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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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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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Head & Shoulders Uses Professor Polamalu To Take Consumers To University

By Barry Janoff

October 18, 2012: Troy Polamalu has been schooling opposing players as an All-Pro safety with the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2003.

Three years ago, he turned one of his non-football attributes — his full head of hair — into a marketing deal with Head & Shoulders. Now, he has graduated to the unofficial title of professor and has been joined by teammate Brett Keisel, who is known for his all-pro play at defensive tackle as well as for his full beard, to help educate men on how to maintain healthy hair.

This week, Head & Shoulders launched the Troy Polamalu School of Deeper Learning, described as a virtual school featuring a series of "humorous online courses to help men everywhere achieve deeper thinking through healthy scalps and great looking hair."

The campaign supports Head & Shoulders for Men Deep Clean, a new product from the Proctor & Gamble hair-care brand, which comes with its own humorous tag line: "Money can't buy you happiness. But it can buy you deepness."

The effort is anchored by a dedicated Web site with it's own snarky mantra, "Deep Like Troy," where "students" (aka visitors to the site) can learn tongue-in-cheek lessons from the in-house staff: Polamalu, who is listed as founder and University president; Keisel, who is the Dean of Students and Professor of Facial Hair; and comic Rob Riggle, the university's tenured department head of comedic skills.

New students are first given a "welcome orientation," where Riggle greets visitors, reads from the Book of Polamalu and leads a tour of the virtual campus. "Plato, Socrates and Polamalu," says Riggle, "When it comes to deep thinkers, think of us." We meet Foley the Follicle, who is the school mascot, and other characters who make the university, as Riggle explains, "The No. 1 parting school in the nation."

Among the courses being offered:

Advanced Music Appreciation: "Professors Troy Polamalu and Brett Keisel demonstrate the art of Spanish Air Guitar, delving into the deepness of facial expressions and the emotionality of proper guitar fingering."
 
Spiritual Shampooing 101: "Professor Master Troy Polamalu leads students on a journey into the world of Tai Chi, revealing countless mysteries of shampooing spirituality."
 
Poetry and Social Revolution 101: "Rob Riggle interprets his acclaimed "Rhyme & Riggle' composition book for students: 'You want to change society, you’ve got to get poetic. Deeply poetic.' ”

Art Appreciation 201: "To be a true artist, you need a deep appreciation for the masters who came before. Using his flock of hair as a paint brush, Prof. Palomalu creates a masterpiece: The Paloma-Lisa."

Deep Telepathy 202: "To connect with your fellow human beings, you must go deep into their souls. Topics discussed completely by thought and without speaking include flossing, boring boyfriends and the deep meaning of clean hair."

The site, being supported at such social media sites as Facebook and Twitter, also offers extracurricular actives including a chat room and an opportunity to read Prof. Palomalu's deepest thoughts.

P&G is in its fourth season as an official NFL partner, which also includes such brands as Tide, Duracell, Gillette, Old Spice and Febreze.

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