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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.

• NBC Sports Group and World Rugby today signed a four-year partnership to exclusively present the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series across NBC Sports platforms in the U.S. through 2023. The HSBC Sevens Series was an NBC Sports property from 2010-2016.

• ESPN, X Games and MLB said that four more MLB clubs have joined the Shred Hate initiative, described as a “multi-faceted, innovative bullying prevention program striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness.

The Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Oakland A’s will “support Shred Hate bullying prevention efforts and have the No Bully methodology implemented within select schools in their markets throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are returning to the initiative for a second consecutive year. Other MLB clubs have also been part of the initiative, which launched in 2017.

• The Museum of Ice Cream — a hands-on destination that serves homemade ice cream and offers such activities as cookie carousel to a slide that leads into a pool filled with rainbow sprinkles — will add to its original (2016) San Francisco location with the opening of a second location, in New York City’s Soho (555 Broadway), spanning almost 25,000 square feet over three floors.

• On the same day that Naomi Osaka was named the No. 1 seed for the upcoming U.S. Open, the two-time Grand Slam winner has signed a deal with Hyperice, a recovery and performance technology brand that specializes in vibration and percussion fitness devices. She joins such athletes as Blake Griffin and Lindsey Vonn on the roster. Full story here.
 

• Kellogg's Frosted Flakes has signed a deal to become title sponsor for the renamed Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.  The postseason CFB game will feature teams from the ACC and Pac-12 in the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2019, and will air for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS. The game was known as the Hyundai Bowl from 2010-18.

• 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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XFL Teams (scheduled to begin play Februty 2020)

• Dallas Renegades
Globe Life Park

• Houston Roughnecks
TDECU Stadium

• Los Angeles Wildcats
Dignity Health Sports Park

• New York Guardians
MetLife Stadium

• St. Louis Battlehawks
The Dome

• Seattle Dragons
CenturyLink Field

• Tampa Bay Vipers
Raymond James Stadium

• Washington DC Defenders
Audi Field

KEEPING SCORE

The 32 men and 32 women who will be seeded in the singles draws at the 2019 U.S. Open (Aug. 26-Sept. 8) have named by the USTA:

U.S. Open Men’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain
3. Roger Federer, Switzerland
4. Dominic Thiem, Austria
5. Daniil Medvedev, Russia
6. Alexander Zverev, Germany
7. Kei Nishikori, Japan
8. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
9. Karen Khachanov, Russia
10. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

U.S. Open Women’s Top Ten Seeds
1. Naomi Osaka, Japan
2. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
3. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
4. Simona Halep, Romania
5. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
7. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
8. Serena Williams, United States
9. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus
10. Madison Keys, United States

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Aug. 16-18
1. Good Boys $21M
2. Hobbs & Shaw $14.1M
3. The Lion King $11.9M
4. Angry Birds 2 $10.5M
5. Scary Stories $10M
6. 47 Meters Down $9M
7. Dora and the Lost City of Gold $8.5M
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $7.6M
9. Blinded By the Light $4.5M
10.The Art of Racing in the Rain $4.4M
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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May082018

Amid Talk Of Sale, Other Changes, Nascar Truck Series Gets New Title Sponsor

By Barry Janoff

May 8, 2018: Nascar, in the midst of major changes, subtractions and additions, today unveiled an overhaul that will have a significant impact on one of its primary events.

Nascar and Camping World said they have have expanded their agreement, anchored by a move that rebrands the Nascar Camping World Truck Series to the Nascar Gander Outdoors Truck Series, beginning with the 2019 season.

The change is one of several that come as Reuters has reported that Nascar owners the France family are “exploring options that include the sale of a majority stake.”

Ownership is working with investment bank Goldman Sachs Group to “identify a potential deal for the company (but) the deliberations are at exploratory stage and no agreement of any kind is certain," per Reuters.

The company was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1948.

Camping World, headquartered in Bowling Green, Ky., became title sponsor for the Truck Series in 2009, replacing Craftsman (which had held title sponsorship from 1995).

In 2014, Nascar and Camping World signed a seven-year agreement to continue the partnership through 2022.

St.Paul, Minn.-based Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, was purchased and rebranded by Marcus Lemonis, chairman for Camping World, in May 2017.

The new agreement provides official Nascar status and naming rights to Gander Outdoors, with the remaining years of the Truck Series deal remaining intact.

Earlier this year, Gander Outdoors signed title sponsorship for two races at Pocono Raceway; the Gander Outdoors 150, part of the Nascar Camping World Truck Series (July 28) and the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series race (July 29).

In addition, as part of the  pact, Camping World partner brands Overton’s and The House Outdoor Gear will receive official Nascar status.

The agreement includes rights to activate across all retail locations nationwide.

“Gander Outdoors’ customer base has an affinity to the outdoor lifestyle and will transition seamlessly as the title sponsor of our national series in 2019,” Steve Phelps, Nascar COO, said in a statement.

“The Nascar Camping World Truck Series has a consistent and dedicated fan base that will embrace the Gander Outdoors brand. This expanded agreement demonstrates our partners’ confidence in the on-track product and the power of our brand loyal fan base.”

Nascar last month extended its alliance with Monster Energy for title sponsorship for the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series through 2019.

In March, Pittsburgh, PA-based PNC Bank replaced in the category Bank of America, which had been the racing circuit’s official partner since 2007; and Anheuser-Busch brand Busch was named as Nascar's official beer sponsor, replacing Coors Light, which had held the category since 2008.

Nascar this month acquired the Automobile Racing Club of America in a move intended to help build the sport and support the next generation of drivers.

“Gander Outdoors’ customer base has an affinity to the outdoor lifestyle and will transition seamlessly as the title sponsor of our national series."

Camping World today reported 2018 Q1 finances, including a total revenue increase of 20.4% to a first quarter record of $1.1 billion; and total same store sales increase 3.9% to a Q1 record of $838.6 million.

Camping World last year signed a multi-year deal with MLB.

In addition, Camping World Stadium in Orlando is home to college football’s Citrus Bowl, Camping World Bowl and Florida Classic.

According to Lemonis, “Nearly a decade ago we felt strongly our entitlement sponsorship would dramatically increase Camping World’s customer base. And it’s delivered.

“We expect the passionate fans of Nascar will embrace Gander Outdoors the same way they supported Camping World and we couldn’t be more excited about the future of the series.”

Nascar Extends Deal With Monster Energy

Nascar Acquires ARCA To Develop Sport, Next-Gen Drivers

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