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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.”

POLL POSITION

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. 23-25
1. Angel Has Fallen $21.3M
2. Good Boys $11.8M
3. Overcomer $8.2M
4. The Lion King $8.2M
5. Hobbs & Shaw $8.1M
6. Ready or Not $7.8M
7. Angry Birds 2 $6.4M
8. Scary Stories $6M
9. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $5.2M
10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $5M
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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WrestleMania 32, Network, Stars Pile-Drive WWE 2Q Numbers To New Records

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

July 30, 2016: Led by the likes of Roman Reigns, John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Sasha Banks, and citing record numbers at WWE Network, increased digital engagements and a successful WrestleMania 32, WWE said its Q2 revenues increased 32% to a quarterly record high $199 million and that North American revenues increased 39% from 2015 Q2.

Even without the impact of WrestleMania 32, which was held April 3 in AT&T Stadium, home for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, WWE said that revenue increased 13% over the same quarter a year ago.

WWE, during a conference call this past Thursday (July 28) with analysts and media, made a point to stress its numbers with and without WrestleMania 32 due to the fact that WrestleMania 31 was held in March 2015 and counted toward Q1 last year rather than Q2 revenue.

According to WWE, "WrestleMania had a significant impact on subscriber growth in the second quarter of both years. Therefore, the timing impact of the event on second quarter 2016 results is best estimated by measuring the direct contribution the event generated from ticket, merchandise and pay-per-view sales and production costs (excluding any attribution from WWE Network subscriptions).

"In aggregate, these items increased second quarter 2016 revenue by $29.4 million," according to WWE.

Among its reported numbers, WWE Network hit a record of 1.52 million average paid subscribers during Q2 2016, a 25% increase from Q2 2015; and that through the first six months of the year, "digital engagement metrics continued to grow with video views up over 100% to nearly 8 billion and social media engagements up 39% to 570 million versus the prior year."

WWE said it is on pace to add more than 300 hours of original content to WWE Network’s featured programming in 2016, and more than 1,500 hours of archival content to WWE Network, bring the on-demand library to nearly 6,000 hours at year-end 2016.

Among the Q2 offerings, WWE Network added Camp WWE and Swerved Season 2, "which rank among the network’s top original series to-date."

The 39% increase in North American Q2 revenues increased 39% from the prior year quarter were "primarily due to the impact of WrestleMania ticket and merchandise sales as well as by the growth of WWE Network subscribers and the escalation of television rights fees," said WWE. The quarter also reflected "higher ticket sales and prices at other North American events and increased digital advertising revenue."

During the conference call, WWE said that WrestleMania 32 "achieved record-breaking attendance (101,763), ticket sales, viewership and social media activity," with WWE Network reaching a record 1.82 million total subscribers following the event.

During WrestleMania 32 Week, WWE said that WWE Network featured 19 hours of prime-time, premier programming and that subscribers watched nearly 22 million hours of content, averaging 12 hours per subscriber.

WrestleMania 32 "achieved record-breaking attendance, ticket sales, viewership and social media activity," with WWE Network reaching a record 1.8M subscribers.

WrestleMania 32 generated more than 2.5 million mentions on Twitter in one day and more than 250 million video views across WWE digital and social platforms during WrestleMania Week, per WWE.

During Q2, WWE repositioned SmackDown as a live event; and unveiled a multi-year content distribution deal in China with PPTV, the return of a WWE live event to Shanghai in September and the signing of the first-ever Chinese talent.

“I continue to be pleased with the execution of our strategy to optimize the long-term value of our content,” Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO, said during the conference call.

“Progress on this objective is evidenced by the continued year-over-year growth of WWE Network, the transition of SmackDown to a live format every week and the completion of our first exclusive content agreement in China," said McMahon.

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