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• 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.”

• Inter Miami CF and the City of Fort Lauderdale have finalized a comprehensive agreement for the 64-acre property commonly known as the Lockhart stadium site, following a city commission meeting on Tuesday evening,according to the club, which has soccer icon David Beckham as a major investor and spokesperson. "With this agreement, Inter Miami CF will proceed with structural and foundation construction of the site as it prepares to launch its inaugural season in Major League Soccer in March 2020 in Fort Lauderdale."

• As part of its ongoing NFL 100 celebration, the league will make commissioner Roger Goodell available to “announce the first round draft picks for every team” in one Fantasy Sports league. The winning league will also receive a custom NFL100 Trophy and an exclusive NFL 100 prize package, including a Bose SoundLink III speaker, a gold NFL 100 football and a NFL Vineyard Vines tote. Details here.

• The International Olympic Committee is moving closer to making a major change in the way it regulates how athletes can market themselves during the Summer and Winter Games. Full story here.

• 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

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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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World Series Features New Ad, In-Game Event From MLB-SU2C-MC Partnership

By Barry Janoff

October 27, 2017: MLB and Stand Up To Cancer, working together since 2008 in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer, will use the national platform of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros to unveil a multi-level campaign, with a PSA set to break during Game 4 on Oct. 28.

Game 4 in Houston will also see the continuation of an impactful World Series tradition that began in 2011, when fans, players, coaches and others in Minute Maid Park will rise for the "SU2C Placard Moment" on Fox following the end of the 5th inning, holding SU2C cards to honor relatives, friends or others who are fighting cancer or who have succumbed to the disease.

MLB and its 30 clubs, founding donors of SU2C, have committed $43 million to date to SU2C's innovative cancer research, according to MLB.

Major support comes from MLB and SU2C partner MasterCard, which presended SU2C with a check for $4 million prior to Game 4 "Thanks to those who stood up by dining out with their Mastercard," and made an additional $100,000 donation after the game.

The new campaign coincides with the launch of four research projects that will use genetic and other technologies to detect and treat cancer at its earliest stages.

The projects are part of the SU2C Cancer Interception initiative and will specifically focus on lung and pancreatic cancer. They will be be funded with a total of $16.6 million provided by SU2C, the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, LUNGevity and the American Lung Assn.

In a separate SU2C campaign with CVS Pharmacy, actress Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) will be the voice of radio spots encouraging consumers to donate to cancer research when they pay either in-store or online.

According to SU2C, its alliance with CVS, which began in 2014, has raised more than $15 million.

Regarding the World Series, "Major League Baseball is proud that our partnership with Stand Up To Cancer is a prominent part of the celebration surrounding jewel events," Rob Manfred, MLB commissioner, said in a statement.

“We hope that launching this new public service announcement campaign alongside this year's World Series Stand Up moment will give added attention to the cause. Due to the great support from our fans, Clubs and players, baseball continues the fight against this horrible disease,” said Manfred.

The PSA breaking during Game 4, "Little Moments Are The Big Moments," under SU2C's umbreall "Whatever It Takes" effort, will feature MLB players and highlights from MLB's post-season.

Support also includes print, radio, digital, social media and stadium activation.

The TV, print and radio creative was developed by San Francisco-based Duncan Channon.

The PSA uses MLB game footage of several players "executing one of baseball's simplest, yet often effective, plays — the bunt (as opposed to hitting the big home run) — to drive home the game-winning run “as a metaphor to describe the cancer research work being done by scientists and doctors worldwide to make discoveries that will advance new treatments,” according to MLB and SU2C.

The over-riding message: “The end of the fight against cancer is unlikely to come from (a game-winning) home run, but rather will be the result of numerous and smaller, yet meaningful, scientific advancements that keep the fight moving forward.” according to MLB and SU2C.

In "Little Moments Are The Big Moments," we see MLB players including Jason Kipnis (Cleveland Indians), Michael Taylor (Washington Nationals) and Yasmani Grandal (Los Angeles Dodgers), alongside photos of 10-year-old cancer survivor Jacob Teel (who appeared in the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game this past July during MLB All-Star Week in Miami) and 33-year-old cancer survivor Dalia Margolis.

A voiceover offers, ”As we continue to swing for the fences, at Stand Up To Cancer we know that any advancement can bring someone home. Stand up for the 16 million people living with cancer in the U.S. and Canada. Visit StandUpToCancer.org."

“We hope that launching this PSA campaign alongside this year's World Series Stand Up To Cancer moment will give added attention to the cause."

According to Rusty Robertson, SU2C co-founder, “The leadership, compassion and generous commitment MLB has demonstrated and made is absolutely extraordinary. For nearly a decade, MLB has been one of our biggest allies in leading a national movement for cutting-edge research and innovative cancer treatments to save lives.”

Robertson said that the sight of 50,000 people “of all walks of life standing shoulder to shoulder with players, coaches, broadcasters and owners, holding signs in honor of loved ones, has become one of the most indelible and moving tributes in all of sports and pop culture. It underscores how this terrible disease affects everyone, and it will take a powerful movement to end it."

Earlier this month, SU2C) launched a PSA campaign, "Your Body Your Hope," intended to increase awareness for cancer immunotherapy, supported by a charitable donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., and featuring actor and SU2C ambassador Jimmy Smits in TV, print, TV, digital, social media and out-of-home.

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