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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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Sep272012

Why Nascar's Jeff Gordon 'Switched' From Hendrick To Nick's Team Umizoomi

By Barry Janoff

September 27, 2012: Jeff Gordon may be 12th in the current Nascar Sprint Cup chase, but he will be first in the hearts of kids and fans of Team Umizoomi, an animated show on Nickelodeon.

The four-time Nascar champion, who drives for Hendrick Motorsports, takes on not only animated brethren to tout the next episode (Sept. 28), but a geometric foe, as well, who has turned the wheels on his No. 24 car from round to triangle. The conundrum is resolved when Team Umizoomi — Milli, Geo and Bot— use their "mighty math powers" to help Gordon and pre-school viewers solve the problem.

The episode, The Great Shape Race, goes beyond the airtime on Nick. A promo spot featuring Gordon has been anchoring marketing, and the episode will live on via several interactive and social media activations that encourage kids to race along with Gordon and friends, use math to solve race-related challenges and work   on puzzles and other games using numbers and shapes to reach solutions.

In the episode, according to Nick, "UmiCar and DumpTruck try to race against each other toward Shape Mountain in order to win the big prize: a magic Dodecahedron. However, Team Umizoomi needs to keep a watchful eye on DumpTruck, who will stop at nothing in order to win."

Going animated is not new for Gordon. He also is teaming up with Nickelodeon's rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with elements including a TMNT paint scheme for the Oct. 13 Bank of America 500 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which will support the Drive To End Hunger organization.

In the promo spot, Gordon is about to enter a race when he notices something strange about his car. "Huh!? Triangles!" Gordon exclaims when he looks at the tires on his vehicle. "Where's my pit crew?"

Then it's Team Umizoomi to the rescue. "We can help, Jeff," they exclaim. "Your wheels are in no shape to race."

"You got that right," answers Gordon. "Is there something you can do about that?"

Looking at the triangular wheels, they exclaim, "Circle! Super shapes!" The problem is resolved when the round wheels appear in their proper place.

"Thanks," smiles Gordon. "I'm going to run circles around those other cars." (See the full spot here.)

According to Nick, the show, and this episode, encourage "viewers at home [to] use their mighty math powers including shape recognition and counting." The online elements at NickJr.com include the Umicar Shape Race game, the UmiCar Crafting activity, the Shape Race maze, the Umi Shape Mountain poster and the Umizoomi board game.

"My kids, that’s all we DVR, that’s all we watch is Nickelodeon programming . . . The kids love racing and they love the paint schemes."

“To have a cool car like this, I know the kids are going to be excited about it,”  Gordon said in a statement. “They love Nickelodeon. My kids, that’s all we DVR, that’s all we watch is Nickelodeon programming . . . The kids love racing and they love the paint schemes. As a parent now, these types of moments are very special.”

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