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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.”

POLL POSITION

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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No. 1 Colleges Since '92
Notre Dame Builds Brand
Cancer Drives Home
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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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Nov012018

Blake Griffin Predicts Fans Will Be In The Game With WinView App, Campaign

By Barry Janoff

November 1, 2018: WinView, a leading skill-based sports prediction mobile games platform, has unveiled a multi-media, multimillion-dollar campaign starring All-Star forward Blake Griffin of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.

The effort supports the company’s strategy — "Watch real games on TV. Compete against real sports fans. Win real money. Only on WinView" —  that the “future of televised sports will be driven by more fan engagement while watching the game on TV or a mobile device.”

The campaign,“Predict. Win. Watch Your Back,” “flips the script on the classic relationship between fans watching at home and the superstars playing on the court by taking a humorous look at the ‘commodification’ of professional athletes by fans and the ‘gamification’ of everyday life,” according to the Redwood, Calif.-based company.

The first episode, “Blake vs. Todd,” broke today via TV, radio, YouTube, at WinView's Web site and Griffin’s social channels, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Subsequent episodes will be released over the next week, including a fourth “bonus” episode featuring Blake and his brother Taylor (pictured below).

The series was written and produced by OBB Pictures.

WinView said its platform is a “game of skill that's legal in 39 states for its paid entry contests and legal nationwide for its free entry contests.”

“Blake has tremendous credibility as a comedic performer with our target audience. His trademark dry humor in this content illustrates how every sports fan watching the game on TV is already playing WinView — even if they don’t realize it,” Tom Rogers, executive chairman for Redwood, Calif.-based WinView, said via the company.

“Whether you’re trying to predict if a superstar like Blake will make a free throw or an office drone will sink a ball of paper into the wastebasket, predicting what happens next is a part of life."

According to Rogers, "Thanks to WinView’s unique platform, sports fans can benefit from testing their Sports IQ and significantly elevate their fan engagement during the live game.”

“I’m excited to partner with WinView because they’re pioneering new way to watch and enjoy sports," Griffin said via the company.

“I really liked being part of the creative process on the campaign and content series because it allowed me to invade a fan’s life and turn the tables, predicting what would happen in their day-to-day lives.”

Blake vs. Todd” finds fictional office worker “Todd” playing WinView while watching an NBA game on his computer screen and predicting that Blake will miss a free throw.

“Yes, suck it Griffin!” Todd shouts when his prediction comes true.

Much to Todd’s dismay, Griffin stares back at Todd through the computer screen. But Todd’s day goes from bad to worse when the next morning when Blake is introduced to Todd’s office staff as his new regional manager.

“When I started in this business 47 years ago I got one piece of advice: Always have each other’s backs. So just know that I’ll always be watching yours,” not a good plan for Todd, who sees Griffin giving him an evil stare.

Rather than doing any real work, Griffin and Todd use the WinView app to predict what each will do next in the office: Will Todd will hit the waste basket with a piece of trash? (He misses, and Griffin snidely remarks, “Not so easy, is it?!”) Can Griffin successfully use the copy machine?

The series continues when Griffin has additional office interactions in “Conference (Room) Champion” and “Performance Review” and  a fourth “bonus” episode featuring Blake and his brother Taylor, “Blake vs. Taylor.”

WinView said it is focused on free mobile two-screen synchronized televised sports games for prizes in the U.S., leveraging its extensive experience in pioneering real-time interactive television games played on the mobile second screen.”

WinView said it has “52 foundational patents covers the synchronization of the second-screen with TV broadcasts and commercials and the optimum methods of monetizing sports-based games of skill, among other types of programming content.”

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