• 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.”


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


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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Red Bull Named USA Basketball Partner, Will Lead 3x3 Push To Olympic Games

By Barry Janoff

May 2, 2019: In anticipation of the 2020 Olympics, which among other competitions will introduce 3x3 Basketball to the Summer Games, USA Basketball has signed a multi-year deal with Red Bull North America to “build an elite pathway for men’s and women’s players who have a goal of competing at the highest levels of 3x3 basketball.”

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo — scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9 — will include eight men’s and eight women’s 3x3 basketball national teams competing for the first time in the new Olympic discipline.

Anchoring the partnership, Red Bull — which has been named the official energy drink for USA Basketball — will host more than 20 qualifying tournaments nationwide under the newly-created Red Bull 3X series to ”identify the eight athletes who could potentially represent USA Basketball at the 2020 Olympics.”

Financial terms of the partnership were not shared.

According to USA Basketball, the winning teams at these qualifiers will compete to accumulate enough individual FIBA (International Basketball Federation) points with the goal of advancing to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals, scheduled for Fall 2019,

They then would progress to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals in March 2020, which will be used to select the USA men’s and women’s 3x3 national teams.

Players may also be selected from the rosters of the teams competing to reach the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s and Women's 3x3 National Championships, which will be held May 3-4 in Las Vegas.

The inaugural Red Bull 3X qualifier is scheduled for Detroit on June 22. Other tournament sites include Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York (Brooklyn), Philadelphia and Seattle. (Details here; full schedule below.)

“USA Basketball has a rich tradition of success on the court, and Red Bull has a legacy in progressing sports and engaging fans, so this partnership is a perfect pairing,” Jim Tooley, CEO for USA Basketball, said via the organization.

“Both organizations are synonymous with athletes, groundbreaking events, creative projects and content, and USA Basketball is thrilled to collaborate in this unprecedented partnership to take 3x3 basketball to new heights.”

Support will include multi-media marketing, with a promo spot, "USA Hoops Stars Talk 3x3," unveiled along with the partnership. It features such hoops stars as Bruce Bowen, Asia Durr, Kara Lawson and Chris Mullin taking about 3x3 basketball, Red Bull and the Olympics.

NBA stars Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin and WNBA All-Star Breanna Stewart are all Red Bull athletes, but it was not indicated if they would appear in 3x3 marketing.

Red Bull Media House will create original stories with USA Basketball to focus on the 3x3 game, qualifiers and players and “celebrate the journey as the sport makes its debut at the Olympics.”

According to Sean Eggert, head of Red Bull Sports-North America, “Our partnership with USA Basketball furthers our ongoing commitment to basketball and will give wings to the next generation of world-class players.

“With 3x3 joining the Olympic movement for the first time in 2020, we are excited to be at the forefront of establishing a pathway to the highest levels of the game, build on our NBA team and athlete partnerships, and energize the sport across the country.”

In the promo spot, Mullin — who has stared in hoops at the collegiate and pro level and won two Olympic gold medals with Team USA (1984, 1992) —  offers, “This is going to carve out a whole new generation of basketball players. In the NBA we play 3x3: If guys are not getting playing time you play 3x3. I used it all the time to develop skills.

“With 3x3 coming to the Olympics, I want to help grow the sport.”

2019 Red Bull 3X Qualifier Schedule (subject to change)

  • Detroit, MI: June 22
  • Washington, DC: June 29
  • Atlanta: June 29
  • Brooklyn, NY: July 13
  • Minneapolis: July 13
  • Los Angeles: July 20
  • New Orleans: July 20
  • Philadelphia: July 27
  • Denver: July 27
  • Milwaukee: Aug. 3
  • Oakland, CA: Aug. 3
  • Chicago: Aug. 17
  • Houston: Aug. 17
  • Cleveland: Aug. 24
  • Raleigh, NC: Aug. 24
  • Dallas: Aug. 31
  • Boston: Sept. 7
  • Memphis: Sept. 7
  • San Antonio: Sept. 14
  • Salt Lake City: Date TBD
  • Portland, OR: Date TBD
  • Phoenix: Date TBD
  • Seattle: Date TBD


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