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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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Mar122013

Q&A: A Few Minutes With Charles Barkley = March Madness, Olympics, Pistorious, Te'o

By Barry Janoff

March 11, 2013: Beginning next week, Charles Barkley will be part of the combined CBS-Turner Sports broadcasting team covering the NCAA Div. I men's basketball tournament. Barkley, an NBA Hall of Famer who recently celebrated his 50th birthday by appearing on The Price Is Right, and who stars alongside Alec Baldwin in a new multi-media campaign for Capital One, held court Monday at a March Madness media session in New York under the auspices of CBS and Turner.

Which teams will be in the Final Four this year?

Charles Barkley: The field is wide open. There are some teams that should be there but I won't make a Final Four prediction right now. What fans want is for you to name their favorite team and to pick their favorite player. Then they all get mad at you for not picking their favorite team. But that's not what's stopping me [from predicting the Final Four]. In past years there have been teams that separated themselves and stand out. Right now, it's wide open.

You are now entering the third season as an analyst for the NCAA men's basketball tournament in addition to your work as an analyst for NBA on TNT. What's the hardest part of that?

CB: The hardest part for any former player is transitioning to the media side. You have to comment on players and coaches you know. That doesn't stop me from expressing my opinions. But I'm not calling out these college kids, who work hard to get into the Tournament. Some of the other [Tournament analysts] watch 100 games or more during the season. I watch a lot of college basketball; I know the teams and players. But I can't say I have that level of knowledge about every team and every kid.

What would you like to cover other than basketball?

CB: The Olympics are cool. I'd love to cover the Olympics. If you haven't been to the Olympics, it's much different than it is on television. It's a really cool event. Three years ago I had never been to a Final Four game. Now I have and it's a great experience. It would be the same with the Olympics. I wouldn't want to act like I was a guy who knew all about it, but it might be fun having me do bobsled or something like that. Wait, that's the Winter Olympics. I'd want to cover the Summer Olympics, go to Rio for 2016. [Laughs.]

Some athletes have been in the news recently for the wrong reasons. As a former athlete, does anything surprise you?

CB: You never really know what's going on inside an athlete's mind. His motivation for why or why not some people do things or why they react the way they do. Watching Oscar Pistorius, it was amazing to see what he did [in the Olympics]. But you couldn't predict he would be in the situation he's now facing [murder charges regarding the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp]. Lance Armstrong is a friend of mine, a casual friend. Did I know he was cheating? No. Was I surprised? In that sport, it is what it is.

What about the situation regarding Manti Te'O?

CB: If I'm his college coach, and he tells me that his girlfriend just died, I'm saying, 'Let's go to the funeral. What are you doing at practice?' They knew something.

You just shot a series of commercials with Alec Baldwin for Capital One. How was that experience?

CB: Working with him was a lot of fun. He's a great guy.

Anybody ask yet what's in YOUR wallet [the tagline for Capital One marketing]?

CB: No one. But the commercials just came out so I figure I will get asked.

Can I see what's in your wallet?

CB: Do I know you?

No.

CB: Then no! [Laughs.]

Editor's note: CBS and Turner Sports coverage of the 2013 NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament, which will air on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, begins March 17 on CBS with Selection Sunday. The First Four will air on truTV March 19-20. The second and third rounds will air across all four networks March 21-24. The Sweet 16 and Final Eight will air March 28-31. The Final Four will air exclusively on CBS April 6 and April 8 from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

What's In Your Wallet: Barkley, Baldwin For Capital One, March Madness

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