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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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Channel Chasers

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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For Driver Scott Speed, Less Ads, More Clout With Dish Network At Daytona 500

By Barry Janoff

February 23, 2013: Nascar is legendary for its plethora of marketing alliances, with more than 70 official partners for the parent organization and a bevy of others for each individual driver and/or race crew. On race day, cars and driver togs are moving billboards of company brands, each vying for the attention of TV viewers and fans in the stands.

Scott Speed and Leavine Family Racing, based in North Carolina, have gone in the other direction.

When LFR's No. 95 Ford Fusion hits the Daytona International Speedway track on Sunday, it will have small logos from sponsors such as TeaZa herbal energy, B&D Electrical, TWD drywall, WRL general contractors and JTS truck sales, as well as the Fusion badge.

But the car being driven by Speed, which will start the race in row 16 (31st position), will be clean of almost all other marks except for large logos for satellite TV provider Dish Network and the kangaroo image for its Hopper digital video recorder. Financial details between Dish and Leavine were not disclosed.

And that, according to Dish, could drive Daytona 500 broadcast network Fox hopping mad.

Dish says that it reaches more than 14 million satellite TV customers. But it has gotten into hot water with the major TV networks — CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC — because a Hopper feature, Auto Hop, enables viewers to record TV shows without commercials. Dish said that the major networks do not run TV commercials for the brand, which tout Auto Hop and Dish's Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR.
 
This past May, CBS, Fox and NBC each filed lawsuits against Dish Network, claiming that Auto Hop violates copyright laws. Fox's suit went even farther, claiming that  Dish's Auto Hop is “destroying the fundamental underpinnings of the broadcast television ecosystem.”

On Friday, Fox filed a motion in Los Angeles District Court to block sales of Hopper because of an "On the Go" feature that enables subscribers to stream content over the Internet from their home TVs.

“The world of technology moves fast, but Fox keeps trying to wave a yellow flag and put consumers under caution, attempting to slow their access to the best in TV entertainment,” Joe Clayton, president and CEO for Dish Network, said in a statement. “The Hopper is in the pole position as the fastest in the consumer technology race. We are giving consumers what they want, when they want and where they want it. Fox is trying to hold up traffic. You can’t stop the future.”

If Speed does well during the race, Fox will have little option than to show his car and its prominent Dish logos. Concurrently, Fox can bypass the No. 95 car if lags well behind the leaders and fails to make noise during Nascar's season-opening event.

“Everybody skips commercials, and if Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC think that’s illegal, well I guess that makes us a nation of outlaws."

Dish is willing to take that chance.

“Everybody skips commercials, and if Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC think that’s illegal, well I guess that makes us a nation of outlaws,” said Clayton. “We might as well make the No. 95 car the Dish fans’ getaway car in what is sure to be an exciting race on Sunday!”

Either way, Dish will be tracking Speed via Internet and social media, including Twitter and Facebook. And Speed himself said he plans to support Dish both on and off the race track.

According to Speed, “I’m a big Dish fan and am excited to return to Daytona International Speedway Sunday with the Hopper riding shotgun. Hopper is great for people like me: We can record more programming and take our favorite shows with us.”

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