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• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• 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.

• 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.”

POLL POSITION

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 12-14
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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May152014

Nascar Drivers Unmasked As Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern

By Barry Janoff

May 15, 2014: What is faster than a speeding, bullet? More powerful than a locomotive? Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound?

Some would say Superman. But following a new alliance between Hendrick Motorsports and Warner Bros. Consumer Products in conjunction with DC Entertainment, the answer would be Nascar drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne.

The four DC Entertainment heroes in the mix include Superman, Batman, Flash and Green Lantern.

According to Hendrick Motorsports, the three-year alliance with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment would "allow the team and its partners to develop consumer promotions and original content to engage youth, drive fan excitement and energize licensed merchandise initiatives."

Financial terms were not released.

The alliance will move from animation to reality during upcoming Sprint Cup Series events at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 25) and Michigan International Speedway (June 15). At both races, Superman's image will be featured on Earnhardt’s No. 88  National Guard Chevrolet SS.

Among other upcoming potential activations will be more car paint schemes and comic books and digital content incorporating DC Comics superheroes and illustrated likenesses of the Hendrick Motorsports drivers.

The alliance will also enable Earnhardt Jr., Gordon, Johnson and Kahne to have "exclusive opportunities to align with upcoming Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Comics-inspired programming and releases."

An online destination, the Superman Hall of Heroes, is being is being created to include items that combine aspects of Nascar with DC Entertainment.

“We are excited to partner on a long-term program that brings together Hendrick Motorsports’ superhero drivers with the superheroes of DC Comics,” Brad Globe, president for Warner Bros. Consumer Products, said in a statement. “This partnership will allow us to offer Nascar and DC Comics fans unique experiences that tap into the story lines of our characters and the successes of these four world-class athletes.”

Support will include Internet, social media destinations such as Twitter and Facebook and on-track activation.

“Working with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment will make for an innovative and impactful partnership,” Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said in a statement. “Adding value to sponsor relationships, developing an even stronger retail licensing platform and engaging with young people are high priorities for us. This collaboration will generate many opportunities in those areas.”

Hendrick Motorsports has had one-offs featuring DC heroes in the past, including a Superman paint scheme that Earnhardt Jr. featured last year at Michigan and a Batman trim on his car in 2012.

“Our partners have activated promotions around Batman and Superman that remain two of the best programs we’ve ever seen at retail,” Patrick Perkins, Hendrick Motorsports’ vp-marketing, said in a statement. “We expect similar success with the Superman Hall of Heroes. It’s an excellent fit for the National Guard and a perfect kickoff to our new association with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment."

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