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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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Dec252016

Kristen Bell Drives Enterprise Marketing Message To NHL, March Madness

By Barry Janoff

Originally Published in MediaPost

December 24, 2016: Enterprise Rent-A-Car wants people to know that it does more than rent cars, and is using its alliances in sports and new deals in Hollywood to get the word out.

The company has signed actress Kristen Bell of Frozen fame (Anna) and NBC’s The Good Place to share the message that Enterprise can help you "with all of your transportation needs."

Beyond car rentals, that includes trucks, car-sharing, luxury car rentals and car sales.

Bell will star in a series of humorous spots, part of a broader multi-media campaign, which Enterprise will break during such events as the outdoor NHL Centennial Classic (Jan. 1) and NHL Winter Classic (Jan. 2) — both on NBC — and NCAA basketball March Madness.

Enterprise is an official partner with both the NHL and NCAA.

The company broke a campaign with actor Joel McHale during the Summer Olympics; this past summer aligned with the release of Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond, its first such deal with a movie studio and "most integrated marketing campaign" to date; and last month became an official partner of Live Nation and will have a presence during concerts nationwide.

"We're upping our game when it comes to telling the Enterprise story," Lee Broughton, vp-North American brand marketing for Enterprise, said in a statement. "Whether through advertising, social media, content or other means, we want to make sure customers experience our brand on a variety of different levels, and that they are moved by the engaging stories we're telling."

In her first commercial for the company, "If Only," Bell says, "Everybody knows Enterprise picks you up. But can they solve all my transportation needs?"

She then is shown how Enterprise rents trucks ("Big trucks are kinda my jam!"); rents luxury, upscale vehicles ("That’s good because sometimes momma want to drive like a mother"); offers CarShare ("That’s alarmingly sensible"); and sells cars ("Sold!").

When she tells a representative how special Enterprise makes her feel,, the woman asks, "Like a princess?" To which Bell, in a nod to her Frozen role, smiles and says, "Exactly." (See the full spot here.)

Bell officially began her relationship with Enterprise earlier this month when she joined fellow actresses Christina Applegate and Kathryn Hahn to support PATH, a global organization working bring vaccines, medicine, water and even residences to homeless people, in which they helped move a family into a new residence using an Enterprise truck.

Bell will also star in a series of humorous digital shorts to air on Enterprise's social media properties.

In one, Bell prepares to haggle over the price of an Enterprise Car Sales vehicle as if in a Wild West duel, but it quickly turns light-hearted when she learns that each vehicle comes with no-haggle pricing, according to Enterprise.

Lead agency is Cannonball, St. Louis.

CarShare is available in more than 30 states and more than 100 colleges, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco, according to the company.

Bell is also appearing in an American Express’ Small Business campaign, one commercial with Frozen co-actress Idina Menzel and another with actor Ted Danson.

Enterprise has been an official corporate partner with the NCAA since 2005 and with the NHL since 2009.

According to Broughton, "As driving habits keep evolving, we want to keep reminding our customers that we always have their backs. Our new campaign featuring Kristen Bell really brings our brand positioning to life."

As part of its entertainment activation, Enterprise said it would soon begin to roll out exclusive video content, curated by Live Nation, featuring popular artists and bands. As part of each video, musicians will share personal stories, such as road trip tips or their favorite scenic tour stops. The videos will be published on both Enterprise’s and Live Nation’s owned digital properties.

In addition, Enterprise will have a presence in 36 of Live Nation’s owned and/or operated amphitheater venues, 39 of the company’s owned and/or operated club/theater venues and will also advertise across Live Nation’s digital network. Fans will be offered transportation options for live event-related road trips, as well as rental discount promotions "to make it even easier for individuals to travel to live concerts and events."

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