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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).

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

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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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Mar132018

MLB Food Field Of Dreams: If You Cook Donut Sliders, Grasshoppers They Will Eat

By Barry Janoff

March 13, 2018: For a long time, the haphazard food experiences inside MLB ball parks were centered around hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack.

Now, food adventures inside MLB ball parks include the Cleveland Indians Flamethrower pulled pork sandwich, Detroit Tigers Chicken Shawarma Nachos, Oakland A’s Monte Khrush Davis Cristo sandwich (ham, turkey, cheese and strawberry preserves served between two Belgian Liege waffles), Tampa Bay Rays Reuben Cuban Sandwich and the Milwaukee Brewers Cheddar Beer Bratwurst.

To help people whet their appetites for the 2018 season, MLB said it plans to present its first MLB FoodFest, scheduled for April 21-22, to be held in Center415, located on Fifth Avenue (between 37th and 38th) in New York.

According to MLB, the FoodFest — with the theme ’30 Ballparks. 1 Plate” — features special selections from each of the 30 clubs served under one roof.

“This is not your average ballpark food,” MLB explains on the FoodFest Web site. “While we keep some of the fan favorites, each ballpark has picked an item they feel shows off the level of culinary experience you receive at their stadium.

“This includes sandwiches, nachos, burgers, chicken, fries, and more, all in a way you haven't seen before.”

According to MLB, each sample is about half the size of what you would receive in a ballpark.

The defending World Series champion Houston Astros will serve their Chicken Waffle Cone, which is popcorn chicken with mashed potatoes and honey mustard in a waffle cone.

Most unusual: Perhaps the Seattle Mariners Toasted Grasshoppers.

Also on the list of you don’t see that served at home: the Texas Rangers Chicken and Donut Slider (chicken between a glazed donut served with buffalo ranch and honey); Los Angeles Dodgers Cheeto-Lote (corn covered with chipotle mayo, parmesan, Tajin and Flaming Hot Cheetos); and the Atlanta Braves Pig Pickin’ (BBQ-spiced tortilla shell served with curly fries, mac-n-cheese, pulled pork, coleslaw and roasted cord pico de gallo with a side of fried pork rinds).

Every club designated one concession item to represent them at MLB FoodFest. Featured fare ranges from “ballpark classics to stadium-exclusive fan favorites to original menu items debuting this season.”

MLB FoodFest will cover two floors and more than 20,000 square feet. (The special event is open from 11 AM to 9 PM ET each day. Details here.)

People have two options for ticket purchases: Food for $25 or food and beer for $40.

MLB said the food-beer ticket includes three beer vouchers. (Anyone purchasing and using a food-beer ticket must be 21 or older. Details here.)

Each ticket includes one tasting-sized serving of all 30 ballpark food items. Soft drinks and water are complimentary.

(Tickets must be secured online prior to arrival at the venue. Each ticket grants access to the space for a designated two-hour block. Details here.)

In addition to the food available, MLB FoodFest will feature such interactive exhibits and art as the Hot Dog Room presented by Nathan’s Famous, the official hot dog of MLB; the Popcorn Pit; Clubhouse Bar serving craft and light beer selections from Anheuser-Busch (food-beer ticket required for beer; and a baseball-themed lounge in which to eat and drink.

People attending the event are being encouraged to post their experience and images on social media with the hash tag #MLBFoodFest.

Options available at MLB FoodFest are scheduled to include:

Arizona Diamondbacks Churro Dog

Atlanta Braves Pig Pickin’  

Baltimore Orioles Chesapeake Waffle Fries

Boston Red Sox New England Lobster Rolls

Chicago Cubs Chicago Dog

Chicago White Sox South Side Horseshoe sausage sandwich

Cincinnati Reds Fry Box Fries (with bacon, cheese, gravy, green onions)

Cleveland indians Flamethrower pulled pork sandwich

Colorado Rockies Helton Burger and Fresh Cut Fries

Detroit Tigers Chicken Shawarma Nachos

Houston Astros Chicken Waffle Cone

Kansas City Royals Brisket-Acho Nachos

Los Angeles Angels Pork Katsu

Los Angeles Dodgers Cheeto-Lote

Miami Marlins Bacon-Wrapped Plantain

Milwaukee Brewers Cheddar Beer Bratwurst

Minnesota Twins Kurd Marczuk (breaded cheese curds and bratwurst topped with brown gravy)

New York Mets Classic NY Deli Pastrami Sandwich

New York Yankees Adobo Bao chicken and pork rinds on a bun

Oakland A’s Monte Khrush Davis Cristo sandwich

Philadelphia Phillies Pork Bulls Sliders

Pittsburgh Pirates Pulled Pork Pierogie Hoagie

San Diego Padres Seaside Market’s Tri-Tip Nachos

San Francisco Giants Crazy Crab Sandwich

Seattle Mariners Toasted Grasshoppers

St. Louis Cardinals Gioia’s Hot Salami Sandwich

Tampa Bay Rays Reuben Cuban Sandwich

Texas Rangers Chicken and Donut Slider

Toronto Blue Jays Jerk Chicken Nachos

Washington Nationals Crab Grilled Cheese

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