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• 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.

• 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.”

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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Fox Sports Throws A Star-Studded Beach Party For 2010 MLB All-Star Game

Ichiro Suzuki is about to hit the beach in a scene from Fox's MLB All-Star Game commercial.June 21, 2010: With the 2010 All-Star Game just three weeks away, and with summer officially on the calendar, Major League Baseball and Fox have hit the beach with a campaign to support the event at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 13.

The spot, created in-house at Fox by the team headed up by Eric Markgraf, CMO for Fox Media Group, has so many stars that it seems as if only Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello are missing from this beach party.

The spot features such MLB stars as Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, Matt Holliday, Torri Hunter and Ichiro Suzuk. The players find that during the course of a game, beach sand begins to cover the infield at Yankee Stadium, invade the dugout at Citizens Bank Park and even flow over and through the Green Monster at Fenway Park.

In one scene, Ichiro runs full speed to to catch a deep fly ball hit by Curtis Granderson and crashes through the outfield fence and onto a beach. Alex Rodriguez, Jayson Werth and others rise out of the sand and Tim Lincecum dons a pair of sunglasses as Angel Stadium arises to the surprise — and delight — of the players and a bevy of beach-goers.

In a sequence reminiscent of Field of Dreams, the players walk from the beach and onto the green grass of Angel Stadium to play ball. But when they look skyward, they see a kid who had been playing on the beach put the finishing touches on his sand castle version of the All-Star Game venue.

MLB players get to party on the beach as Fox directs fans and viewers to the All-Star Game an Angel Stadium of Anaheim."This summer, baseball's biggest event is hitting the coast," a voiceover explains as "California Sun" by Henry Glover and Morris Levy plays in the background, covered here by the 1975 version from New York punk-rock band The Dictators. "Well I'm going out west where I belong. Where the days are short and the nights are long. Where they walk and I'll walk. They twist and I'll twist. They shimmy and I'll shimmy. They fly and I'll fly. Well they're out there a-having fun, in the warm California sun."

The spot will run nationally on Fox and its network of channels as well as on the Internet.

Fox Sports has sold out its primetime telecast of the 81st annual Major League Baseball All-Star game, the earliest since it began televising the game in 1997, taking in about $38 million for the summer classic, according to John Consoli of The Wrap.com. Fox Sports officials told Consoli that about 35% of the ad units sold were to official sponsors of MLB, including General Motors, Pepsi, Taco Bell, Mastercard, Bank of America, Firestone, Holiday Inn and Anheuser-Busch.

The 2011 All-Star Game will be played July 12 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the 2012 All-Star Game will be at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, are considered to as leading contenders for the following All-Star Games.

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