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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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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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Ronda Rousey, "The Rock" Help WWE Shatter Records, Bones At WrestleMania 31

By Barry Janoff

March 30, 2015: In February 2016, Levi's Stadium will be the site of the NFL's historic Super Bowl 50, anticipated to be one of the most watched and marketed sports events of all time.

But the bar for memorable events was raised a bit higher on Sunday when WWE's WrestleMania 31 took over the venue, not only setting an attendance record for the young stadium (which opened this past August as the home for the San Francisco 49ers) but also became the highest grossing live event in WWE history.

WWE said that WrestleMania 31 grossed $12.6 million, helped the WWE Network to surpass 1.3 million subscribers and tagged in as the fifth-highest attended WrestleMania event ever with a Levi's Stadium record 76,976 on-hand.

WrestleMania 31 was bolstered by the "unannounced" participation of UFC champion Ronda Rousey and wrestling icon (and Hollywood star) Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson. The pair took down their "arch rivals," Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, in a confrontation that continued what has been billed as an on-going feud, which the participants vowed would continue.

"The night: Historic. The moment: Electric. The Rock, Ronda & the WWE Universe: Magic. We're just gettin' started," Rousey wrote on her Twitter account.

“We are thrilled that WrestleMania 31 has set the standard for all future events held at Levi’s Stadium," John Saboor, WWE evp-Special Events, said in a statement. "None of this success would have been possible without the support of (Santa Clara) Mayor (Jamie) Matthews, (San Jose) Mayor (Sam) Liccardo and the San Francisco 49ers, as well as our public and private sector partners that worked tirelessly to support all of our regional WrestleMania Week activities."

The all-time WrestleMania attendance figure is 93,173, set at WrestleMania 3 in the Silverdome, in Pontiac, Michigan, on March 29, 1987.

That record could be broken at WrestleMania 32, scheduled for April 3, 2016, in AT&T Stadium, home for the Dallas Cowboys, which can fit some 105,000 (including standing room).

Levi Strauss & Co. paid $220 million for 20-year naming rights to the stadium, which in February was home to the NHL Coors Light outdoor Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings; and is the annual site of the college football Foster Farms Bowl game and until 2016 the site of the college football Pac-12 Championship Game.

WWE itself is on an expansion and marketing roll. A multi-platform campaign, "For The Hero In All Of Us," launched this month in conjunction with media partner NBCUniversal to reach core, casual and non-WWE fans alike.

WWE Network has unveiled a slate of programming also targeting core and casual fans, including Camp WWE, an animated comedy series in partnership with Seth Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios that envisions WWE Superstars and Divas when they were kids at their favorite summer camp; and Swerved, a half hour reality series from Jeff Tremaine (Jackass, Bad Grandpa).

The 1.3 million WWE Network subscribers represent a 97% increase from April 7, 2014 (the day after WrestleMania 30) and a 31% increase since Jan. 27, when the network surpassed the one million subscriber milestone, according to WWE.

According to Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO, We believe that exceeding 1.3 million subscribers reflects the successful execution of our strategy and puts us on the path to transformative growth through WWE Network. We remain focused on driving subscriber value by delivering the most compelling user experience and new content."

WWE this month also became an official sponsor of the Special Olympics World Games, scheduled for Los Angeles this summer.

Top Ten All-Time Attendance Records at WrestleMania

1. 93,173: WrestleMania 3, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, March 29, 1987

2. 80,676: WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 7, 2013

3. 80,103: WrestleMania 23, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, April 1, 2007

4. 78,363: WrestleMania 28, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida, April 1, 2012

5. 76,976: WrestleMania 31, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, March 29, 2015

6. 75,167: WrestleMania 30, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, April 6, 2014

7. 74,635: WrestleMania 24, Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida, March 30, 2008

8. 72,744: WrestleMania 25, Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas, April 5, 2009

9. 72,219: WrestleMania 26, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, March 28, 2010

10. 71,617: WrestleMania 27, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, April 3, 2011

PHOTOS COURTESY WWE

WWE, NBCU Tag-Team For "Hero In All Of Us" Campaign

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