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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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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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Ronda Rousey Impact, Media Deals Help WWE To Record Viewership, Revenue

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2018: Call it the Ronda Rousey Impact.

WWE has released its Q2 2018 finances (ended June 30, 2018) and the numbers are strong.

And we’re putting the “blame” on Ronda.

In January, UFC star and actress Ronda Rousey revealed that she would be signing a multi-year deal to appear in WWE events and marketing.

She followed that up with appearances at WWE live events, highlighted by WrestleMania 34 on April 8 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

WWE later reported that WrestleMania 34, “broke the record for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s highest grossing entertainment event, grossing $14.1 million,” with attendance a sold-out crowd of 78,133, including people from all 50 states as well as 67 countries.

Upcoming, Rousey will appear as in the WWE 2K19 viedogame and be part of WWE Evolution, WWE's first all-women’s pay-per-view event.

In April, the first 50-man Greatest Royal Rumble played before a sold-out crown of 62,000-plus as the first event in a long-term partnership between WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Last month, WWE signed new media deals with Fox (SmackDown Live) and USA Network (Monday Night Raw) that topped $3 billion.

“We’re pleased with our continued success in increasing the monetization of WWE content globally,” Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

“This success is evidenced by the completion of our new U.S. distribution agreements with USA Network and Fox Sports, the staging of another record-breaking WrestleMania."

Among the Q2 highlights:

• Revenues increased 31% to $281.6 million, which WWE said was the highest quarterly revenue in its history.

• Operating income nearly doubled to $21.2 million from $10.7 million in the prior year quarter.

• Digital engagement continued to grow through the first six months of 2018 with video views up 58% to 14.4 billion and hours consumed up 71% to 509 million across digital and social media platforms.

WWE Network average paid subscribers increased 10% to 1.80 million.
 
• WWE completed agreements with USA Network and Fox Sports, effective Oct. 1, 2019, which increase the average annual value of WWE’s U.S. distribution to 3.6 times that of the prior deal with NBCU.

For its social and digital platforms, the WWE said it produced more than 165 hours of content, including versions of its "Best of WWE" series in Spanish, Portuguese, and German; and plans to launch a series, WWE Now in Arabic.

Regarding live events, WWE said revenues of $52.3 million were “essentially unchanged from the prior year quarter as increases in the average ticket price at events in both North America and international markets was offset by a reduction in average attendance for the company’s events worldwide.”

WWE said it hosted 90 total events (excluding NXT) in the current quarter, consisting of 61 events in North America and 29 events in international markets, versus to 92 events in the prior year quarter (66 events in North America, 26 in international markets).

“North American ticket sales declined $2.4 million primarily due to the staging of five fewer events and an 8% decline in average attendance to 5,900,” said WWE. “Partially offsetting these factors, the average ticket price increased 5% to $81.71.”

International live-event revenue increased 9% to $13.5 million from $12.4 million in the prior year quarter.

“The staging of three additional events during the quarter and an 8% increase in average ticket price to $78.31 was partially offset by a 10% reduction in average attendance to approximately 5,700 fans,” per WWE.

Looking ahead: the WWE has the Mae Young Classic 2018 (Aug. 8-9, Full Sail University, Winter Park,FL); and the first all-women’s pay-per-view event, WWE Evolution, scheduled for Oct. 28 in NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New York.

WWE Evolution, will stream live on WWE Network and be available on PPV worldwide, featuring women’s championship matches from Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, NXT and NXT UK, as well as the finals of the all-women’s tournament, Mae Young Classic 2018.

The entire women’s roster is scheduled to participate, including Rousey, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Carmella, Nia Jax and Asuka; as well as Hall of Famers and Legends Trish Stratus,and Lita.

According to George Barrios, WWE co-president, “By executing our strategy and engaging our passionate global fan base, we can continue to deepen the moat around our business. We believe this will enable us to drive long-term growth and shareholder value.”

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