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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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Unhidden Figures: March Madness Means More Beer, Pizza, $150M Economic Impact

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2017: By the numbers, the NCAA Div. I Men’s Basketball Tournament runs from the First Four on March 14-15 through the Final Four on April 1 and championship game on April 3, with 68 teams and some 900 players seeking to become this year’s real deal or Cinderella.

But the numbers can be drilled down much farther.

This year, with the Final Four and title games in the University of Phoenix Stadium, the city is projected to realize an economic impact of $100-$150 million, according to financial, credit score and consulting e-firm WalletHub, a division of Evolution Finance, Washington DC.

According to WalletHub, there will be some 125,000 visitors descending on Phoenix, expected to spend an average of $2,100 each on such items as lodging, food and transportation.

The economic impact on Dayton, Ohio, home to the First Four, has reached an estimated $70 million since 2001, according to the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau.

By comparison, in 2012, with the March Madness Final Four games tha took place in the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome, New Orleans realized an economic impact of $135 million, according to the New Orleans Visitors and Convention Bureau.

In 2013, Atlanta hosted the Final Four and had an economic impact of about $70 million, according to the Atlanta Local Organizing Committee. In 2014, in Dallas, the economic impact was put at $183 million and an additional $56 million in Arlington, home to Final Four venue AT&T Stadium, according to the North Texas Local Organizing Committee.

In 2015 in Indianapolis, the impact from hosting the Final Four was about $71 million; and in 2016 in Houston, which hosted the 2016 Final Four, the city had an economic impact of about $150 million, according to the respective city’s organizing committees.

The average price of a single-game ticket to the Final Four this year is $477, but resale prices may go from between $9,600 for court-level seats to $558 for upper levels.

Meanwhile, 81% of human resource pros say their company has no policy in addressing office pools and the completion of brackets, perhaps not such a good thing as some $4 billion will be lost at the corporate level due to "unproductive workers during March Madness," said WalletHub.

There were 70 million tournament brackets completed regarding the men’s basketball tournament last year. Odds of filling out a perfect bracket: One in 9,200,000,000,000,000,000.

In keeping with odds and March Madness, an estimated $9.2 billion was wagered on 2016 Tournament games — some $8.9 billion of it illegally, per WalletHub.

Some categories should, as usual, benefit from March Madness.

An average of 14 million barrels of beer are produced monthly — except for March when WalletHub reports that 17.5 million barrels are produced.

The sales of pizza and desserts also goes up, most significantly among fans of teams that have lost their March Madness games: a 19% increase in pizza and a 9% increase in desserts.

Concurrently, while they are eating and watching games on TV on CBS and on Turner Sports’ three cable stations, TBS, TNT and truTV, fans are multi-taking.

Last year, while an average of 17.8 million watched the title game on TBS, TNT and truTV, there were 56 million combined impressions generated on Twitter and Facebook during the National Championship game in which Villanova defeated North Carolina, 77-74.

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