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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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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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Sponsorship Spend On NBA Tops $880M, Will 'Skyrocket’ With Nike, Jersey Deals

By Barry Janoff

October 3, 2017: Coming off what has arguably been the most active and high-profile off-season in league history, the NBA is getting good news on the financial court.

Sponsorship spending on the NBA and its 30 teams hit a record $861 million in the 2016-17 season, a 7.8% increase from the previous season.

Although the increase does not match the NBA’s 8.1% sponsor spend increase from 2014-15 to the 2015-16 season, it exceeds both the projected 4.3% increase in overall 2017 sports spending and 4.1% increase in overall North American sponsorship spending, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties (formerly IEG), Chicago.

More good news for the league: ESP Properties projects that the NBA will see sponsorship dollars "skyrocket" during the 2017-18 campaign mainly due to the new eight-year, $1 billion deal with Nike as the league’s official on-court uniform provider (replacing adidas) and the beginning of a three-year trial period during which teams are allowed to sell ad patches on game jerseys for the first time in league history.

Even as such all-stars as Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Dwayne Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Paul George were signing with new teams, more than half of the NBA’s teams 30 franchises signed jersey ad-patch deals.

The pacts are led by the defending league champion Golden State Warriors three-year, $60 million contract with Rakuten, the Los Angeles Lakers three-year, $40 million deal with Wish, Goodyear’s $30 million three-season ad patch alliance with the Cleveland Cavaliers and GE’s $24 million three-year deal with the Boston Celtics.

The NBA’s partners have steadily increased spend over the past several years, from $799 million in 2015-16, $739 million in 2014-15, $679 million in 2014, $642 million in 2013 and $610 million in 2012, according to the NBA 2016-17 ESP Properties Sponsorship Report.

Among NBA deals last season, Jack Daniel’s signed "the largest partnership with a professional sports league in the brand’s history," making it an official marketing partner of the NBA, WNBA, NBA Development League and USA Basketball.

The NBA also signed Gatorade as the title sponsor for its Developmental League, a pact that begins with the upcoming season.

The NBA, however, is second among the Big Four sports in U.S. in this area.

NFL sponsorship spend was $1.2 billion last season, MLB reached $778 million.

The NHL topped $485 million in sponsorship spending in 2016-17.

Worldwide sponsorship spend in motorsports (Nascar, F1, Indy, etc.) topped $5.3 billion last year, golf was at $1.7 billion and tennis was at $739 million, per ESP Properties.

According to research firm Statista, which provides information to companies and universities around the world, global sponsorship spend on sports topped a record $63 billion in 2017.

The most active sponsors of the NBA (league and teams) last season were State Farm (81% of properties with a sponsor in the insurance category reported a sponsorship with State Farm), Anheuser-Busch Inbev (71%), Gatorade (58%), Tissot (55%), FanDuel (48%), adidas (48%), Kia Motors (45%), Coca-Cola (45%), McDonald’s (39%), Lexus (39%), Uber (39%), Toyota (39%), PepsiCo (39%) and MolsonCoors (39%).

The most active categories were insurance (4.0, meaning insurance companies were four times more likely to sponsor the NBA than the average of all sponsors), automotive (3.8), retail (3.8), beer (3.5), medical (3.4), QSR (3.4), lottery and gaming (3.3), banks (2.7), sports apparel and equipment (2.6) and telecom (2.5), according to the NBA 2016-17  ESP Properties Sponsorship Report.

The study had some good news-bad news for NBA teams.

According to the NBA 2016-17 ESP Properties Sponsorship Report, just eight of the league’s 30 franchises had team sponsorship revenues above the NBA average: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.

Teams that came in at league average were the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.

Meanwhile, nine teams came in below the NBA sponsorship revenue average: Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz.

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