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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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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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UFC, Marketers Eye Their Own Mayweather Numbers For McGregor-Khabib Bout

By Barry Janoff

August 6, 2018: Van Heusen and Trifecta Nutrition just signed on as a marketing partners with UFC and the alliances may already be paying dividends.

In what UFC president Dana White is calling the ‘biggest fight in the history of (UFC),” former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor will face current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in a match scheduled for UFC 229 on Oct. 8.

The McGregor-Khabib event will take place in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, and will be shown on PPV, according to White, who is predicting a UFC record PPV buy topping two million.

White unveiled the match during a special press conference on Friday (Aug. 3) in Los Angeles, the main focus of which was UFC 227 the next night in Staples Center and a bevy of bouts to take place later this year.

McGregor’s last fight was when he trained and entered the ring as a boxer on Aug. 26, 2017, losing in a 10th-round TKO against Floyd Mayweather Jr., also in T-Moble Arena.

McGregor — aka The Notorous MMA — last fought for UFC in November 2016

As for McGregor-Khabib pre-fight build-up:

“We don’t have time for a world tour,” White said Saturday night (Aug. 4) during the UFC 227 post-fight press conference, referring to the mega-promotion that preceded McGregor’s fight with Mayweather Jr. last year.

““These guys are going to fight the first week of October. Both guys are going to go into camp. We’ll do something fun,. We’ll do some different stuff. We’re literally having a big meeting on Monday to get this stuff in order and get it going. Then we’ll tell you guys about it.”

It certainly would be welcomed by such UFC partners as Monster Energy, Modelo, Body Armor, Reebok, Van Heusen and Trifecta Nutrition, which have pre- and day-of fight promotion platforms and in many cases get signage in and around the Octagon.

Anticipation for McGregor’s return will be also be big among McGregor’s sponsors, which currently include Beats by Dr. Dre, Burger King and Monster Energy.

UFC in May signed a five-year, $1.5 billion deal that will put all UFC programming on ESPN platforms, moving the entire rights package from Fox Sports starting January 2019.

Although not showing the MMA bout itself, ESPN is likely to go all-in on pre- and post-bout coverage..

And while not mentioned in the McGregor-Khabib conversation as yet, Mayweather Jr. is likely to chime in as the fight draws near.

As a resident of Las Vegas, he could even be in attendance.

White, meanwhile, got the hype rolling on his own.

After 25 minutes of the Friday pre-UFC 227 press conference, White said, “I have one more thing I want to show you,” which led to a screen clip of McGregor, Khabib and the fight’s date and location.
 
“They’re not here, unfortunately.,” White said when the lights came back on. “But the fight is done. October, Las Vegas.

None the less, numbers won’t reach the Mayweather Jr.-McGregor level.

The total global revenue from that event exceeded $600 million, including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution, according to Showtime Sports.

PPV buys topped 4.2 million in North America alone, according to Showtime.

Mayweather Jr. took home at least $300 million, McGregor $100 million, according to industry analysts,

The rivalry between McGregor and Khabib, which dates back more than a decade, heated up in Brooklyn, NY, in the underbelly of Barclays Center this past April when McGregor tossed a hand truck at a bus following a press event for UFC 223, injuring two UFC fighters.

Khabib and two teammates were on the bus.

UFC 223 included a victorious bout from Khabib in which the UFC awarded him the lightweight championship title that had belonged McGregor.

McGregor last week pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in exchange for community service, He was originally charged with assault, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

White said pre-fight altercations between McGregor and Khabib were not likely to happen. But he was smiling when he said it.

“We’re pretty confident that we can control what happens,” White said during the post-UFC 227 press conference. “We’re very aware. Nothing is going to happen. We’ll be good.”

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