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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.

• 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.”

• 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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Apr092019

D-Wade Gets Bud, Gatorade Tributes As Fans, Players, Mom Honor His Life, Career

By Barry Janoff

April 9, 2019: As part of his “One Last Dance” tour of the NBA in his final pro season, Dwyane Wade has been swapping his No. 3 Miami Heat jersey with select players, including LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons and also-retiring Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.

Ahead of Wade’s last regular season home game with the Heat (tonight vs. the Philadelphia 76ers), Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser has unveiled an extended spot, “This Bud’s For 3,” that not honors Wade the man and the player, as well as his jersey-swapping.

Concurrently, Gatorade today unveiled, "3 Is The Magic Number," featuring music by John Legend, which traces his hoops career and life from Chicago to Miami.

President Barack Obama taped a two-minute tribute message, which ran prior to the Heat game.

“Saying goodbye to a career that you love is never easy.," said the President. "I’ve been there. In my case, I didn’t have a choice: My knees were shot and I had to give up basketball. You have just completed one of the greatest careers in NBA history. Hope the next phase of your career is just as fulfilling and just as spectacular.”

In the Budweiser spot, Wade meets five surprise guests, each of whom he has directly impacted by his actions and words.

This Bud’s For 3,” which will air during NBA games and in the Heat's AmericanAirlines Arena, opens with some of the autographed jerseys that Wade has received this season from players.

Text offers, “Dwayne Wade has been swapping jerseys with NBA legends. But before he says goodbye, we surprised him with five more.”

Wade is shown entering an empty AmericanAirlines Arena. “I literally have no idea what’s coming,” he says.

One by one, people enter with whom Wade has had a personal, impacting situation.

They include Andrea Ghersi, whose brother, Joaquin Oliver, was one of the 17 shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14, 2018.

Wade wrote Joaquin Oliver’s name on his basketball shoes for a game following the tragedy, and the young man, a big D-Wade fan, was buried wearing a Miami Heat Wade jersey.

"You mean so much to us, and my brother Juaquin loved you from the beginning," Ghersi says in the spot.

She then presents Wade with a basketball jersey her brother wore during a championship basketball game, inscribed, “Please don’t forget my brother.”

Also in the four-minute spot is a woman Wade took shopping with her family after she lost her house and all possessions in a fire ten days before Christmas.

"It was the lowest point in my life,” she says. “Then we received a phone call: 'Would you mind if Dwayne Wade took you on a shopping spree.' That meant so much to me that you were there for us.”

A young man from an underprivileged neighborhood near Miami who met Wade 12 years ago says Wade’s words and inspiration “hit a spark and changed where I was going.” He gives Wade the blazer he wore to a job interview.

A woman who was given a full-tuition scholarship by Wade, without which she would not have been able to go to college, gives Wade her graduation cap and gown.

The visits are capped off by Wade's mother, Jolinda, who talks about when she was sent to prison how he continued to support her, and then bought her a church. “When you bought your momma that church, you don’t even understand the lives you changed.

“I am more proud of the man you have become than the basketball player,” she says. “You are bigger than basketball." She gives her son a minister’s robe.

A closing shot shows these items hanging with the NBA jerseys he has been given.

As part of Wade’s final season, Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, appear in another new Gatorade spot, "Keep Moving," and last month attended A Night on the RunWade 2019 fashion show to raise funds for the Overtown Youth Center.

He also has continued to support The Wade's World Foundation, founded by Wade in 2003, which “works to provide support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations.”

After seeing the Budweiser spot, Union posted to her Twitter account, “Bigger Than Basketball. So much bigger than basketball. Man, this captures so much of what @DwyaneWade means to people. I'm also bawling. Watch and RT #OneLastDance. ‘

The Heat have been offering special commemorative items as part of the Wade Legacy Collection, and are giving out T-shirts at the final home game that read,"‘L3gacy.”

Wade’s final regular-season game is on the road against the Brooklyn Nets on April 10.

Among those current and former NBA players with whom he has swapped jerseys this season:

• Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
• Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
• Benny the Bull, Chicago Bulls mascot
• Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
• Chris Bosh, ex-Miami Heat
• Vince Carter, Atlanta Hawks
• Jamal Crawford, Phoenix Suns
• Jae Crowder, Utah Jazz
• Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
• Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
• DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs
• Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
• Goran Dragic, Dallas Mavericks
• Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons
• Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks
• Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers
• Devin Harris, Dallas Mavericks
• George Hill, Milwaukee Bucks
Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks
• LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
• Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
• Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
• Frank Mason, Sacramento Kings
• C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
• Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
• Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
• Marcus Morris, Boston Celtics
• Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
• Chris Paul, Houston Rockets
• Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics
• D'Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
• Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers
• Iman Shumpert, Sacramento Kings
• Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
• Isaiah Thomas, Denver Nuggets
• Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
• Jason Williams, ex Miami Heat
• Delon Wright, Toronto Raptors
• Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

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