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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.”

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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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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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Super Goal: Valentine‚Äôs Day Record $20B Spend Will Outscore Big Game By $6B

By Barry Janoff

February 4, 2019: Now that Super Bowl LIII is history, people are looking toward the next big day of celebrating, spending, marketing, buying food and drink and being together — Valentine’s Day.

Fewer people in the U.S. will be sharing the love on Feb. 14, 2019 than in recent years, but those who are participating plan to spend a record $20.7 billion on jewelry, flowers, candy and other gifts to loved ones and friends.

They also will be spending a record $161.96 per person, good news for retailers, according to a new survey from the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC.

That is nearly $6 billion more than people spent on Super Bowl LIII — $14.8 billion — and some $5 billion more than the record spend during Super Bowl 50 in 2016, according to the NRF.

“Valentine’s Day means different things for different people,” Phil Rist, vp-strategy for Prosper Insights & Analytics, which conducted the survey for NRF, said via the group.

“Whether it’s a day of romance or one of making sure their children have enough cards in their backpacks for each of their classmates, it’s an important day for those who choose to participate.”

The $20.7 billion spend is an increase of 6% over last year’s $19.6 billion and breaks the previous record of $19.7 billion in 2016.

By comparison, people spent a record $23.1 billon for Mother’s Day in 2018 (an average of $180 per person); and during November-December 2018 spent upward of $720 billion.

The number of people who will be participating in Valentine’s Day, 51%, is down from 55% in 2018 and down 12% from the 63% in 2009.

However, the average $162 spend predicted this year in up 13% from last year’s $143.56 and an average of about $16 per person over the previous record of $146.84 in 2016.

It is also up some $60 over the $102.50 average spend ten years ago in 2009.

According to NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay, “Those who are participating are spending more than ever and that could be the result of the strong economy. With employment and income growing, consumers appear to be expanding the scope of who qualifies for a card or a box of candy.”

Shay said that  the vast majority of Valentine’s Day dollars are still spent on significant others, “but there’s a big increase this year in consumers spreading the love to children, parents, friends and coworkers.”

Among those celebrating, the most money will be spent on jewelry, $3.9 billion, which was cited by 18% of people surveyed.

That was followed by the $3.5 billion spend on an evening out, named by 34%.

The biggest category, though, is greeting cards, where 44% of people said they would spend $933 million.

Concurrently, people plans to spend $2.1 billion on clothing (18%), $1.9 billion on flowers (35%), $1.8 billion on candy (52%) and $1.3 billion on gift cards (15%).

Gifts for pets are popular — purchased by 20% — with spending expected to total $886 million. That would be up $519 million since NRF said it first asked in 2008.

Gifts that fall into the category of “experience” such as tickets to an event, a trip or a spa are wanted by 40% and planned to be given by 25%.

People said they would spend an average of $29.87 on other family members, $9.78 on friends, $8.63 on children’s classmates or teachers, $7.78 on co-workers, $6.94 on pets and $5.72 on others.

And people do not forget about themselves on Valentine’s Day, with 11% planning to treat themselves to such gifts as clothing and jewelry and 9% making time to get together with other single friends or family.

As in past surveys, men are the biggest spenders, an average of $229.54, which is up 20% from last year.

That’s more than double the $97.77 women said they would spend, which is actually down 1% (and is within the survey’s margin of error), per the NRF.

Among age groups, those 35-44 are the biggest Valentine spenders at $279.14, followed by those 25-34 at $239.07.

“Both groups typically have more people to buy for including children and children’s classmates or teachers,” according to the NRF.

As to where people get their gifts, department stores are the most popular Valentine’s Day shopping destination, visited by 35% of shoppers, followed by discount stores (32%), online (27%), specialty stores (18%) florists (16%), small or local businesses (14%), jewelry stores and specialty clothing stores ( 9% each).

“A 2017 flash poll conducted by NRF found the top reasons consumers chose not to celebrate Valentine’s Day were that they considered it over-commercialized, didn’t have anyone to celebrate with or simply weren’t interested anymore,” Katherine Cullen, director, industry and consumer insights for NFR, said via the group.

“While more consumers say they are not officially “celebrating” on Feb. 14, many will still mark the event in some way. In fact, a quarter who aren’t celebrating admit they still plan to treat themselves to something special, hold a get-together with other single friends or even purchase an “anti-Valentine’s Day” gift.”

Among brands that are preparing for Valentine’s Day consumers in unique ways:

Dunkin’ (formerly Dunkin’ Donuts) is going beyond heart-shaped donuts and other sweets with an exclusive one-day-only pop-up in Las Vegas “where couples can exchange their vows in Dunkin' style, bedecked with a hand-crafted donut bouquet.”

According to Dunkin’, on Feb. 9, (11 AM-3 PM local time), Dunkin' will be taking over Sure Thing, a Wedding Chapel by Flora Pop, in Las Vegas, “where the first 100 couples that stop by will be given an exclusive Dunkin' donut bouquet for their ceremony, or just as a unique Valentine's Day gift.

“The chapel will be decked out in Dunkin' decorations and bling complete with an official with Dunkin' pink hair available to preside over weddings and vow renewals.”

• Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. (Dove chocolate, M&M’s, Twix, Snickers, Skittles, Starburst) will have a candy-inspired pop-up salon, Sweet ReTREAT: Refresh Lounge (Feb. 13-14, in NY’s Soho Manhattan district) where people can “freshen up before a romantic date night, mix & mingle or just kick back and relax.”

Dove Chocolate also has a marketing push, including a TV spot, “Daisy,” from BBDO NY.

• Minor League Baseball team Pensacola (FL) Blue Wahoos are offering a Valentine’s Day Game Day Experience that includes delivery of balloons, candy, a Valentine’s gift, a Blue Wahoos hat, tickets to five games and the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Blue Wahoos game.

California Pizza Kitchen (based in Los Angeles) and Jet’s Pizza (Sterling Heights, MI) are among those serving heart-shaped pizzas on Feb. 14 (participating locations while supplies last); Auntie Anne’s will have heart-shaped pretzels; Krispy Kreme is offering heart-shaped Valentine Conversation Doughnuts (“All the Feels,” “Be Mine,” “DM Me”).

• Hallmark is expanding its collection of Vinyl Record Cards with new cards featuring songs from such Warner Music Group artists as Bruno Mars, Michael Bublé and Kelly Clarkson. Each card includes an exclusive 7-inch vinyl record with two songs from each artist built into a sleeve on the card's cover. "Just remove the record, put it on any record player and enjoy the music."

Among other brands with dedicated Valentine’s Day marketing campaigns are Teleflora, anchored by a 90-second spot, “Love Out Loud, A Silent Film”; and Pro Flowers, with Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman (pictured above), “Order Like A Pro."

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