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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.”

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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).

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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Dec092016

College Hoops Coaches Make Recruiting Calls For Cancer Society Campaign

By Barry Janoff

December 9, 2016: The American Cancer Society this weekend will launch the first multi-media campaign to support the Coaches vs. Cancer program, an alliance with the National Association of Basketball Coaches that features college basketball coaches to raise awareness and donations.

The cause marketing campaign, "Come and Play For Us," is built around a TV spot that includes such well-respected head coaches as Lon Kruger (University of Oklahoma), Tubby Smith (Memphis), Roy Williams (North Carolina) and  Jay Wright (Villanova University).

Since its founding, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised more than $100 million for ACS, according to the NABC.

ACS said it worked with Houston-based marketing agency Professional Sports Partners to "enlist the support of high-profile Div. I college basketball coaches whose lives have been touched by cancer and are valuable leaders with the Coaches vs. Cancer program."

The campaign runs from Dec. 10 through March Madness and the NCAA Div. 1 Men’s and Women’s Final Four in April 2017. TV will air on broadcast and cable, with support from radio, digital and social media.

The new campaign will launch in conjunction with the college hoops game on Saturday in which Duke plays the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the T-Mobile Arena, benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, to air on ESPN (2 PM PT).

In conjunction with its first ad campaign, Coaches vs. Cancer has unveiled a redesigned Web site with new digital content and consumer interface to engage college basketball fans.

According to Coach Kruger, "I am honored to be part of this campaign that embodies my passion and dedication to fighting cancer. I hope it motivates fans to have the courage to help me race towards victory over cancer and finish the game with a win."

David Doan, vp-sports alliances for ACS, said, "This is the first time we've ever launched a TV and digital ad campaign for this program, and we look forward to making an impact on brand awareness and participation."

In the spot, the four head coaches are seen making phone calls, speaking as though they are taking to potential basketball recruits.

"We are a winning team," says Wright.

"We have been winning for more than 20 years" says Williams.

"With you joining the team we will go even further," says Kruger.

The spot then gets to the point as the coaches’ conversations morph into supportive pitches for the American Cancer Society.

"We are helping the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer," says Smith. "With you, we will help more patients on their road to recovery."

"Over 15 million survivors prove we’re on the path to victory," says Wright.

All four coaches are then seen saying, "Come and play for us," with the spot directing viewers to CoachesVsCancer.org for more information. "So, can we count you in?" asks Wright. (See the full spot here.)

Among the initiatives under the Coaches vs, Cancer banner, the Coaches vs. Cancer Three-Point Challenge is an on-going platform at participating universities nationwide in which people are encouraged donate to ACS based on the number of three-point shots made by their team.

In addition, numerous Coaches vs. Cancer classics and tournaments are held at the high school level throughout the season.

Upcoming events include:

Suits and Sneakers Week Jan. 23-29, 2017
A nationwide event where coaches and their staff wear sneakers with their suits during games to "raise awareness and help save lives from cancer by raising funds and encouraging people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening, and early detection."

• The 10th annual Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic, scheduled for May 21-23, 2017 at the Shadow Creek and Southern Highlands Golf Club, Las Vegas, hosted by the MGM Grand.

Coaches vs, Cancer National Golf Tournament and Circle of Honor Dinner, scheduled for June 11-12, 2017, at Merion (PA) Golf Club.

"This is a very important and exciting time for the Coaches vs. Cancer program as we continue to make progress and increase relevancy of the program to continue reaching college basketball fans to help us save more lives from cancer," Sharon Byers, chief development and marketing officer for the American Cancer Society, said in a statement.

The Coaches vs. Cancer platform traces its roots back to Norm Stewart, former head coach for the University of Missouri’s men’s basketball program, who was a cancer survivor and a member of the NABC. In 1993, he challenged fans to pledge a dollar amount for every three-point shot made by his team during the season.

"The concept evolved into a nationwide effort uniting coaches, fans, players, and communities across the country in the mission to end cancer," according to ACS.

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