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• Saturday’s Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship on ESPN earned a 2.1 overnight rating, up 27% from a 1.7 in 2017 (Garbine Muguruza vs. Venus Williams).  It was ESPN’s highest since 2015 (2.2 for Serena Williams vs. Muguruza).

• Mitsubishi Motors deal to become title sponsor for college football's (Dec 12 on ABC). The game was presented by in '16, but had no sponsor in '17. Currently played in Sam Boyd Stadium, it will move to the new venue, now under construction, in '20.

ESPN’s 14th Annual ESPYS Auction benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Research has launched on eBay and will continue through Wednesday, July 18. This year’s auction will feature 80+ experience. Details at https://www.ebay.com/rpp/espn.

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2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Participants
1. Jesus Aguilar Milwaukee Brewers
2. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
3. Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Alex Bregman Houston Astros
5. Kyle Schwarzer Chicago Cubs
6. Javier Baez Chicago Cubs
7. Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
8. Rhys Hoskins Philadelphia Phillies
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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (July 13-15)

1. Hotel Transylvania 3 $44.1M
2. Ant-Man and the Wasp $28.8M
3. Skyscraper $25.4M
4. Incredibles 2 $16.2M
5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $15.5M
6. The First Purge $9.1M
7. Sorry to Bother You $4.3M
8. Sicario $3.8M
9. Uncle Drew $3.2M
10. Ocean’s 8 $2.9M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Jun252018

Back On The Front Line: David Ortiz Returns To MLB As Analyst For Fox Sports

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 25, 2018:
David Ortiz has been anything but quiet since he retirement from MLB after the 2016 season, but now “Big Papi; has a license to speak after signing a multi-year deal to appear as a studio analyst for Fox.

Ortiz, who contributed as studio analyst throughout Fox Sports’ coverage of the 2017 post-season, is scheduled to make his 2018 debut during the network’s coverage of the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard from Nationals Park in Washington, DC. on July 17.

In his expanded role, Fox said that Ortiz would contribute to Fox Sports’ spring training, regular season, All-Star Game, post-season and World Series coverage.

As he did during the 2017 post-season, Ortiz will work with Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez and host Kevin Burkhardt during MLB on Fox.

“Big Papi brings a level of excitement and knowledge that balances nicely with Alex, Frank and Kevin,”  John Entz, Fox Sports president of production & executive producer, said in a statement.

“David is incredibly likable and has unbelievable post-season experience. And we think we’re set in the hitter department.”

Prior to his retirement, Ortiz made his broadcasting debut during the 2014 World Series, for Games 1 and 2, as a guest studio analyst for Fox Sports.

Ortiz has given new meaning to the word “retirement” since leaving MLB after 20 seasons with 541 career home runs (plus 17 in the post-season) and 1,768 RBIs and being selected to ten All-Star Games.

Ortiz spend six years with the Minnesota Twins and played 14 years with the Boston Red Sox, winning with the Red Sox three World Series championships: 2004, 2007 and 2013.

He also has been involved in numerous endeavors: promoting cigars, beer, chips, salsa, T-shirts and The David Ortiz Children's Fund; going golfing; attending World Series games; and appearing in campaigns including John Hancock, JetBlue, TurboTax, Dunkin’ Donuts, MLBAM, ESPN, Omaze, Skechers and Amazon.

In May 2017 he released his book, Papi: My Story.

According to Ortiz, “I had a lot of fun working for Fox Sports during the post-season last year and am pumped up to get back in the studio with Kevin, Alex, Frank and our leader behind-the-scenes, coordinating producer Bardia Shah-Rais.”

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