• 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.”


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


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


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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).


StubHub: Vegas Golden Knights, Capitals NHL’s Hottest 2018-19 Golden Tickets

By Barry Janoff

September 18, 2018: It turns out the the Vegas Golden Knights are not only golden on the ice (literally) but off the ice, as well,

Coming off a rookie NHL season in which the team reached the Stanley Cup Finals, the Knights have the most in-demand game and four of the Top Ten hottest tickets heading into the 2018-19 NHL season, according to online ticket broker StubHub.

Overall, Golden Knights tickets are the most in-demand among all NHL teams for the second consecutive season. The team’s home opener (Oct. 4) against the Philadelphia Flyers in T-Mobile Arena is No. 1 on StubHub’s list, with a $270 average ticket price.

The Golden Knights are also in demand on the road, with ticket sales 38% higher versus the average demand for NHL tickets on Stubhub.

“Last year was an unforgettable season for hockey fans and this year’s numbers tell us support isn’t slowing down for the Golden Knights after their historic run,” Scott Jablonski, StubHub’s GM of NHL, NFL & NBA, said in a statement.

“Not only are the Golden Knights the most in-demand team for the second year in a row, their home opener is also the top-selling matchup heading into this season.”

Showing that it pays to be in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals — not only to win a NHL championship but to drive interest and awareness in your team on a national and international level — the Washington Capitals are coming off their seven-game Stanley Cup win against Vegas as the second hottest team on StubHub.

The Capitals’ home opener (Oct. 3) against the Boston Bruins is the second most in-demand game on StubHub but tops the list with a $414 average ticket price.

Overall, the Capitals are No. 6 among StubHub’s hottest ticket sellers, which is up from No. 8 last season, No. 15 in 2016 and No. 17 in 2014.

The NHL 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic is No. 3 on StubHub’s in-demand list, featuring the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins, Jan. 1 in Notre Dame Stadium, with a $192 average ticket price’

The Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Blackhawks (Oct. 7, $208) and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Vegas (Jan. 19, $247) are also among StubHub’s Top Five.

The Knights are not taking their foot off the gas when it comes to interaction with fans and selling tickets.

Today, the team unveiled a multi-year alliance with William Hill US, a leading global sports book operator, calling it the first between a NHL team in North America and a sports book.

During the pre-season, the Knights got permission to put real gold dust in their center ice logo.

And the team will expand on its "Vegas Born" multi-media campaign support the team’s sophomore season.

”It's a real fan-centric campaign," team CMO Brian Killingsworth said in a statement.

"It really symbolizes part of our DNA, being part of the community and celebrating our fans. We're putting fans at the front and center of this campaign to show our respect and pay homage to our incredible fan base."

Demand for players merchandise is on the rise, according to stats from StubHub and parent company  eBay.

According to eBay data, since John Tavares' off-season move as a free agent from the New York Islanders to his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, there has been a 366% increase in his merchandise sold.

Nearly six times as many Maple Leaf Tavares jerseys sold in July versus the month prior to his arrival, according to eBay.

“We’ve seen a 49% surge in demand for Maple Leafs tickets as Toronto fans are clearly excited about the potential of a Stanley Cup Finals run with their hometown hero, John Tavares, at the helm,” said Jablonski.

NHL home openers are among the most in-demand among StubHub customers.

In addition to the Golden Knights and Capitals, home opening tickets are most in-demand for the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers. (Full list below.)

Based on overall ticket sales on StubHub (to date), Vegas is No. 1, followed by:
2. Toronto Maple Leafs (up from No. 4 last season)
3. New York Rangers  (down from No. 2 the previous four seasons)
4. Boston Bruins 5. Chicago Blackhawks (down from No. 1 last season and No. 1 the previous three seasons)
6. Washington Capitals (up from No. 8 last season and No. 15 in 2016)
7. Pittsburgh Penguins
8. Buffalo Savres (up from No. 13)
9. Los Angeles Kings (up from No. 12)
10. Montreal Canadiens

Most In-Demand Games:
1. Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights Oct. 4 (Season opener) $270 average ticket price
2. Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals Oct. 3 (Opening Night) $414 average ticket price
3. 2019 NHL Winter Classic Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins Jan. 1 in Notre Dame Stadium $192 average ticket price
4. Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 7 (home opener) $208
5. Pittsburgh Penguins at Vegas Golden Knights Jan. 19 $247
6. Toronto Maple Leafs at Vegas Golden Knights Feb. 14 $233
7. St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 13 $148
8. Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs Oct, 3 (home opener) $351
9. Chicago Black Hawks at Vegas Golden Knights Dec. 6 $224
10. Nashville Predators at New York Rangers Oct. 4 (home opener) $421

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