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• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• 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.

• 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 12-14
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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Channel Chasers

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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Mar132018

In Your Facebook: MLB Hits 2018 Season With Exclusive Live-Stream $30M Deal

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

March 13, 2018: Just days after extending and enhancing its alliance with social media platform YouTube TV, MLB and Facebook expanded their partnership for the 2018 MLB season, highlighted by what was called “a historic agreement to produce and broadcast one game every week to a global audience on Facebook.”

The 25-game package of weekly matinee broadcasts will be distributed exclusively on Facebook Watch in the United States via the MLB Live show page, MLB's first digital-only national broadcasts, which will be produced by MLB.

Every game will also be available globally on the show page (excluding select international markets).

Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed, but was put at $30-$35 million, which includes the live games, on-demand highlight packages for each game and weekly recaps of all 30 teams.

"This partnership with Facebook reflects the ongoing commitment of Major League Baseball and our clubs to connect with people around the world," Tony Petitti, deputy commissioner-business and media for MLB, said in a statement.

"It is a major creative step forward in serving our diverse, passionate community of fans, who will enjoy a uniquely interactive experience watching our games on Facebook each week."

MLB has been ramping up its alliances with social media platforms to reach more people in more venues, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube TV, which last year became the first presenting sponsor for the World Series in MLB history and just expanded that deal to include the 2018 and 2019 Fall Classics.

In 2017, MLB and Facebook joined to live-stream 20 games during the season as national simulcasts of each participating team's local TV broadcast.

The first scheduled Facebook Watch broadcast this season is the Philadelphia Phillies at the New York Mets on April 4 (1 PM ET).

Facebook Watch is available across supported devices, including mobile phones and connected TVs.

MLB Network said it would introduce in-game production elements specially designed for “intuitively watching, sharing and interacting on Facebook.”

As part of the pact, MLB will produce and distribute on Facebook Watch “specially curated content in addition to each live game broadcast, including on-demand highlight packages for every regular season game as well as club-specific weekly recap packages for all 30 MLB teams.”

According to Dan Reed, head of global sports partnerships for Facebook, ”We're excited to extend our partnership with Major League Baseball to make Facebook Watch a home for exclusive, live games every week this season.

“Community and conversation are central to both baseball and Facebook, and MLB Network's innovative broadcasts will bring these interactive and social elements of the game to life to fans around the world in new ways on our platform,” said Reed.

Facebook Watch April Schedule (subject to change):

April 4: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets 1 PM ET

April 11: Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals 1 PM ET

April 18: Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays 4 PM ET

April 26: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies 1 PM ET

MLB, YouTube TV Extend World Series Deal

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