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• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• 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.

• 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 12-14
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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Channel Chasers

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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Coca-Cola, 7-Eleven Serve Up March Madness Marketing

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 4, 2012: Coca-Cola's PowerAde is the official sports drink of the NCAA. 7-Eleven stores know that consumers in March want to celebrate March Madness.

In anticipation of the Big Dance ready to being later this month, PowerAde and 7-Eleven have joined to honor four memorable moments in NCAA Men's Basketball Div. I Final Four history.

Four limited-edition cups are now available in participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide ($1.49 each). Each of the four "Miracle Match-up" Big Gulp cups features a stand-out former NCAA basketball student-athlete during a "game-changing play."

Included are (in chronological order): Lorenzo Charles, 1983, North Carolina State Wolfpack; Jon Bryant, 2000, University of Wisconsin Badgers; Taliek Brown, 2004, University of Connecticut Huskies; and Tony Skinn, 2006, George Mason University Patriots.

A quick response (QR) code on each Big Gulp cup links to a mobile PowerAde Web site, where CBS Sports analyst Greg Anthony hosts a brief video on each cup's featured big play. For a limited time, this video content is exclusive to 7-Eleven, compliments of PowerAde.

Other March Madness-related features this month at 7-Eleven stores include:

• A custom-made pair of neon-colored Slurpee high-top sneakers will be awarded to five Slurpee consumers. The cost to enter the contest is five Slurpee Rewards Points, and winners will be selected in a random drawing at the end of March. (Full details here.)

• Slurpee fans who tweet answers to daily basketball opinion or trivia questions on Twitter and include the hashtag – #BigGulpHoop – will be entered to win a Slurpee-branded mini-basketball hoop and ball. Five of the mini-hoops will be awarded daily during March.

• 7-Eleven has created a virtual towel pop (like painful towel pops in locker rooms after a big game) for sports-lovers to send to friends from the Slurpee Web page. The e-towel pop can be found on the Slurpee Nation Rewards page and is free to send. Unlimited towel pops can be sent, but only one animated snap at a time.

• A second free offer is a "teeny-tiny sweatband" for a Slurpee spoon-straw. The wee red, white and blue sweatband art can be printed from the Web page, cut out and affixed to any Slurpee straw, because nobody likes a sweaty straw.

"These Big Gulp collectible cups match up well with one of our key consumer demographics, sport fans ages 18 to 45," Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, 7-Eleven svp-merchandising, marketing and logistics, said in a statement. "These cups are a create value as a re-useable soft drink container."

A Mountain Berry Blast flavored by PowerAde is available on both Slurpee frozen carbonated beverage and Big Gulp fountain machines. This is the first time a PowerAde flavor has been developed for a 7-Eleven frozen carbonated beverage, but it is not a sports drink, according to Coca-Cola.

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