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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.

• NBC Sports Group and World Rugby today signed a four-year partnership to exclusively present the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series across NBC Sports platforms in the U.S. through 2023. The HSBC Sevens Series was an NBC Sports property from 2010-2016.

• ESPN, X Games and MLB said that four more MLB clubs have joined the Shred Hate initiative, described as a “multi-faceted, innovative bullying prevention program striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness.

The Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Oakland A’s will “support Shred Hate bullying prevention efforts and have the No Bully methodology implemented within select schools in their markets throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are returning to the initiative for a second consecutive year. Other MLB clubs have also been part of the initiative, which launched in 2017.

• The Museum of Ice Cream — a hands-on destination that serves homemade ice cream and offers such activities as cookie carousel to a slide that leads into a pool filled with rainbow sprinkles — will add to its original (2016) San Francisco location with the opening of a second location, in New York City’s Soho (555 Broadway), spanning almost 25,000 square feet over three floors.

• On the same day that Naomi Osaka was named the No. 1 seed for the upcoming U.S. Open, the two-time Grand Slam winner has signed a deal with Hyperice, a recovery and performance technology brand that specializes in vibration and percussion fitness devices. She joins such athletes as Blake Griffin and Lindsey Vonn on the roster. Full story here.
 

• Kellogg's Frosted Flakes has signed a deal to become title sponsor for the renamed Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.  The postseason CFB game will feature teams from the ACC and Pac-12 in the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2019, and will air for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS. The game was known as the Hyundai Bowl from 2010-18.

• 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

XFL Teams (scheduled to begin play Februty 2020)

• Dallas Renegades
Globe Life Park

• Houston Roughnecks
TDECU Stadium

• Los Angeles Wildcats
Dignity Health Sports Park

• New York Guardians
MetLife Stadium

• St. Louis Battlehawks
The Dome

• Seattle Dragons
CenturyLink Field

• Tampa Bay Vipers
Raymond James Stadium

• Washington DC Defenders
Audi Field

KEEPING SCORE

The 32 men and 32 women who will be seeded in the singles draws at the 2019 U.S. Open (Aug. 26-Sept. 8) have named by the USTA:

U.S. Open Men’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain
3. Roger Federer, Switzerland
4. Dominic Thiem, Austria
5. Daniil Medvedev, Russia
6. Alexander Zverev, Germany
7. Kei Nishikori, Japan
8. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
9. Karen Khachanov, Russia
10. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

U.S. Open Women’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Naomi Osaka, Japan
2. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
3. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
4. Simona Halep, Romania
5. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
7. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
8. Serena Williams, United States
9. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus
10. Madison Keys, United States

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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Channel Chasers

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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Jul182019

U.S. Tennis Open Ups Ante To Record $57M, With $3.85M For Singles Winners

By Barry Janoff

July 18, 2019: When Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka return to the U.S. Open in late August, they will not only seek to defend their 2018 Grand Slam titles, but will try to earn part of a record prize money for winning the men’s and women’s singles titles.

The U.S. Tennis Assn. said that total prize money for the 2019 U.S. Open would top $57 million, up from $53 million last year.

The men’s and women’s singles champions will each receive a record $3.85 million, while the men’s and women’s champion doubles teams will each receive $740,000.

Djokovic and Osaka each won $3.8 million for their 2018 U.S. Open Grand Slam victories.

The U.S. Open is scheduled for Aug. 26-Sept. 8, with U.S. Open Fan Week, featuring the U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament, beginning on Aug. 19, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, NY.

Also of importance, there again will be increases in prize money for the early rounds, with main-draw prize money for the U.S. Open’s first round increasing 47% over the last four years.

In addition, the U.S. Open — the first tournament to offer equal prize money to both men and women players (in 1973) — will this year institute another initiative.

The USTA, which owns and operates the tournament, will make a payment of $1 million to the WTA and ATP ($500,000 to each) in order to “assist in providing transition programs for players, including a pension.”

The USTA said that also represents a first among Grand Slam tournaments.

The total U.S. Open prize money of $53 million in 2018 was up from $50 million in 2017, $47 million in 2016 and $43 million in 2015.

By comparison, 2019 Australian Open men’s winner Djokovic and women’s winner Osaka each earned $2.9 million,  The Australian Open increased total prize money to a record $43.8 million, up 14% over 2018.

French Open Roland Garros men’s winner Rafael Nadal and women’s winner Ashleigh Barty each earned $2.7 million, up 4.5% over 2018, with total prize money more than $47.7 million.

Wimbledon men’s winner Djokovic and women’s winner Simona Halep each earned just under $3 million ($2.98M), up 4.4% from 2018, with total prize money at more than $47 million.

“The U.S. Open prides itself on offering the best tennis players in the world the richest total prize money in our sport,” Patrick Galbraith, USTA chairman of the board and president., said via the organization.

“We strive to be innovative, and feel that our new contribution of $500,000 to both the ATP’s pension plan and the WTA Tour’s transition programs for players will go a long way toward the long-term financial well-being of all of our sport’s athletes.”

U.S. Open 2019 Prize Money:
Singles
Winner: $3,850,000
Runner-Up: $1,900,000
Semifinalist: $960,000
Quarterfinalist: $500,000

Doubles (each team)
Winner: $740,000
Runner-Up: $370,000

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