• 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.”


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


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


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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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).


Team Griffin Foundation Sweeps Offering ‘Spend A Day In The Life Of Blake Griffin’

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 17, 2019:
Blake Griffin wants you to spend some time with him, and has launched a sweeps to make that happen.

The NBA All-Star forward with the Detroit Pistons has joined with 15 Seconds of Fame's Fanthropic to unveil “Spend a Day in the Life of Blake Griffin,” offering an all-access opportunity that includes staying in a four-star Los Angeles hotel. hoops, a private meal, a pair of autographed sneakers and access to a $5,000 Nike shopping spree.

The purpose of the activation: To raise support and awareness for the Team Griffin Foundation, described as an “organization committed to young men and women—providing them the best opportunities to develop and showcase their skills and learn essential lessons of life, competition and hard work.”

People are being encouraged to make a contribution of as little as $10 with their entry into the sweepstakes, with all proceeds directly benefiting the Team Griffin Foundation. The Team Griffin Foundation will receive 100% of the net proceeds from this campaign. (Details here.)

"Our meaningful partnership with Blake and the Team Griffin Foundation represents another great opportunity to help raise funds for an important and worthwhile cause, while at the same time offering incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences to fans,” Michael Mackey, chief business development officer for 15 Seconds of Fame and chairman for Fanthropic, said via the company.

According to Fanthropic, “This isn't just some run-of-the-mill ‘Meet & Greet.’ You are going to live a day in the life of Blake Griffin.

“This isn't just hanging out with any basketball player. This is Blake Griffin. The No. 1 overall selection in the NBA Draft, NBA Rookie of the Year, Slam Dunk Contest Winner, Six-time NBA All-Star and Five-time All-NBA selection.

“We are going to fly you and a friend to California and put you up in a four-star hotel. Start your day watching how Blake trains, then challenge him to a game of H-O-R-S-E.

“After you've worked up an appetite, sit down for a private lunch together and talk about Blake's ten years in the NBA and what he thinks about all the offseason moves.  Feel free to take a ton of selfies!
“As if that weren't enough, Blake wants to make sure you don't go home empty-handed, so he'll hand over an autographed pair of sneaks and a $5,000 Nike shopping spree  to ensure you never forget this day!”

"Whether a student is looking to get into athletics, the arts, or something else entirely, the Team Griffin Foundation aims to support both young men and women in pursuit of their dreams," said Griffin via Fanthropic,

"I'm thrilled to partner with 15 Seconds of Fame's Fanthropic to help launch Team Griffin's latest fundraising initiative."

According to the Team Griffin Foundation, TGF “wants to inspire young people to nurture their passions whether that is athletics, academics, or the arts. Team Griffin has provided support to causes in Detroit, Los Angeles, Oklahoma, and additional causes globally.”

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