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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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• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Mar262015

March Madness: People Show Duke Love, But Not As Tournament Champions

By Barry Janoff

March 26, 2015: The 2015 Men's Div. I Basketball Tournament is drawing record numbers for the NCAA and its media partners, CBS and Turner Sports, not only via on-air broadcasts but also through March Madness Live and other digital, mobile and fan-specific activations.

That is due in no small part to the fact that, entering the Sweet 16 games, many of the most popular men's college basketball teams are still in contention for the national championship.

The list is topped by the Duke Blue Devils, which has for the sixth year in a row been declared as America's favorite men's college basketball team.

Not far behind are the Kentucky Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at No. 2 and 3, respectively, according to a new Harris Poll from Harris Interactive.

However, people surveyed this year showed head coach John Calipari's team a  lot of love, with 48% picking them to win the tournament.

Duke was second here, with 6% picking them to win the national title, followed by Wisconsin (5%).

The rise in TV and digital numbers also coincides with numbers from The Harris Poll showing that 47% of those surveyed follow college sports, the highest number ever from Harris in polls dating back to 2007.

College football is No. 1, with 39%, followed by men's basketball (25%), baseball (10%) and women's basketball (7%).

Also among the Top Ten favorite men's teams that made it to this year's March Madness Sweet 16: UCLA (6), Michigan State (8), Notre Dame (9) and Wisconsin (10).

Filling out the Top Ten favorite squads are thee that did not make it to the Sweet 16: Connecticut (4), Ohio State (5) and Michigan (7).

Notre Dame has not been in The Harris Poll since 2004.

Conversely, two teams from last year's Top Ten failed to make in this year: Syracuse (no. 6 in 2014) and Wichita State (no. 9).

On the women's side, the Connecticut Huskies were ranked No. 1 for the seventh consecutive time and eight time since 2003, with the team coming in No. 2 all other years, according to The Harris Poll.

Duke's popularity among people surveyed by The Harris Poll traces back to 1993. In the 16 college basketball polls conducted since then, Duke has finished No. 1 a dozen times and was ranked as low as No. 3 only once (1996).

During that period, under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke's men's team has won two national championships (2001, 2010), made the Final Four five times and has had 15 appearances in the Sweet 16.

Kentucky has not been No. 1 in The Harris Poll since 1998, and as recently as 2013 was ranked No. 10 among men's college basketball teams.

On the women's side, 33% picked Connecticut to win their tournament, followed at 3% each by Notre Dame, Tennessee, Maryland and Duke.

The growing popular in college sports among those surveyed by Harris supports statistics from marketing, licensing and sponsorship company IMG College, whose numbers show that more than 190 million people are fans of college sports and that sales of college merchandise is a $4.6 billion industry.

CBS and Turner, which is showing games on TBS, TNT and truTV, said they are seeing the highest viewership since they combined to show March Madness in 2011. March Madness Live, which streams all games to computers and mobile devices, has seen to date more than 11 million hours worth of viewer consumption, up 8% from the record set last year, according to Turner Sports.

The Harris Poll was conducted among 2,244 adults, of whom 588 follow college basketball, surveyed online between March 11-16, 2015.

See full results from The Harris Poll here.

CHART COURTESY THE HARRIS POLL

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