• 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.”


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)


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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Game, Set, Match: Women Tennis Players Are World’s Highest Paid Female Athletes

By Barry Janoff

August 7, 2019: The world’s top tennis associations — including the International Tennis Federation, the Women’s Tennis Assn. and the U.S. Tennis Assn. — and tournaments have been making significant moves to ensure that women players earn the same winnings as their male counterparts.

The result of that includes all four Grand Slams having the same payout for men and women winners.

The upcoming U.S. Open (Aug. 26-Sept. 8) is offering a total prize allotment of $57 million, up from $53 million last year, with the men’s and women’s singles champions each receiving a record $3.85 million.

Concurrently, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation this past March, alleging that there is a vast discrepancy between what they earn versus the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team.

The USSF has since produced numbers that it says show such a gap does not exist.

The focus on earnings in tennis is also seen in the just-released "Top 15 World’s Highest Paid Women Athletes," which is dominated by tennis — 12 on the list, including the Top 11, according to the new study from Forbes.

They are led by Serena Williams at $29.2 million (not including her personal companies and venture portfolio, which Forbes put at $10 million), with the Top Five also including Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens.

The highest-paid non-tennis player on the list is USWNT star Alex Morgan at No. 12.

Williams was the only woman athlete who made Forbes' recent "Top 100 Highest Paid Athletes in the World" (No. 63 overall).

According to Forbes, the Top 15 highest-paid women athletes earned a cumulative $146 million, compared with $130 million last year, each earning at least $5 million each.

By comparison, Forbes said about 1,300 male athletes will reach or surpass that figure in 2019.

Among the highest-paid male athletes, soccer players take the top three spots, with Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. having earned a collective $311 million in combined salaries and endorsements, according to Forbes.

Serena Williams' endorsement roster includes Nike, Gatorade, Beats by Dr. Dre, JP Morgan Chase, General Mills (she appears on a current limited-edition box of Wheaties), Pampers and Axa Financial.

Pre-U.S. Open, Williams is on the cover of the September issue of Essence, with a lengthy article inside.

Her social media following is strong, as well: more than 5.3 million on Facebook, 10.9 million on Twitter, 11.4 million on Instagram.

Naomi Osaka reached No. 2 due in large part to her back-to-back Grand Slam wins at the 2018 U.S. Open and the 2019 Australian Open.

She had been ranked No. 1 in the world but heading into the 2019 U.S. Open is No. 2.

Osaka won $3.8 million for beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open finals (the same payout as men’s winner Novak Djokovic) and then $2.9 million for winning the Australian Open (the same as men’s winner Djokovic).

Her deals are anchored by the recently signed multi-million alliance with Nike (her contract with adidas expired at the end of 2018) worth upward of $8-$10 million over several years, according to industry analysts..

Osaka’s marketing roster also includes MasterCard, All Nippon Airways, Nissan, Procter & Gamble, Shiseido (bareMinerals — pictured — and Arissa), Yonex, Nissin Foods and Wowow.

Total prize money on the WTA Tour is $179 million in 2019, according to Forbes.

Alex Morgan, arguably regarded as the best female soccer player in the world, takes in more than $5 million from deals that include Nike (pictured), Coca-Cola, Beats, AT&T, Continental Tires and Volkswagen.

Morgan, a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team FIFA World Cup champions in 2015 and 2019, also is following the path of other top athletes by forming her own media company

Forbes said its figures are based on prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019.

World’s Highest Paid Female Athletes (Total Earnings/Endorsements)

1. Serena Williams tennis $29.2 million/$25 million
2. Naomi Osaka tennis $24.3 million/$16million
3. Angelique Kerber tennis $11.8 million/$6.5 million
4. Simona Halep tennis $10.2 million/$4 million
5. Sloane Stephens tennis $9.6 million/$5.5 million
6. Caroline Wozniacki tennis $7.5 million/$4 million
7. Maria Sharapova tennis $7 million/$6 million
8. Karolina Pliskova tennis $6.3 million/$1.7 million
9. Elina Sviolina tennis $6.1 million/$1.5 million
10. Venus Williams tennis $5.9 million/$5 million
10. Garbine Muguruza tennis $5.9 million/$3.5 million
12. Alex Morgan soccer $5.8 million/$5.5 million
13. P.V. Sindhi badminton $5.5 million/$5 million
13. Madison Keys tennis $5.5 million/$3 million
15. Aria Jutanugarn golf $$5.3 million/$2 million


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