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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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The Marketing Force Is With Disney: 'The Last Jedi' Trailer Kicks Off On ESPN 'MNF'

By Barry Janoff

October 8, 2017: A new trailer for the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to break Monday night (Oct. 9) on ESPN during NFL Monday Night Football, and it’s not just Star Wars fans who are waiting for the force to be with them.

With the movie set to open Dec. 15, a Millennium Falcon filled with partners is also set to embark on a two-month countdown by unleashing the marketing power of the Star Wars galaxy.

Disney has untied the forces of its divisions for the promotion: LucasFilm teased the trailer with snippets that aired throughout Sunday (Oct. 8) on ESPN. (See trailer teaser here.)

The full trailer will air during halftime of the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears in Chicago. The brodacast is scheduled to begin at 8:30 PM (ET).

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. is also part of the launch strategy, with the trailer scheduled to air on a giant screen outside AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theatres in the Downtown Disney District.

(A countdown is scheduled to begin at 5 PM PT, complete with a live DJ, games and giveaways, according to Disney.)

Among marketing partners that have or are ready to release The Last Jedi products are Walmart, Target, Toys ‘R Us, Hasbro, Lego, General Mills, Nissan, Verizon, Vizio, Campbell’s Soup, Royal Philips (special-edition shavers), Po-Zu footwear, Stance socks, Christian Louboutin (fashion), Gamestop, Apple, Electronic Arts, Zen Stiudios (video games and apps), State backpacks and LucasFilm Publishing.

Following the trailer launch Monday night, tickets to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi will go on sale via apps and at various online destinations, including Fandango and Atom Tickets.

Disney wants to replicate or better the success it had with a two-month ticket pre-sale lead time for The Force Awakens in 2015. More than $100 million in tickets were pre-sold for the film, released in December of that year, starting immediately after a trailer aired in mid-October, according to industry analysts.

Tickets for the most recent film in the Star Wars universe, last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, went on sale just a few weeks before its Dec. 16 release in theaters.

According to Disney, people who get their tickets to Star Wars: The Last Jedi via Fandango will receive a "cool gift with purchase: an exclusive film movie poster from Fandango FanShop, Fandango’s movie merchandise marketplace (while supplies last).”

Fandango said its FanShop is offering dozens of Star Wars collectibles to celebrate the tickets-on-sale date. (See site for details.)

People who purchase Star Wars: The Last Jedi tickets via the Atom Tickets app or Web site will be able to buy official Star Wars merchandise "in a single, seamless transaction and could have it shipped to their homes in time for the film’s opening weekend," according to Disney.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are executive producers.

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