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• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• 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.

• 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 12-14
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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Oct152018

Taco Bell Beefs Up 'Steal A Base, Steal A Taco' Campaign For World Series

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

October 15, 2018:
With MLB’s two League Championship series underway, the Fall Classic, due to begin Oct. 23, could see the return of the two teams from the 2017 World Series.

But even if the defending champion Houston Astros (now playing the Boston Red Sox) and defending NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers (facing the Milwaukee Brewers) don’t make it back, Taco Bell said it would bring back its ”Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion for the seventh time for the 2018 World Series presented by YouTube TV.

As in the past, the first player to successfully steal a base during the Fall Classic gets everyone in America a free Doritos Locos Taco, with the give-away scheduled for Nov. 1. (Details here.)

What is new to the mix: Topps is in as a partner, offering trading cards of the previous six players who jump-started the taco bonus with the first stolen base in their respective World Series. (See checklist below.)

A seventh Topps Now card, featuring the player who nabs the first stolen base of the 2018 World Series, will be available from Topps.com 24 hours after the base is stolen.

Taco Bell will support with multi-media marketing, including TV, digital, social media, POP and in-stadium activation.

An anchor TV spot, "Taco Hero," tells how in 2017 Cameron Maybin of the Houston Astros "slid into the taco history books" by stealing the first base of the World Series in the 11th inning of Game 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, then asks, "Who will be this year's Taco Hero?"

In addition, Taco Bell said it would back the promotion with the first Steal a Base caps. A limited collection of caps will be available online via Taco Bell's Taco Shop.

The six Steal a Base Topps cards will be available in local restaurants near ball parks hosting the World Series beginning with Game 1 and willalso be included in any cap purchase, until supplies last.

The Topps cards pack will include six Taco Hero cards each with their own exclusive imagery and stats.

"Every year, we're overwhelmed with the excitement from our fans when combining America's favorite pastime with America's favorite tacos," Marisa Thalberg, global chief brand officer for Taco Bell Corp., said via the company.

"Now, we're knocking that out of the park by introducing even more ways for our fans to experience and commemorate the Taco Hero."

Also added to the mix this season, Taco Bell said that once the first base is stolen, people can claim a free Doritos Locos Taco online if they have previously registered via Taco Bell's Web site or app. (Details here.)

According to Taco Bell, "History shows it's not a matter of 'if' but 'when' a base will be stolen."

The earliest "Steal a Base" was in 2016 when Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians swiped a bag in the first inning of Game 1 1st  against the Chicago Cubs.

Taco fans had to wait the longest last year when the first stolen base wasn't recorded until the 11th inning of Game 2 by Maybin of the Astros.

According to Noah Garden, MLB evp-commerce, "We've created a fun tradition for our fans with Taco Bell and the 'Steal a Base, Steal a Taco' promotion.

“It makes for a unique moment every year during the World Series and certainly the fans will have their eyes on the first stolen base of the Fall Classic."

Taco Bell Steal a Base Hall of Fame (Topps Card Set)

• 2007 Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox Game 2 4th inning (vs. Colorado Rockies)

• 2008 Jason Bartlett Tampa Bay Rays Game 1 5th inning (vs. Philadelphia Phillies)

• 2012 Angel Pagan San Francisco Giants Game 2 8th inning (vs. Detroit Tigers)

• 2015 Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals Game 1 6th inning (vs. New York Mets)

• 2016 Francisco Lindor Cleveland Indians Game 1 1st inning (vs. Chicago Cubs)

• 2017 Cameron Maybin Houston Astros Game 2 11th inning (vs. Los Angeles Dodgers)

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