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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).

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
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
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Mar272014

Survey: Blue Devils Favorite College Hoops Team, Football Hottest College Sport

By Barry Janoff

March 27, 2014: The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team may have been eliminated from the NCAA hoops tournament in their first game, losing to Mercer in the round of 32, 78-71, but they remain the favorite men's college basketball team in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive year.

In fact, Duke has been No. 1 in 11 of 17 polls conducted by The Harris Poll regarding the top college basketball programs in America, dating back to 1993.

However, despite the fact that The Harris Poll was conducted in the midst of college hoops March Madness, the sport came in second to college football as the favorite sport among those surveyed.

Football was named by 39% of those surveyed as being their favorite college sport versus 28% for men's college hoops. The two sports have held those respective positions in surveys conducted by The Harris Poll dating back to 2007, but football's 39% is a new high.

Except for 1995, Dunk made the NCAA tournament in each of those years, reached the Sweet Sixteen 14 times, the Final Four five times and won the national championship in 2001 and 2010.

Mike Krzyzewski has been head coach since 1980.

Rival North Carolina was voted the second favorite men's college basketball team in the U.S. for the second consecutive year and third time in the past four seasons, according to Harris. The Tar Heels placed third in 2012, but were tied with Duke for first in 2010 and held the top position as soloists in 2007 and 2009.

Connecticut was named as the favorite college women's basketball team for the sixth consecutive year, according to The Harris Poll.

Despite the fact that The Harris Poll was conducted in the midst of college hoops March Madness, the sport came in second to college football as the favorite sport among those surveyed.

Behind Duke and UNC, the Top Ten favorite men's college basketball teams this season are Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan, Syracuse, UCLA, Connecticut, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Wichita State (the latter three tied for the final spot).

Florida, ranked No. 1 overall in the tournament, is not in the Top Ten, and The Harris Poll did not indicate where the school's men's basketball team was ranked. However, the Gators were selected as the team most likely to win the 2014 National Championship (18%).

Still alive in the Sweet 16, to be played this week, are Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Connecticut, Wisconsin and UCLA.

Teams that were in the Top Ten in the 2013 Harris Poll but fell out this year are Gonzaga (No. 6 in 2013), Illinois (No. 7), Georgetown (No. 8) and Texas (No. 9).

Lagging behind college football and basketball as the favorites among those surveyed are college baseball (10%), women's college hoops (9%) and college hockey (4%). Some 8% of those surveyed said the favorites were other college sports.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ exclusive second-round coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship – across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV on Friday, March 21 – was the most-viewed first Friday of the NCAA Tournament in 23 years. The games on March 21 averaged 8.4 million total viewers, up 4% compared with 2013 (8.1 million total viewers).
 
Overall, through the first four days (excluding the First Four games), the tournament is averaging 8.2 million total viewers, up 6% over last year (7.7 million total viewers), and is the most-viewed start to the tournament since 1991 (when the tournament expanded to four telecast windows for the entire day).

Collectively, second-round coverage on Thursday and Friday, March 20-21, averaged 8.5 million total viewers, the most-viewed second round in 23 years and a 5% increase over 2013 (8.1 million total viewers), according to CBS Sports and Turner.

The Harris Poll was conducted among 2,234 adults, of whom 574 follow college basketball, surveyed online between March 12-17, 2014. See the full results here.

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