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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. 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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Nov022016

Bull Shot: Pro Bull Riders 'Vs' Campaign Goes Big With Bulls, ‘Boys, Steven Tyler

By Barry Janoff

November 2, 2016: When some of your athletes weigh 1,500 lbs. or more and are regarded as being among the toughest competitors on the planet, you have some pretty big chutes to fill in marketing your product.

Professional Bull Riders has done just that in its new "Vs" efforts, which the circuit is calling the "largest marketing effort" and the "first fully-integrated, season-long brand campaign" in its history.

"We have had marketing efforts in the past, but they were more focused on driving ticket sales rather than overall brand awareness," said Chad Blankenship, svp-marketing for Professional Bull Riders. "We felt that the time was right to take advantage of the growth and momentum of the league to invest in a brand effort that truly reflects the modern PBR."

The campaign is launching to coincide with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, being held Nov. 2-6 in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

PBR, which traces it roots back to 1992, was acquired in 2015 by marketing and talent agency WME | IMG, which has used its global reach to build and enhance the status of PBR.

The "Vs" campaign includes TV to break on CBS and CBS Sports during PBR World Finals coverage; with support from print, radio, OOH, digital and social.

Rock legend Steven Tyler of Aerosmith (and American Idol) fame, who signed this past summer as the voice and face for PBR, will appear in PBR promos and in the 60-second TV anchor spot, singing "Hold On (Won’t Let Go)."

The alliance with Tyler is organic as he is represented by IMG.

The song was written for the campaign, but, according to Blankenship, Tyler liked it so much that it ended up on his first solo album, the C&W-themed We’re All Somebody From Somewhere, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums when it was released in mid July.

To support the album, as part of his "Out On A Limb" tour, Tyler will be the headliner at a show in T-Mobile Arena on Nov. 5.

Other top acts scheduled to perform during PBR World Finals week include Warrant, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Lita Ford, Rick Springfield and country stars Dustin Lynch and Jerrod Niemann.

The "Vs" effort is intended to "deepen PBR’s emotional resonance with current fans while stoking interest among new ones" by capturing the "beauty and intensity of PBR’s bull athletes and cowboys as well as the unique, epic battle of man against beast." 

"The campaign is rooted in one of the key elements of PBR that separates us from a lot of other sports," said Blankenship. "We are pitting in direct competition a lightweight athlete against a heavyweight athlete: A 150 lb. cowboy sitting on the back of a 1,500 lb. bucking bull.

"The campaign is about highlighting the competitive tension that exists between the cowboys and the bulls. Honoring and respecting that battle. And celebrating both of them."

Creative and strategy was done in-house by WME | IMG’s team in New York.

According to Blankenship, another unique aspect of PBR events is that "even though they are competitors, the cowboys root for each other, and people in the arena root for the bulls as well as the riders."

PBR said it is experiencing "the most successful year in its history," with viewership on CBS Sports up +12% (1.3M average viewers per broadcast) and new attendance records during the 2016 tour.

In addition to national airings on CBS and CBS Sports, "Vs" will get major exposure in and around local markets for150 domestic events in the U.S. and Canada.

The campaign will also promote the Pro Bull Riders event in New York’s Madison Square Garden (scheduled for Jan. 6-8) and continue throughout the 26-event, 2017 nationwide Built Ford Tough Series tour.

The 60-second spot sees Tyler dressed in cowboy garb walking across a dry, dusty desert (filmed outside of Las Vegas). As he sings the theme song, we get shots of top riders and bulls preparing for competition. (See teaser spot here.)

The roster includes Guilherme Marchi, Jess Lockwood, Paulo Lima, Tanner Byrne, Robson Palermo, Shane Proctor, Derek Kolbaba, Ryan Dirteater, Kaique Pacheco, Fabiano Vieira, Silvano Alves, Joao Vieira, and JB Maundy; and top bulls Cochise, Wicker and Asteroid.

Print shows bulls and cowboys facing each other with text that includes: Beauty/Beast, Well-Trained/UnTamed, Heavyweight/Lightweight, Bred For This/Born For This and Buck Off/Buck You.

PBR will award more than $3.5 million in prize money to riders and bulls this week, culminating with $1 million presented to the 2016 PBR World Champion.

PBR marketing partners include Ford, Sonic, Caterpillar, Peak, Heinz BBQ Sauce, Wrangler, Jack Daniel’s, Dickies, Stanley, Cooper Tires, Bass Pro Shops and Monster Energy.

(Also see story at MediaPost)

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