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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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Allen Iverson Still Talking About 'Practice' For Reebok 20th Anniversary Celebration

By Barry Janoff

May 11, 2016: Of all the moments that are considered milestones in the life and NBA career of Allen Iverson, his infamous "practice" press conference immediately following the 2001-02 might be the infamous one to which people most often refer.

Toward the beginning of the conference, which was called to talk about his future with the team, he was asked about his coach, Larry Brown, with whom he had a love-hate relationship. The topic turned to Brown previoulsy having said that Iverson had missed practice on a regular basis, implying that was a reason the Philadelphia 76ers went 46-36 and lost to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

Iverson, who that season scored 1,883 points averaged 31.4 ppg, then used the word "practice" more than 20 times, taken aback by the seemingly amount of focus being put on it. "We're here talking about practice. Practice. Not a game. Practice. Not the game that I go out there and die for. We're talking about practice."

Iverson, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this summer, addresses the moment in a new spot from Reebok, which is part of a broader campaign from Reebok and athletic retailer The Finish Line, "20 Questions. 20 Answers. With Allen Iverson," to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Iverson signing with the shoe company.

It also anticipates the arrival of the appropriately named Question Mid Practice shoe, which hits The Finish Line this week. Other shoes also have been or will be released as part of The Question Mid 20th Anniversary collection, a reference to Iverson's nickname, "The Answer."

“Allen Iverson’s persona and talent resonates with our customers and we have captured his swagger in this video series,” Paul Diehl, director of digital brand for The Finish Line, said in a statement. “Thanks to visionaries like Iverson, the culture of the NBA is now celebrated through personal style and attitude. We are excited to partner with Reebok and Iverson to bring these legacy products that highlight his style back to market.”

In the new spot, "Practice," Iverson addresses his state of mind during the press conference. He said he was tremendously impacted by the murder of his good friend, Rahsaan Langeford, about seven months earlier, as well as the fact that the trial of the person accused of the crime had started just days before the press conference.

"I look back now and it's embarrassing, but it's funny, too," Iverson says in the spot. "I was excited to get to the press conference to tell Philadelphia that I wasn't going (to leave the team), and then everything went (awry)."

Addressing the issue of his not practicing, Iverson says with a laugh, "You name me one person who accomplished all the things I did in my career without practicing. I wish I was that talented that I didn't have to practice."

The new spot follows such others as "Misunderstood" and "Unworn All-Stars," with 11 "exclusive interviews," which started breaking around the NBA All-Star Game in February, to be released.

According to Brian Lee, director of basketball product and sports marketing for Reebok,"Finish Line has been a premium partner in celebrating the life and times of Allen Iverson through the Question Mid 20th Anniversary collection. Throughout the collection, Iverson’s innate passion, his unique style and his effect on culture are clearly highlighted.

"Finish Line has done a great job capturing what he meant to the game, both on and off the court, through authentic brand storytelling," said Lee.

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