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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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Marriott Books Room For March Madness Marketing With Top-Tier NCAA Alliance

By Barry Janoff

March 2, 2017: If you go to a Marriott International destination this month you are sure to experience a taste of March Madness, and not just on the TVs or in the lounge areas.

Marriott International has signed a multi-year deal to become an official NCAA corporate partner across all 90 NCAA championships. The alliance designates Marriott International and its 30 brands as the "official hotel partner of the NCAA."

The pact brings Sheraton, a division of Marriott International, back into the NCAA corporate ranks. The brand had been the NCAA’s official hotel partner for several years beginning in 2008.

Sheraton is a division of Starwood, which was acquired by Marriott in 2016.

The union kicks in immediately with multi-media activation for both the NCAA Div. I Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments this month leading to the men's Final Four and women's Final Four.

Also upcoming are the Div. I Men’s and Women’s Hockey tournaments leading to the respective Frozen Fours.

"We are incredibly excited and honored to serve as the official hotel partner of the NCAA," Steve Heitzner, Marriott’s chief sales officer and CMO for the Americas, said in a statement. "College sports bring people from all walks of life together in much the same way travel does and so the affiliation is a natural fit within our larger goal to provide our guests with inspiring and meaningful experiences."

In partnership with the NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports, Marriott International said it would have the "opportunity to support college student-athletes and communities across the country."

As an official partner of the NCAA, Marriott is now able to use NCAA logos, trademarks and markings in marketing, media, and activation.

The hotelier is expected to support with TV, print, Internet, social media and activation at games and in its destinations.

Marriott later this month plans to launch a dedicated sub-site with the NCAA (at NCAA.Marriott.com).

The company said that Marriott Rewards members now have the opportunity to use their points to bid on an "Ultimate Men's Final Four Weekend Experience," with just two spots available, through March 17.

The experience includes two tickets to the men's Final Four and national championship game, being played in University of Phoenix Stadium.

It also offers VIP access to a variety of Final Four weekend events and overnight accommodations in the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa with transportation to and from all weekend events in Phoenix. (Details here.)

According to Dan Gavitt, NCAA svp-basketball, "The goals of Marriott International and NCAA championships are the same — to provide a world-class and memorable experience. We look forward to working with its numerous hotel brands that will provide our student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators and fans with high level hospitality and service during NCAA championships and events."

Including Marriott, Starwood, Courtyard and other brands, Marriott International has more than 5,700 properties in more than 110 countries and territories worldwide and more than 1.2 million rooms (as of Sept. 23, 2016).

"The goals of Marriott International and NCAA championships are the same — to provide a world-class and memorable experience."

"Fans travel to over 800 sites each year to attend NCAA championship events and Marriott is the perfect partner to enhance that on-site experience," Will Funk, evp-property marketing and corporate partnerships for Turner Sports, said in a statement.

"The experience is everything, and Marriott is uniquely positioned to provide the best hotel and hospitality options for the millions of people who love seeing student athletes compete at the highest level."

"As a global hotel company, we have long been passionate about sports and their power to transform and connect," said Marriott’s Heitzner. "Across our 30 distinct hospitality brands, we provide unparalleled variety to suit every traveler's needs, and through our partnership with the NCAA, we look forward to creating memorable experiences for students, alumni, fans and families."

NCAA corporate champion partners include AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

In additon to Marriott International, NCAA corporate partners include Allstate, Amazon Echo, Microsoft Bing, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick. Enterprise, Infiniti, Lowe’s, LG, Nabisco, Northwest Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

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