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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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May042011

Smells Like Team Spirit: Right Guard Signs Kevin Love For 'Total Defense 5' Push

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

May 3, 2011: Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves recently was named the NBA's "Most Improved Player" for the 2010-11 season.

Now, Right Guard, the official deodorant and body wash of the NBA, has named him the "Best Smelling Player."

The "honor" was not random. Love has signed a deal to become marketing spokesman for the brand's new Right Guard Total Defense 5 Body Wash line. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The alliance is being anchored by a campaign, "Love in the Shower," which includes TV and Internet.

In addition, a social media leg via Facebook is asking consumers to submit alternate endings to Love's TV spots, offering a chance to win tickets to the NBA Finals in June as well as prizes including sports merchandise autographed by Love, gift cards to NBAStore.com and a year's supply of Right Guard Total Defense 5 Body Wash.

The campaign is being run in conjunction with ESPN, with spots to air on ESPN, ESPN.com and ESPN mobile. Integration also includes product placement on ESPN shows and a SportsCenter mention in the Love commercials.

In two spots,  Love is seen in the shower of a fan, who is nonchalantly brushing his teeth. In "Towel Toss," the guy's wife walks in and asks, "What's Kevin Love doing in our shower?" "Trying my new Right Guard Body Wash," the guy replies. Love then asks for a towel and the guy throws one at him.

In the second, "Loofah Love," the guy's wife again walks in and asks, "What is Kevin Love doing in our shower?" Love himself replies, "Loofah, I love it" as he scrubs his back.

A voiceover in both offers, "Start you day right with new Right Guard Body Wash. And SportsCenter."

Kevin Love hits the shower for Right Guard.Right Guard is asking consumers to submit "What's your Love line?" alternate endings now through May 13. People will then be able to vote on their favorites from May 16-23, the five best of which will actually be included in re-filmed versions of the spots. (Full details here.)
 
Right Guard previously had a multi-year marketing deal with NBA all-star guard Chris Paul, which was signed in 2008 and has since expired.

Love also has a deal with Nike basketball.

Right Guard said it selected Love "based on his determination to hit the showers immediately after practice and encourage his fellow teammates to leave the stink on the court."

"Guys don't want someone on their team who literally stinks," Love said in a statement. "I appreciate that Right Guard recognizes my efforts to smell great even after a day on the court."

Love, who was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of UCLA in 2008, was named to the NBA All-Star Team in 2010-11. During the season he racked up a 53-game double-double streak, the longest such mark since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.

"We admire Kevin for his hard work on the court, in the gym and in the locker room," said Toby Gubitz, vp-marketing for Right Guard. "He strives to be a better player and embraces a team mentality by always smelling his best."

The Right Guard Total Defense 5 Body Wash line includes Refreshing, Cooling and Hydrating variants.

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