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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

BUY SELL

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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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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Mar162017

Aramark Serves Appetizing MLB Menus, Topps Cooks Up Culinary Trading Cards

By Barry Janoff

March 16, 2017: Sy Berger was a major influence at Topps for more than 50 years before his passing in 2014, so it makes sense that the trading card and memorabilia company would join with Aramark to create a set of cards based on food menus at MLB stadiums.

Entering the 2017 season, Philadelphia-based Aramark said it would work with ten MLB teams and their stadiums for food and beverage, retail and/or facilities services.

Topps, the exclusive trading card partner for MLB, is on the food bandwagon, creating a special 18-card "Incredible Eats" trading card insert series. The cards have "immortalized some of the most popular and iconic ballpark fare."

Seven of the cards feature fare from Aramark. The other cards have menu items from various MLB stadiums shot by Getty Images.

"As sports' food and beverage expert, creating a menu complete with unique and distinctive options has always been a hallmark of ours," Carl Mittleman, president for Aramark's Sports and Entertainment division, said in a statement. "Our culinary teams work tirelessly to create menus that are on-trend and full of variety and complementary flavors and this year's offerings, once again, set the standard for ballpark dining."

Although players are not part of this insert set — they also do not come with bubble gum — some MLBers who might be particularly interested in "Incredible Eats" are Coco Crisp, Chili Davis, Mike Trout, Jake Lamb, Dusty Baker, Josh Smoker, Adam Eaton, Brett Gardner, Roughed Odor and Alex Cobb.  

Aramark this season will provide food and beverage, retail and/or facilities services to the Baltimore Orioles (Camden Yards), Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park), Colorado Rockies (Coors Field), Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park), Kansas City Royals, New York Mets (Citi Field), Philadelphia Phillies (Citizens Bank Park), Pittsburgh Pirates (PNC Park), San Diego Padres (Petco Park) and Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre).

The seven Aramark signature dishes in the Topps set include: the Cracker Jack & Mac Dog (Pittsburgh Pirates), Chicken and Waffle Cone (Houston Astros), Classic Pastrami Sandwich  (New York Mets), Kayem Fenway Frank (Boston Red Sox), Buffalo Cauliflower Poutine (Toronto Blue Jays), South Philly Dog (Philadelphia Phillies) and the Cheesy Corn Brisket-Acho (Kansas City Royals).

The set mimics player cards, with a photo, name of the item and stadium location on the front; and a description of the food on the back.

For the Buffalo Cauliflower Poutine at Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays), the description: "Buffalo Cauliflower Poutinis a Rogers Centre twist on a Canadian classic. Blue Jays fans have been going wild for the lightly-breaded cauliflower, tossed in classic buffalo hot sauce, topped with cheese curds, ‘Cheesey’ gravy and fresh, topped scallions."

"Some MLBers who might be interested in 'Incredible Eats': Coco Crisp, Mike Trout, Jake Lamb, Dusty Baker, Josh Smoker, Adam Eaton, Roughed Odor, Alex Cobb."

For the Cheesy Corn Brisket-Acho at Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals): "The Cheesy Corn Brisket-Acho at Kauffman Stadium has quickly become as much of a fan favorite as the Kansas City Royals players themselves. A modern-day take on the traditional nacho, this must-have combines the famous tastes of Kanas City pilled high on a bed of crisp tortilla chips."

More than hamburgers and hot dogs, the creative Aramark menu items that fans will see this year include the Lobster Melt (Fenway Park), LaFrieda Black Angus Steak Frites (Citi Field), Braised Kielbasa Reuben (PNC Park), Short Rib Cheese Curds (Kauffman Stadium) and Apple Pie Nachos (Coors Field).

Of course, there are basic foods that have also been given a special twist by Aramark, such as Harry The K's Pastrami Sausage and Jersey Shore Dog (Citizens Bank Park) and the Spam Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Minute Maid Park).

There are other food, beverage and/or stadium facility service companies working with MLB teams and venues.

Delaware North's pacts include the Atlanta Braves (SunTrust Park), Baltimore Orioles (Camden Yards), Chicago White Sox (Guaranteed Rate Field), Cincinnati Reds (Great American Ball Park), Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field), Detroit Tigers (Comerica Park), Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park), Minnesota Twins (Target Field), San Diego Padres (Petco Park), St. Louis Cardinals (Busch Stadium) and the Texas Rangers (Globe Life Park in Arlington).

Levy Restaurants alliances include the Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field), Chicago Cubs (Wrigley Field), Los Angeles Dodgers (Dodger Stadium), Miami Marlins (Marlins Park), Pittsburgh Pirates (PNC Park) and Washington Nationals (Nationals Park).
 
Some of the deals are non-exclusive or exclusive for specific categories, so different food and facilities service firms may work for the same teams and stadiums.

Despite appearances, there are options for fans and customers looking for healthy options.

According to Aramark, as part of its Healthy for Life 20 By 20 initiative and "ongoing commitment to providing fans with greater variety, choice and access to healthier menu options, Aramark continues to expand 'better-for-you' options throughout the ballparks it serves.

Among these menu items: Caribbean Grilled Chicken Salad and Rainbow Kale Caesar Salad (Rogers Centre), Ultimate Vegan Burger and Toasted Tofu (PNC Park) and Farmer's Market Grain Bowl (Citizens Bank Park).

In addition, Fenway Farms, a 5,000-square-foot rooftop farm opened in 2015 in Fenway Park on the roof of the Front Office (located on the third base side of the EMC Level). It provides fresh produce throughout the ballpark, upward of 7,500 pounds of organic produce a season, with different seasonal offerings to concessions and the EMC Club. It is presented by Stop & Shop, Dole, Sage Fruit and Aramark.

Topps Opening Day packs with the "Incredible Eats" inserts can be found at mass retailers and local hobby shops.

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