screening in Cineplex cinemas prior to 42 trailers.

This July, the New York Mets' Citi Field will be the site of the MLB All-Star Game. The venue features the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, built to resemble the entrance to Ebbets Field, where he played for the then Brooklyn Dodgers, and featuring an eight-foot tall 42 sculpture and photos of Robinson in action.

Robinson, who was the NL rookie of the year in 1947 and MVP in 1949, was honored with a Google home page "doodle" on Jan. 31, what would have been his 94th birthday. Twitter handles include #JackieRobinson and #42Movie. And although the movie takes place in the 1940s and 1950s, the soundtrack is given a 2013 spin with "Brooklyn Go Hard" from Brooklyn native Jay-Z.

"We couldn't be more proud to align our brand with 42 and celebrate the life of Robinson while also rewarding our fans."

Robinson himself was well aware of the power of brands and marketing. He played himself in the 1950 movie, "The Jackie Robinson Story." And he was an executive at Chock full o'Nuts from 1956-1964, using his status to continue to raise awareness and support for racial equality.

“I carried the legacy of Mr. Jackie for all these years, and I tried to do my best to wear No. 42 and do it with class and honor,” Rivera told reporters when he announced his retirement plans. “Being the last player for us to wear No. 42 is a privilege.”

See the official 42 trailer here.

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