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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Oct192018

How The Grinch Sold Christmas With The NBA, ESPN, Wonderful Pistachios

UPDATED November 1, 2018

By Barry Janoff

October 19, 2018: Dr. Seuss’ How the The Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic book for kids of all ages, which has been turned into numerous animated and live-action versions on the big (Jim Carrey 2000) and small screen (the 1966 TV classic with Boris Karloff).

Next up: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, due in theaters Nov. 9,

To support the film, as well as the start of the 2018-19 season, the NBA and ESPN have joined with Illumination and Universal Pictures for a humorous multi-media campaign.

The Grinch movie also has tie-ins that also include Wonderful Pistachios, Barnes & Noble, Just Play, IHOP and 23andMe.

Among the NBA players who have filmed promo spots for the animated film are JR Smith (Cleveland Cavaliers), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors) and Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers).

The campaign is from ESPN CreativeWorks in conjunction with Illumination and Universal Pictures.

The spots are running across ESPN platforms, with focus during NBA broadcasts, with support including digital and social media.

The spots find The Grinch, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, calling the NBA players on their cell phones and being his usual Grinch-nasty self.

In "The Grinch vs. JR Smith," Smith, who is eating lunch in the ESPN cafe in Bristol, Conn. — having already removed his shirt, as is his go-to move during championship parades and in other public places —  when Grinch calls to talk about Game 1 of last season’s Finals against the Warriors.

In that game, Smith lost track of time and the score at the end of the fourth quarter. After grabbing a rebound with less that five seconds to play he dribbled toward mid-court instead of calling a timeout.

Time expired with the score tied, and the Warriors won in overtime, eventually taking the Championship series in four games

“JR, Grinch here. Let’s talk about last year’s Game ! Yikes.”

“Dude, it was last year,” says Smith, trying to be good-natured about it. “Let it go.”

“You’re right,” chides Grinch. “No turning back the clock now! Only time will tell . . . “ at which point Smith disconnects the call.

In "The Grinch vs. Draymond Green," Green gets his Grinch call at home, where he is rudely interpreted while watching an NBA game on his big screen TV.

Green wants to get back to the game, but Grinch annoyingly talks about how much he and the three-time NBA champ are alike: “You’re Green and grumpy and love talking trash . . . a lot! And you know how to get under someone’s skin.”

“I’m about to get under your skin,” growls Green.

Embiid is working out in "The Grinch vs. Joel Embiid" when Grinch calls to talk about Joel’s penchant for spending time on social media.

“How is my favorite Internet troll”? Grinch asks the Sixers center. “Is spending all day on social media part of the process? Maybe you’ll finally snag a date with that certain someone you’re always talking about,” a reference to Embiid’s crush on Rihanna.

“Lose my number,” says Embiid. And to make sure the message is clear, Embiid goes on Twitter and types, “@GrinchMovie, never call me again.”

The NBA-themed spots also include snippets of the movie’s lead song, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” with this version by Tyler the Creator and Danny Elfman.

Wonderful Pistachios, which has a multi-platform effort that includes two TV spots, Internet, social media, a billboard in New York’s Time Square and POP Grinch stand-ups.

“Wonderful Pistachios is the green icon of healthy snacking, so partnering with The Grinch, the green icon of the holidays, is the perfect opportunity to spread green holiday cheer to moviegoers everywhere,” Adam Cooper, vp-marketing for The Wonderful Co., said via the brand.

Barnes & Noble said Dr. Seuss’The Grinch will take over stores via h special displays in 536 stores featuring exclusive books, holiday ornaments, puzzles, games and toys starting Oct. 22.  Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide will also host a free Grinch Storytime on Nov. 3.

Barnes & Noble will feature a variety of exclusive Dr. Seuss books and products.

According to Stephanie Fryling, vp-merchandising, children’s books for Barnes & Noble,“Kids around the country love hearing Dr. Seuss’ tale of the Grinch who stole Christmas before his heart grew three sizes during the holidays, which is why we’re so excited to have these exclusive Grinch books, ornaments, and toys this holiday season.

“We think customers will love these special Dr. Seuss products, as well as the Kids’ section takeovers and displays in our stores.”

IHOP has limited-time food based on Grinch green, including pancakes and hot chocolate with green whipped topping, supported by TV ("Inspired by The Grinch"), Internet, social media and POP.

23AndMe genetic testing company has a campaign anchored by a TV spot, "Grinch's DNA Story."

Just Play hits retail and online this month with a series of toys and other Grinch products, including ornaments, plush, an advent calendar and a Who-ville playlet.

Clothing from various companies includes T-shirts, ugly Christmas sweaters, pajamas and wool caps.

The Grinch also stars Rashida Jones, Taylor Momsen, Keenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury and Pharrell Williams as the Narrator.

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