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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr222014

Apolo Ohno Moves From Iceman To Ironman With Assitance From Chocolate Milk

By Barry Janoff

April 22, 2014: On the heels of the news that Michael Phelps, the most decorated U.S. gold medalist in Olympic history, was coming out of retirement to again compete in swimming, comes word that Apolo Ohno, the most decorated U.S. gold medalist in Winter Olympic history, is also unretiring.

The difference is that Ohno, who proved his mettle on the ice in speed skating, is undertaking "Mission Apolo Built with Chocolate Milk" to train for and then compete in the Ironman World Championship triathlon — a 140.6-mile swim-bike-run endurance event scheduled to take place this October in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The Built with Chocolate Milk platform operates under the auspices of the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board, which is part of the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C. (funded by the nation's milk processors). Tag line, "Got chocolate milk?"

The Built with Chocolate Milk effort is the "official refuel beverage of the Ironman triathlon series, as well as sports organizations and teams including the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, USA Hockey and Women’s Ski Jumping USA.

The 31-year-old Ohno, who retired from speed skating competition following the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, won eight Olympic medals, including two gold (2002 Salt Lake City, 2006 Turin) and 21 medals in World Championships, including eight golds.

His training efforts will be supported by a multi-media effort, anchored by an eight-episode online documentary series that will show his "highs and lows as he builds from short-course competitor to a long-course endurance athlete."

"I still have no idea why I said yes to competing and taking on this challenge," Ohno admits in the trailer that launches the marketing. "I have no idea what I'm getting myself in to. This is a ridiculous decision. So much work. I'm not afraid of the work, but this is a different type of race and training. I am going to go up against some of the world's elite of the elite." (See the full spot here.)

Ohno has challenged himself in other ways. In  2011 he ran a 3:25 in the New York City Marathon. In 2007, he and partner Julianne Hough won Season 4 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, then made a return visit in 2012 (where he was eliminated).

Ohno will be assisted in his Ironman quest from a group of "coaches" who include Jen Ator, fitness director for Women’s Health magazine; and former NFL all-pro and Super Bowl champion Hines Ward, who finished the 2013 GoPro Ironman World Championship in 13:08.

According to Andrew Messick, CEO for Ironman, “This program introduces the sport of triathlon to an even larger audience and inspires people to show them that 'Anything is Possible.' We are excited to see what Apolo is capable of doing. His athletic background, commitment to competition and eagerness to immerse himself in triathlon makes him a great ambassador for our sport.

Like Phelps, Ohno has a marketing deal with Subway.

"It's humbling to be a new kid on the block in a sport I am not used to," Ohno says in the campaign's introduction video. "I've always had a tremendous amount of respect for endurance athletes. Where do I go when I have no more left? We're going to find out."

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