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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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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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Music City Maestros: The NFL Recorded Several Hits During 2019 Nashville Draft 

By Barry Janoff

May 23, 2019: Calling it an “immense success” that “exceeded all expectations,” the NFL and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. unveiled numbers that showed the 2019 Draft set numerous records across the board.

The three-day event in April generated $133 million in direct spending and the economic impact to the city and region was $224 million.

Both topped the records set during 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 Nashville event also attracted a Draft 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.

The NFL said that the 2021 Draft would take place in Cleveland and the 2023 event would be staged in Kansas City.

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

“The NFL Draft in Nashville outperformed even our lofty expectations and set the bar for future NFL events,” Peter O’Reilly, NFL evp-club business and league events, said via the league.

“We are grateful to the Tennessee Titans, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, the City of Nashville, the volunteers and the fans who made this unforgettable event the most-watched and most-attended Draft ever.”

Among the economic impact figures released by the NFL and Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., the Draft generated $10.6 million in taxes and fees for Davidson County, 54% of attendees were from out-of-town, 33% of visitors said they flew in, 67% drove and 97% of attendees said they were likely to recommend the event.

Visitor spending included: Lodging 32.1%, Recreation (attractions, museums, etc.) 21.5%, Food and Beverage 17.7%, Retail: 16.2% and Transportation (not including airfare) 12.5%.

According to host Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, “By any measure, it was the NFL’s most successful draft in their history and I am so proud that our organization played a role in that achievement.

"This year’s Draft will be remembered for years to come and will definitely lead to other events large and small for our city.”

“The 2019 NFL Draft exceeded all expectations,” Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., said via the organization.

“Nashville had record spending, record attendance, record viewership and a record number of credentialed media — the biggest and best NFL Draft ever. The overall success is due to the tremendous spirit of collaboration within the city, including the Tennessee Titans, and our great Metro departments.”

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 Draft Coming To Cleveland, Kansas City

NFL Stakes Its Claim in Las Vegas For 2020 Draft

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