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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).

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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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Snickers Hungry For WWE WrestleMania 33, Re-Signs As Exclusive Presenting Sponsor

By Barry Janoff

Originally Published In MediaPost

November 28, 2016: It seems as if WWE’s WrestleMania is not itself without Snickers.

For the second consecutive year, Snickers has satisfied its hunger by signing a deal to become the exclusive presenting partner for WrestleMania 33, which is scheduled to take place on April 2, 2017 in the Orlando Citrus Bowl.

The Mars Inc. brand, a long-time WWE partner, was the exclusive presenting partner for WrestleMania 32 this past April, receiving some 1.5 billion media impressions from the effort.

Financial terms of the pact were not shared.

"When it comes to displaying the 'hunger symptoms' that Snickers satisfies, nobody embodies them better than WWE Superstars," said Allison Miazga-Bedrick, director for Snickers Brand. "We’re back for a second consecutive year as the presenting sponsor of WrestleMania 33 to once again share our 'You’re Not You When You’re Hungry' message to an extremely engaged WWE fan base in unique ways."

Snickers will up the ante on marketing support from WrestleMania 32, when several WWE personalities were featured in the brand’s trademark "You’re Not You" campaign, which included Paige, Roman Reigns, Michael Cole (WWE Announcer) and Ric Flair.

According to Snickers, a new "You’re Not You When You’re Hungry" effort will be anchored by TV to encompass WWE Network, which has more than 1.8 million subscribers worldwide; and such WWE flagship TV programs as Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live on USA Network.

Snickers’ lead agency is BBDO.

WWE has already released a teaser spot on YouTube, "Witness WrestleMania 33," with the tag line, "On April 2, 2017, the world will converge in a magical place.
 
As part of Internet, social media and retail efforts, Snickers said it would activate a "complete brand takeover" of WWE’s YouTube channel the day of WrestleMania 33 and "custom digital and social content, including a Snapchat live story."

In addition, WWE will involve its Twitter (8.4 million followers) and Facebook (34.7 million Likes) destinations.

As part of the WWE’s new strategy to bundle its jewel events, Snickers will have a presence at WWE live events the week prior to WrestleMania 33. They are scheduled to include WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s four-day, interactive fan festival in the Orange County Convention Center; and the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, NXT TakeOver, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, all scheduled for Orlando’s Amway Center.

WWE and Snickers will also join in "more than a dozen activities designed to give back to the host community," including Be a Star anti-bullying rallies, hospital visits and Make-A-Wish events.

WWE and its marketing partners saw tremendous response to WrestleMania 32.

The event generated $170.4 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by visitors to the Dallas/Arlington region — including $25 million spent on hotels and accommodations and $8.4 million in area restaurants — and also generated about $23.8 million in federal, state and local taxes, according to a study conducted for WWE by the Enigma Research Corp.

WWE said that was a new record for WrestleMania’s economic impact and marked the fifth consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

In addition, the crowd of 101,763 fans in AT&T Stadium (home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys) made it the best-attended event in WWE history.

Orlando Citrus Bowl seats about 70,000, so WWE will fall short of setting an attendance record.

None the less, both WWE and Snickers are hungry for WrestleMania 33, which is expected to see the participation of such icons as Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Roman Reigns, John Cena and The Rock; and possibly UFC champion Conor McGregor.

According to Michelle Wilson, WWE CMO and chief revenue officer, "We are excited to partner with Snickers for the second straight year as we aim to raise the bar in bringing their award-winning 'You’re Not You When You’re Hungry' campaign to life in entertaining ways that only our WWE Superstars can.

"As the exclusive presenting partner of one of the biggest sports and entertainment events in the world, Snickers will reach our global fan base that consumes content across all platforms," said Wilson.

WrestleMania 32 Smacked Down Record $170.4M In Fan Spending

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