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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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Apr172018

Sixers, Bucks Trust The Process For Success In NBA Jersey, Merchandise Sales

By Barry Janoff

April 17, 2018: If you “Trust the Process,” then you are not surprised that the Philadelphia 76ers have two players among the Top Ten most popular jerseys for the 2017-18 season and why the Sixers are No. 3 in the NBA among most popular team merchandise, behind only the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

In the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12 — and with 52 wins, the most for the team since 2000-01 (56) — this is the Sixers highest ranking since the team finished No. 3 back in 2002-03, when the roster included Allen Iverson, Derrick Coleman, Eric Snow and Kenny Thomas.

Joel Embiid had the No. 8 best-selling jersey, teammate Ben Simmons (in his second season but considered a rookie because he sat out 2016-17 due to an injury) came in at No. 10.

Lists are based on NBAStore.com sales since the beginning of the 2017-18 NBA season. Financial details were not released.

The Milwaukee Bucks have trusted their own process.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s No. 4 spot on the NBA’s most popular jersey list is the highest by a member of the Bucks to finish a season, and is four spots higher than his No. 8 ranking to finish the 2016-17 season.

According to the Bucks, Antetokounmpo entered the Top 15 of NBA jersey sales in December of 2016, marking the first time a Bucks player was in the Top 15 of jersey sales since Gary Payton ranked No. 15 in December 2003.

Overall, Bucks team merchandise moved up two spots to No. 6 after finishing the 2016-17 season ranked eighth.

Overall, some things have not changed.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors had the No. 1 selling jersey for the third consecutive season and the Warriors topped the list of most popular team merchandise, also for the third consecutive regular season.

LeBron James of the Cavaliers was No. 2 among jersey sales.

One major difference this season: Nike is in its first year of an eight-year deal, valued at $1 billion, as the official on-court jersey provider for the NBA.

The switch (from adidas) came with significant changes, including the Nike “Swoosh’ and jersey ad patches, as well as the NBA eliminating its traditional "home" and "road" uniform designations and replacing them with four jersey editions: the Association, Icon, Statement and City.

The Warriors have a three-year $60 million jersey patch deal with Rakuten.

The Cavaliers have a three-year $30 million deal with Goodyear.

The Sixers have a three-year deal with StubHub.

Curry’s teammates join him among the Top 15 best-selling jerseys: No. 3. Kevin Durant and No. 14. Klay Thompson.

In his first season with the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving had the No. 5. Kyrie Irving, and in his first season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler’s jersey was No. 15.

Aside from Simmons, the only other rookie among the Top 15 best-selling jerseys was Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 12.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:                       
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors                  
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers                      
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors                    
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks         
5. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics                                 
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder        
7. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks                   
8. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers                            
9. James Harden, Houston Rockets                           
10. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers                       
11. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs                                
12. Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
15. Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves
 
Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Golden State Warriors
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. Boston Celtics
6. Milwaukee Bucks
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. New York Knicks
9. Chicago Bulls
10. Houston Rockets
Source: NBA

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