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• 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.”

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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 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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Reversal Of Fortune: Firestone Tires Returns To IndyCar With New Deal

March 14, 2011: In what has become a 180-degree business turn, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and IndyCar said they have signed a new deal enabling Firestone to continue to serve as the exclusive tire supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series through the 2013 race season.

The deal comes about a week after the companies said that the Firestone sponsorship and supply contract would expire at the end of the 2011 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The new agreement does not include Firestone Indy Lights, the developmental series for drivers and teams striving to reach the top level of open-wheel racing in North America. Firestone will remain as title sponsor and tire supplier of the development series through 2011.

Firestone has supplied tires to the IZOD IndyCar Series since 1996 and has been associated with the signature Indianapolis 500 race since 1911.

"[On March 4], we had reached the deadline where both organizations had to make a decision regarding the future to prepare our individual operations for the long term," Randy Bernard, CEO, IndyCar, said in a statement. "This is one of those decisions that it is imperative that you have the team owners 100%behind you. Early [last] week we called a meeting to walk the team owners through the process and hear their input. I'm happy to say we walk as one with Firestone."

At the time the ending of the deal was revealed, Nashville-based Bridgestone said the decision was "in line with the company's goal of ensuring the long-term growth of its business and its brands," including Firestone.

Bernard said that IndyCar was "actively engaged in discussions with other tire manufacturers on opportunities to get involved in our sport as we prepare to debut our new car in 2012." Potential companies included Goodyear (which is the official tire of Nascar), Michelin, Pirelli, Hoosier and Avon, according to industry analysts.

Now, according to Bernard, "We feel that this new supply agreement will benefit everyone. It provides a proven safe and reliable Firestone product for the transition to the all-new cars for 2012. We have to thank everyone at Firestone for working with us to help ensure the best for the long-term growth of our sport."

The deal comes shortly after a report from IEG, a Chicago-based marketing and research firm, said that companies would spend about $3.5 billion in 2011 to sponsor race teams, tracks and sanctioning bodies, up 4.2% from 2010.

According to Al Speyer, executive director for Firestone Racing, "We are pleased that we were able to reach this agreement with IndyCar. As we prepare to celebrate our involvement in the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, we are also focused on the future and the great opportunities that lie ahead. While we've reached the pinnacle of success in the IndyCar racing, we're happy to extend our relationship with the IZOD IndyCar Series through 2013, and to continue our winning partnership."

Speyer stressed that the company would continue evaluate all options for promoting the Firestone brand "inside and outside of motorsports, as the Firestone Brand is a very important part of our business."

Dennis Reinbold, team owner for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, said that IndyCar had called a meeting to inform the team owners of Firestone's departure. "When we learned of this, we encouraged IndyCar to check with Firestone to see if there might be any chance to continue. We feel that it is important to maintain continuity with their excellent tires as we transition to the new car for 2012.

"We have to thank everyone at Firestone for working with us to help ensure the best for the long-term growth of our sport."

According to Reinbold, "The team owners are collectively very relieved that Firestone had an open mind and that they were able to reach this agreement with IndyCar. Firestone racing tires are not only important from a safety and reliability standpoint, but they contribute greatly to the wheel-to-wheel competition for which our sport is famous."

Firestone is also the official tire of Major League Baseball via a multi-year deal signed in 2009. Sibling Bridgestone is the official tire of both the NFL and the NHL.

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