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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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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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Caught In The Draft: NFL Unveils Cleveland, Kansas City As Future Locations

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 22, 2019: The road chow that is the NFL Draft is coming to Cleveland and Kansas City.

The NFL said that the 2021 Draft would take place in the hometown of the Browns and the 2023 event would be staged in the hometown of the Chiefs.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be in Las Vegas. The site for the 2022 Draft has not yet been determined.

As part of the event, the NFL Draft Experience free football festival will be open all three days each year.

Given the NFL's desire to host the Super Bowl in warm-weather cities, Cleveland and Kansas City may be hard pressed to become sites for the Big Game.

But the growth of the NFL Draft is rapidly become a hot-ticket item.

In addition to becoming the center of the NFL universe for the duration of the event, the Draft has provided an economic boost for each of its recent host cities.

The NFL and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. said the 2019 NFL Draft in April generated $133 million in direct spending and that the economic impact to the city and region was $224 million.

Both are record numbers, topping the 2018 NFL Draft, held in AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, which was the first hosted in an NFL stadium.

The Dallas event generated a then-NFL Draft record $125.2 million in economic impact and $74 million in direct spending for the city and region, according to an economic impact report compiled by VisitDallas, using Destinations International's economic impact calculator.

The $125.2 million topped the previous mark of $95 million set during the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

The Nashville Draft also drew a record crowd of 600,000 for the three days.

The 2019 Draft aired on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, DisneyHD and NFL Network, attracting 47.5 million in TV viewership.

According to David Gilbert, president and CEO for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, “(The 2021 NFL Draft) will provide international media exposure and has proven to provide more than $100 million in economic impact to the host city.”

The 2015 NFL Draft was held in Chicago, the first time the event was located outside of New York City in more than 50 years. It generated a total economic impact of $81.6 million, according to a Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University study commissioned by the Chicago Sports Commission. 

The Draft returned to Chicago in 2016 with similar financial results.

"Cleveland has a passionate fan base and the city offers distinctive iconic locations and attractions that will bring the NFL Draft experience to fans in unique and exciting ways," NFL commissioner Roger Goodall said in naming Cleveland during the annual Spring League Meeting in Key Biscayne, FL

”We look forward to collaborating with the Cleveland Browns, the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Destination Cleveland to celebrate the achievements of the next generation of players and create a memorable fan experience."

Regarding the selection of Kansas City, Goodell said, "We are excited to work with the Kansas City Chiefs, the City of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Sports Commission to showcase the area for a week-long celebration of football that will be watched by millions of fans.

“We know Chiefs fans will come out to celebrate along with thousands of fans from teams around the country for an incredible experience as we welcome the next generation of NFL players."

Among other upcoming national events being hosted in Cleveland are the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in July, the 2022 NBA All-Star Game and the 2024 NCAA Women’s Div. I Basketball Final Four.

According to Gilbert, “As Cleveland continues to shine in the national spotlight with the unique opportunity to host four major sporting events over the next six years, including the Draft, we are proud of this achievement which few destinations are able to accomplish."

NFL Draft Locations

• 1965-2014: New York (various locations)

• 2015-16: Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University-Grant Park,  Chicago

• 2017: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

• 2018: AT&T Stadium, Dallas

• 2019: Downtown Nashville

• 2020: Las Vegas Blvd. and surrounding areas

• 2021: Downtown Cleveland

• 2022: TBD

• 2023: Downtown Kansas City

NFL Hits Record Numbers For Draft in Nashville

NFL Stakes Its Claim in Las Vegas For 2020 Draft

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