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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.

• 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.”

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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).

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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

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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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May302017

Danica Patrick, Nature‚Äôs Bakery Knead Each Other, Back In The Dough At SHR, Nascar

By Barry Janoff

May 29, 2017: It turns out that even if you burn your bridges behind you, you can rebuild them, no matter how much damage was incurred.

After a lawsuit and a lot of acrimonious dialogue, Stewart-Haas Racing, driver Danica Patrick and Nature’s Bakery are back on track, with the Reno-based brand again sponsoring Patrick in upcoming events.

The re-alliance was reached after Stewart-Haas Racing dropped a $31 million lawsuit against Nature’s Bakery for unpaid sponsorship, with Nature’s Bakery coming back in as primary sponsor for four Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series for the team through the 2017 schedule.

Financial terms were not shared.

Stewart-Haas filed the lawsuit in February, claiming the company had not paid its bills to sponsor Patrick in what was to be the second of a three-year sponsorship pact signed in August 2015.

Nature’s Bakery claimed that Patrick had not fulfilled her part of the deal by not fully supporting the alliance and at times referencing a rival company.

The new union between Stewart-Haas and Nature’s Bakery is shrunken version of the original alliance, with the company now a primary sponsor for four Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series to be split between the Patrick’s No. 10 and the No. 14 car of Clint Bowyer, according to a statement from Stewart-Haas.

The specific number of races for each and which specific races the would sponsor were not disclosed.

In February, Aspen Dental signed on as Patrick's lead sponsor for the races that would have been handled by Nature's Bakery.

"It’s gratifying to see a difficult situation get resolved in a professional manner that suits all parties," Brett Frood, president for Stewart-Haas Racing, said in a statement. "Together, we worked diligently to find an equitable solution to our collective challenges."

According to Nature’s Bakery founder Dave Marson, "I am a longtime motorsports fan and, particularly, a fan of Nascar. Our partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing began with direct, open conversations and that foundation allowed us to reach this agreement."

When the partnership unveiled during a press conference in August 2015, Patrick said, "Our brands align so perfectly it’s kind of amazing. This journey is going to be really fun."

The company’s logo appeared on Patrick’s car in some 20 races in 2016 and was scheduled for about the same number in 2017.

She appeared in several marketing efforts for the company in 2016, including "Five Questions With Danica" and "Nature’s Bakery Pumpkin Spice Season."

In a "Nature’s Bakery Chose Your Journey" campaign, Patrick joined winners of a Nature’s Bakery sweepstakes as they went rock climbing and on rope courses at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, attended the Sprint Showdown and the All-Star race and received a tour of Stewart-Haas Racing and the Nascar Hall of Fame. (They also received a year’s supply of Nature’s Bakery snacks.)

However, this past February, when Nature’s Bakery said they would not sponsor her due to her lack of effort on the company’s behalf,, Patrick told the press, "I think it was a shock to all of us. Everything that was asked of me, I did to the very best of my ability. When there was something to do we did it really well. But at the end of the day my focus is on those (sponsors) who are still around."

"We were thrown off by SHR’s lawsuit," Nature’s Bakery CEO Kelly Allin said in statement at the time. "SHR and its owners are no stranger to aggressive litigation. Ours is a family business that repeatedly sought to resolve our issues privately. In fact, we were scheduled to meet in (Charlotte, N.C.) just days before they sued us.

"Contrary to its image, SHR is run by big-business types that took advantage of Nature’s Bakery. They now are threatening scorched earth litigation against a multi-generational family company. We’re obviously not going to let them bully us. We may be a small brand, but we do not think what they are doing is right. We look forward to defending ourselves in court," said Allin.

At the time, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Frood said in a statement, "Nature’s Bakery is in material breach of its contract with Stewart-Haas Racing. It’s an unfortunate situation, but we know we’ve delivered on all aspects of our agreement and more.

"We took great pride in elevating the brand awareness and relevance of its products and were prepared to continue activating pursuant to the agreement in 2017 and beyond. Nature’s Bakery chose to breach and terminate the contract. We’re confident with our position."

Now, bridges have been repaired and the alliance, in a smaller version, moves on.

Patrick’s racetrack sponsors also include Aspen Dental, Code 3, Fanvision, Mobil1 and TaxAct.

Her personal endorsement deals include Advance America, Alpinestars, Coca-Cola, Edward Elmhurst Hospital, Ford, Nationwide, Schubert, Six Star, The Player’s Tribune and Tryolee Designs.

It was not specified if Nature’s Baker would return as a Stewart-Haas partner after 2017.

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