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• 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.”

• Inter Miami CF and the City of Fort Lauderdale have finalized a comprehensive agreement for the 64-acre property commonly known as the Lockhart stadium site, following a city commission meeting on Tuesday evening,according to the club, which has soccer icon David Beckham as a major investor and spokesperson. "With this agreement, Inter Miami CF will proceed with structural and foundation construction of the site as it prepares to launch its inaugural season in Major League Soccer in March 2020 in Fort Lauderdale."

• As part of its ongoing NFL 100 celebration, the league will make commissioner Roger Goodell available to “announce the first round draft picks for every team” in one Fantasy Sports league. The winning league will also receive a custom NFL100 Trophy and an exclusive NFL 100 prize package, including a Bose SoundLink III speaker, a gold NFL 100 football and a NFL Vineyard Vines tote. Details here.

• The International Olympic Committee is moving closer to making a major change in the way it regulates how athletes can market themselves during the Summer and Winter Games. Full story here.

• 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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Show Starter: LeBron James Making The Most Of Move To Los Angeles With CBS

By Barry Janoff

August 7, 2018: LeBron James relocated from Cleveland to Los Angeles to become part of the Lakers’ ‘Showtime” on-court and the showtime of Hollywood off the court.

It seems as if he’s doing all he can to make that happen.

Keeping its eye on James, CBS Entertainment said it has ordered a ten-episode series with the working title, Million Dollar Mile, whose executive producing companies include Springhill Entertainment, under the auspices of James and Maverick Carter.

CBS described Million Dollar Mile as a “high-stakes competition series that challenges everyday athletes’ physical and mental toughness like never before with an opportunity to change their lives forever.

The CBS show comes one day after Showtime unveiled plans for a three-part documentary series, Shut Up and Dribble, from executive producers James and Carter.

Showtime is a subsidiary of CBS Corp.

CBS said that after shutting down the streets of a major city, contestants would have the chance to win $1,000,000 every time they run the Million Dollar Mile.

“Standing in their way is the most challenging course ever designed and a group of elite athletes with one mission — stop the contestants from winning the money at all costs,” per CBS.

The roster for Million Dollar Mile includes executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan (whose credits include Big Brother) with Fly on the Wall Entertainment and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television.

Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron will oversee the project for SpringHill.

“LeBron represents the epitome of strength, vision and determination — all skills one will need to complete this one-of-a-kind course where every runner has a chance to win $1,000,000,” Sharon Vuong, svp-alternative for CBS Entertainment., said in a statement.

“Couple that with Allison and Rich’s unrivaled skill for storytelling and game, and we feel like we have a championship-caliber team.”

Million Dollar Mile is currently casting nationwide. CBS Entertainment did not give a time frame for its airing.

At the casting site, Million Dollar Mile said it is seeking people of “all shapes, sizes and athletic abilities to test your strength, speed, agility, endurance and mental capacity in this larger-than-life competition series.”

“Think you’re good under pressure? Come put yourself to the test in a never-before-seen series of challenges, where the decisions you make can earn you BIG MONEY!”

The casting page then asks, “Are you a current or former athlete? Do you consider yourself a competitor?

“Whether you’re in the best shape of your life or just a weekend warrior . . .  We Want You!” (Full details here.)

According to Maverick Carter, “This show takes competition series to a whole new level. It’s intense, it’s entertaining and it has a twist that will have people on the edge of their seats while also creating an opportunity to change the contestants’ lives.

“It’s exactly the type of aspirational content SpringHill Entertainment is about, and we can’t wait for people to experience it.”

Million Dollar Mile is a 180-degree turn from Showtime’s Shut Up And Dribble, which was described as a “powerful inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the NBA.”

The title comes from title from Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, who said the phrase to James in February after an interview on ESPN during which he talked about politics — specifically the divisive situation in the White House — as well as his family and sports.

"It's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball," she said. "Keep the political comments to yourselves. ... Shut up and dribble."

Shut Up And Dribble is a presentation of Showtime Sports Documentary Films and SpringHill Entertainment.

James and Carter are also at the center of an HBO series, The Shop, a casual talk show-type setting that seeks to emulate experiences James and many others have had in which the local barbershop is the focal point for sometimes easy, sometimes heated, conversation among friends and others from the neighborhood.

The Shop is scheduled to debut on HBO Aug. 28, with James interacting with such athletes and celebs as rap icon Snoop Dogg, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., running back Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints, Golden State Warriors star and three-time NBA champion Draymond Green, Los Angeles Sparks star and two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker and Jon Stewart.

In addition, Warriors of Liberty City, a six-part documentary series from Springhill Entertainment, is scheduled to debut on Starz on Sept. 16, It follows a season with the youth football team Liberty City Warriors and shows how the tough Miami neighborhood has produced a number of NFL stars.

James last week opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, OH, providing education, meals, transportation and other perks to 240 “at-risk” third- and fourth-grade kids, with plans to expand in the coming years.

LeBron James Talks (Barber) Shop In HBO Series

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