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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.

• "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.”

POLL POSITION

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

BUY SELL

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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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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March Madness Marketing: Ads Motivate Purchases, But Need Creative Improvement

By Barry Janoff

April 4, 2019: There has been a lot of action on the court during March Madness, which is heading into the Final Four and Championship Game April 4-6.

There also has been a lot of action on-air and online via marketing, commercials and brand activation.

National TV ad spend during NCAA Men's Div. I March Madness in 2019 across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV 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.

“The NCAA has successfully monetized its Men’s Div. I Basketball Championship tournament, March Madness, creating a platform for marketers to reap benefits from advertising and promotional programs anchored around the games,” according to the 2019 NCAA March Madness Ad Spend study from research and consulting firm Kantar Media, NY.

How much impact has online advertising and marketing for this year’s tournament had on fans, consumers and viewers?

Some 42% of people said they were more likely to make a purchase after viewing an ad.

However, 57% said the ads had no effect on them, according to a just-released survey from Arkadium, a leading interactive content company that works with media companies nationwide.

The 40%-plus figure was seen as a win for marketers.

“That more than 40% who see March Madness campaigns are more likely to buy is huge,” Jessica Rovello, CEO and co-founder for Arkadium, said via the New York-based company.
 
“It’s a major opportunity for brands and they should be taking advantage online.”

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

Corporate partners include 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.

Nearly half of all respondents (47%) rated the March Madness ads they’ve viewed online as “good,” with 26% rating them as “acceptable” and 25% rating them as “very good.”

Of that last group, 88% of users who rated ads “very good” were more likely to purchase from that brand. Less than 2% of respondents rated the ads as poor quality, according to Arkadium.

“March Madness makes for an effective ad campaign theme this time of year,” said Rovello.

“It’s a national event that many get excited about, and among all post-season sports advertising, only the NFL exceeds the annual tournament in spend. This makes for excellent advertising campaign material.”

As for the specific types of ads they remember seeing, 77% recalled ads from food and beverage companies (including Pizza Hut and Buffalo Wild Wings).

Insurance companies followed at 35% (including Geico), then financial services (34%, including Capital One and its trio of spokesmen Charles Barkley, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson), retail (33%), auto companies (31%), technology companies (29%), home improvement (20%) and hospitality (15%).

“Every year, food and beverage brands recognize March Madness as a key opportunity to connect with fans online,” said Rovello.

“Fans are highly engaged and the right campaign can activate that to drive meaningful lift and grow revenue.”

The No. 1 place people recall seeing March Madness online ads is at sports news sites (74%), followed by social media (73%).

The least popular place that respondents viewed ads was a brand’s own Web site (39%).

“Interactive and visual experiences are clearly in-demand,” said Rovello.

When asked how to improve the ads, 39% of respondents said “make them more interactive and participatory,” while 38% suggested to make them more visual.

In addition, 32% of ad viewers want something more personalized, 25% seek out more visuals as opposed to plain text and 16% said to make them “less distracting — make them look and feel more like the Web site.”

“Advertisers should take note. In the future, these changes would benefit the brands, publishers and consumers alike,” said Rovello.

“The brand increases revenue, and the consumer experiences a more enjoyable ad experience.”

For the study, Arkadium said it commissioned a survey of more than 1,000 adult March Madness fans throughout the U.S.

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