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• 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.

• 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.”

• 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

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
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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NBC Sports Rugby Deal Could Spur Title Sponsorship For Six Nations Championship

By Barry Janoff

October 6, 2017: Earlier this week, NBC Sports Group said it would end its deal with Formula One after having exclusive U.S. rights to the international racing circuit since 2013.

It did not take NBC Sports long to find another international sports platform partner.

NBC Sports Group said it has signed a multi-year with Six Nations Rugby for exclusive U.S. media rights agreement for the Six Nations Championship.

The pact begins with the 2018 Six Nations Championship, scheduled to take place Feb. 3-March 17.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

NBC Sports said it would present "comprehensive live coverage of all Six Nations matches across its digital and linear platforms."

"Our multi-year partnership with Six Nations Rugby further establishes our commitment to the sport of rugby, one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States," Jon Miller, president-programming for NBC Sports Group, said in a statement.

NBC Sports Group already broadcasts such rugby properties as Rugby Sevens in the Olympic Games (through 2032), the Rugby World Cup (both 7’s & 15’s through 2023) and Premiership Rugby.

The addition of NBC Sports and the U.S. market could be a catalyst for Six Nations Rugby to find a new title sponsor for Six Nations Championship.

Royal Bank of Scotland had been title sponsor from 2003-2017 but did not renew for 2018 and beyond. Tournament executives have been seeking a replacement since being informed that RBS would not return.

"The Six Nations is the biggest sponsorship in world rugby by a country mile," John Feehan, Six Nations CEO, told members of the press prior to the start of the 2017 Six Nations Championship. “We’ve been in contact with well over 150 companies and we’re in a very good place.
 
“It is not just about being the highest bidder. We want a sponsor who’s actively engaged not just in Britain but around the world and see potential in markets like the USA,” said Freehan at the time.

Marketing partners for the Six Nations Championship include Guinness, Accenture and Tissot.

Six Nations Rugby was still actively seeking a title sponsor at the time it signed with NBC Sports.

According to reports out of England, Six Nations Rugby was initially seeing a six-year deal “in excess of £100 million ($130.6 million U.S)” but "may be forced to consider a short-term deal" at far less.

World Rugby, the international governing body of rugby union, and NBC Sports Group in May signed a seven-year alliance that gives NBC Sports exclusive U.S. media rights to the Rugby World Cup and other key rugby events through 2023.

The first Rugby World Cup Sevens championship to be held in the U.S. is scheduled for July 20-22, 2018, in San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

"We know there are about 40 million rugby fans in the States based on our research and that’s going up,” World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper said in a statement when the deal with NBC Sports was signed in May.

The annual Six Nations Championship, which dates back more than a century, consists of 15 matches played in a round-robin format with teams representing six nations: two-time defending champion England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

More than one million people attended the 15 games of the 2017 Championship.

Among the venues hosting the 2018 Six Nations Championship, both London’s Twickenham Stadium and Stade de France in Saint-Denis have capacities in excess of 81,000.

Only Aviva Stadium (51,700) in Dublin has a capacity of fewer than 67,000.

NBC Sports said that all matches would stream live on NBC Sports Gold, which is NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live-streaming platform. NBC, NBCSN and CNBC would combine to present linear coverage; and NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app would stream all linear coverage.

The Six Nations Championship is broadcast in more than 180 countries globally and draws a TV audience in excess of 125 million just from the six nations in the event, according to organizers.

"It is fantastic that rugby’s greatest annual championship will now be showcased on NBC Sports’ broadcast, cable and digital platforms, which will allow us to bring it to a bigger audience in the USA," Freehan said in a statement.

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