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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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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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Jun272018

Bellator MMA Teams With Perform Group, DAZN In $100M Global Alliance 

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 26, 2018:
The UFC has been making headlines of late with its $1.5 billion ESPN alliance.

Perform Group, under the direction of executive chairman John Skipper, the former ESPN president, is now helping UFC rival Bellator MMA to make news worldwide.

Perform Group has signed a multi-year deal with Bellator MMA to air matches over DAZN, Perform Group’s expanding live and on-demand streaming service.

Financial terms of the deal were put at $100 million by industry analysts.

The alliance includes seven exclusive matches per year on DAZN and 15 others simulcast on DAZN and Paramount Network, which like Santa Monica, Calif.-based Bellator, is owned by Viacom.

DAZN currently operates in such countries as Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan, with the. U.S. and others to launch this year.

"The exciting new partnership with DAZN is a game-changer for Bellator," Scott Coker, Bellator president, said during a media event in Viacom headquarters in New York. "The investment will enable us to continue expanding our roster with free agents that make sense, so we can put on PPV-worthy fight cards that fans want to see.

“Plus, on DAZN's worldwide platform, our fights will be seen live for the first time to new audiences around the globe."

According to James Rushton, DAZN CEO, ”Fans want to see great fighters in competitive fights so we've handed the keys to Scott Coker and his venerable team to go out and recruit even more top-level talent to further stack Bellator fight cards and build on their success.

”With the combination of this investment and our recent announcement to bring more than 30 nights of boxing to the platform annually, DAZN will be a must-have for fight fans in the U.S."

The deal is scheduled to begin Sept. 29 from SAP Center at San Jose.

The card features a middleweight title fight between Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald; and the fourth fight between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Wanderlei Silva.

Perform Group last month signed a joint-venture deal with Matchroom Boxing with the intent to “re-ignite the sport of boxing in the U.S. for fans.”

The eight-year pact was put at $1 billion and called “the biggest-ever deal in boxing.”

Global sports media company Perform Group and Matchbox Boxing are both based in the U.K.

DAZN also airs NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL content.

“Bellator is a great franchise that has been developing over the past few years as a challenger to UFC, backed by Viacom."

“Bellator is a great franchise that has been developing over the past few years as a challenger to UFC, backed by Viacom,” said Perform Group CEO Juan Delgado at the media event. “With us getting behind it, we’re looking to supercharge Bellator in the sense of creating a set of exclusive fights on DAZN.”

“What we can do now is build a foothold in what we still see as interesting verticals—fight sports being one of them.”

Delgado said that Perform Group wants to be in a position where, “if the NFL is considering an OTT partner for any of its packages, we are not starting from zero, we’ve got a customer base and can show them a path to growth.

"But it’s so far out that we’re worried about the immediate opportunity, which is still interesting.”

Perform Group ‘Ignites’ Boxing With $1B Pact

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