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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Oct192012

Visa Takes NFL, Fans, San Francisco 49ers On An Adventure Of Epic Proportions

By Barry Janoff

October 19, 2012: Visa has been maximizing its position as an official marketing partner of the NFL this season via a "Make It Epic" campaign.

The credit card and financial firm is giving fans the opportunity to get up-close and personal with players and also enable them to access places in NFL stadiums usually restricted to the general public.

In the campaign's first spot, released last month, Visa showed how card holders could be part of a post-game press conference and actually ask questions to players such as Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens.

In the second Visa NFL Epic commercial, released this week, we see what happens when an über-fan of the San Francisco 49ers gets the opportunity to join head coach Jim Harbaugh, quarterback Alex Smith, linebacker Patrick Willis and the team in their locker room to get them pumped up for a game.

According to Visa, the campaign uses "real-time communications to give enrolled card holders the chance to win exclusive experiences and receive access to NFL-themed discounts." Among the brands aligned with Visa are Papa John’s, Virgin America, EA Sports, 24 Hour Fitness, DirecTV, Burger King, Bose and Lids.

In addition, NFLShop.com is providing discounts on authentic merchandise and Visa is offering NFL-autographed items and a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in February 2014 as part of the activation. (Full details here.)

Support includes Internet and such social media destinations as Facebook and YouTube. Creative was headed by Visa's former lead agency, TBWA/Chiat/Day, Los Angeles. This past September, Visa named a new lead agency, BBDO, which had held the Visa assignment for about 20 years prior to being replaced by TBWA in 2005.

The Niners' 30-second spot is a follow-up to one in which Ravens' linebacker Lewis is questioned by a young girl during a press conference ("What is your favorite color? Your favorite animal? Do you like home fries?"). (See the full spot here.)

The new spot, “Locker Room Speech,” opens with a guy wearing a 49ers jacket giving a pep talk to the team in their locker room. "All eyes right here," he begins using in his best head coach attitude. But the first sign that something is askew comes when the guy then says, "This is our year. I thought it was last year. Turns out I was wrong," a reference to the 49ers being defeated in the NFC championship game by the New York Giants.

Then the guy gets riled up again, "None of us would walk in here and settle for that! That's how we are," he yells, knocking over a stack of cups.

He then stops for a second, looks around and says, "I forgot what I was going to say," drawing a quizzical and dubious stare from Alex Smith.

The guy is then back to his pep-talk rant, focusing on Patrick Willis. "Patrick, I want 100% commitment ," he yells as he repeatedly jabs his finger into the linebacker's chest.

But the guy has another mood swing. "Because I care, man," he gushes as he gives Willis a hug.

Then it's back again to yelling. "Who are we!!??" he screams. To which the team responds, "The 49ers!! " "Yeah!!! he yells. "Yeah!! " the team echoes yells in unison.

Just then, an annoyed Jim Harbaugh walks in. "What the heck is going on in here?" he asks, looking for the intruder who has taken over his locker room.

The guy fesses up, but knows he won't be sacked by the coach because his participation in the Visa campaign earned him permission to be there. "Sorry coach, I just got carried away."

"Alright," a calmer Harbaugh replies as he and the guy lead the team onto the field. "I think we're good."

Morgan Freeman's voiceover then explains, "For a chance to be in a locker room on game day and more, join 'Visa NFL Fans Offers' and make your season epic." (See the full spot here.)

Visa said the campaign and new spots would run through Super Bowl XLVII in February.

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