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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

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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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• 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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McDonald’s Effort Leaves Celebs Speechless But With A Lot On Their Mind

By Barry Janoff

May 6, 2018: Wendy’s has been calling out rival McDonald’s in a campaign for serving “flash-frozen beef,” through a series of commercials that convey the message via text rather than spoken word.

McDonald’s response in part is a new effort, “Speechless Thoughts,” in which such celebrities as Charles Barkley, Gabrielle Union and John Goodman are seen enjoying Quarter Pounders and expressing their joy not by words (other than “Mmm-mmm”) but by inner thoughts that are conveyed on the screen via text.

The campaign supports a strategy that McDonald’s refers to as its “cooked-right-when-ordered Quarter Pound Burgers using fresh beef in thousands of our restaurants.”

Barkley, Union and Goodman are each seen in a McDonald’s restaurant, gleefully chowing down a Quarter Pounder (some with cheese). Each 30-second spot is devoid of speech, but there are plenty of inner feelings that come across via subtitles.

On YouTube, McDonald’s explains to visitors in text below the video screen, “Introducing McDonald’s new 100% fresh beef Quarter Pounder burgers. They’re so good, they’ll leave people speechless. Like Gabrielle Union here. Want to find out what she’s thinking? Hint: Make sure Closed Captioning is turned on.”

A separate series of spots show each of the celebs interacting with McDonald’s customers, speaking for them when the Quarter Pounder leaves them speechless.

A Hispanic platform stars Luis Fonsi a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter best known for his 2017 worldwide hit song "Despacito," who speaks for customers in McDonald's left speechless because they are enjoying a Quarter Pounder.

"La Nueva Quarter Pounder con carne fresca ha dejado a Maria sin palabras. Por eso Luis Fonsi va a hablar por ella." ("The new Quarter Pounder with fresh meat has left Maria speechless. That's why Luis Fonsi is going to speak for her.")

The push comes on the heels of McDonald’s 2018 Q1 financial report, which showed same-store sales in the U.S. rose 2.9% (topping analyst expectations), with president and CEO Steve Easterbrook stating, “More customers are recognizing that we are becoming a better McDonald's, appreciating our great tasting food, fast and friendly service and compelling value.”


In his spot, Barkley, the NBA Hall of Famer and NBA on TNT commentator (and admitted long-time McDonald’s consumer), thinks as he eats, “Man, McDonald’s new hotter, juicer Quarter Pounder is so good, I’m speechless.

“But man, I’ve got a lot to say. they cooked this burger right when I ordered it. 100% beef fresh beef like that deserves another bite. That’s the stuff. Thank you, McDonald’s for this delicious flavor parade.”

Actress, author and social activist Union (wife of NBA star Dwyane Wade), thinks in her commercial, “This new hotter, juicier Quarter Pounder has me speechless. But my taste buds have got me thinking, McDonald’s knows just what I like, with that cooked-right-when-I-order hotness.

“But hotter isn’t everything. You know what is, though? Hotter and juicier. And 100% fresh beef. That’s worth 100% of my love. And this melty cheese is burger nirvana. I literally can’t even have just one bite.”

Goodman, currently starring in the Roseanne reboot, munches and thinks, “McDonald’s new hotter and juicer Quarter Pounder has me speechless. So here’s what I’m thinking. 100% fresh beef? 100% heck yes!

"It’s like a ‘flavor suplex’ in my mouth. The melty cheese is giving me goosebumps. Or are they cheese bumps?”

Each ends with the text, “The new 100% Fresh Beef Quarter Pounder Burgers.”

Lead agency is DDB’s We Are Unlimited, Chicago.

Barkley did some McDonald’s spots in the mid-1990s, including with Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Reggie Miller — along with such animated Looney Tune characters as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck — to coincide with the release of Space Jam (1996).

McDonald’s said that since the start of the year, they have “modernized and improved hospitality in nearly 1,000 restaurants, setting the pace to bring the 'Experience of the Future' to an additional 1,000 restaurants every quarter this year. “

“We’ve transitioned the entire market to a new value platform, offering our customers greater choice and variety,” Easterbrook said during the Q1 analyst and media conference call.

“We are managing our business for the long-term and with our Velocity Growth Plan, I am confident that our strategy and actions we’re taking will position the business for sustained growth,” said Easterbrook.”

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