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• ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis 2019 (Aug. 1-4 U.S. Bank Stadium, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC) has signed Wendy’s as an official sponsor, joining returning sponsors Harley-Davidson, Hotels.com, Monster Energy, Nexcare First Aid Products, Pacifico, SoFi and The Real Cost (FDA). Geico will again serve as the official music stage sponsor.

On-site activation in X Fest is provided by Marvel, Go RVing, US Marines, TINCUP Whiskey, TRIA, FloWater, Star Tribune, Shred Hate, 93X, The CW, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, MN United, City Pages, GO MN, iHeart Radio and Minnesota Wild.

• ESPN said that the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship – won by Novak Djokovic over Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) – earned an overnight rating of 3.0 for its more than five hours of coverage up 114% vs. the championship match a year ago for Djokovic vs. Kevin Anderson. The match peaked at its conclusion with a 4.6 rating. At 4:57, it was the longest match of the Gentlemen’s Singles tournament this year and the longest Gentlemen’s Singles final in Wimbledon history. It also was the first men’s singles Major championship to be decided by a tie-break.

• New York Life has signed as a founding partner of the ESPN-owned ACC Network, the national network dedicated to Atlantic Coast Conference sports coverage, scheduled to launch Aug. 22. New York Life remains the official life insurance company of the ACC as well as the exclusive presenting sponsor of the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament which airs across the ESPN and ACC networks. 

• The Baseball Hall of Fame has signed a deal with VIDSIG, Inc., a San Francisco-based software company that offers live one-on-one video interactions between athletes and fans. The technology will allow Hall of Famers to “hold virtual meet-and-greets or autograph sessions through the use of a computer from the comfort of the athletes' homes.”

• 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

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 5-7
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
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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Oct192010

Adidas Laces Up Its A-Team: D-Rose, D-Howard, Smoove And . . . Slim Chin (!)

In his adidas commercial, Derrick Rose (L) uses his signature shoes to trump Slim Chin and his butler.October 19, 2010: With the NBA 2010-11 season coming up fast and furious, adidas is leading with its A-Team of players to bring home the message that its footwear will separate wearers "from the pack."

Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) and Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks) each star in TV spots that will anchor multi-media marketing breaking this week and ramping up into the season. Rose and Howard will also get their first signature shoes — the" adiZero Rose" and "The Beast,, respectively — while Smith will wear the "adiZero Infiltrate" and star in his first national TV shoe commercial.

Marketing also includes print, Internet, in-arena and experiential activation. The campaign, “Fast Don’t Lie,” which stars Rose, Howard and “Slim Chin,” played by actor Ken Jeong (The Hangover). Slim, described as a "self-made billionaire and cheetah owner," attributes his life achievements to being fast — the same attribute that also brings results on the basketball court for Rose and Howard in their signature adidas. Two TV spots break this week on networks including ESPN, BET, MTV, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network. Adidas' lead agency is 180, Los Angeles.

One spot shows Rose wearing his adidas shoes to outmaneuver Slim on the court, who tries but fails to use his jet ski, gold bars, butler and "lady pyramid" to his advantage. A second humorous spot with Rose, Howard and Slim Chin sees Howard attempting a Ray Charles-like move by singing and playing the piano to the tune of "Fast Don't Lie" ("Slim has a cheetah/And I wanna beat her/But it doesn't matter/Because my shoes are on the platter"). There also is an interactive video experience where visitors can play against Rose.

The adiZero Rose will launch in a black/red/white color this week, then will roll out in five different colors through February. The Beast will hit shelves in a black/black/royal color on Nov. 12 and will roll out in three additional colors through December. Both shoes will be exclusively sold at Foot Locker and Eastbay (MSRP $100). Smith's adiZero Infiltrate is available now in five colors (MSRP $90) exclusively at Dick's Sporting Goods in-store and online.

Smith's new spot, "J-Smoove," which also breaks this week, follows the athlete as he prepares to be as light and fast as possible to bring his best game to the court. "This is J-Smoove dressing for work," offers a voiceover as Smith dons his adidas. "In J-Smoove's profession, it's not about the suit and tie, it's about being light and flying high," followed by several shots of Smith above the rim blocking shots and dunking.

adidas adiZero Roseadidas Beast“I never thought growing up on the South Side of Chicago that I would have my own signature shoe, so I’m really proud and I know my family and the city are going to be really proud too," Rose said in a statement. "It’s a clean cut fashion shoe so you put some jeans over it and you can look good off the court.”

According to Smith, "I play the game fast so I really need a light shoe to do all the things I do on the court. The adiZero Infiltrate is so flexible and light when you put it on that it feels like a sock so when I'm on the court it makes me faster."

Summed up Howard, “Having the Beast be my first signature shoe means a lot to me. We worked really hard to add things from my personal life, like my 'HEY WOOOOOOOOOOORLD' greeting to my fans and my ManChild nickname.”

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