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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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NBA Enhances Presence In China With Expanded Alibaba Group Alliance

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2019: The NBA has taken a major step in its ongoing strategy to build its presence in China.

NBA China and China-based Alibaba Group said an expansion of their existing partnership would bring NBA content to Alibaba’s platforms for the first time, along with an enhanced online shopping experience for consumers in China.

Alibaba Group, founded in 1999, had nearly $40 billion in revenue in 2018.
 
Key to the expanded alliance will be a “NBA Section” to launch across Alibaba’s platforms.

The section will “leverage Alibaba’s technology and consumer insights, allowing fans in China to enjoy personalized and engaging content, in addition to shopping for NBA merchandise all in one ecosystem.”

The NBA and Alibaba will also “provide business partners with robust marketing solutions to promote their products and brands across Alibaba’s platforms.”

Joe Tsai, a co-founder of the Alibaba Group, is a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets and recently acquired a majority ownership in the WNBA New York Liberty.

He also is a member of the NBA China board of directors.

The league recently said that the NBA China Games 2019 Presented by Vivo would feature two pre-season games between LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers and the Nets: Oct. 10 in Shanghai and Oct. 12 in Shenzhen on Oct. 12.

The NBA China Games 2019 will be the NBA’s 27th and 28th games in China, with 17 NBA teams having played games in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei since 2004.

In the U.S., the NBA has had league-wide celebrations for Chinese New Year for eight seasons, supported by multi-media marketing featuring NBA players, Chinese New Year-themed jerseys and in-arena fan activation.

“The NBA is always looking to innovate, and we are absolutely thrilled to expand our partnership with Alibaba,” Derek Chang, CEO for NBA China, said via the league.

“We share the same goal, which is to provide fans with one-of-a-kind online content consumption and shopping that leverages the latest technology. We look forward to working with Alibaba to continue to grow the game of basketball in China.”

NBA game highlights, original programming and classic NBA games will be offered via Alibaba platforms to nearly 700 million consumers, including leading B2C marketplace Tmall, social commerce destination Taobao, video-streaming platform Youku and browser and content platform UC.
 
The NBA said that original programming would cover a “wide range of popular basketball and cultural topics, including game predictions, fashion, sneakers, and memorabilia.

Content will be available throughout the regular season, All-Star Game, playoffs and The Finals through such interactive formats as short videos and live-streaming by celebrities and influencers.

According to Toby Xu, vp-Alibaba Group, “The NBA is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world, with a sizable and passionate fan base in China.

With this expanded partnership, we will fully leverage Alibaba’s ecosystem to create a unique digital experience and bring the NBA closer to fans and consumers in China.”
 
The content offering is the latest collaboration between the NBA and Alibaba.

The NBA Tmall flagship store,, hosted by Alibaba, was launched in 2012, offering a wide variety of NBA-licensed merchandise.

The NBA opened its first office in Honk Kong in 1992. China, which conducts all of the league’s businesses in the nation, was formed in January 2008.

The NBA currently has relationships with several TV and digital media outlets in China, including a partnership with CCTV that goes back more than 30 years.

The league said it hosts hundreds of touring basketball events in the country for fans, conducts community enrichment programs and maintains marketing partnerships with a combination of world-class China-based and international corporations.

NBA-licensed merchandise is available through retail and authorized online stores on e-commerce and social media platforms, including NBAStore.cn, NBA.Tmall.com, NBAStore.hk and NBAStore.tw.

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