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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

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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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Feb202013

Nascar Brings The Action, Hits The 2013 Track With High-Speed Launch Campaign 

By Barry Janoff

February 19, 2013: Calling it the most "comprehensive and integrated campaign" it has ever launched, Nascar has unveiled a multi-media effort that encompasses TV, print, in-track, Internet and social media both in English and Spanish versions; and has enlisted dozens of current drivers and icons to bring it all to life.

The campaign revs up as Nascar is preparing for its Super Bowl, aka the Daytona 500, which will be run on Feb. 24 (live on Fox) as the official launch to the 2013 racing season.  

In the marketing push, Nascar goes where no other sports organizations dare to tread. While showing off the best of what Nascar brings to fans — including the races, competition and unique camaraderie and atmosphere — the racing circuit also highlights the crashes, driver brawls and cursing that comes with the package.

This would be akin to MLB showing Juan Marichal bloodying Johnny Roseboro's head with a bat back in 1965, the NFL highlighting players getting carried off the field on a stretcher after a tackle or the NBA
spotlighting Ron Artest, then with the Indiana Pacers, running into the stands to fight with fans during a 2004 game in Detroit in an incident infamously known as the Malice in the Palace.

The campaign will run across Nascar's media partners, including TNT, ESPN, Speed, Fox and Fox Desportes, which on Feb. 24 will make TV history when it airs live the Spanish-language broadcast of the Daytona 500, the first Nascar Sprint Cup race to be carried as such.

Lead agency is Ogilvy & Mather North America, and sibling Ogilvy Rojo, which handled the Hispanic arm of the campaign.

Companies also are lining up with marketing efforts in anticipation of the Daytona 500 and start of the 2013 racing season, including FedEx, which this week breaks a series of commercials starring top driver Denny Hamlin.

FedEx, which has been a Nascar sponsor since 2005, said it would leverage the relationship "as a way to reinforce its speed of delivery message."
 
Hamlin, who drives the No. 11 FedEx car,  stars in an all-digital campaign that proclaims, “FedEx Ground is faster to more locations than UPS Ground.” Commercials will run on YouTube, Nascar.com and a FedEx Web site dedicate to racing.

Rich media banners, which also house an interactive racing game, will run on racing-specific sites such as Turner Sports and Nascar.com. Lead agency is BBDO, NY.

Regarding its brand campaign, Nascar vp-marketing Kim Brink explained, “The campaign was created to excite existing fans while engaging with new audiences, and is representative of where Nascar is headed as a sport. In developing the spots, we wanted to celebrate the heart of what makes our sport unique, challenge existing perceptions, inspire the entire industry and do it all as authentically and confidently as possible.”

In anticipation of the 2013 season, Nascar recently reacquired its digital rights from Turner Sports and unveiled the Gen-6 race cars.

Among the anchor commercials is "Twist," an ode to racing, the drivers and the action on and off the track that make Nascar percolate. Among those included in the 60-second version are Danica Patrick (who this Sunday will be starting the Daytona 500 from the pole position), Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer, with the latter two seen in their classic pit row brawl from last season.

A voiceover explains, "For every turn, a twist. For every start, an untimed finish (as we see the beginnings of a crash). For every win, someone who loses it. For every number, a nation. For every celebration, a brawl. For every split-second, years of work. For every heaven, a hell. For every good ole boy, a good ole girl (with a shot a Patrick). For every curse, a prayer. For every ounce of order, a jug of chaos. For every twist, there's a turn."

(See the full spot here.)

In "Rivals," which will air in both English and Spanish, current and legendary drivers explain the need for competition."To have a rivalry, you need a rival. A David for a Goliath  A Hatfield for a McCoy."

Cale Yarborough then offers, "For every Cale Yarborough a Bobby Allison."

Brad Keselowski then says, "In order to finish first . . . " and the thought is finished by Clint Boyer, who says, ". . . somebody has to finish second." To which Kasey Kahne replies, "I hate to finish second." Jimmie Johnson observers, "Love your rivals." To which Keselowski concludes, "Because you need someone to beat."

(See the full spot here.)

Other spots that will air during the season include:

Chess (English and Spanish), which shows a race as a game of chess, with drivers plotting their positions several moves ahead.

Resumé, which takes a humorous look at the personalities of the drivers as they vie for a spot on fans’ Nascar Fantasy Live rosters.

* Wanna Know, which focuses on the recently revamped Nascar.com and other digital fan engagement products as seen through the eyes of the drivers.

According to John Seifert, chairman and CEO for Ogilvy & Mather North America, “There’s no sport in the world with a more loyal and passionate fan base than Nascar. [And] drivers are what make Nascar racing so dramatic and unpredictable for everyone. To bring the Nascar experience to life, we helped create a brand platform that reflects the roots and character of what makes Nascar unique, personified by remarkable athletes who will ensure that this sport remains the greatest show on earth."

We see the humorous side of Denny Hamlin in his three spots in which FedEx pits its FedEx Ground directly against rival UPS.

In "Eggs," Hamlin goes into a hen house, goes to a hen who has just laid an egg, and pulls out a plate of cooked sunnyside-up eggs. Text offers," Make sure to use FedEx Ground when shipping your package. Because whether you're shipping a package or making a couple of delicious eggs, it's good to be fast. (See the spot here.)

"Sweater" finds Hamlin is sheering sheep and immediately standing up with a fully knitted wool sweater. "What do you think?" he asks the sheep. A voiceover explains, "FedEx Ground is faster to more locations that UPS Ground." Text supports, Make sure to use FedEx Ground when shipping your package. Because whether you're shipping a package or knitting a wool sweater, it's good to be fast. (See the spot here.)

And in "Tea," Hamlin puts water in a tea kettle, puts the kettle on a burner and has hot water in three seconds, with text explaining, "Make sure to use FedEx Ground when shipping your package. Because whether you're shipping a package or making tea, it's good to be fast." (See the spot here.)
 
In addition to the brand campaign, Nascar said it would continue to focus on seven planks strategically aimed at growing the sport: "Gen Y, Youth, Multicultural, Digital/Social Media, Event Experience, Product Relevance and a focus on Driver Star Power."

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