• 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.”


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)


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



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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Spike, Charles, Samuel L. Take CFB Journey (With The Muppets) For Capital One

By Barry Janoff

November 19, 2015: Earlier this year, Charles Barkley, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson went on a road trip for Capital One in a series of TV spots, directed by Lee, that culminated with a March Madness visit to the NCAA Men's Div. 1 basketball Final Four in Indianapolis.

The three travelers are back, and have brought some friends — Kermit and Miss Piggy of The Muppets fame for starters — on a journey that will culminate at the Capital One Orange Bowl, Dec. 31, where one of two semi-final College Football Playoff games will be played in Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida.

The first in a series of spots, also directed by Lee, to support the firm's backing of college football as well as its Quicksilver card broke this week to jump-start a multi-platform campaign that will lead to the Orange Bowl and beyond.

The commercial, "Bowl Mania: Kermit," finds Barkley, Lee and Jackson in a glamorous home seated before a lavish spread of food and ready to watch a college football game on TV. Kermit arrives at the front door, seemingly to spend time with the guys watching football. But he can't stay.

"What happened?" asks Jackson.

"She happened," sighs Kermit.

We then see Miss Piggy in a limousine, "Cut the chit-chat, Frog!!" she yells to Kermit. "We got a show to do," referencing The Muppets on ABC.

"Say it ain't so, my little green bro," says Lee. "It's so. I gotta go," says Kermit.

In addition to more TV spots in the series with Barkley, Lee and Jackson, Capital One will support with Internet, social media, outdoor around the South Florida region as well as in Sun Life Stadium and fan and customer activations. A Twitter-based sweepstakes (via #CallChuckB) is offering a trip and tickets to the Capital One Orange Bowl. (Details here.)

New spots in the campaign include "Ball Control," "Separated" and "Funny Guy" with Terry Bradshaw.

Lead agency is DDB Worldwide.

The presence of Kermit and Miss Piggy to tout the CFB playoff game is both organic and self-serving, as ESPN, which will air both semi-final CFB games and the National Championship, and The Muppets are sibling brands under the Disney Co. umbrella.

In 2010, Capital One signed a long-term deal to become a Corporate Champion partner of the NCAA, a top-tier status that also includes Coca-Cola and AT&T.

Since then, Capital One has been among the most aggressive marketers in the college sports scene.

In 2014, Capital One signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to become title sponsor for the Orange Bowl.

Between 2010-2014, Capital One spent $41.2 million on marketing for Div. I men's hoops March Madness, according to research and marketing firm Kantar Media, NY.

The financial services firm's overall ad spend in 2014 was $1.56 billion.

Capital One activations with the NCAA also include the Capital One Academic All-America Award, the Capital One Cup (presented annually to the college that accumulates the most points via final standings of teams in NCAA competition) and the Capital One Mascot Challenge.

The other semi-final playoff game will be held in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, also on Dec. 31, in AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas.

The CFP National Championship is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2016, in the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Az. It also airs on ESPN.

”As a major supporter of college sports for over a decade, Capital One is excited to be the title sponsor of the Orange Bowl, especially as this legendary bowl game takes on even greater significance with the College Football Playoff,” Marc Mentry, svp-band marketing for Capital One, said when the Orange Bowl naming rights deal was signed. “Like millions of other fans, we’re looking forward to seeing incredible competition and drama play out during this new chapter of college football.”

“Like millions of other fans, we’re looking forward to seeing incredible competition and drama play out during this new chapter of college football.”

In the initial spot, when a dejected Kermit heads back to Miss Piggy and her limo, Barkley interjects, "Sometimes you bring home the bacon. Sometimes the bacon brings you home."

"Watch it, Chuckie!" admonishes Miss Piggy as the others laugh.

They head back inside but not before Jackson observes, "I always heard she was a ham."

The spot ends with Capital One's tag, "What's In Your Wallet?" and the text, "Official Sponsor of the College Football Playoff." (See the full spot here.)

A CFB-theme commercial with Jackson, "Matching Band," now airing shows the actor talking about the Quicksliver card accompanied by the drumline from Morehouse College.

Capital One Road Trip Takes Charles, Spike, Samuel L. To Final Four

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