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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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Channel Chasers

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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Jan302010

Nascar Plans To Be A Box-Office Smash

Nascar's 90-second commercial puts movie-goers in the middle of the action before movie action begins.January 30, 2010: People may be talking about football and thinking about baseball spring training, but Nascar is putting its marketing pedal to the medal to get its share of attention. This weekend, Nascar launched its partnership with cinema advertising company Screenvision to place content and activate programs in more than 2,400 movie theaters and on 15,000 screens nationwide.

Activation is anchored by a 90-second long-form content piece, produced by Nascar Media Group, that will air as part of each theater's pre-movie ad package. In addition, lobby kiosks and concessions are being made available to Nascar's corporate partners for sponsorship. The racing circuit could not have picked a better time for its in-theater launch as total box-office results are up this year versus 2009, thanks largely to Avatar and such crowd favorites as Edge of Darkness, The Book of Eli and Tooth Fairy.

Screenvision said that its studies show that 52% of peope remember the ads they see in-theater versus 36% who see ads on TV. Nascar's 2010 season officially begins Feb. 14 with the Daytona 500, but several top Nascar drivers are participating Jan. 30-31 in the Grand-Am Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in Florida, including four-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya and Bobby Labonte.

The 90-second commercial begins with driver Kyle Busch, decked in his M&M-sponsored race gear, talking to theater-goers. "If you're looking for a story about love-struck vampires, teenage wizards or, hey, even a Vegas bachelor party, then you're in the right seat. But if you want to be part of intense drama that starts with 3,500 lbs. of angry metal hurtling down straightaways at 200 MPH, where success is decided by a fraction of a second, then you want the Nascar Sprint Cup Series."

Kyle Busch talks to audiences in Nascar's in-theater ad.The mini-film then takes viewers on a fast-paced, quick-cut journey of race day highlights, including what seems to be a bevy of crashes, burns and blowouts. In addition to Busch, there are cameo appearances by Johnson, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and other top drivers. It ends with a promo for Nascar programming available for Web-enabled Sprint mobile devices.

Nascar said the 90-second reel would run through Feb. 25 and estimated that it would be shown 1.1 million times. When the partnership was unveiled this past October, Nascar and Screenvision said it was prompted "in large part to the success of such movies as Days of Thunder, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Cars and Nascar 3-D: The Imax Experience."

“At the end of the day, this is all about celebrating the Nascar fans through our nationwide network of passionate consumers – and creating new in-cinema advertising platforms for Nascar sponsors," Andy Blacker, svp-marketing and research for Screenvision, said in a statement. “With this partnership, Screenvision is recognizing the tremendous potential of Nascar, and we are creating the first ever in-cinema platform for partners to wrap their brands around."

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According to Steve Phelps, CMO for Nascar, the deal epitomizes the effort that the racing circuit is putting into growing its fan base while offering new opportunities for its marketing partners. “Screenvision will bring the excitement and drama of Nascar to a half billion moviegoers each year, including some who are avid fans and some who have yet to attend or watch a race on television. Fans want to experience our sport in every way possible, and we can’t wait for them to see and hear their favorite drivers running flat out on 40-foot screens with surround sound.”


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