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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.

• 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.”

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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)

KEEPING SCORE

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

SOURCE: FORBES

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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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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).

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Oct172018

With DAZN Deal, 'Canelo' Alvarez Joins Floyd Mayweather Jr. As $300M Boxer

By Barry Janoff

October 17, 2018: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s nickname is “Money.”

People can now start calling boxer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez “Big Money.”

With boxing executives calling it “the beginning of a new era in boxing,” Alvarez has signed a five-year, 11-fight deal valued at a “minimum of $365 million” with DAZN.

DAZN (pronounced Da-Zone) is a streaming network based out of the U.K. and under the auspices of executive chairman John Skipper, the former president for ESPN.

The deal — called the “largest for an athlete in sports history” by industry analysts — was unveiled in conjunction with a media event today in New York’s Madison Square Garden to promote Alvarez’s next fight, scheduled for Dec. 15 in The Garden against Rocky Fielding.

The fight will be the first for Alvarez under his new DAZN deal, as well as his first bout in Madison Square Garden.

DAZN already has a deal beginning in 2019 with Golden Boy Promotions, headed by former boxing champion and chairman and CEO Oscar de la Hoya.

“Oscar de la Hoya has been the most important person in the history of boxing pay-per-view. Right now, Canelo Alvarez is the most important fighter in pay-per-view,” Skipper (pictured below with Alvarez and Fielding) said during the media conference.

“He has sold 3.6 million buys in his last three PPV fights for a total revenue of close to a quarter of a billion dollars. His next 11 fights will be available exclusively internationally on DAZN.”

According to Skipper, “This is the beginning of a new era in boxing.”

The deal with DAZN comes on the heels of HBO deciding to phase out its live boxing telecasts.

“When one door closes another opens and we are very happy with this deal with DAZN,” Alvarez said at the media event through a translator. “(But) forget about the money — it is important for me that the fans enjoy the fight at a low price.”

DAZN said it offers more than 80 live and on-demand fights a year at $9.99 per month.

DAZN also recently signed an alliance with Matchroom Boxing, an eght-year pact put at $1 billion and called “the biggest-ever deal in boxing.”

On its roster of boxers, DAZN has an exclusive deal with Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts.

The Canelo-Fielding 12-round fight for the WBA Super Middleweight World Title is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing.

It is being lead-sponsored by Tecate and Hennessy.

Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) is moving up in weight for the bout.

Alvarez, who has the WBA and WBC middleweight crowns, defeated Gennady Glolovkin on Sept. 15. The fight was shown on HBO PPV and had about 1.1 million buys, generating upward of $94 million, according to industry analysts.

The fight, which was also shown in 450 theaters nationwide, generated more than $23.4 million from ticket sales at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Alvarez’ previous fight with Golovikin in September 2017 also topped one million PPV buys; as did his bout in May 2017 against Julio Cesar Chavez

Alvarez’ only loss came against Mayweather Jr. in September 2013.

The world’s highest paid athletes list this past year was topped by Mayweather Jr. at nearly $300 million from his fight against Conor McGregor and some $10 million in endorsements.

Soccer star Leo Messi was a distant second at about $110 million from salary and endorsements, according to Forbes.

“Adding this exclusive arrangement with Golden Boy and its quality roster of fighters to our Matchroom U.K. and Matchroom U.S. fights gives us a year-long schedule of premium events for boxing fans,” Skipper said during the media conference.

“We add our Bellator, Combate MMA fights, and our World Boxing Super Series dates to provide a superior and affordable annual offering for fight fans.”

PHOTOS COURTESY GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS, DAZN

DAZN Invests $1B To Ignite Boxing In U.S.

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