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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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NBA, Partners Planning A Marketing Hoopla During All-Star Game, Weekend

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

February 13, 2019:
While LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective teams on the court, first-year NBA partners including AT&T, Beats and Puma will join such veteran league marketing partners as Kia, State Farm, Nike, Foot Locker, American Express, adidas, 2K and Mountain Dew during a weekend of All-Star Game activation.

Among those with on-air presence on TNT and ESPN will be Nike, State Farm, Kia, Tissot, Gatorade, Mountain Dew, AT&T, Beats, Jack Daniel’s and Kumho Tire.

Also expect to see spots from non-NBA partners such as Metro by T-Mobile, which just signed Antetokounmpo as spokesperson; Built With Chocolate Milk with new spokesman Al Horford; Biofreeze with Damian Lillard; Hulu with Lillard and Joel Embiid; and New Balance with recently signed Kawhi Leonard.

Host team Charlotte Hornets is majority owned by hoops Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, and his alliance with Nike’s Jordan Brand will have significant presence throughout the weekend.

State Farm will again be the title partner for State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (Feb. 16, TNT).

That night includes the Taco Bell NBA Skills Challenge, the Mountain Dew 3-Point Challenge and the newly named AT&T Slam Dunk.

AT&T signed with the NBA earlier this month, replacing Verizon in the category, and will also be presenting partner for NBA All-Star Practice and Media Day.

In addition, AT&T will present the “Blue Carpet” for NBA talent and celebrities to walk down prior to NBA All-Star activities in Spectrum Center.

Mountain Dew will be returning as title partner of Mountain Dew Ice Rising Stars (Feb. 15, TNT), in addition to debuting as the title partner for the Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest.

Ruffles will return as the presenting partner of the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, which will feature the 4-point “RIDGE” line (Feb. 15, ESPN).

Kia will return as the title partner for the NBA All-Star MVP fan vote and award. Kia will also provide a free shuttle service for people to and from the various NBA All-Star footprints.

Among its activation, American Express will host key merchants throughout NBA All-Star and serve as title partner for the TNT Roadshow.

Beats, in its first year as the official audio partner for the NBA, will have an activation space at NBA Crossover and will be gifting product to players and celebrity talent,

Under Armour will return as the presenting partner of Jr. NBA Day and will outfit all Jr. NBA-related events happening throughout NBA All-Star.

Kaiser Permanente is the presenting partner of the 2019 NBA All-Star FIT Celebration where members of the NBA family and Kaiser Permanente will come together to dedicate newly refurbished spaces for “total health” at West Charlotte High School.

New partner Puma will have on -the-ground activation and presence throughout the weekend. Marvin Bagley, Kevin Knox and Deandre Ayton are scheduled to play in the Mountain Dew Ice Rising Stars Game; Danny Green is participating in the Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest.

Tissot will be awarding custom watches to the winners of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night events, captains, first-timers and the head coaches of the 2019 All-Star teams, along with other NBA All-Stars, NBA Legends, and influencers throughout the NBA family.

Trae Young will be gifting his teammates on the USA Team in the Rising Stars Game with Tissot watches, while Tony Parker will present players on the World Team with Tissot timepieces.

Tissot brand ambassadors  Klay Thompson, Trae Young, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal and PJ Tucker are scheduled to make appearance in the Tissot Style Lounge in The Epicentre.

Foot Locker will host a Hoops “Courtside” Pop- Up Shop in conjunction with Nike, to include a series of Q&As with NIike endorsers, Nike and Jordan Brand Product Cubes, Footwear Zoneand Nike Adapt Basketball Zone and Court.

Gatorade will produce a custom towel for the NBA All-Star Game, and a custom squeeze bottle for the NBA All-Star Game, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, and Mountain Dew Ice Rising Stars.

They will also return as the title partner of the Gatorade Jr. NBA Invitational.

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