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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.”

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 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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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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Apr122018

Nike Unveils New Jerseys, Alliance At WNBA Draft Presented By State Farm

By Barry Janoff

April 12, 2018: When the 2018 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm commenced Thursday night in Nike Headquarters NY, (ESPN2, 7 PM ET), a number of top prospects were introduced not only to the world of pro sports but also to the world of pro sports marketing.

In addition to State Farm and host Nike, among the WNBA partners activating around the Draft included Fanatics, New Era, SAP and Verizon, as well as the NBA Store on 5th Ave.

During Round 1, State Farm and Nike were most prominent.

As presenting partner, State Farm received logo placement in the official WNBA Draft logo and inclusion on marketing materials generated by WNBAE.

On ESPN 2, State Farm has four 30-second spots and two five-second billboards, plus on-air graphics and on-site signage.

State Farm will also receive run-of-site banner ads on WNBA.com and present the WNBA Draft section at WNBA.com.
 
Nike is now in its first season as WNBA official on-court apparel provider (taking over from adidas, as it did this past season in the NBA). The company signed an eight-year deal in 2015, valued at $1 billion by industry analysts, which took effect this season.

The deal also includes the NBA’s Gatorade Developmental League.

Kelsey Plum, last year’s No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick, signed with Nike after being selected by the then-San Antonio Stars, since relocated to Las Vegas as the Aces.

This year’s overall No. 1 pick was A’ja Wilson (South Carolina), also drafted by the Aces.

Other first round selections included No. 2 Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State, Indian Fever), No. 3 Diamond DeShields (Tennessee, Chicago Sky), No. 4 Gabby Williams (UConn, Chicago Sky), No. 5 Jordin Canada (UCLA, Seattle Storm), No. 6 Azurá Stevens (UConn, Dallas Wings), No. 7 Ariel Atkins (Texas, Washington Mystics), No. 8 Victoria Vivians (Mississippi State, Indiana Fever), No. 9 Lexie Brown (Duke, Connecticut Sun) and No. 10 Kia Nurse (UConn, New York Liberty).

Each player drafted received a Nike Icon Edition jersey, presented to them by WNBA president Lisa Borders.
 
On Friday (April 12), Nike will release its line of WNBA fan apparel on WNBAStore.com.

The brand previewed the uniforms in a video on social media. The jerseys feature the Nike Swoosh, Verizon’s logo as a league-wide sponsor and each team’s jersey-front sponsor.

Among the 2018 team sponsors (to date):

• Chicago Sky: University of Chicago Medicine

• Connecticut Sun: Mohegan Sun Casino (franchise owner)

• Dallas Wings: American Fidelity

• Indiana Fever: Finish Line

• Los Angeles Sparks: EquiTrust

• Minnesota Lynx: Mayo Clinic

• New York Liberty: DraftKings

• Phoenix Mercury: Talking Stick Resort and Casino

• Seattle Storm: Swedish Medical Center

New Era has produced its first WNBA Draft cap design for the 2018 event.

SAP will air a 30-second spot and have signage in the venue.

SAP is also the presenting partner for the WNBA stats section on WNBA.com.
 
Verizon will have signage on-site and conduct demonstrations from a WNBAE-designated area in Nike headquarters.

On Friday, in the NBA Store, Nike and Fanatics will unveil and promote fan apparel, supported by banner ads on WNBA.com and posts on social media.

Rounds 2 and 3 will air on ESPNU.

The 2018 WNBA season begins May 18.

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