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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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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
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• St. Louis Battlehawks
The Dome

• Seattle Dragons
CenturyLink Field

• Tampa Bay Vipers
Raymond James Stadium

• Washington DC Defenders
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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

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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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Donovan ‘Spida’ Mitchell Saving The World One Pair Of adidas Kicks At A Time

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 26, 2019:
When the world needs saving, Donovan “Spida” Mitchell is the man who can do it.

Donovan, starting guard for the NBA’s Utah Jazz, goes by the nickname “Spida,” a reference to a player with “super-human senses, shot-sliming abilities and unrivaled balance.”

Mitchell — who said when he was younger his parents gave him the nickname because he used to dunk so much and then hang on the basketball rim (like a spider) — has turned that into a marketing journey.

Mitchell appears in a new campaign for the release of “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” complete with a starring role in a TV spot; and last night was among the celebrities on the Red Carpet of the movie’s premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

It opens nationwide on July 2.

He has also teamed with adidas Basketball and Marvel for the release of his first signature shoes, under the umbrella name Determination Over Negativity, a reference to Mitchell’s personal mantra.

According to adidas, “The new silhouette focuses on Mitchell’s skill while paying tribute to his 'Spider-Man' nickname."

adidas in April joined with Marvel and the NBA for a "Heroes Among Us" campaign to support a line of limited-edition hoops shoes to coincide with the release of "Avengers:Endgame."

It took NBA and WNBA stars (all adidas endorsers) and turned them into Marvel icons, including James Harden (Iron Man), Damian Lilliard (Black Panther), Candace Parker (Captain Marvel) John Wall- (Captain America) and former all-star Tracy McGrady (Nick Fury).

The D.O.N. Issue No. 1 ($100) will drop on adidas.com on July 1, and at adidas retail stores globally beginning July 5.

Each new colorway of D.O.N. Issue No. 1 will celebrate Mitchell and other Marvel Super Heroes:
 
• Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man: A red, blue, and white colorway with webbing detailed across the side pays homage to the one and only Spider-Man, and the latest film installment in Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise.

• Symbiote Spider-Man: Shock pink, core black, white and silver, with teeth as fierce as the character. Available July 18.

• Stealth Spicer-Man: Black and green with glow in the dark details. Available Aug. 1.

• Marvel’s Iron Spider: Red and metallic gold to honor the legendary Iron Spider. Available Aug. 31.

In the 30-second spot from adidas and Marvel, Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) accidentally winds up with a pair of Mitchell’s adidas D.O.N. Issue #1s, Mitchell gets a chance to sport the superhero’s suit.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal then reveals himself to be a big fan — not of Spider-Man, but of Spida Mitchell.

Spider-Man: From From Home” partners also include Audi, Papa John’s, Kellogg’s (Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes), Frito-Lay’s Doritos, Hasbro, Lego and Funko.

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