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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).

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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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Jan282017

LPGA Showcases Youth, Diversity In New ‘Tour Like No Other’ Global Campaign

By Barry Janoff

January 27, 2017: The Ladies Professional Golf Assn. wants people to know that it is "A Global Tour Like No Other," a mantra that will resonate in marketing, during events and via multi-platform activation throughout the 2017 season.

"Two clear themes have emerged on the LPGA: global and youth," Jon Podany, LPGA chief commercial officer, said in a statement. "The global reach of the LPGA can be seen in everything from our players, fan base, sponsors, partners, tournament locations, and what these players are accomplishing in their teens is truly amazing."

The 2017 season includes players from 33 countries. Last season saw 18 winners from 12 different countries.

The average age of LPGA tournament winners in 2016 was 22.3, and seven of the top 10 players in the current Rolex Rankings are under the age of 24, according to LPGA.

The push comes as the LPGA is seeking to boost its brand and presence worldwide.

The 2017 schedule includes four new tournaments to a total of 35 (13 outside of North America) and an increase of $4.35 million in total official prize money to a record $67.35 million, according to the LPGA.

Among the top-ranked LPGA golfers, Ariya Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko earned more than $2.4 million in 2016, Brooke Henderson more than $1.7 million; and In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim, Shanshan Feng and Anna Nordqvist topped $1.4 million in earnings.

Last year, the LPGA and PGA Tour formed a long-term, “strategic alliance to further promote the growth of golf." Golf also got a global boost when it was part of the Summer Olympics for the first time since 1904. (Gold went to Inbee Park of South Korea, Silver to Lydia Ko from New Zeland, Bronze to Chinas’s Shanshan Feng.)

Worldwide sponsorship spend on golf topped a record $1.8 billion in 2016, up 5.1% from the $1.7 billion spent in 2015 and up some $500 million from 2010, according to research firm IEG, Chicago.

The campaign will air on LPGA’s international television partners, including CBS, NBC, ESPN, TNT and Golf Channel, on LPGA.com and via the LPGA’s social media platforms, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Lead agency is Divot Group, Austin.

The campaign features two 30-second spots that stress the diversity and youth theme.

"How Do You Describe A Champion Golfer" has the golfers describing themselves: "5’8” 6’ 5’2”. Soft-spoken. Outspoken. Multiple languages spoken. Vegetarian. Pescetarian. Steak-loving carnivore. Yoga fan. Weight lifting. Trophy lifting."

"Young" focuses on Ko, who turns 20 in April (and to date has earned more than $7.3 million in career winnings),19-year-old  Henderson and Jutanugarn, who just turned 21. "We’ve walked these fairways for years. Met fans from every corner of the world. Won some big tournaments. Competed at the Olympics. Won a few majors.We’re not kids anymore  . . . But we refuse to let age slow us down. We’re staring 20 right in the face."

So-called veteran players are also in the spotlight.

Callaway Golf just signed Michelle Wie to be a company staff pro (she preciously used Nike but the company no longer produces golf clubs, balls or bags). Her deal includes marketing and using Callaway clubs and ball, and an Odyssey putter on the LPGA Tour. Wie, 27, became the youngest female player to compete in a PGA Tour event when she was 14, and turned pro when she was 16.

"The global reach of the LPGA can be seen in everything from our players, fan base, sponsors, partners, tournament locations."

Daytona beach, Fla.-headquartered LPGA national marketing partners include ANNA Airways, Arpin Van Lines, Kia, Leaders Cosmetics, National Car Rental, Northeastern University, Prudential, Rolex, Smucker and Tiffany.

"We wanted to showcase these aspirational aspects of our Tour and give fans an opportunity to see our players in a different light beyond swinging a golf club," said Podany. "Which hopefully will encourage women and inspire girls around the world to play golf and experience the LPGA."

PGA Tour, LPGA Become A Media-Marketing Twosome

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