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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. 9-11
1. Hobbs & Shaw $25.4M
2. Scary Stories $20.8M
3. The Lion King $20M
4. Dora and the City of Lost Gold $17M
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $11.6M
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain $8.1M
7. The Kitchen $5.5M
8. Spider-Man Far From Home $5.3M
9. Toy Story 4 $4.4M
10. Bring the Soul $2.3M
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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Mar262019

Jackie Robinson The Focus Of Budweiser Campaign, Film Directed By Spike Lee

By Barry Janoff

March 26, 2019: The life, times and impact of Jackie Robinson are celebrated every year both on and off the baseball field, perhaps more so this year to honor what would have been his 100th birthday.

To coincide with MLB Opening Day on March 28, Budweiser will launch a multi-platform campaign celebrating Jackie's legacy nationwide, including TV, cinema, print, out-of-home, digital, social and in-stadium media.

At the core of the effort is a three-minute short film “Impact," directed by Oscar winner Spike Lee in collaboration with the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

It is narrated by Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon Robinson, who is also the vice chair for the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

The three-minute film will launch nationwide on-air and in-stadiums on March 28.

Lee and Budweiser said the creative was inspired by Robinson’s quote, "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

The three-minute homage features shots of Robinson on and off the field, shows how he continues to impact the lives of people — including a group of diverse immigrants who are being sworn in as U.S. citizens — and concludes by showing a group of people who are impacting their local communities.

"I'm honored to work with Sharon Robinson and Budweiser,” Lee said via Budweiser parent company Anheuser-Busch.

“All of us working in unison to pay homage to a great American who literally changed the game with the impact he made. Long live Jackie Robinson!"

The Jackie Robinson Foundation, founded by his wife, Rachael, is overseeing a season-long celebration of Robinson, which began with an exclusive photo exhibition — “In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend” — in the Museum of the City of New York, which opened Jan. 31, Robinson’s birthdate.

The year-long celebration will culminate with the scheduled opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York in December 2019.

Included will be MLB’s annual Jackie Robinson Day — April 15, when all players, managers, coaches and others wear Robinson’s No. 42 jersey to commemorate the day Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947.

Events will take place in several cities throughout the year, including a speakers’ series, concerts and a traveling artifact exhibit.

Topps put Robinson on card No. 42 of its current Living Set collection.

As part of its campaign, Budweiser is raising money for the Jackie Robinson Foundation to help support the Jackie Robinson Museum.

Budweiser has created limited-edition Jackie Robinson "42" aluminum bottles for the MLB season. Marked with Jackie's signature, 42¢ from every bottle sold will be donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

According to Ricardo Marques, vp-marketing core and value brands for Anheuser-Busch, “Jackie Robinson was a true American hero who displayed incredible courage and resilience in the name of equality and unity.

“His boundary-breaking achievements extend well beyond baseball through his work as a civil rights activist; undeniably Jackie Robinson continues to serve as an inspiration today for anyone out there looking to live with impact."

“Impact” includes shots of the former Ebbets Field, a current shot of Ebbets Field Apartments on the stadium’s location, plaques commemorating Ebbets Field and home plate where  “On April 15, 1947, Jack Roosevelt Robinson integrated Major League Baseball.”

It also includes the Jackie Robinson School, Jackie Robinson Museum; the rotunda in the New York Mets’ Citi Field, which was designed to recreate Ebbets Field and has oversize photos of Robinson on the walls; Robinson at home, with the Dodgers and his gravesite (he passed away on Oct. 24, 1972); and even a shot of Spike Lee in a Robinson jersey.

“Baseball is a game of impact,” Sharon Robinson says in the spot. “The powerful contact of the bat with the ball changes its direction and can change the outcome of the game. The impact isn’t just felt by the batter. Other players feel it, fans near and far feel it.

“But in 1947, that impact was felt well beyond any field. It was felt by the entire country.”

As we see current shots of a group of ipeople being sworn in as U.S. citizens and re-created historical shots of people listening to the radio during Dodgers-Robinson games, Sharon Robinson continues, “It was bigger than the game because it changed everything. Under the watchful eye of thousands, Jackie Robinson heroically stepped forward, determined to break the color barrier of the sport he loved.

“The crack of his bat became the sound of hope. A brief act. A fraction of a second. Yet with everlasting impact. An impact that changed things forever. Changed the game, the course of history, changed the whole nation. It changed his whole future. The things he would endure, The heights he would reach. The lives he would touch.

“Like a ballot just right, he set us on an irreversible trajectory. He taught us all that not just baseball but life itself is a game of impact. How do I know this? Jack Roosevelt Robinson is my dad.”

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