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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.”

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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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May092018

Shaq Stands Big & Tall, Front & Center In JCPenny ‘Penney Parade’ Campaign

By Barry Janoff

May 8, 2018: No one has ever accused Shaquille O’Neal of being shy, and his role in a new campaign from JCPenney will not change that image.

Inn March, O’Neal signed as exclusive style ambassador for the men’s big and tall departments for the national retailer.

He will also create a big and tall menswear line and furnishings under the Shaquille O’Neal XLG brand, in association with Authentic Brands Group, a brand development, marketing, and entertainment firm that represents O'Neal. 

In his first effort under the deal, Shaq literally leads a parade to support JCPenney’s offerings for big and tall men — of which Shaq is front-and-center at 7’1”, 320-plus lbs.

“Big and tall and better than ever,” he shouts in the lead spot, “Penney Parade,” with musical accompaniment from the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers (Montgomery, Al.).

“Finally a shirt I can flex in,” Shaq says, jumping among floats filled with other big and tall men wearing such brands as Stafford and The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co. “Go big or go home.”

Shaq then becomes a DJ for a post-parade parting, encouraging people to "Go big at JCPenney,” with sizes up to 6XL and 5XLT.

The spot breaks this week during NBA playoff programming on ESPN and the NBA on TNT, the latter of which is home to Inside the NBA, where O’Neal is a commentator alongside Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.

Support includes Internet, social media and POP.

Lead agency for Plano, Texas-based JCPenney is Badger & Winters, NY, which won the account in January (taking over from McGarryBowen).

Shaq’s line of clothing and furnishings will launch in select JCPenney stores and online on JCPenney.com.

Like the rest of the retail, category, JCPenney has dealing with down-sizing to re-imagine a stronger brand. The company operates about 875 department stores after closing some 140 locations in 2017.

JCPenney posted a stronger outlook for 2018 based on Q1 and Fiscal Year 2017 financials released in February.

"In 2018, we will intensify our market share efforts in appliances, mattresses and furniture, while continuing to take steps to modernize our apparel assortment and omni-channel,” Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and CEO, said in a statement when the financial report was released.

“Our strategy and plan is clear and consistent, and we remain focused on two critical factor: To operate the business for growth and deliver profitable earnings.”
 
O’Neal, who signed as Chief Fun Officer for Carnival Cruise Line earlier this year, will appear on-screen in the Kyrie Irving-fronted movie, Uncle Drew, due to hit theaters June 29.

The film also stars such current and former NBA nd WNBA players as Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Chris Webber and Lisa Leslie.

Shaq’s endorsements also  include Gold Bond, Icy Hot, Wix, Zales, Nabisco’s Oreos, Krispy Kreme (also an investor) and The General insuance (including a new campaign for Uncle Drew in which Shaq in is his "Big Fella" character).

He appears in marketing for Ring doorbell video security, in which he has an equity stake that earned him a solid payday when the company was acquired by Amazon for $1.1 billion in February.

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