• 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. 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.
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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).


Michigan, Georgia, Alabama Top In-Demand Tickets, Merch For College Football 2019

By Barry Janoff

August 13, 2019: The defending national champion Clemson Tigers, Michigan, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, Ohio State and LSU each have strong football programs and loyal supporters nationwide.

That includes buying tickets to games and buying merchandise to show their true colors.

StubHub, the online event ticket marketplace, has released its third-annual College Football Preview, which shows top-trending teams, hottest-selling games and most popular conferences heading into the 2019 season.

As the season approaches, the five most in-demand programs based on StubHub ticket sales are the Michigan Wolverines, Georgia Bulldogs, Texas Longhorns, Alabama Crimson Tide and Penn State Nittany Lions.

Concurrently, the five college football team based on merchandise sales on eBay (July 2018-July 2019) are Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Michigan.

Clemson comes in at No. 7 on both lists, according to  StubHub, which is a division of eBay.

"This year's college football demand is largely being driven by fans still fired up from last year's surprises and comebacks," Jill Krimmel, general manager of sports for StubHub, said via the San Francisco-based firm.

"At StubHub, we're seeing remarkable demand for Texas and Georgia, and clearly, support for Clemson is strong after winning the National Championship last year, bringing them back into the Top 10 in-demand teams."

According to StubHub, the Wolverines regained the No. 1 spot in ticket sales after dropping to No. 2 in 2018 (behind Alabama).

Michigan was StubHub’s top team for four straight years (2014-2017) and has never fallen below the No. 2 spot.

Demand for Michigan games is up 46% on StubHub since 2018, based on ticket sales, with the team’s most in-demand game of the season at Penn State (Oct. 19).

In addition, eBay’s merchandise sales for the team have doubled in growth since spring of last year.

However, OSU ranks No. 1 with an average of ten Ohio State items sold on eBay per hour.

Alabama is close behind at No. 2, with only 2% fewer sales than Ohio.

At No. 3, Georgia supporters buy team gear at an average of eight items on eBay per hour, according to StubHub.

“In advance of the 2019 season, we’re taking a look at where loyalties lie among our shoppers,” Sam Bright, vp-merchandising at eBay, said via the company.

“The insights are telling. We know the big, southern schools like the University of Alabama and University of Georgia will have powerful fan bases yet again, with sales of their merchandise making up nearly 80 percent of the top-selling teams on our site.”

The National Championship Game is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2020 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Top 10 Most In-Demand College Football Teams*
1, Michigan Wolverines
2. Georgia Bulldogs
3. Texas Longhorns
4. Alabama Crimson Tide
5. Penn State Nittany Lions
6. Texas A&M Aggies
7. Clemson Tigers
8. Ohio State Buckeyes
9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
10. LSU Tigers

*Ranking based on StubHub ticket sales as of Aug. 13, 2019 for the 2019 college football season

Top 10 Most In-Demand College Football Team Merchandise On eBay (July 2018-July 2019)
1. Ohio State
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
4. LSU
5. Michigan
6. Duke
7. Clemson
8. Texas
9. Oklahoma
10. Kentucky

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