• 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.

• "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."

• "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member."

• "I intend to live forever, or die trying." — Groucho Marx RIP 8-19-1977

• Per NBC Sports: “A plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and their daughter Isla rolled off the end of a runway and caught fire upon landing today (Aug. 15)  in Elizabethon (Municipal Airport), Tenn. All (five people) aboard the plane (including two pilots) are safe.”The airport is about 14 miles south of Bristol Motor Speedway, where Earnhardt Jr. was scheduled to be part of the NBC Sports crew cowering this weekend’s Nascar races.

• Continuing its expansion into the sports betting landscape, MLB has signed a multi-year partnership designating FanDuel as an “authorized gaming operator” of the league. FanDuel called it a “landmark deal” as it marks the company’s first partnership with MLB or an MLB team. MLB also has alliances in the sports betting category that include MGM Resorts International, Draftings and Sportradar. Full story here.

• For future trivia buffs: ex-NFL and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones has become the first player to officially sign with the XFL, which is scheduled to begin play in February 2020. Landry, who played in 19 games (five starts) during his NFL career (2013-18), mainly with the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be assigned to one of eight XFL teams via an eignt man QB draft scheduled for the fall. Financial terms were not released.

• Nick Kyrgios, currently ranked No. 27 in the world, has been fined $113,000 by the ATP relating to a series of incidents during his second-round loss at the Western & Southern Open Wednesday evening in Cincinnati, including five separate unsportsmanlike conduct situations, each a $20,000 fine.

• National consumer cannabidiol (CBD) brand cbdMD has signed a deal with reigning UFC heavyweight world champion, Daniel "DC" Cormier, which comes as Cormier is scheduled to defend his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 on Aug.17.

• T-Mobile said it would donate $2,000 per home run hit at the inaugural T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby to Little League Baseball and Softball—pledging to hit at least $1 million in total donations in its first year of partnership. The money will fund participation grants to make programs more affordable for kids and families. The donation includes the $642,000 donated at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at MLB All-Star Week.

• Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has become an investor in the MLS Seattle Sounders, along with his wife, musician Ciara; as well as rap artist Macklemore and his wife Tricia Davis. The Sounders also said that founding owner Joe Roth is leaving the club.

NBA Opening Weekend presented by Kia national TV Games 2019-20:
Oct. 22 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Toronto Raptors (TNT), Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers (TNT); Oct. 23 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN), Denver  Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN); Oct. 24 Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets (TNT), Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors (TNT); Oct. 25 Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans (ESPN), Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN).

• WNBA Teams, Players Now Part Of NBA 2K20: "We have arrived!" Full story here.

• 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.”


NBC Sports Group and Mecum Auctions have signed a multi-year partnership extension to continue coverage of Mecum car auctions across NBC Sports through 2024.

The top-five selling cars since the start of the partnership in 2014:
1, 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype GT/104 $7M (2014)
2, 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari $4.7M (2016)
3. 1966 Ford GT40 MkI $4.4M (2016)
4. 1933 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe $3.85M (2018)
5. 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible  $3.5 (2014)


World's Most Valuable Sports Franchises

1. Dallas Cowboys $5 billion, +4%
2. New York Yankees $4.6 billion +15%
3. Real Madrid $4.24 billion +4%
4. Barcelona $4.02 bilion
5. New York Knicks $4 billion +11%
6. Manchester United $3.81 billion
7. New England Patriots 43.8 billion
8. Los Angeles Lakers $3.7 billion +12%
9. Golden State Warriors $3.5 billion +13%
10. New York Giants $3.3 billion

11. Los Angeles Dodgers $3.3 billion
12. Boston Red Sox 43.2 billion
12. Los Angeles Rams $3,2 billion
14. Washington Redskins $3.1 billion
14. Chicago Cubs $3.1 billion
16. San Francisco 49ers $3.05 billion
17. Bayern Munich $3.01 billion
18. San Francisco Giants $3 billion
19. Chicago Bulls $2.9 billion
19. Chicago Bears $2.9 billion



Weekend Box Office Aug. 9-11
1. Hobbs & Shaw $25.4M
2. Scary Stories $20.8M
3. The Lion King $20M
4. Dora and the City of Lost Gold $17M
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $11.6M
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain $8.1M
7. The Kitchen $5.5M
8. Spider-Man Far From Home $5.3M
9. Toy Story 4 $4.4M
10. Bring the Soul $2.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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).


