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• 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.”

• Inter Miami CF and the City of Fort Lauderdale have finalized a comprehensive agreement for the 64-acre property commonly known as the Lockhart stadium site, following a city commission meeting on Tuesday evening,according to the club, which has soccer icon David Beckham as a major investor and spokesperson. "With this agreement, Inter Miami CF will proceed with structural and foundation construction of the site as it prepares to launch its inaugural season in Major League Soccer in March 2020 in Fort Lauderdale."

• As part of its ongoing NFL 100 celebration, the league will make commissioner Roger Goodell available to “announce the first round draft picks for every team” in one Fantasy Sports league. The winning league will also receive a custom NFL100 Trophy and an exclusive NFL 100 prize package, including a Bose SoundLink III speaker, a gold NFL 100 football and a NFL Vineyard Vines tote. Details here.

• The International Olympic Committee is moving closer to making a major change in the way it regulates how athletes can market themselves during the Summer and Winter Games. Full story here.

• 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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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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NFL Stars Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Marshawn Lynch: No Phones At Dinner

By Barry Janoff

November 13, 2018: NFL legends Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Ronnie Lott and Harris Barton as well as Marshawn Lynch know that games can be lost if you are distracted.

They also know that family time during dinner can be wasted if you are too distracted.

Rice, Young, Lott and Barton — who each had stellar careers in the NFL, with many of the years spent as members of the San Francisco 49ers — and Lynch of the Oakland Raiders have joined with Common Sense for a PSA campaign, “Device-Free Dinner,” which takes a humorous look at an all-too-common problem.

According to Common Sense, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, “Ninety-two percent of parents feel that quality conversations at dinnertime are very important for connecting with their kids, yet many worry that devices at the table are taking away from those moments.”

"Our devices keep us connected, informed, and engaged, but in today's tech-driven world it's important to take breaks," James Steyer, founder and CEO for Common Sense, said via the San Francisco-based organization

"Research shows that kids and adults alike feel addicted to their devices, and our need to constantly check them undermines family connections. Family interaction, including eating meals together, is critical for children's social and intellectual development."

In the campaign’s anchor spot, “Fumble,” Rice, Young and Barton act as game announcers describing the action as a family is seated at the dinner table, all of them engrossed with their own cell phones.

When mom asks for some green beans, dad lifts the plate without raising his eyes from his device and accidentally dumps the contents onto the table.

“Are you seeing this!?” says Young. “You can’t make a mistake like this so early in the meal.”

“Green beans all over the place,” say Rice, a Hall of Fame wide receiver. “Guess who would have caught the green beans . . . Jerry Rice.”

Lott shows up at the dinner table as a sideline reporter. “Why’d you spill the beans?” he asks dad. Lott then takes way all of their cell phones.

The PSA spot will air in 45-, 30- and 15-second versions nationally throughout the NFL season on networks including CBS, Fox, Cox, Xfinity, Charter and Comcast; across the participating NFL stars' social media channels; and on the 49ers and Raiders Web sites.

Digital and social media (#DeviceFreeDinner) support.

In "Hot Sauce,” Lynch is seen in his Bay Area restaurant encouraging a kid to cause some mischief (pouring hot sauce into his dad’s soda) to help teach his parents, distracted on their cell phones instead of interacting with their son, a lesson.

In “Kid Hat,” he hands the young boy his hat, which dad doesn’t notice until he looks up after drinking his hot-sauced soda.

“Marshawn says ‘No phones at the table!’”

According to Common Sense, “Research proves the benefits to kids of family dinners, such as vocabulary acquisition, fewer behavior problems, lower rates of substance abuse, and healthier eating patterns.”

Common Sense said it launched the Device Free Dinner campaign in 2016 to “raise awareness of media balance and encourage families to make the most of their time together.”

An earlier series of PSA featured actor Will Farrell as a dad too distracted by his cell phone and its various apps to talk to his family during dinner.

Common Sense partnered with Citron Haligman, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Camp + King and Anchorfield for the effort.

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