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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).

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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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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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Buoyed By Boost In Attendance, Sales MiLB Doubles Copa Hispanic Campaign For 2019

By Barry Janoff

September 24, 2018: According to Minor League Baseball, more than 18 million U.S. Hispanics designate themselves as fans of MiLB, behind only the NBA and MLS.

This past season, MiLB unveiled Copa de la Diversión (“Fun Cup“) a season-long event in which 33 teams during select games donned caps and jerseys with the Hispanic versions of their names that were reflections of their local Hispanic communities and heritage.

The 33 teams who dedicated 167 games as Copa de la Diversión-designated events reported a 12.6% attendance increase compared to similar game dates in 2017, according to MiLB.

In addition to attendance and and increased interaction with the Hispanic community, MiLB said that retail sales of Copa-specific licensed merchandise via MiLB ballparks' team stores and MiLB teams' online stores “far exceeded participating teams' pre-season goals.”

MiLB said that sales projected to be more than 500% higher than pre-campaign estimates.

That encouraged MiLB to not only bring Copa de la Diversión back for 2019, but to more than double the platform.

All 33 teams who participated in the inaugural 2018 campaign will return for the expanded 72 teams in the 2019 edition.

The new Copa de la Diversión teams will also bring the total number of states represented from 19 to 29, with all teams representing "a diverse mix of market sizes and community demographics.”

MiLB, with offices based in St. Petersburg, Fla., encompasses some 260 teams.

Marketing will come with the tag, “72 Teams, 29 States, Copa.”

Last season’s list included the Albuquerque Isotopes transforming into the "Mariachis de Nuevo México" and the San Antonio Missions celebrating sandal-wielding matriarchs as the "Flying Chanclas de San Antonio.”

"The initial Copa de la Diversión results and overwhelmingly positive feedback suggest that our fans are embracing the passion and commitment our teams have poured into this transformative campaign," Kurt Hunzeker, MiLB' vp-marketing strategy and research, said via the league.

"We listened and learned from fans what we could do better next year, and those insights will help frame how our expanded Copa teams plan, prepare and activate fan engagement and marketing efforts celebrating their communities in 2019."

According to  Joe Ricciutti, president and GM for the Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, one of the teams joining the program in 2019, "We were very impressed watching the Copa de la Diversion program develop across Minor League Baseball this past season. We are excited and honored to be selected to be a part of the program in 2019 and look forward to bringing the Copa to the Jersey Shore!"

Final Copa de la Diversión results will be unveiled during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas this December.

New culturally relevant Copa de la Diversión on-field brands will be unveiled in March 2019.

Details of marketing activation and availability of caps, jerseys and other merchandise will be available via each team’s respective Web site.

"The 33 clubs participating in the Copa de la Diversión program (last) year have committed approximately $500,000 in marketing resources to better engage their Hispanic consumers in their markets,” said Hunzeker.

“That's the very definition of commitment. They've reallocated their marketing funds to go after this vitally important, financially powerful, young (group).”

Copa de la Diversión grew out of a national marketing campaign MiLB launched in 2017, "It's Fun to Be a Fan" and corresponding Spanish-language Es Divertido Ser Un Fan marketing campaign.

That season, three MiLB teams adopted new alternate on-field names to reflect their unique and diverse fan bases: the Charlotte Knights (Caballeros), Las Vegas 51s (Reyes de Plata) and Visalia Rawhide (Toros).

MiLB said that the sales of licensed merchandise for of all 160 teams in 2017 set a MiLB record with more than $70.8 million in retail sales.

That marked a 3.6% increase over 2016's total of $68.3 million, which had been the highest total recorded since MiLB’s licensing program began in 1992.

The Hispanic names for the MiLB teams that will be joining Copa de la Diversión in 2019 will be unveiled in March.

MiLB teams that participated last season were:

• Albuquerque Isotopes: Mariachis
• Bowie Baysox: Cangrejos Fantasmas (Ghost Crabs)
• Brooklyn Cyclones: Jefes
• Charlotte Knights: Caballeros
• Corpus Christi Hooks: Raspas
• Daytona Tortugas: Tortugas
• Durham Bulls: Toros
• El Paso Chihuahuas: Chihuahuas
• Eugene Emeralds: Monarcas
• Everett AquaSox: Conquistadores
• Greenville Drive: Energía
• Hartford Yard Goats: Chivos
• Hillsboro Hops: Lúpolos (hops, as in the plant)
• Inland Empire 66ers: Cucuys (bogeymen)
• Kane County Cougars: Cougars
• Kannapolis Intimidators: Rápidos
• Lake Elsinore Storm: Storm
• Las Vegas 51s: Reyes de Plata (Silver Kings)
• Lehigh Valley IronPigs: Tocino (bacon)
• Memphis Redbirds: Música
• Oklahoma City Dodgers: Cielo Azul (Blue Sky)
• Omaha Storm Chasers: Cazadores de Tormentas
• Pawtucket Red Sox: Osos Polares (Polar Bears)
• Rancho Cucamonga Quakes: Temblores
• Round Rock Express: Chupacabras
• Sacramento River Cats: Dorados (Golden)
• Salt Lake Bees: Abejas
• San Antonio Missions: Flying Chanclas
• San Jose Giants: Gigantes
• Stockton Ports: Caballos
• Tulsa Drillers: Petroleros
• Visalia Rawhide: Toros
• Winston-Salem Dash: Rayados (Stripes)

New teams added for 2019 include:

• Arkansas Travelers
• Bradenton Marauders
• Carolina Mudcats
• Charleston RiverDogs
• Chattanooga Lookouts
• Clinton LumberKings
• Columbia Fireflies
• Columbus Clippers
• Delmarva Shorebirds
• Down East Wood Ducks
• Erie SeaWolves
• Florida Fire Frogs
• Fresno Grizzlies
• Greensboro Grasshoppers
• Gwinnett Stripers
• Hickory Crawdads
• Iowa Cubs
• Lake County Captains
• Lakewood BlueClaws
• Lancaster JetHawks
• Lansing Lugnuts
• Lexington Legends
• Louisville Bats
• Midland RockHounds
• Modesto Nuts
• Myrtle Beach Pelicans
• Nashville Sounds
• New Hampshire Fisher Cats
• Norfolk Tides
• Reading Fightin Phils
• Reno Aces
• Richmond Flying Squirrels
• Salem Red Sox
• Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
• Tacoma Rainiers
• Trenton Thunder
• Tri-City Dust Devils
• West Michigan Whitecaps
• Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

Hispanic Push Helps MiLB Set Record In Licensed Merchandise Sales

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