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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.”

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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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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MLB Bringing ‘Field Of Dreams’ Script To Life With 2020 Yankees-White Sox Game

By Barry Janoff

August 8, 2019: In a scenario of life imitating art, MLB said it would play a game next year on the field made legendary in the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams.”

The Chicago White Sox will host the New York Yankees on Thursday, Aug.13, 2020, in MLB at Field of Dreams presented by Geico, to air nationally on Fox from the Lansing Family Farm site in Dyersville, Iowa.

“This is my corn. You people are guests in my corn," the lead character, Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, says in the movie.

As another classic line in the film goes, “If you build it, he will come,” and the demand for tickets likely will be overwhelming.

But supply will be short.

MLB said it would begin construction next week on what would be a temporary 8,000-seat venue, and that information on ”limited ticket availability” would be shared later this year.

“As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, Major League Baseball is excited to bring a regular season game to the site of Field of Dreams,” commissioner Rob Manfred said via the league.

“We look forward to celebrating the movie’s enduring message of how baseball brings people together at this special cornfield in Iowa.”

MLB said it would be the first MLB game in Iowa. Minor League Baseball has several teams in the state, including the Iowa Cubs, the Des Moines AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

A promo spot shows a pickup truck driving down the long road on the farm that leads to the ballfield, with billboards that read, “8/13/20. Yankees. White Sox.”

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, playing the roll of Ray Liotta as “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in “Field of Dreams,” asks Costner, “Is this heaven?” “No,” says Costner as Kinsella in a clip from the film. “It’s Iowa.”

MLB did not indicate how much availability there would be for marketing partners or if stars from the movie would be involved.

As part of the work for the game, MLB said the configuration would pay homage to Comiskey Park — home of the White Sox from 1910-90 (including, of course, the infamous World Series Black Sox 1919 World Series scandal in which Jackson was involved) — such as the shape of the outfield and the bullpens beyond the centerfield fence.

People who attend the game will walk along a path through a cornfield leading to the field itself.

The rightfield wall will have windows to show the cornfields beyond.

According to Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman for the White Sox, “It seems very fitting that 30 years after the film’s debut, MLB will build a ballfield in an Iowa cornfield where we will come to play a game so that baseball fans can create their own memories to be cherished for decades."

MLB at Field of Dreams presented by Geico is part of a three-game series that will conclude over that weekend in the White Sox’ Guaranteed Rate Field.

The 1989 movie is based on W.P. Kinsella’s 1982 book, “Shoeless Joe.”

It was filmed on property much of which was owned by the Lansing Family and the rest by the neighboring Ameskamp Family.

In August 2007, Rita Ameskamp sold the land containing her family's portion of the ballfield to the Lansings.

In 2012, the Lansing Family Farm site was sold to group of investors, Go the Distance Baseball LLC, which still owns and maintains the site.

Nearly 6,000 people came to a Team of Dreams celebrity ball game in 2013.

During Father's Day 2014, the field was home to a series of events to commemorate the film’s 25th anniversary, including an exhibition game featuring Costner.

Since taking ownership, visitor traffic has increased from 65,000 to 100,000 visitors per year, according to Go the Distance.

The movie was directed by Phil Alden Robinson and starred Costner (Ray Kinsella), Amy Madigan (Annie Kinsella), James Earl Jones (Terence Mann), Liotta (“Shoeless” Joe Jackson) and Burt Lancaster (Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham).

“It’s a distinct honor for us to showcase our great game in such an iconic and intimate setting while promoting the movie’s legacy,” Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees managing general partner, said via the team.

“I fully expect that this experience will exemplify why baseball remains a cherished American pastime.”

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