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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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Apr012019

MLB Serving Expanded FoodFest, Adds L.A., London To N.Y. For Second Course

By Barry Janoff

April 1, 2019: The first serving was so successful that MLB is bringing FoodFest back this year, with more locations, international offerings, merchandise and a presenting sponsor.

MLB FoodFest Presented by Budweiser — to include food offerings from all 30 league teams — will hit Los Angeles this month, then return to New York where the league held its first FoodFest in 2018 and add London during the second half of the season.

MLB is also working with league partner MasterCard for pre-sale tickets for card holders.

As with the premiere event last season in New York, food items will range from “ballpark classics to stadium-exclusive fan favorites and original menu items debuting in their ballpark this season.”

In addition to the 30 club food selections, MLB said that one unique item from each of this season’s international event host cities will also be available.

That includes Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas from London (Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019), Japanese Curry from Tokyo (MGM Resorts Opening Series 2019) and Sultanes de Monterrey “Monster Dog” from Monterrey, Mexico (MLB Mexico Series 2019 Monterrey).

For the MLB Mexico Series 2019 Monterrey, the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks played a pair of Spring Training games (March 9-10), the Cincinnati Reds will host the St. Louis Cardinals for two regular-season games (April 13-14) and the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros will play two regular-season games (May 4-5).

The Los Angeles FoodFest is scheduled for April 28-30 in the Magic Box (1933 South Broadway). Ticket details here.

The London event could tie-in with MLB’s first regular-season games in the city, the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox scheduled for June 29-30 in London Stadium.

As the first presenting sponsor for MLB FoodFest, Budweiser will have a Brewmaster and custom beer bar on-site for attendees 21 years of age or older.

Anheuser-Busch will also provide a recommended food and beer pairing for each of the 33 ballpark items.

As part of the events, Anheuser-Busch will introduce the Budweiser Innovation Discovery Reserve, an American Red Lager celebrating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. putting the first men on the Moon.

A MLB FoodFest merchandise shop will offer limited-edition caps, T-shirts including the Seattle Mariners Toasted Grasshoppers and the Arizona Diamondbacks Churro Dogs as well as collectibles on-site at each event. 

Each ticket — which is for a pre-designated two-hour period — includes half-size servings of the portions of those find in ball parks; soft drinks and water are complimentary.

Anyone purchasing and using a ticket that includes alcohol must be 21 years of age or older.

Ticket levels for this year’s event include:

• Standard Ticket: Eight different food items ($45) or eight different items and three beers ($60)

• MVP Ticket: 33 different food items ($75) or 33 different food items and three beers ($90)

MLB said that all tickets must be secured online prior to arrival at the venue.

Among the items scheduled to be offered:

American League
• Baltimore Orioles: Chesapeake Waffle Fries
• Boston Red Sox: Hot Lobster Roll
• Chicago White Sox: Elote Nuggets
• Cleveland Indians: Fat Rooster
*  Detroit Tigers: Bahn Mi
• Houston Astros: Frito Pie Corndog
• •Kansas City Royals: BBQ Burger
• Los Angeles Angles:  Kung Pao Chicken Drumstick,
• Minnesota Twins: Tony O’s Cuban Sandwich
• New York Yankees: NYY Steak Sandwich
• Oakland A’s: Brisket Nachos
• Seattle Mariners: Toasted Grasshoppers
• Tampa Bay Rays: Beef Braised Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich
• Toronto Blue Jays: BBQ Watermelon Pulled Pork Sandwich

National League
• Atlanta Braves: Dagwood Grilled Cheese
• Chicago Cubs: Chicago Dog
• Cincinnati Reds: Cincinnati Hot Port Schnitzel
• Colorado Rockies: Rocky Mountain Oysters
• Los Angeles Dodgers: Sisig Fries
• Miami Marlins: Chicken & Bubble Waffle
• Milwaukee Brewers: Wisconsin Ultimate Cheese Fry
• New York Mets: Classic New York Deli Pastrami Sandwich
• Philadelphia Phillies: Philly Cheesesteak
• Pittsburgh Pirates: Pulled Pork Pierogie Hoagie
• St. Louis Cardinals: Four Hands Nachos
• San Diego Padres: Mahi Mahi Taco
• San Francisco Giants: Cha Cha Bowl
• Washington Nationals: Original Half-Smoke “All the Way”

FoodFest 2018 MLB Field Of Dreams (And Pulled Pork)

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