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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. 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

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

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Dec242010

Blade Runner: Gillette Ends Four-Year Marketing Alliance With Tiger Woods

Of this trio, Roger Federer (left) remains a Gillette spokesman, but Tiger Woods and Thierry Henry (right) are not.December 24, 2010: Tiger Woods has not been seen in Gillette marketing for about two years, a direct result of the golfer's 2008 Thanksgiving Day one-car accident, which began a chain of events in which sorted details of his private life went public. Now, the division of Procter & Gamble is officially ending its endorsement deal with Woods.

Gillette confirmed that is would be ceasing support of its Gillette Champions marketing campaign in the first quarter of 2011. As part of that strategy, the men's grooming brand said it would not renew its contract with Woods, which began in February 2007 and expires as of Dec. 31. Gillette also said it would not renew deals with other athletes, including international soccer stars Thierry Henry, Kaka, Rafa Marquez and Lionel Messi.

Gillette did not severe ties with Woods when reports of his beleaguered personal situation led him to take time off from the pro golf circuit in 2009, choosing instead to pull back marketing efforts while remaining supportive of such endeavors as the Tiger Woods Foundation. Accenture, AT&T and eventually Gatorade did, however, end their deals with him.

Concurrently, EA Sports and Nike have continued to feature marketing with Woods, whose current endorsement deals also currently include Upper Deck, Tag Heuer, NetJets, TLC Laser Eye Centers and Golf Digest.

EA Sports has continued to support Woods with new products and marketing.Gillette said that its domestic and global sports marketing efforts would enter a new phase in 2011, including the use of such athletes as  Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, tennis star Roger Federer and recently signed Alexander Ovechkin of the NHL's Washington Captials, according to Gillette spokesman Michael Norton. Gillette also has an auto racing marketing program, Young Guns, that includes such drivers as Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin  and Joey Logano.

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg of IMG Worldwide, also in an e-mail to USA Today, "The contract between Tiger and Gillette expires at the end of this year. Gillette is ending their 'Champions' campaign. That is the reason for not continuing."

Woods at one point was earning about $110 million annually from endorsements, about $50 million more per year than fellow golfer Phil Mickelson, who ranked No. 2 in annual endorsements among all athletes. But that figure began to erode when General Motors ended its deal with him in 2008, a year short of their 10-year contract, vauled at about $10 million, due to the automaker's strained financial situation. Woods dropped about another $20 million in 2010 due lost endorsements. If his endorsement situation in 2011 remains as it currently stands, he still could earn in excess of $60 million, which still would leave him at or near the top of the list of endorsement income among athletes worldwide.

EA Sports has continued to work with Woods on such videogame releases as Tiger  Woods PGA Tour 10 and 11 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online. Nike has released TV commercials with Woods, although they offered more introspective comments from Woods as opposed to previous humorous efforts.

According to a recent report from Carnegie Mellon University on Nike's alliance with Woods, which began in 2000, "Although several major sponsors cut ties with Tiger Woods, Nike did not. So we examined the net effect on Nike's sales and market share," Timothy Derdenger, assistant professor of economics and strategy, who helped conduct the study, said in a statement. "What we found is that by maintaining their relationship with Tiger Woods, Nike's overall profit in golf ball sales was $1.6 million greater than it would have been without him." 

"Although we have found Woods' continued endorsement to be profitable for Nike, this may not translate into similar results with non-golf related consumer goods."

However, the report, Economic Value of Celebrity Endorsement: Tiger Woods' Impact on Sales of Nike Golf Balls, also concluded, "Although we have found Woods' continued endorsement to be profitable for Nike, this may not translate into similar results with non-golf related consumer goods — where the celebrity is not inherently part of the enthusiasts community or where his financial success is not directly tied to  the use of the endorsed product." The study was completed in November 2010 and is awaiting publishing.

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