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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).

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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Report Calls On NCAA To Increase Funds For Health, Diversity Of Head Coaches

By Barry Janoff

May 2, 2017: A major report has been released that is urging the NCAA and universities aligned with the College Football Playoff to increase the amount of revenue in "national initiatives supporting the health and safety of football players and in programs to increase diversity among football coaches."

According to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, the CFP must "demonstrate national leadership on health and safety issues" and also "step up to address the shortage of diversity in coaching in Football Bowl Subdivision" as well as men’s and women’s DIv. I hoops.

The Knight Commission — formed in 1989 to promote reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports— has released data that highlight the need for more financial health support as well as the continuing lack of diversity in Division I football as well as men's and women's basketball.

"It's time for the CFP to demonstrate national leadership on health and safety issues and to step up to address the shortage of diversity in coaching in FBS college football," Arne Duncan, Knight Commission co-chair and former U.S. Secretary of Education, said in a statement.

Also via the Knight Commission, "While there have been pockets of improvement, diversity among coaches hasn't increased much since 2007-08, the earliest year with comparable data."

"As a starter — and as a bare minimum that would grow over time — the Knight Commission would like to see at least one penny of every dollar in CFP revenue allocated for programs to develop a deeper and more diverse talent pool in college football coaching," said Duncan. "We would encourage presidents and athletics directors to seize the opportunity to boost diversity and make this a real priority."

The Commission said that if its recommendation had been in place last year, the CFP would have devoted $4.3 million to support diversity programs — the same amount that four schools alone paid in bonuses to their football coaches for their teams' participation in the 2016 CFP games.

Last year, the NCAA spent under $200,000 on professional development programs for minority football coaches using its March Madness basketball tournament revenues.

Regarding health issues, according to the Knight Commission, CFP revenues are currently distributed back to schools that compete in the FBS.

"While some of these funds are used to support athletes' education, including athletic scholarships and medical care and expenses at the campus level, the Commission believes a meaningful portion of CFP revenues should be used to bolster national initiatives critical to the future health of football," the Commission reported.

At its meeting last spring, the Commission called on the NCAA to increase the "restricted uses" of the funding it provides to schools so that such funding is used solely for athletes' education or their health and safety benefits and protections.

The Commission during its meeting late last week commended the NCAA's "one-time distribution of $200 million last month to college athletics departments, in amounts ranging from $165,000 to more than $1.3 million, with the proviso that the funds had to be used for 'the direct benefit' of college athletes."

The Knight Commission said that the NCAA does currently funds national health and safety initiatives, including those of special importance to football, such as national studies of concussions in college sports. A recent rule change, effective this fall, would eliminate the pre-season football tradition of two contact practices a day. Contact practices would be limited to one a day, with additional restrictions on other activities during the pre-season.

Also, under a proposed settlement of a class-action concussion lawsuit, the NCAA will spend $70 million to set up a medical monitoring program for current and former college athletes, and $5 million to research the prevention and treatment of concussions.

The Pac-12 Conference is the only FBS conference to set aside a portion of its CFP funds toward research that impacts athlete health and well-being, per the Knight Commission.

Regarding the issue of diversity in college football among FBS (formerly Div. I) programs, more than 83% of head coaches are white while 10% are black and under 7% are of other non-white designation, including Hispanic and Asian, according to data provided by the Knight Commission.

In 2007, more than 93% of head coaches were white, 5% were black, nearly 7% were Hispanic or Asian.

Concurrently, less than 38% of athletes in FBS programs are white while more than 48% are black and another 14% Hispanic, Asian or of other ethnic origin.

In Div. I men’s basketball, nearly 72% of head coaches are white and 26% black, while 25% of the athletes are white, more than 57% black and more than 17% Hispanic, Asian or of other ethic backgrounds.

In 2007, 70.5% of head coaches were white, 28.3% were black.

"We're heartened by the NCAA's action," said co-chair Carol Cartwright, "but we would like to see that practice become the norm."

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