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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).

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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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Tony Stewart Channels Burt Reynolds For Mobil 1 'Smokey And The Bandit' Parody

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2014: In 1977, Burt Reynolds hit the big screen as Bo "Bandit" Darville in Smokey and the Bandit.

The story follows the Georgia-based truck driver who, along with his friend Cledus Snow, is offered $80,000 by Big Enos Burdette and his son, Lil Enos, to drive from Georgia to Texas to pick up a truckload of what was then considered "bootleg" beer and return, with the stipulation that they must make the approximately 1,300 mile round trip within 28 hours.

That film was followed by Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Smokey and the Bandit III (1983).

Now, Mobil 1 and driver Tony Stewart have joined for a marketing effort that might be dubbed Smokey and the Bandit IV.

The activation is built around a five-episode series (plus an intro trailer), Smoke Is The Bandit, in which Stewart, as Smoke, is presented with a challenge that involves Mobil 1, the official motor oil of Nascar.

In the real world, Stewart drives the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing.

The series will air on Mobil 1's YouTube channel, with episodes breaking now through March 25.

Support includes Mobil 1's Facebook page, where visitors can get "behind-the-scenes access to photos from the Smoke is the Bandit with Mobil 1 set and exclusive information about the video shoot with many Nascar legends and personalities."

“As fans enjoy the return of the Nascar season, we thought it would be fitting to re-create one of the classic car chase movies in a fun way with our Nascar spin, all while putting Smoke behind the wheel of his favorite car,” Artis Brown, Mobil 1 Motorsports manager for ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, said in a statement.

Episode 1, "The Challenge," finds Smoke approached by Big Enos (played by former driver and current ESPN broadcaster Ricky Craven) and Lil Enos (driver and Fox Sports 1 race analyst Hermie Sadler) with the task of driving to Texarkana to pick up 400 bottles of Mobil 1.

"What do you want with all that oil?" asks Stewart as Smoke.

"My Daddy wants the No. 14 Chevy to benefit from Mobil 1's outstanding protection and performance throughout the Nascar season," replies Lil Enos.

"We're going to need a car . . . a fast one," says Smoke. Then, speaking to his friend The Snowman (Darrell Waltrip) on his CB radio, he exclaims, "We got us a new job. Let's go get some Mobil 1."

The upcoming schedule includes Episode 2, “The Pickup”  (March 11);  Episode 3, “The Interview” (March 13); Episode 4, “The Sheriff” (March 18); Episode 5, “The Big Finish” (March 20).

Mobil 1 said that on March 25 it would air the complete series as a single-play, long-form feature that includes all six videos in succession, with additional commentary from Stewart and the other series’ stars.

Other members of the cast include Jeff Hammond (Buford T. Justice) and Nicole Briscoe (Frog).

Smokey and the Bandit is still my all-time favorite movie,” said Stewart, whose on-screen appearances include Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) with Lindsay Lohan. “Bringing this legendary movie back to the screen – with the Bandit’s black Trans Am and all – has been an absolute blast and I hope the fans have just as much fun watching the videos.”

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