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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

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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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Bark And Bite: Hot Dog Days In MLB Cut The Mustard, Don’t Need To Play Ketchup

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 18, 2018:
Consumers spent more than $2.4 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets.

Los Angeles residents consume more hot dogs than any other city (36 million-plus pounds), beating out New York and Philadelphia.

That and more data on National Hot Dog Day (July 18) and thanks to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Washington DC, the site of MLB’s All-Star Game and events this past week.

All-Star Game venue Nationals Park offers such hot dog goodies as the Ben's Chili Bowl half smoke topped with chili and unique dogs from Haute Dogs.

NHDSC estimates that baseball fans will consume more than 19 million hot dogs and 4.6 million sausages during the 2018 MLB season. The combined hot dog and sausage total could stretch the entire continental U.S.

“In a love affair that’s spanned decades, baseball and hot dogs remain inseparable,” Eric Mittenthal, president for the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, said in a statement.

“Year after year, hot dogs continue to hit it out of the park at the concession stand, even as teams innovate to offer more food choices and inventive creations. There’s simply no replacing the unshakable bond baseball and hot dogs share.”

The predicted 19 million is the same figure as in 2017 and down slightly from the 19.4 million in 2016, but up from 18.5 million in 2015.

In 2011, people ate 22.5 million hot dogs in MLB ball parks; in 2014, the number topped 21.3 million.  

Also from NHDSC, on July 4, people in America downed 150 million hot dogs, enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times.

During peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, people in America “typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period.”

Leading food service firm Aramark said that baseball fans consume nearly four million hot dogs each season in the eight venues Aramark serves: Citi Field (New York Mets), Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies), Coors Field (Colorado Rockies), Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox), Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals), Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros), PNC Park and Rogers Centre) (Toronto Blue Jays).

Houston Astros fans ate nearly 25,000 hot dogs during 2017 World Series games in Minute Maid Park.

During “Dollar Dog Night” at Citizens Bank Park, Phillies fans eat about 28,000 Philly Franks.

The Fenway Frank is the most popular hot dog Aramark said it serves, with Red Sox fans consuming more than 700,000 Franks in Fenway Park each season.

Fans in Houston’s Minute Maid Park and Colorado’s Coors Field tie for eating the second highest amount of hot dogs during baseball season, with more than 500,000 hot dogs consumed annually in each.

And there is something to offer for hungry people who have a beef with traditional hot dogs.

Aramark said this season five of its partner ballparks were named to PETA’s 2018 Top 10 Most Vegan-Friendly Ballparks list.

People at Citi Field eat the most veggie dogs (9,000 last season), followed by fans at the Rogers Centre, who consumed 6,000 veggie dogs last season.

“Hot dogs are as synonymous with baseball as ‘Take Me out to the Ballgame’," Carl Mittleman, president of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment Division, said in a statement. "Whether you prefer them fully loaded, vegetarian, or with the traditional fixings, hot dogs continue to be among the most popular foods to eat at a ball game,”

“Our chefs continue to elevate and innovate the ballpark staple, tapping in to local flavors, food trends and fan feedback, to ensure our menus offer the perfect hot dog for everyone.”

And don’t forget the vendors.

On average, Aramark hot dog “hawkers” walk 4-5 miles per game. Not an easy task: A fully loaded ballpark hot dog vendor's bin weighs 30 pounds.

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