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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.”

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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 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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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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Dale Earnhardt Jr., Nascar, NBC Sports Are All Revved Up With Someplace To Go

By Barry Janoff

July 2, 2017: Meatloaf was "All Revved Up With No Place To Go."

The same cannot be said for Nascar, NBC Sports and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Although what is likely to be his final race in the Daytona International Speedway ended early, if not spectacularly, with a crash during Lap 106 and a subsequent 32nd place finish in the Coke Zero 400, Earnhardt Jr. put it all into perspective: "Man, it was a lot of fun."

Earnhardt Jr.’s presence is among the highlights NBC Sports Group is touting in 2017 as it presents the final 20 Monster Series Nascar Cup Series races, the  final 19 Nascar Xfinity Series events and select Nascar regional and touring Series events, which began July 1.

Earnhardt Jr. is taking his last laps as a full time Nascar Cup Series driver, having unveiled this past April his desire to retire after the 2017 season (with some selected events to come in 2018 to fulfill sponsorship deals).

Beyond that?

"I think he’d be an excellent broadcaster (but we will) see what he decides to do," Sam Flood, executive producer for NBC Sports, said during a media conference call days prior to coverage of the Coke Zero 400. "It’s up to him where he wants to be in the future.

"But he’s a talented guy, and I think he’d be a great addition to any broadcast because he is curious and asks good questions and cares deeply about the sport," said Flood.

With the support of NBC Sports and his own sponsors, Earnhardt Jr. is not simply driving off into the sunset. For starters, he has launched a multi-media campaign, JR Nation Appreci88ion, a five-month campaign to get closer to, and connect with, his fans.

"The rest of this season is about two things . . . Winning and Appreci88ion," Earnhardt Jr. wrote on his social media platforms, which include more than two million followers on Twitter and nearly three million on Facebook.

"I know this year and this race is extremely important to him, to his team, to his sponsors," said veteran Nascar crew chief and Nascar on NBC analyst Steve Letarte — who lead the team when Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 in 2014 — during a the media conference call.

"I know he has a love affair with Daytona. Without a doubt his passion for this speedway bleeds over. And he showed me a lot about Daytona, I think our time here, which was capped off with that 500 win, had a lot to do with just his affinity for speedway racing. He loves it," said Letarte.

Earnhardt Jr.’s partners will chime in with congratulatory marketing throughout the remainder of the season. His alliances include Nationwide, Mountain Dew, Chevrolet, Hellmann’s, Breyers, Suave, Goodyear, Wrangler, Under Armour and Axalta.

Earnhardt Jr. missed the last 18 races of the 2016 Nascar Cup Series while recovering from a concussion he suffered during a mid-season race.

NBC Sports Groups is supporting its coverage of Nascar with what it called a "robust marketing campaign that surrounds the heart and soul of the racing community, and shines a light on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series.

A "Guts, Glory and Nascar" effort will seek to connect with race fans via an "on-the-ground campaign" in targeted local markets that will host Nascar races.

That includes a fleet of Nascar-themed food trucks under the banner "Nascar on NBC Pit Stop," which will deliver samples to rfans throughout the country during NBC Sports’ 21-week Nascar season.

The trucks are branded as the "Nascar on NBC Race Flag Chips Truck," "Nascar on NBC Go-Go Snow Cones Truck"and "Nascar on NBC Racecar-B-Q Truck," with paint schemes inspired by Nascar race cars.

In addition to the food, people will have the ability to play yard games, meet Nascar on NBC talent and win prizes.

Blake Shelton performs the NBC Sports Group’s 2017 Nascar on NBC opening theme for all the races. Set to his song, "Bringing Back the Sunshine," it intersperses action on and off the track, including shots of Earnhardt Jr.

"Without a doubt he wants to make the playoffs in his final season," said Letarte. "That was the goal in February. I’m sure it’s the goal now in July. So I think that’s going to be the task.

"The task is going to have to be somehow controlling your emotion and the enormity of this being his final trip to Daytona and the pressure of what this race means for his season."

Nascar on NBC and Hidden Heroes, an initiative of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, have partnered on a season-long program to provide military families the opportunity to attend Monster Energy NascarCup Series races.

NBC Sports Group’s Nascar programming also includes NBCSN’s daily motorsports show Nascar America, coverage of Nascar’s Awards Ceremonies, the annual Nascar Hall of Fame induction ceremony and original programming specials.

Dale Jr. Unveils JR Nation Appreci88ion Campaign To Fete Fans, Career

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