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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

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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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Oct172016

Tiger Woods Unveils TGR Ventures: ‘My Evolution As A Competitor Off The Course’

By Barry Janoff

October 17, 2016: Tiger Woods has been in the news a lot lately for things he has not done.

Now, he is seeking to make news for something he is doing.

Woods, who has not competed in a golf tournament since August 2015 and this month withdrew from the Safeway Open and Turkish Airlines Open after committing to both as his return to the course, has unveiled TGR Ventures.

"Today marks an exciting moment for me. As I work toward returning to the sport I love, I'm also taking the next step in what I like to call Chapter 2: My evolution as a competitor off the course," Woods wrote on his official Web site.

TGR Ventures, complete with a new logo, will be the overarching umbrella for other Woods’ platforms, including Tiger Woods Foundation, TGR Live, TGR Design and The Woods; as well as upcoming projects.

Woods said he unveiled TGR Ventures to his entire staff at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, Calif., during a “town hall” meeting on Sept. 9.

"I’ve spent nearly two years developing TGR with my team. And this is what we are about: the pursuit of excellence beyond all limits," according to Woods on his Web site. "I approach everything I do with a mindset to be the absolute best."

Woods said the new logo had a multitude of meanings: "Three triangles signify our mindset, method and mastery." He also said it represents a "W," a tiger's paw and  "even three trees because I've been known hit into them — my last name is Woods, after all."

According to Woods, "The method I follow to get there is inspired by precision, with the end goal of elevating standards and the status quo. And I'm always striving for the kind of mastery that naturally results from focus and a willingness to keep learning. My team and I have applied these principles — this mindset, method and mastery — to all that we've accomplished over the last 20 years.

"But I believe this is just the beginning," wrote Woods.

Woods, 40, is arguably regarded as the greatest golfer in the sport’s history. However, due to injuries, surgeries, rehab stints and challenges in his personal life, Woods' productivity on the golf course has fallen off dramatically over the past few years.

Since turing pro in 1996, Woods has won 14 Majors, but the most recent was the U.S. Open in 2008.

He has been named PGA Player of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year 11 times each, but only once each since 2009 when he had a comeback year in 2013.

At the height of his career, Woods earned excess of $110 million annual from endorsements.

He currently earns about $5 million in endorsements from deals that include Hero Motorcorp, Kowa and Rolex (not including firms in which he has an investment).

With TGR Ventures, according to Woods, "I see a brand identity and strategy for all of (my) ventures, including ones still to come."

TGR Ventures’ current divisions include The Tiger Woods Foundation, which has "reached millions of young people by delivering unique experiences and innovative educational opportunities for youth worldwide"; TGR Live, a non-profit company that supports the Tiger Woods Foundation's fundraising efforts; TGR Design golf course design firm; and The Woods, a flagship restaurant in Jupiter, Fla.

Woods has several iconic role models to emulate in the world of golf business, including Arnold Palmer, who passed away in September at the age of 87 but was expected to earn upward of $145 million this year from endorsements and investments; Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, both of whom, like Palmer, have extended their brand well beyond the golf course.

TGR Live currently operates three PGA Tour events: the Quicken Loans National, Washington, DC; the Genesis Open, Los Angeles; and the Hero World Challenge in Albany, Bahamas.

In addition, it oversees a series of signature events, including Tiger Jam in Las Vegas and the Tiger Woods Invitational in Monterey Peninsula.

TGR Live will also produce "An Evening of Unexpected Champions" in celebration of the Foundation’s 20th anniversary, scheduled for Oct. 20 in the New York Public Library.

Woods’ move comes as worldwide sponsorship spend on golf is expected to top a record $1.82 billion this year, up 5.1% from the $1.72 billion spent in 2015, according to research firm IEG, Chicago.

It also comes at a time when major sports companies are re-assessing their respective roles in the sport.

Over the past few months, No. 1 golf retailer Golfsmith filed for Chapter 11 in an effort to streamline its operation. Nike Golf is in the process of transitioning out of equipment — including clubs, balls and bags — though it said it would "accelerate innovation in its golf footwear and apparel business (and) partner with more of the world’s best golfers." And adidas put a major chunk of its golf division up for sale, which includes TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth.

Woods sees the future of golf, and his role in it, as "building a legacy that goes beyond just me. Because true excellence — TGR's kind of excellence — knows no limits." 

As he told members of his staff in September during their town hall meeting, "TGR is bigger than my name, yet is still connected to each of us. What you see here is more than just a logo; it's the symbol of our future: a mark that proudly shows our mission and beautifully tells our story to the world."

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