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• 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.”

• Inter Miami CF and the City of Fort Lauderdale have finalized a comprehensive agreement for the 64-acre property commonly known as the Lockhart stadium site, following a city commission meeting on Tuesday evening,according to the club, which has soccer icon David Beckham as a major investor and spokesperson. "With this agreement, Inter Miami CF will proceed with structural and foundation construction of the site as it prepares to launch its inaugural season in Major League Soccer in March 2020 in Fort Lauderdale."

• As part of its ongoing NFL 100 celebration, the league will make commissioner Roger Goodell available to “announce the first round draft picks for every team” in one Fantasy Sports league. The winning league will also receive a custom NFL100 Trophy and an exclusive NFL 100 prize package, including a Bose SoundLink III speaker, a gold NFL 100 football and a NFL Vineyard Vines tote. Details here.

• The International Olympic Committee is moving closer to making a major change in the way it regulates how athletes can market themselves during the Summer and Winter Games. 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

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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Mar172014

Charles Barkley Returns For CDW As IT Guy With Tech, Business, Sports Savvy

By Barry Janoff

March 17, 2014: Charles Barkley is back for his third go-round as the IT nerd whose knack for winning on the court translates to more business in the office in a new multi-media effort for CDW to support the firm's technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare.

The next generation of CDW's umbrella effort, "People Who Get It," entitled "Smart Growth," includes TV, radio and Internet ads breaking this week.

The broadcast commercials are scheduled for heavy rotation during the NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament on CBS and Turner stations TNT, TBS and truTV. Radio includes ESPN Radio and Westwood One.

Barkley, who will be on-air for CBS Sports-Turner as a commentator and analyst during March Madness games, has appeared in campaigns for CDW since 2012.

The former star for the University of Auburn and 16-year NBA veteran again plays an IT employee for the fictional firm Gordon & Taylor, where he has helped the underdog company win at basketball and football (despite having a football stadium but no team), inked new business by losing at golf and established a successful mobile office.

"I get to play the computer nerd in those commercials," Barkley said with a laugh during a CBS-Turner Sports media event in New York last week. "CDW has been a very gracious company . . . I don't do the CDW commercials for money. But I don't do it for free. When I partnered with CDW, one of the things I asked them was to donate computers to [schools in] poor neighborhoods and to poor students." (See the full Q&A here.)

Barkley, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team selected in 1997, will also appear in new commercials for Capital One that will air during the hoops competition.

In the new CDW campaign, Gordon & Taylor "feels the pressures that many fast-growing organizations experience — from hiring challenges to space constraints and bottom-line worries," but manages to work with the challenges to build for the future, according to CDW.

Partner solutions from Cisco, Crucial, HP, Intel, Lenovo, NetApp, Seagate and VMware are featured, along with the CDW capabilities that power them.

Playing off of basketball's concept of the sixth man, who comes off the bench to help win games, CDW said that its "professional expertise demonstrates that IT is the 'seventh man' that can provide organizations with a competitive advantage." As part of its online push, CDW has established a dedicated micro-site, What is the Seventh Man, to show how technology "is changing the way [basketball] is played."

Here, the focus is on how technology is helping to create "smart stadiums," such as the University of Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium's use of SportVu, which tracks the movement of every player on the court throughout every game and during practices to combine statistics with biomechanics.

Social media presence includes Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Spiceworks.

In the campaign's master spot, "Grow Smart," Jim Gordon, the CEO for Gordon & Taylor, explains that the company has become so successful, thanks to CDW, that he can throw money around, which he literally does during an executive meeting. Meanwhile, Barkley and his co-IT workers look on in disbelief.

"They get to throw money around and we have to watch every cent," says Barkley. But Barkley is proud of the role that solutions from CDW have played in making Gordon & Taylor a winning operation.

“We chose March Madness as the backdrop because technology coupled with professional expertise is truly the ‘seventh man’ for enabling smart growth.”

It turns out that Gordon doesn't want people to know how CDW has helped his firm — unless they buy his new book, Winning Is Everything, "available for $29.95." (See the full spot here.)

Related spots include:

•  "Ice Sculpture," in which Gordon takes credit for the accomplishments of Barkley, the IT team and CDW and names himself Employee of the Month (and has an ice sculpture designed in his image).

• "Elevator Meeting," in which the IT team must meet in an elevator because CDW has helped them outgrow their office space (but also provides the solutions for new offices).

• "Stand Ins," which sees CEO Gordon hire lookalikes of the IT crew to help with the work rather than install new CDW systems, the latter of which Barkley supports.

• "New Hires," where the result of Gordon & Taylor growing so fast using intel from CDWis  they are hiring people off the street, including mimes and other street performers. Again, Barkley stresses increasing support from CDW.

• "Rich and Famous," in which the success of Gordon & Taylor finally touches Barkley, who gets manicures and is able to relax on company time.

Ogilvy & Mather, Chicago, is lead agency for the campaign, which CDW’ called its "most deeply integrated to date."

“The creative concept for the ‘Smart Growth’ campaign is how CDW’s technology solutions support and amplify business operations to help our customers grow and succeed,” Neal Campbell, svp and CMO for CDW, said in a statement. “We chose March Madness as the backdrop for this campaign because technology coupled with professional expertise is truly the ‘seventh man’ for enabling smart growth.”

Q&A: Barkley Has A Few (Hundred) Words About the NCAA, NBA, Marketing

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