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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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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).

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Sep152016

American Cancer Calls On IMG Colleges, Coaches, Fans To Fight Kids Cancer

By Barry Janoff

September 14, 2016: When it comes to sports, there are a lot of statistics that can describe the action on the field or court.

But off the sports course, there are statistics with much more importance and harder-hitting impact.

Pediatric cancer is the second leading cause of death among children ages 1-14 in the U.S., and it is estimated that in 2016 there will be 10,380 new cancer cases diagnosed among children in the U.S., according to The American Cancer Society.

(The leading cause of death among children ages 1-14 in the U.S. is accidents/unintentional injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control.)

Motivated by that and other related urgent situations, IMG College, in collaboration with Curing Kids Cancer, and the American Cancer Society have unveiled A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer.

The program "targets college football fans through 12 of IMG’s partner universities to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer."

A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer brings together "college football coaches and ambassadors from across the country to ask fans to help raise funds for pediatric cancer programs and research," per ACS.

The universities involved include Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Syracuse, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Washington.

All proceeds from the initiative will be used to support research and programs for pediatric cancer from the American Cancer Society.

"As the Society continues to work with the sports industry to fund cancer research and create world class cancer prevention initiatives, we are proud to expand our sports strategy to mobilize a new audience within college football to help save lives from childhood cancer," Sharon Byers, chief development officer for the American Cancer Society, said in a statement.

Marketing support includes in-stadium, on-campus, Internet, social media and a dedicated Web site for A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer, hosted by fund-raising online firm CrowdRise.

Among other items, the Web site enables people to donate directly to the cause through one of the 12 schools that are part of the effort. Running totals for each school will indicate the amount of money each has raised via the site.

"We are proud to expand our sports strategy to mobilize a new audience within college football to help save lives from childhood cancer."

The Web site also has mini-sites that speak directly to coaches, players, fans and other supporters of each school.

"Hey, Blue Devil Nation," text reads at the Duke destination. "Help (head football) Coach (David) Cutcliffe and the American Cancer Society, together with Curing Kids Cancer, as we are A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer. Join together with other college football fans from around the country by making a donation today. With your support, we can show the rest of the country that Blue Devil Nation is part of a united force against pediatric cancer by donating today.

"We are One Community. One University. One fight."

According to  Andrew Judelson, evp-sales and marketing for IMG College, "This partnership with the American Cancer Society will create an incredible platform for A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer to bring a very important message to the passionate collegiate sports audience.

"These 12 universities are making an impact well beyond the playing field, and they are leading the way for the support of pediatric cancer research and programs," said Judelson.

Direct links to each of the participating schools on the A House United to Tackle Pediatric Cancer are:

    •    Duke University
    •    Florida State University
    •    Georgia Tech
    •    University of Houston
    •    University of Mississippi
    •    University of Pittsburgh
    •    University of South Carolina
    •    Syracuse University
    •    University of California, Los Angeles
    •    Vanderbilt University
    •    Virginia Tech
    •    University of Washington

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