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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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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

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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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WWE Generates WrestleMania Record $181.5M Economic Impact For Orlando

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2017: It is no surprise when WWE says that its annual WrestleMania jewel event is a smashing success.

What might raise some eyebrows is that WrestleMania continues to raise the bar when it comes to financial results and economic impact.

WWE said that WrestleMania 33, held this past April in the Orlando Citrus Bowl, generated $181.5 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending in the Orlando region.

WWE said this marks a new record for WrestleMania and was the sixth consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

Among other factors, $24.8 million was spent on hotels and accommodations within Orlando and $9.3 million was spent by visitors to Orlando at area restaurants, according to a study conducted for WWE by Enigma Research Corp.

WrestleMania 33 also generated approximately $22.7 million in federal, state and local taxes.

WrestleMania 33 bested WrestleMania 32 in AT&T Stadium in 2016, which generated a then-record $170.4 million in economic impact derived from spending by visitors to the Dallas/Arlington region — including $25 million spent on hotels and accommodations and $8.4 million in area restaurants — according to Enigma Research.

WrestleMania 32 still holds the all-time attendance record for the event at 101,763.

Over the past 11 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, according to WWE.

From a local perspective, a Citrus Bowl record crowd of 75,245 fans from around the world attended WrestleMania 33, “making it the highest-grossing ($14.4 million) and most-attended event in (the venue's) history,” according to WWE.

The previous Orlando Citrus Bowl attendance record was set by WrestleMania 24 in 2008 at 74,635.

"This historic result would not have been possible without the support of Mayor Dyer, the Central Florida Sports Commission and all of our public and private sector partners in Orlando that worked so hard to again welcome WWE’s global fan base,” John  Saboor, WWE evp-special events, said in a statement.

“We continue to be grateful to our fans who helped us deliver unprecedented economic results for our WrestleMania host city.”

Not just wrestling, WrestleMania became a romantic attraction when icon John Cena proposed in the ring to his girlfriend, Nikki Bella of the top-ranked Bella Twins (moments after they defeated The Miz and Marse in a tag-team match).

Among other stats culled by Enigma Research Corp regarding WrestleMania 33:

• 79% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the Orlando region and stayed an average of 5.6 nights.

• The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,730 full-time jobs for the area.

WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for April 8, 2018 in the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz SuperDome.

(Tickets will be available Nov. 17 through Ticketmaster. The event will be streamed live worldwide on WWE Network.)

WWE is also looking farther ahead, taking bids from potential sites, following a strategy taken by the NFL, which names its Super Bowl host cities years in advance, and the International Olympic Committee, which names host cities for the Summer and Winter Games seven years in advance.

"The level of sophistication around our bid process is quite impressive," said John Brody, evp-global sales and head of international for WWE. "We put out RFPs (request for proposal). City and even state officials are part of those presentations. We ultimately make the decision based on a number of factors.

"But the commitment we have seen from Orlando, North Texas last year and already from New Orleans and the state of Louisiana has shown us that the power of WrestleMania is not just one day, one week. It’s the opportunity for us to leave a lasting impact in a city, a region," said Brody.

Top Ten All-Time Attendance Records at WrestleMania
 
1. 101,763: WrestleMania 32 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, April 3, 2016
2. 93,173: WrestleMania 3 Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI, March 29, 1987
3. 80,676: WrestleMania 29 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ April 7, 2013
4. 80,103: WrestleMania 23 Ford Field, Detroit April 1, 2007
5. 78,363: WrestleMania 28 Sun Life Stadium, Miami April 1, 2012
6. 76,976: WrestleMania 31 Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, March 29, 2015
7. 75,245: WrestleMania 33 Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando April 2, 2017
8. 75,167: WrestleMania 30 Mercedes-Benz SuperDome, New Orleans April 6, 2014
9. 74,635: WrestleMania 24 Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando March 30, 2008
10. 72,744: WrestleMania 25 Reliant Stadium, Houston April 5, 2009
Source: WWE

WrestleMania 33 Brings Down The House In Orlando

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