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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.”

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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. 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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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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Play It Forward: NCAA Begins Planning For 2022 March Madness Men's Final Four

By Barry Janoff

November 10, 2016: Seeking to lock in prime real estate while emulating the process used by other sports organizations that name their future championship sites years in advance, the NCAA has decided that the Men’s Div. I Basketball championships — aka Final Four — more than five years from now will be held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The event in 2022 will mark the sixth time the venue has hosted the Final Four and the first time in ten years.

The NCAA initiated its play-it-forward strategy for the Final Four in 2014, when it named future sites for 2017-2021.

"With the Final Four competing for many of the same venues that host major events such as the Super Bowl and College Football Playoff, we did not want to wait until 2018 to make the announcement for the 2022 Final Four," Dan Gavitt, vp-NCAA men’s basketball championships, said in a statement.

"That, combined with the milestone anniversaries we’ll celebrate at that time, made the decision to move forward with New Orleans hosting in 2022 the sensible thing to do."

Among the other priorities in naming championship sites well in advance: Giving local businesses and marketers time to activate.

"More than 50 future events resulting in greater than $1.2 billion in economic impact are on the schedule for the Dallas Sports Commission, including . . . the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four," according to the DSC.

American Airlines Center in Dallas was selected in 2014 to host the 2017 event.

Gavitt said that process would continue next year with the 2023, 2024 and 2025 Men's Final Four locations scheduled to be named in the summer of 2018.

“We look forward to another competitive bid process commencing after the 2017 Final Four when we’ll determine the next three hosts,” said Gavitt, referring to to Final Four games to be played in 2023-2025.

The NCAA initiated this procedure in 2015 for college football, when it selected the sites and cities that would host the college football National Title games for 2018-2020: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta; Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.; and Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, respectively.

The 2017 title game will be played in Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.

The NFL names the sites of future Super Bowls several years out, most recently this past May, voting host cities for Super Bowl LIII (February 2019) in Atlanta, Super Bowl LIV (February 2020) in Miami and Super Bowl LV (February 2021) in Los Angeles. (Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl LII will be played in Houston and Minneapolis, respectively.)

The International Olympic Committee names its host cities seven years in advance, with the next vote scheduled for September 2017 to select the host city for the 2024 Summer Games (from among Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest).

The Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee, part of the Division I Council, approved the men’s basketball committee’s recommendation for 2022.

Between now and 2022, upcoming Men’s Div. I Final Four sites are:

• April 1/3, 2017 University of Phoenix (AZ) Stadium
• March 31/April 2, 2018 Alamodome San Antonio
• April 6/8, 2019 U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis
• April 4/6, 2020 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta
• Dares TBD 2021 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis
• Dates TBD 2022 Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans

Between now and 2020 upcoming Women’s Div. I Final Four sites are:

• March 31/April 2, 2017 American Airlines Center, Dallas
• March 30/April 1, 2018 Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
• April 5/7, 2019 Amalie Arena, Tampa
• April 3/5, 2020 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans

The 2022 Final Four will mark the 40th anniversary of the 1982 title game in New Orleans, which featured North Carolina, led by coach Dean Smith and Michael Jordan, against coach John Thompson, Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas. The Tar Heels won the game 63-62 on Jordan’s jumper with 15 seconds to play.

It will also mark the 35th anniversary of the 1987 title game featuring coach Bob Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers, whicj defeated coach Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse squad 74-73 on Keith Smart’s jumper with four seconds remaining.

The 2022 Final Four will also mark the 10th anniversary of last Final Four in New Orleans, played between the John Calipari-coached Kentucky Wildcats, led by freshman Anthony Davis, and the University of Kansas Jayhawks, coached by Bill Self, won by Kentucky, 67-59.

The 2022 Final Four will be the 84th year of the event. That year, the Superdome will join Municipal Auditorium (Kansas City, MO), Madison Square Garden (NY) and Freedom Hall (Louisville) as the only venues to have hosted at least six national championship games.

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