Barkley, Spike, Samuel L. Return To Enjoy Capital One March Madness Festivities

By Barry Janoff

March 19, 2019: Is it really March Madness without humorous ads from Capital One featuring Charles Barkley, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson?

Capital One is the official bank and credit card of the NCAA.

And Charles Barkley, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson are the official spokesmen and entertainment trio for Capital One.

The three amigos return for the sixth time to support March Madness and Capital One’s multi-media marketing and activation, bringing CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz and basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird along for the ride to the Final Four in U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis (April 6-8).

In addition to TV, digital and social media, the firm’s presence includes the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One and the Capital One JamFest as part of the Final Four March Madness Music Series.

The company is also presenting sponsor for Tourney Town in Tampa Convention Center during the women's Final Four in Tampa Bay’s Amalie Arena (April 5-7).

The campaign is Capital One’s on-going “Road Trip” theme, with the company tag line, “What’s in your wallet?”

The six spots released to date will air throughout the Tournament on March Madness media partners CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV as well as ESPN and other sports and entertainment networks.

Lee directed, as he has in the past. Lead agency is DDB Chicago.

In the spots, Barkley is the center of most of the story lines, including naming a parrot after his buddy and former NBA rival Larry Bird, wearing a specially designed “Chuxedo” and bringing a array of emojis to a March Madness game to reflect his various moods.

National TV ad spend during March Madness in 2019 is forecast to top a record $1.36 billion, with the Top Ten advertisers potentially accounting for some $550 million, more than 40% of the total spend.

That includes Capital One, which last season spent $54 million on 223 units, according to research and consulting firm Kantar Media, NY.

Spend on March Madness has consistently risen over the past few years: $1.32 billion in 2018. $1.28 billion in 2017. $1.24 billion in 2016, $1.19 billion in 2015, $ 1.13 billion in 2014 and $1.12 billion in 2013.

According to Kantar Media, “Ad expenditures during NCAA March Madness games have been growing 3-5% per year, which roughly tracks with rights fees increases that CBS and Turner are paying.”

In 2010, the NCAA and CBS-Turner signed a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal that will run through 2024.

In 2016, the NCAA extended its Tournament deal with CBS, and Turner through 2032 for $8.8 billion

The Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One will take place in the Minneapolis Convention Center (April 5-8).

The Capital One JamFest is a free concert on April 7 in The Armory featuring Katy Perry and  Zedd on the third night of the March Madness Music Series.

NCAA official partners include corporate champions AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

Corporate partners Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Geico, Google Cloud, Infiniti, Intel, Lowe’s Marriott, Nabisco, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever, Wendy’s and just-signed Uber Eats.

Capital One March Madness creative (to date):

Charles uses his own annoying air horn to sound off every time he gets an alert on his cell phone from Capital One’s Robot Banker Eno, including a purchase he didn’t make (at, halftime scores and when it’s time for Jalapeño Poppers.

Charles has a March Madness good luck Bracket buddy, a parrot named Larry Bird, to keep his Brackets from getting busted. The real Larry Bird walks in with his good luck Bracket buddy, a dog named Charles Barkley. Spike and Samuel L. are amused.

En route to a game, Barkley wears a shiny blue glittery jersey-style tuxedo jacket and basketball shorts because “I need to look good at the Big Dance . . . It’s like the prom of basketball.” Jim Nantz, who arrives in a limo, is wearing his own Chuxedo to take them all to the “Big Nantz.”

Charles is at a March Madness game and has an oversized photo of an emoji for every situation: Smiling Chuck when Spike pays for his snacks with his Capital One card, remorseful Chuck when his bracket is busted, Chuck in a tiara for the Cinderella upsets and when he wants a hot dog, a photo emoji of Jim Nantz.

Mini Soda
At an airport, Charles buys a mini soda — “We’re in Minne-sota” — and Spike buys a mini apple — “We’re in Minne-apolis” — but Samuel L. is not amused.

Final Fourgasboard
Charles serves Samuel L., Spike and Nantz tables filled with food presented to resemble a basketball arena; his Final Fourgasboard offerings include Charles Broccoli, Ham Jackson and Spike Brie.

NCAA Shoots, Scores: March Madness 2019 Ad Spend To Hit Record $1.36B

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