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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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May072019

NFL Academy Seeks To Encourage, Mentor, Develop Student-Athletes In The U.K.

By Barry Janoff

May 7, 2019: In its ongoing efforts to build and support its presence in the U.K., the NFL has unveiled the NFL Academy, providing students with “pathways into employment, further education and even the potential opportunity to play NCAA college football in the United States.”

According to the league, “This life-changing opportunity is available for up to 80 students per year, ages 16-18. Selection for the NFL Academy program will be based on athletic ability, as well as educational and character assessment.”

Student-athletes will study courses of their choice at Barnet and Southgate College, North London in addition to athletic training, scheduled to begin September 2019.

Academy partner Nike will develop and supply apparel and on-field uniforms for the student athletes.

"To have Nike's support as a partner is a massive endorsement of the Academy," Alistair Kirkwood, NFL UK managing director, said via the league.

“Their expertise will be a valuable asset and something we know the students will be really proud of and excited about."

Among those who have pledged their support for the Academy and will serve in ambassadorial roles are London-born two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell, his colleague on BBC's NFL coverage.

Also confirmed are Odell Beckham Jr, Patrick Mahomes, JuJu Smith-Schuster, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice; British-born running back Jay Ajayi (who was on the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII championship team) and London-raised Efe Obada.

Other ambassadors will be named.

"The Academy is a first-of-its kind initiative that will deliver against three key elements: education, character development and football," said Kirkwood,.

”The inspiration for the idea was our long-term partnership with Tottenham Hotspur. As well as playing games at the new stadium, we had a desire to create something meaningful for the community on a year-round basis.”

On April 2, the first purpose-built NFL stadium to be constructed outside of the U.S. was officially opened.

The 62,000-seat, $1.3 billion Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host NFL regular season games as part of a ten-year deal between the Premier League club and the NFL

Including the four upcoming 2019 games, only the Green Bay Packers have not played a regular season game in the U.K.

Including the three games last season, the NFL has drawn more than 84,000 in 16 consecutive games in Wembley.

According to Kirkwood, ”This is an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of many young people, regardless of their experience of our sport.

“It is also an opportunity for us to create a pathway for players to get into the American college system and maybe even to the NFL itself."

”This is an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of many young people, regardless of their experience of our sport."

The NFL and NFL UK have launched a Web site dedicated to the NFL Academy, and are supporting with a multi-media effort, including an intro spot.

In it, a voiceover with a very distinct British accent explains how athletes in the U.K, who enjoy NFL football are sometimes discouraged from playing the game.

“They say we can’t. They say we don’t stand a chance. Stick to what you know, they say,” the spot offers.

“Yeah, we’ve all heard that one. You don;t have the size, the speed, the strength. Don’t have the skills. Don’t know the plays. Can’t play in the NFL. Can’t win a Super Bowl.”

As shots of the aforementioned NFL players with British ties plays out, the spot continues, “Nah, man. Can’t do what? This? You reckon we ain’t strong enough? Fast enough? Smart enough? Tell me again what we can’t do.  Because from where I’m standing, we can, we do.”

Barnet and Southgate College will provide the students' education and has appointed a coaching staff that will work alongside NFL UK's development team to create the football program, according to Kirkwood.

Recruitment for the first class of approximately 80 students will take place over the next three months via a series of tryouts.

"The NFL Academy is looking for talented American football players, cross-over athletes or those who have yet to play the sport," according to the Web site, where a page breaks down potential positions and physical attributes needed to fill specific roles on the field.

"This is an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of many young people, regardless of their experience of our sport,” said Kirkwood.

“It is also an opportunity for us to create a pathway for players to get into the American college system and maybe even to the NFL itself."

According to Darren Mepham, CEO for Barnet and Southgate College, “The NFL.joins a number of other sporting academies offered by the college, highlighting our breadth of experience in delivering these dual programs.

"It really is a fantastic opportunity for young people to be able to take a step towards achieving their sporting dreams."

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