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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.”

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).

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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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Wheaties Fuel Hits Shelves, Peyton Manning Commercial Hits TV

Manning gets intense in TV spot for Wheaties Fuel.January 14, 2010: Wheaties Fuel, which was unveiled last July and then made available in limited quantities only via online since September, has finally arrived at store shelves nationwide. The release comes as General Mills seeks to take advantage of a busy sports marketing period with the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game and Winter Olympics all arriving within the next month.

As part of what General Mills has called a "multimillion-dollar effort" to launch Fuel, the brand will unveil a TV spot starring Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning on Jan. 15 to fans on a dedicated Facebook page, where Wheaties is also offering a $1-off coupon for Fuel to anyone who becomes a friend. The spot, in which Manning translates his comment that "Your body is like a machine and you have to have the right Fuel to go out and perform" into action, will then debut nationally, targeting a male audience via sports events and programming. Tag: "Fuel. Win. Evolve." Lead agency is Saatchi & Saatchi, New York.

In the spot, we see Manning in a farm field tossing footballs. As he does, we hear him in voiceover: "Gotta make a play here. Find the opening. Be precise. Hit that guy. Hit that guy. Gotta make a play. Let's do it again." We then see that Manning has tossed dozens of footballs. Another voiceover then offers, "Winning takes intense preparation. It starts with Wheaties Fuel." Manning then says in voiceover, "New Wheaties Fuel. Prepare to win."

According to Manning, who also is starring in current commercials for MasterCard, Sony and Nabisco's Oreo Double Stuf, "This is an intense cereal. We put a lot of time into making this come to life. We put a lot of time, energy, intensity and passion into it. It's a good-tasting cereal that at the same time is helping everybody perform better."

Print to date has included a tie-in with Men’s Health, with readers who volunteered online helping to select a final recipe, followed by the publication offering samples at such events as running and biking races.

In addition to FaceBook, General Mills also is supporting with Twitter and MySpace destinations. Di:Digital, New York, has handled interactive elements, anchored by an SMS campaign that included an FSI with a mobile text code connecting to such content as information about Manning and the other athletes involved with developing the brand, tips on nutrition and fitness and an option for e-mail alerts to receive updated information.

Continuing a Wheaties tradition, Fuel will feature individual box covers of  Manning, Kevin Garnett (pictured) of the NBA's Boston Celtics and MLB MVP Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals. The company said the product was created with the input from the trio as well as triathlete Hunter Kemper, gold medal-winning decathlete Bryan Clay and sports nutritionist Dr. John Ivy. All five athletes are pictured on the back of the boxes along with Dr. Ivy. All three 17.1 oz boxes are now available nationwide.

Wheaties Fuel will have a presence at the NBA All-Star Game in Dallas in February with support from Garnett. The brand has been running a promotion, "Get Your W's," offering tickets to the game at Cowboys Stadium and other prizes. The cereal is expected to do experiential marketing and sample offerings during the NFL's stay in Miami for both the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.

A dedicated Web site has been running a six-part series featuring Manning, Garnett and the other athletes involved showing behind-the-scenes action of how Fuel went from concept to consumers.

General Mills said the product would "not replace the original Wheaties. Together, the two products will make up the evolved and expanded Breakfast of Champions product portfolio."

“Developing the new evolution of Wheaties has been more than two years in the making, and we’re excited to finally bring Fuel to retail and into the hands of consumers,” Dan Stangler, marketing manager for Wheaties, said in a statement. “Today’s athletes need a finely tuned diet to allow their bodies to be efficient and competitive, and with the help of our team of champion athletes, a world-renowned sports nutritionist and everyday athletes, we’ve created the first-ever cereal designed to help fuel wins.”

Manning, Garnett, Pujois Star In Wheaties Fuel Launch

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