• 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,, 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.”


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).


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)



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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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).


Bellinger, Yelich, Trout Power Players In MLB All-Star Game ‘Starters Election’ Voting

By Barry Janoff

June 23, 2019: Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich and Mike Trout were the only players who collected more than three million votes each; and Gary Sánchez, Willson Contreras, Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuña Jr., George Springer, Nolan Arenado, Alex Bregman  and Javier Baez were among the handful who amassed more than two million votes each.

But that all goes back to zero with the Primary voting section over and finalists for the MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard moving on to the Starters Election phase under new guidelines for the 2019 game.

The three-week Primary phase of the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot, which  ran May 28-June 2, saw the top three from each position in each league — and top nine outfielders from each league — move on to the Starters phase.

The Starters Election begins June 26 (12 PM ET) and ends on June 27 (4 PM ET).

People can vote at and also on Google.

The winners will be unveiled on ESPN June 27 (starting at 7 PM ET).

All-Star pitchers and reserves will be announced on June 30 (5:30 PM ET).

The 2019 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard is scheduled for July 9 in Progressive Field, Cleveland.

It will air nationally on Fox; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries.

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Bellinger recorded the most votes overall in both leagues (3,685,170), followed by Milwaukee Brewers outfielder  Yelich (3,646,071) and Los Angeles Angeles outfielder Trout (3,370,499).

Outfielder Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies fell short of the Top Nine NL outfielders, but could still be in the game if he is selected as a reserve.

The teams with the most players in the Starters Election, with seven each, include the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.

Among both leagues, 17 teams are represented in the Starers Election: the Braves, Cubs, Astros, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Angeles, Brewers, Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays.

Players Eligible For Starters Voting By Position


Gary Sánchez (Yankees) 2,266,469
James McCann (White Sox) 1,085,254
Robinson Chirinos (Astros) 946,823

Willson Contreras (Cubs) 2,384,622
Brian McCann (Braves) 1,762,917
Yasmani Grandal (Brewers) 1,193,3

Luke Voit (Yankees) 1,205,706
Carlos Santana (Indians) 1,180,719
C.J. Cron (Twins) 1,045,120


Freddie Freeman (Braves) 2,214,793
Josh Bell (Pirates) 1,831,933
Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) 1,545,682)


Tommy La Stella (Angels) 1,713,094
José Altuve (Astros) 1,629,148
DJ LeMahieu (Yankees) 1,312,490


Ozzie Albies (Braves) 2,190,518
Mike Moustakas (Brewers) 1,758,636
Ketel Marte (D-backs) 1,102,419

Jorge Polanco (Twins) 1,450,913
Carlos Correa (Astros) 1,115,469
Gleyber Torres (Yankees) 976,163)

Javier Báez (Cubs) 2,598,426
Dansby Swanson (Braves) 1,719,262
Trevor Story (Rockies) 961,384

Alex Bregman (Astros) 2,341,355
Gio Urshela (Yankees),857,474
Hunter Dozier (Royals),746,742

Nolan Arenado (Rockies) 2,483,867
Kris Bryant (Cubs) 1,400,401
Josh Donaldson (Braves) 1,376,228


Mike Trout (Angels) 3,370,499
George Springer (Astros) 2,565,706
Michael Brantley (Astros) 1,667,430
Austin Meadows (Rays) 1,344,031
Mookie Betts (Red Sox) 1,325,117
Eddie Rosario (Twins) 1,172,657
Aaron Judge (Yankees) 995,903
Josh Reddick (Astros) 928,606
Joey Gallo (Rangers) 904,563


Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) 3,685,170
Christian Yelich (Brewers) 3,646,071
Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves) 2,553,169
Nick Markakis (Braves) 1,425,889
Charlie Blackmon (Rockies) 1,242,552
Albert Almora Jr. (Cubs) 1,071,664
Jason Heyward (Cubs) 1,040,260
Kyle Schwarber (Cubs) 997,340
Joc Pederson (Dodgers) 961,515

J.D. Martinez (Red Sox) 1,564,520
Hunter Pence (Rangers) 1,054,282
Nelson Cruz (Twins) 974,788

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