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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

KEEPING SCORE

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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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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Mar182018

WWE Bringing Big Show WrestleMania 35 Back To The Big Apple, MetLife Stadium

By Barry Janoff

March 17, 2018: WWE’s WrestleMania is a big event that attracts a big audience and generates big business.

In 2019, it’s coming back to the Big Apple.

WWE said Friday that WrestleMania 35 would be staged in MetLife Stadium, on April 7, 2019, the second time the venue will host the event. MetLife is home to the NFL's Giants and Jets.

The news was shared during a media conference in MetLife that was attended by WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, New Jersey Lt. Governor Shelia Oliver, WWE evp-special events (and host for the event) John Saboor, and Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment.

WWE talent in attendance included John Cena, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Nikki Bella, The New Day, Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Apollo, Titus O'Neil and WWE’s newest star, Ronda Rousey.

Players from the Giants were among others in attendance.

Also unveiled was the 35 official logo: the word WrestleMania splashed across the crown of the Statue of Liberty.

WWE has turned its mega-competition from a one-day to a week-long extravaganza, and the New York/New Jersey region will get the full treatment. MetLife Stadium is located in East Rutherford, NJ, about 13 miles across the George Washington Bridge northeast of New York City.

WWE’s WrestleMania Axxess is four-day interactive fan festival to be held in conjunction with WrestleMania 35.

WWE will also present four nights of events in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (home of the NBA’s Nets).

WrestleMania 35 and ancillary events will be conducted in conjunction with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, New York Giants, New York Jets; and NYC & Company, New York City's official marketing, tourism and partnership organization.

“On behalf of everyone at WWE, we thank Governor Murphy and all of our partners for bringing WrestleMania back home,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “It is the one place that matches the energy, excitement and spectacle of WrestleMania.”

This will be the sixth time WrestleMania will take place in the New York area.

More than 80,600 people attended WrestleMania 29 in MetLife Stadium in 2013. WrestleMania 29 grossed an excess of $72 million and generated $101.2 million in economic impact for the New Jersey/New York region, according to a study conducted for WWE by the Enigma Research Corporation.

Top billing saw The Rock going head-to-head against John Cena and Triple H battling Brock Lesnar.

This numbers have since been eclipsed. WrestleMania 32 was held in AT&T Stadium, home for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, with an announced attendance 101,763, a WrestleMania record.

WrestleMania 33 in the Orlando Citrus Bowl generated $181.5 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending in the Orlando region.

WWE said that marked 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.

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.

This year, WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for Sunday, April 8 in the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans. It will be streamed live worldwide on WWE Network.

The first WrestleMania, in 1985, was held in Madison Square Garden with the featured event Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.

WrestleMania 2 in 1986 was staged in three venues on the same day, including Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. WrestleMania’s X and XX returned to The Garden.

As part of WrestleMania 35 week, WWE’s WrestleMania Axxess will be a four-day interactive fan festival.

The four nights of events in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center are scheduled to include the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; NXT TakeOver; Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.

In addition, WWE said it would host more than a dozen community outreach events, including hospital visits and Be a STAR bullying prevention rallies, designed to give back to the local region.
 
WWE said that ticket and special Travel Packages would be available later this year.

PHOTOS COURTESY WWE

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