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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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Feb252019

No Offseason In NFL: League, Marketers, Media Prepare For 2019 Scouting Combine

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

February 23, 2019: It’s been three weeks since Super Bowl LIII and as it readies for its year-long 100th anniversary celebration, the NFL has managed to stay in the news, for good and bad reasons.

Off the field, Super Bowl champion New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges of solicitation in Florida, which officials say is linked to a larger and dangerous human trafficking situation under investigation.

On the field, the league is anticipating the 2019 season this week with the NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Verizon from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Coverage for incoming players will be intense for the event, which begins Feb. 27, with player workouts scheduled to start March 1.

NFL Media will offer 50 hours of live Combine week coverage, with members of the 2019 NFL Draft class expected to include quarterbacks led by Heisman Trophy Kyler Murray,  Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones; and top defensive prospects Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, Josh Allen, Rashan Gary and Greedy William.

Live coverage of 2019 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Verizon on-field drills begins March 1 with running backs, offensive linemen and special teams.

March 2 will see quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends.

Defensive linemen and linebackers  are the focus March 3 and defensive backs on March 4.

Coverage of workouts begins at 9 AM (ET) Friday, Sunday and Monday; 10 AM (ET) Saturday on NFL Network and NFL.com.

For the first time, overage of the quarterback and wide receiver workouts will also be available on ABC on March 2 (1-3 PM ET).

Live NFL Network coverage of the 2019 NFL Combine Presented by Verizon is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers.

Full NFL Network audio simulcast coverage will be carried live on the TuneIn app. Additionally, SiriusXM's NFL Radio will be broadcasting live from Indianapolis all week. (Details here.)

NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft” will take an inside look at the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.

For the 15th year, at the close of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Verizon, Rich Eisen will run the 40-yard dash. As it did last year “Run Rich Run” will benefit the NFL PLAY 60 alliance with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Since 2012, NFL PLAY 60 has been the “official champion of play”  at St. Jude, helping to give all kids the chance to play.

NFL Network will donate $50,000 to the cause.

Courtyard by Marriott has also generously pledged donations to help support play therapy at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

People can show their support by donating to the cause while demonstrating their own athleticism by submitting videos of themselves running the 40-yard dash.

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