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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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Apr172011

Pepsi Max Ad Rebuilds Field Of Dreams, And MLB Legends Come To Play

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

April 17, 2011: Is this heaven? No. It's a Pepsi Max commercial.

Field of Dreams, the 1989 film starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who hears voices, turns a chunk of his corn field into a baseball diamond and gets a visit from baseball legends, will get a Pepsi Max redux for a new commercial breaking this week.

In a takeoff of one of the film's classic lines, Pepsi Max built a commercial and a bevy of baseball Hall of Famers and former greats came. The list of all-time greats in "Clubhouse in the Corn" includes Ozzie Smith, Mike Schmidt, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Rickey Henderson, Lou Pinella, Randy Johnson, and a fleeting glimpse of a faux Babe Ruth, who is signing autographs.

In the spot, they are joined by current stars Evan Longoria, Jim Thome and CC Sabathia, who wanders out of the cornfield and onto a field of dreams.

Sabathia and Longora were among the players featured in a Pepsi TV commercial in 2010 to support Project Refresh. Piniella starred in a commercial for Pepsi's Aquafina water in 2008.

Smith, Schmidt and Fingers appeared at the MLB Fan Cave in New York on April 18 to provide a first look at the commercial. The spot will run on network and cable as well as in-stadium and in-theater. Lead agency is TBWA\Chiat\Day.

As in Field of Dreams, the ball players convene on a baseball field, providing insights into the game, here using Pepsi Max, with humorous banter. Henderson is playing a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Johnson and Eckersley are pitching Pepsi Max bottles into a recycling bin. And when Sabathia asks the Pepsi Max guy where he is, the reply is, "Iowa."

In the movie, Costner also replies, "No, it's Iowa," when he is asked by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (played by Ray Liotta), "Is this heaven?"

The tone reflects the film's scenes in which the likes of Jackson and other members of the infamous Chicago "Black Sox" come out of Kevin Costner's corn field to play the game from which they were banned. In the movie, they are joined by the likes of Mel Ott, Gil Hodges and "Smokey" Joe Wood.

"Ty Cobb wanted to play, but none of us could stand the son-of-a-bitch when we were alive, so we told him to stick it," Shoeless Joe Jackson explains in the film. Cobb is also absent from the Pepsi Max spot.

According to Pepsi Max, the spot features a roster of players who represent 20 World Series championships, 74 All-Star Game selections, 865 career pitching victories and 2,735 career home runs, including Ruth (714), Thome (590 and counting) and Schmidt (548).

The classic film 'Field of Dreams' is revisited by Pepsi Max.Pepsi Max has been a corporate sponsor of MLB since 1997. It also has official status with 15 MLB clubs, including the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Oakland A's, New York Mets and Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals.

The brand is currently running a sweepstakes offering tickets to attend the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in July at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Pepsi Max is also the official soft drink of the NFL. The brand will activate around the NFL Draft April 28-30.



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