• 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


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


Weekend Box Office Aug. 23-25
1. Angel Has Fallen $21.3M
2. Good Boys $11.8M
3. Overcomer $8.2M
4. The Lion King $8.2M
5. Hobbs & Shaw $8.1M
6. Ready or Not $7.8M
7. Angry Birds 2 $6.4M
8. Scary Stories $6M
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $5.2M
10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $5M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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).


Hot Shots: NBA Teams Valued At Record $1.9B, Topped By Knicks, Lakers, Warriors

By Barry Janoff

February 6, 2019: The New York Knicks have one of the worst records in the NBA, have not won a NBA championship since 1972-73 and are currently moving players and salary with the intention of signing two major players for the 2019-20 season.

None the less, the Knicks continue to lead the NBA in one significant area: Most valuable franchise.

The team is valued at $4 billion, up 11% from last season, which is also tied for second most-valuable sports franchise in the U.S. with crosstown neighbors the New York Yankees, both behind the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys at $5 billion.

The average NBA team is worth $1.9 billion, up 13% over last year and three times the level of five years ago, according to a new report from Forbes.

By comparison, the 32 NFL franchises are valued at an average of $2.57 billion, with six teams valued at $3 billion or more.

Second to the Knicks are the Los Angeles Lakers, now led by LeBron James, valued at $3.7 billion.

The two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors are No. 3 and the only other NBA team topping $3 billion at $3.5 billon.

With the Warriors leaving Oracle Arena next season for the $1 billion Chase Center — and with $2 billion in contractually obligated income from sponsorships, suites and season ticket holder fees for the new arena — Forbes said to “look for the Warriors to challenge the Knicks as the NBA’s leading revenue generator.”

The Top Five this season also includes the Chicago Bulls ($2.9 billion) and Boston Celtics ($2.8 billion).

The Knicks crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets come in at No. 6 ($2.35 billion) while the Lakers co-Staples Center tenants, the Clippers, are No. 9 ($2.2 billion).

With James leaving town, the Cleveland Cavaliers dropped from No. 15 last season to No. 25 this season ($1.28 billion).

The Milwaukee Bucks, now in new Fiserv Forum, come in at No. 22, valued at $1.35 billion, up 145% since the ownership group bought the team for $550 million in 2014, according to Forbes.

At the other end of the spectrum, but still valuable commodities: the Detroit Pistons at No. 26 ($1.27 billion), No. 27 Minnesota Timberwolves ($1.26 billion). No. 28 Charlotte Hornets ($1.25 billion), No. 29 New Orleans Pelicans ($1.22 billion) and No. 30 Memphis Grizzlies ($1.2 billion).

The Philadelphia 76ers were the biggest gainer for the second-straight year, up 40% to $1.65 billion.

Over the past five years, the largest franchise value gainer is the Warriors, up 367%, with the team winning three NBA titles over the past four years, according to Forbes.

The  Clippers were second (up 282% over the past five years) followed by the Sixers (252%), Bucks (233%) and the Toronto Raptors (222%).

Total NBA revenue hit $8 billion last season, up 8.5%.

According to Forbes, “In addition to the gains from TV and arena renovations, teams reaped the rewards of the NBA’s logo patch sponsorships.

“The three-year trial program started with the 2017-18 season, and every team except the Oklahoma City Thunder has a deal in place, at an annual rate of between $4 million and $20 million.”

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