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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.”

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• Washington DC Defenders
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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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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Nov262014

Reebok Muscles Into Boxing-Martial Arts Category With Acquisition Of LUTA

By Barry Janoff

November 26, 2014: Sportswear and athletic shoe company Reebok is continuing its drive into the fitness-workout category with the acquisition of LUTA, a U.K.-based boxing and mixed-martial arts brand.

Concurrently, Reebok International has formed a "long-term alliance" with Fight for Peace, a non-profit organization that combines boxing and martial arts with education and personal development.

Both LUTA and Fight for Peace were founded by Luke Dowdney, a former amateur boxer and British Universities champion turned businessman.

Financial terms of the LUTA deal were not disclosed.

The news comes as reports in The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere indicate that a group of investors is seeking to purchase Reebok for about $2 billion from adidas AG, which acquired Reebok in 2005 in a deal valued at the time at $3.8 billion.

Reebok is the official outfitter for the NHL and for a long time was known for its basketball alliances, with spokesman that included John Wall, Dominique Wilkins, Yao Ming, Allen Iverson and Shaquille O'Neal (with new retro-style Shaq hoops shoes still available),

Over the past few years, though, Reebok has been seeking to "own" the workout category and build its self-professed "sport of fitness." Spokespersons include model Miranda Kerr, who promotes fitness shoes and apparel in multi-media marketing campaigns.

Earlier this year, the brand unveiled a Reebok Delta logo, which, according to then global CMO and now Reebok president Matt O'Toole, "Signals a clear purpose for our brand and it will be a badge for those who pursue a fuller life through fitness." It appears on footwear and apparel across all fitness disciplines supported by Reebok, including training, running, outdoor, yoga, dance and aerobics. It also will replace the former logo in all marketing efforts.

Reebok has deals with UFC stars Anthony Pettis and Johny Hendricks but the LUTA alliance is seen as a major bridge to reaching MMA fans and consumers.

(Editors Note: On Dec. 2 signed a "groundbreaking" six-year to become the official outfitter for the UFC. See full story here.)

In 2013, Reebok took title sponsorship of Spartan Race, which oversees extreme obstacle course races around the world.

That same year, Reebok formed a global alliance with Les Mills International, which oversees 13 group fitness and team training programs held across 80 countries in more than 15,000 licensed clubs worldwide.

In addition, Reebok has been promoting the "sport of fitness" via its own CrossFit Games, which began in 2007 and moved under Reebok's umbrella in 2011 as a quest to find the "Fittest (People) on Earth." The brand also supports ReebokOne, an online destination that connects people in the workout-fitness community — which here includes such categories as running, training, yoga, dance, walking and CrossFit — with videos, news and other activations.

“We are honored to be able to establish this partnership with Fight for Peace and include LUTA within our sporting portfolio.," O'Toole said in a statement. "The work Luke and the team have done over the years to help young people who are growing up with tremendous challenges, surrounded by drugs and violence, is remarkable and is something we are looking forward to supporting and expanding so that together we can help even more young people at risk.”

According to Dowdney, “Our new partnership with Reebok and its acquisition of LUTA is incredibly exciting for Fight for Peace and its future. Both organizations share a strong belief in the power of fitness and training and the impact it can have on young people’s lives, particularly those at risk of being involved in crime and violence. Working with Reebok allows us to continue to build awareness for Fight for Peace, as well as secure a long-term funding structure for us to develop our international growth and development.”

Dowdney said that Fight for Peace works with more than 100,000 young people in communities affected by crime and violence. He founded LUTA "as a means to attract and work with young people from Complexo da Maré, a complex of 17 favelas in Rio de Janeiro, where the project began in 2000 followed by a London Academy in 2007, as well as satellite projects across the world."

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