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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Buoyed By Events, PPV, Product, WWE Claims Historical Q4 Financial Results

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

February 7, 2019:
WWE has unveiled financial results for its Q4 ended December 31, 2018, and is calling the numbers historic.

“In 2018, WWE generated the highest level of revenue and earnings in the company’s history by leveraging our brand strength to increase the monetization of our content worldwide,” Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO, said via the organization.

“Our long-term growth strategy will continue to focus on content creation, digitization and international development.”

According to George Barrios, WWE co-president, “We increased revenue by nearly $130 million, and  . . . we expect to balance 2019 revenue growth with investment in strategic areas that extend the moat around our business, enabling us to continue our business transformation and maximize shareholder value.”

WWE said that Q4 revenues increased 29% to $272.5 million from the prior year quarter, operating income nearly doubled to $53.4 million and net Income was $41.2 million.

During the quarter, WWE said that Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live remained the highest-rated programs on USA Network, which broadcast the 1,000th episode of SmackDown Live.

WWE also aired the eighth season of Total Divas, with a ninth season planned in 2019.

Unveiled were new seasons of other popular series, including Total Bellas and Miz & Mrs.

On its streaming service, WWE Network, pay-per-views and international specials remained significant drivers of viewer engagement.

WWE said that among WWE Network’s most viewed programs were its international pay-per-view events, Super Show-Down and Crown Jewel; and its first all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution.

Also popular were NXT Takeover: WarGames II, and the recently launched weekly series, NXT UK.

WWE said it added more than 100 hours of original content to WWE Network’s featured programming and nearly 450 hours of archival content, “which resulted in an on-demand library of approximately 11,500 hours at quarter-end.”

On its social and digital platforms, WWE said it produced more than 160 hours of content, including the second season of Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook Watch.

“Our long-term growth strategy will continue to focus on content creation, digitization and international development.”

WWE said that its first all women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, held in a sold-out Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY,  “trended No. 1 on Twitter for over two hours during the last game of the World Series and Sunday Night Football.”

International events included Crown Jewel and WWE Super Show-Down, which was held before what WWE said was its largest audience outside the U.S. in the last 25 years.

At retail, in partnership with Mattel, WWE said it “maintained its dominant position in the U.S. with the No. 1 action figure sold in 2018.

During the quarter, WWE released its latest console game in the WWE franchise, WWE 2K19, which was nominated for “Fan Favorite Sports/Racing Game” at the Gamers’ Choice Awards.

In mobile games, WWE said it had more than 100 million installs across its game portfolio, led by WWE Champions, which won a 2018 Webby People’s Voice Award; WWE Supercard and WWE Mayhem, which recently surpassed 17 million installs.

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