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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. 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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WWE WrestleMania 36 Making Plans To Take Over Tampa Bay In 2020

By Barry Janoff

March 7, 2019: Hulk Hogan, Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks, Bailey, Charlotte Flair, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Vince McMahon were all in attendance, so you know it must have been a big *@#%*#% deal.

WWE today unveiled the site and date for its next WresleMania mega-event: Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium, home to the NFL’s Buccaneers, on Sunday, April 5, 2020, to air live on WWE Network.

WrestleMania 36 will be the center of a series of events in Tampa Bay, including WrestleMania Axxess, which is WWE’s interactive fan festival; as well as four nights of events: SmackDown Live, the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, NXT TakeOver and Monday Night Raw.

This will be WrestleMania’s first time in Tampa Bay but fourth time overall in Florida, including twice in Orlando (WrestleMania 24 and 33) and Miami (WrestleMania 28).

“I can’t tell you how exciting it is to be bringing WrestleMania right here to Tampa Bay for the first time in over 35 years (of the event),” Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer for WWE, said during a media conference to unveil the program.

“It’s amazing to me that we have not been here, which only means that we have to blow WrestleMania out of the water and make Tampa Bay the best one yet.”

Over the past 12 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.2 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, according to WWE.

WWE said that WrestleMania 34, held on April 8, 2018, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, generated $175 million in economic impact for the greater New Orleans region; and approximately $23.7 million in federal, state and local taxes, according to a study conducted for WWE and New Orleans by the Enigma Research Corp.

WrestleMania 33 in the Orlando Citrus Bowl in 2017 generated $181.5 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending in the Orlando region, still a WrestleMania record.

WrestleMania 35 is scheduled for April 7, 2019, in MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, streaming live on WWE Network.

Raymond James Stadium can seat up to 75,000. If filled, it would be among the Top Ten all-time WrestleMania attendance figures. The record was set during WrestleMania 32 in 2016 when more than 101,760 were in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

According to Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn, "Our region enjoys a special place in sports entertainment history and has produced many of its iconic figures. We look forward to WWE fans from around the world converging on our city in 2020 to enjoy all that we have to offer.”

“WWE will do 560-plus live events a year and it does’t get any bigger for us than WrestleMania,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, evp-talent, live events and creative for WWE.

Hulk Hogan opened the media conference by talking about his personal WrestleMania experiences, including teaming with Mr. T in the main event of the first WrestleMania, slamming Andre the Giant in front of 93,000 members of the WWE Universe at WrestleMania III and battling The Rock at WrestleMania X8.

According to Hogan, “A whole next generation of WWE Superstars, the whole WWE Universe, they’re going to have the same experience right here in Tampa Bay, right here at Raymond James Stadium next year, right at this time at WrestleMania 36!”

As part of its activation in Tampa Bay, WWE said it would also 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.

“For each of our fans, WrestleMania is a chapter or more in the history their lives,” said McMahon. “People all around the world will be talking about WrestleMania 36 at Raymond James Stadium. Most importantly, our goal is to leave a lasting impression on the community.”

Ticket information has not yet been released.

WWE: WrestleMania 34 Had $175M Economic Impact In NOLA

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