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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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Feb222011

CBA Agreement Or Not, Nascar, NBA Jump To Avoid Crush Of NFL Steamroller

February 22, 2011: The NFL is still deciding whether of not to expand to an 18-game season. But Nascar and the NBA already have flinched.

Beginning in 2012, the Daytona 500 will take place one week later than traditionally run on President's Day weekend, moving annually to the final Sunday in February, according to Nascar.

The date for the Daytona 500 is Feb. 26, 2012. To maintain the end of season schedule, the Sprint Cup off-weekend typically scheduled in March will now be eliminated.

The NBA has already decided to move its All-Star Game back a week beginning in 2012. Orlando will host the 2012 event with the festivities scheduled to begin on Friday, Feb. 24, and the game itself to be held at Amway Center on Sunday, Feb 26.

The NFL has not yet decided whether to eliminate two preseason games and expand from a 16- to an 18-game schedule. That decision is a major part of the new CBA now being negotiated between the league and the NFL Players Assn.

If it does make the move, a switch in Super Bowl dates from the first to the third Sunday in February likely would kick in with Super Bowl XLVII, to be played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans in 2013. Super Bowl XLVII is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, contingent on whether or not the NFL does play in 2011. The date of that game would not be changed given the near-impossible logistics of having less than a year to switch league, national marketing, local activation and other key plans already underway.

Never the less, according to Steve O'Donnell, Nascar's svp-racing operations, the move was made partly in advance of a potentially expanded NFL schedule.

"We're not going to deny the fact that part of this also is in dealing with the NFL. Who knows where they'll go with an 18-game schedule. But we want to get ahead of that. Either way, we think it's the right thing to do for our season," O'Donnell said in a statement. "The Super Bowl is certainly a big event, but so is the Daytona 500, and to give fans an opportunity to go to both of those is certainly the right move."

The NHL has not yet scheduled its 2012 outdoor Heritage Classic in Canada, but with NBC getting Super Bowl XLVI and "Hockey Day in America," look for that to move, as well. "Hockey Day in America" and the Heritage Classic this year were both on Feb. 20, the same day as the NBA All-Star Game and the Daytona 500.

Nascar said the decision to begin the racing season one week later was made in "close partnership with the sanctioning body, its broadcast partners including Fox, community partners and others within the industry."

According to Nascar, there are three key benefits to the move: It shortens the racing season by one week; it maintains momentum in the early part of racing season regarding TV viewership, media coverage, fan interest and other factors; and it's a "better opportunity for fans as it moves the race further away from the 'Daytona 500' of football held in early February.

Ratings were up for both the 2011 NBA All-Star Game and the Daytona 500, so there is no reason to believe viewers would not watch during any given Sunday.

"The Super Bowl is certainly a big event, but so is the Daytona 500, and to give fans an opportunity to go to both of those is certainly the right move."

Nascar said that other schedule announcements for Daytona International Speedway and other race facilities would be determined and announced at a later date.

"When we look at the schedule in general, we've historically had an off week in that fourth week, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that hurts our momentum throughout the season," said O'Donnell. "By being able to move the date back a week, we close up that off week [and Nascar is] able to keep the momentum throughout the season, which is great."

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