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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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Winning Pays: NBA Teams Set Record Value, Led By Warriors, Knicks, Sixers

By Barry Janoff

February 7, 2018: With the NBA All-Star Game just around the corner, the league keeps getting all-star news about its financial, marketing and fan status.

On average, NBA teams are worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time, according to a new report from Forbes.

The New York Knicks, valued at $3.6 billion, are the NBA’s most valuable franchise for the third consecutive year, but are up just 9% in value versus the previous year, according to Forbes.

The Philadelphia 76ers had the biggest gain in value among all teams at 48% to $1.18 billion (No. 21 overall among NBA teams)

Earlier this season, numbers were released that showed sponsorship spending on the NBA and its 30 teams hit a record $861 million in the 2016-17 season, a 7.8% increase from the previous season. according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

ESP Properties also projected that the NBA would see sponsorship dollars "skyrocket" during the 2017-18 campaign, led by the new eight-year, $1 billion deal with Nike as the league’s official on-court uniform provider (replacing adidas) and the beginning of a three-year trial period during which teams are allowed to sell ad patches on game jerseys for the first time in league history.

Nineteen teams have inked deals to date at an average annual rate of $9 million a year, with the bottom line being almost $200 million in new revenue for for the NBA.

That all translates very well for the league and team owners.

The Golden State Warriors moved up to No. 3 among the NBA’s most valuable teams at $3.1 billion, plus 19% in value (passing the No. 4 Chicago Bulls), thanks to national and global marketing and awareness after winning two of the past three NBA titles.

The Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James are valued at $1.325 billion (No. 15 overall among NBA teams), up 10% in value versus the previous season.

The average NFL franchise is worth $2.5 billion, 52% more than the average of NBA teams, “but that spread has been more than halved in the past five years,” reports Forbes.

“Franchise values have tripled over the past five years. Credit the league’s economics, in particular, its international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

The defending league champion Warriors have a three-year, $60 million jersey patch contract with Rakuten; followed by the Los Angeles Lakers three-year, $40 million deal with Wish, Goodyear’s $30 million three-season ad patch alliance with the Cavaliers and GE’s $24 million three-year deal with the Boston Celtics.

In addition, “The start of the league’s new TV contract with Time Warner’s TNT and Walt Disney’s ESPN are worth $24 billion, three times the value of the previous pact on an annual basis,” per Forbes.

Top Five Most Valuable NBA teams are:

1. New York Knicks $3.6 billion
2. Los Angeles Lakers $3.3 billion
3. Golden State Warriors $3.1 billion
4. Chicago Bulls $2.6 billion
5. Boston Celtics $2.5 billion

The Houston Rockets, which added Chris Paul to a roster led by James Harden, went up 33% in value to $2.2 billion (No. 7 overall among NBA teams).

The Milwaukee Bucks, moving into a new arena next season and celebrating the franchise’s 50th anniversary this season, are valued at $1.075 billion, up 37% (No. 26 overall among NBA teams).

The Knicks crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, are valued at $2.3 billion (No. 6 overall among NBA teams), but increased 28% in value.

The Minnesota Timberwolves ($1.06 billion), Charlotte Hornets ($1.05 billion), Memphis Grizzlies ($1.025 billion) and New Orleans Pelicans ($1 billion) each increased in value versus the previous year but are the least valuable teams in the NBA landscape, per Forbes.

See the full Forbes list here.

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