• 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).


YouTube TV, Hankook, Doosan Back For MLB Postseason, New Deals Expected

By Barry Janoff

August 2, 2018: MLB has released the schedule for the 2018 post-season, and there will be no November rain for the World Series (unless it rains a lot at the end of October).

YouTube TV returns as World Series presenting partner, with the 114th Fall Classic scheduled to begin Oct. 23, with Game 7 scheduled to be played Oct. 31.

The last time the World Series ended in October was in 2014 when the San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals in seven games.

The post-season is scheduled to begin Oct. 2 with the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook on ESPN.

TBS will air the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankoook Tire on Oct. 3.

Both NL Division Series presented by Doosan are scheduled to begin on Oct. 4 on FS1 or MLB Network.

Last year, Doosan presented both AL Division Series and T-Mobile presented the NL Division Series.

The AL Division Series, currently without a presenting partner, are scheduled to begin Oct. 5.

Last year, Camping World presented both the NL and AL Championship Series.

They, too, are currently without presenting partners.

MLB did not verify that new presenting partners would come on board but did say, “Like last year, more (deals) can always come up.”

Two travel days are built into the World Series, between Game 2 and Game 3, and if necessary between Game 5 and Game 6.

All World Series games will air on Fox.

The NL Wild Card Game will also be available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and the ESPN App.
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team — play-by-play commentator Matt Vasgersian, analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza, and reporter Buster Olney — will culminate their first season together when they call the NL Wild Card Game.

The 2018 regular season is scheduled to end Sept. 30.

If necessary, regular season tie-breaker games would be telecast exclusively by ESPN on Oct. 1.

The NL Championship Series is scheduled to begin Oct. 12 on Fox or FS1.

The American League Championship Series, set to start on Saturday, October 13th, will be telecast by TBS.

Fox Sports will present live telecast coverage of the World Series for the 21st time.
All games telecast on MLB Network, TBS and Fox will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider.


(Subject to change; listed by date)

Oct. 2: NL Wild Card Game (ESPN)

Oct. 3: AL Wild Card Game (TBS)


(Series A involves club with best record; Series B does not involve club with best record)

Oct. 4: NLDS A, Game 1 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 4: NLDS B, Game 1 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 5: NLDS A, Game 2 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 5: NLDS B, Game 2 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 5: ALDS A, Game 1 (TBS)

Oct. 5: ALDS B, Game 1 (TBS)

Oct. 6: ALDS A, Game 2 (TBS)

Oct. 6: ALDS B, Game 2 (TBS)

Oct. 7: NLDS A, Game 3 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 7: NLDS B, Game 3 (FS1 or MLBN)

Oct. 8: NLDS A, Game 4* (FS1)

Oct. 8: NLDS B, Game 4*(FS1)

Oct. 8: ALDS A, Game 3 (TBS)

Oct. 8: ALDS B, Game 3 (TBS)

Oct. 9: ALDS A, Game 4* (TBS)

Oct. 9: ALDS B, Game 4* (TBS)

Oct. 10: NLDS A, Game 5* (FS1)

Oct. 10: NLDS B, Game 5* (FS1)

Oct. 11: ALDS A, Game 5* (TBS)

Oct. 11: ALDS B, Game 5* (TBS)


Oct. 12: NLCS Game 1 (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 13: NLCS Game 2 (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 13: ALCS Game 1 (TBS)

Oct. 14: ALCS Game 2 (TBS)

Oct. 15: NLCS Game 3 (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 16: ALCS Game 3 (TBS)

Oct. 16: NLCS Game 4 (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 17: NLCS Game 5* (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 17: ALCS Game 4 (TBS)

Oct. 18: ALCS Game 5* (TBS)

Oct. 19: NLCS Game 6* (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 20: ALCS Game 6* (TBS)

Oct. 20: NLCS Game 7* (Fox or FS1)

Oct. 21: ALCS Game 7* (TBS)


All games on Fox

Oct. 23: Game 1

Oct. 24: Game 2


Oct. 26: Game 3

Oct. 27: Game 4

Oct. 28: Game 5*


Oct. 30: Game 6*

Oct. 31: Game 7*

* if necessary

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