• 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.”


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).


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)



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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Bryant, Bumgarner, Posey, Pence Pace Mid-Season Top-Selling MLB Jersey Lists

By Barry Janoff

July 23, 2015: It pays to be a member of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants if you want to have a top-selling MLB jersey, but it doesn't hurt to be part of the Chicago Cubs youth movement, either.

Three members of the Giants placed among the best-selling jerseys for the first half of the 2015 season, led by pitcher Madison Bumgarner at No. 1, catcher Buster Posey at No. 3 and outfielder Hunter Pence, according to, based on sales from April - July 11.

The three also placed among the Top Ten based on sales according to the Baseball Hall of Fame's during that same period, where Bumgarner was No. 2, Posey No. 3 and Pence No. 9.

Financial figures were not disclosed.

The Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend is hosting induction ceremonies for the Class of 2015 — Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz — and surrounding events. Not surprisingly, they lead the list of top-selling Hall of Fame gear, followed by such icons as Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, Nolan Ryan, Ozzie Smith, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth.

Bumgarner, who was MVP of the 2014 World Series, added to his public persona by starring in a national campaign for workwear brand Carhartt. Posey, who has won three World Series rings with the Giants, has deals that include Under Armour, Esurance, BodyArmor and Topps.

Cubs rookie Kris Bryant was No. 2 among top-selling jerseys according to, but was No. 1 overall according to the Hall of Fame. Teammate Anthony Rizzo came in at No. 10 at and No. 15 at

The defending AL champion Kansas City Royals — which had five players on the recent All-Star Game roster for the American League — had no players among the Top 20 at, but Alex Gordon was No. 20 at the Baseball Hall of Fame site.

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees had the hottest-selling jersey during the second half of the 2014 MLB season, thanks to it being his farewell-retirement campaign, according to

Behind Jeter, the Top Ten best-selling jerseys for the second half of 2014, per, were Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels), Posey, Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles Dodgers), David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Yoenis Cespedis (Oakland A's/Boston Red Sox) and Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox).

The Yankees did not have a player among the Top 20 on either sales list for the first half of 2015 (although his jersey is still among the top-selling items at the Hall of Fame) but their crosstown rivals, the Mets, had two: Matt Harvey and David Wright.

Kershaw, three-time (and two-time defending) Cy Young winning pitcher for the Dodgers, had a strong showing on both lists: No. 4 at and No. 5 at the Baseball Hall of Fame's

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Trout of the Angels, two of MLB's hottest young stars, placed No. 5 and No. 7, respectively among the top-selling jerseys at; but switched order at, with Trout coming in at No. 6 and Harper at No. 8.

Jersey sales were not just about youngsters: Ortiz, who has been in MLB since 1997 and has been a member of the Boston Red Sox since 2003, was No. 9 at and No. 7 at

Top-Selling Jerseys (April-July 11)

1. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
2. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
3. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
4. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
6. Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants
7. Mike Trout Los Angels Angels
8. Matt Harvey New York Mets
9. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
10. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
11. Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
12. Yadler Moiina St. Louis Cardinals
13. Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
14. Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
15. Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds
16. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
17. David Wright New York Mets
18. Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels
19. Max Scherzer Washington Nationals
20. Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers

Per Baseball Hall of Fame
1. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
2. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
3. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
4. Yadier Moiina St. Louis Cardinals
5. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
6. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
7. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
8. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
9. Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants
10. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
11. Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
12. Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
13. Matt Harvey New York Mets
14. Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
15. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
16. Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
17. Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
18. Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals
19. David Wright New York Mets
20. Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals

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