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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

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Dec132016

Nike Asks: When Zombies, Celebrities, Selfies Attack, Will You Keep Running?

By Barry Janoff

Originally Published in MediaPost

December 12, 2016: Nike wants people to exercise, train, workout and just plain get off the couch or away from the computer, according to a new campaign, "Time Is Precious."

The effort, for Nike Running, shows no running shoes, no people, no exercise equipment, not even the Apple Watch Nike+ or a screen shot of the Nike+ Run Club app.

Instead, in a series of humorous spots, we see stark white text on a black background, read by a voiceover sounding a lot like Apple’s Siri, each addressing a different aspect of modern life that Nike deems as having become too distracting: zombies, obsessing over celebrities, taking endless selfies and photos of minutia or spending too much time on the Internet giving too many opinions.

The campaign includes six spots, Internet and social media. Lead agency is Wieden + Kennedy Portland Ore.

According to Nike, the purpose of the effort is to “encourage people to give themselves time to exercise, train and participate in sports.”

"We believe this is a way to make everyone aware of the need to get active, through a fun and disruptive campaign, from the messages to the platforms used," Sean Tresvant, vp-category brand marketing for Nike North America, told NYSportsJournalism. "We believe sport is something that can help everyone to be the best they can be . . . and this is about making people aware they have more time than they think to run or train."

The umbrella spot, "Time Is Precious," asks, "Are we scrolling, watching and clicking or are we running today?"

"This commercial is just one minute out of the ten hours a day you spend glued to your screens," we read while a staccato Siri voice says each one-word snippet. "That’s 152 days a year. That’s 32 years of your life. Scrolling stuff. Clicking stuff. Emoji-ing stuff. Watching other people’s pictures of the Caffé Macchiato. Or their dog. Or their baby. Or their dog and baby. Or the view out of their airplane window . . .

"Are you watching vloggers take something out of a box,” it continues. “Watching shows about housewives. Watching shows about housewives in a different state. Swiping left . . . left .. .left . . . "

It ends with the sounds of a ticking stop watch and an alarm ringing, then directs viewers to Nike.com/running.

Supporting spots take on specific topics.

In "Zombies," Nike takies a shot at such popular shows as The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead and Z Nation by asking,  "Are we watching zombies or are we running today?"

"Pictures" poses the question, "Are we scrolling through pictures or are we training today?"

"Opinions" and "Friends" ask, respectively, "Are we spending time on opinions . . ." and "Are we commenting on stuff or are we running today?"

In "Celebrities," the question a bit more complex.

"Are we watching celebrities doing stuff or are we training today?" Which comes with the Siri-read text, designed to mirror promos for reality shows: "Coming up: Celebrity does stuff celebrities do. Celebrity dates celebrity. Celebrity cheats on celebrity. Celebrity breaks up with celebrity. Celebrity drinks a drink walks on sidewalk scratches nose sneezes wants privacy posts naked selfie."

In its most recent financial report, for Q1 2017, Nike said that, due in part to the Olympic Games, “Running was a strong performing category (posting) the strongest sales Nike has ever recorded for that business segment.”

“Running is a great example of our complete offense within a category, delivering both performance innovation and sports style innovation in both footwear and apparel," Mark Parker, chairman and CEO, said during a conference call.

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