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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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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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T-Mobile Steps Up To The Plate At Home Run Derby For Little League Baseball

By Barry Janoff

July 2, 2019: T-Mobile, the official wireless provider for MLB, will return to the All-Star Game with a full plate of activation, led by a donation of $250,000 to Little League Baseball and Softball that will increase based on long balls hit during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby, scheduled for July 8 in Cleveland’s Progressive Field (ESPN), will feature eight players.

They include Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves), Pete Alonso (New York Mets), Josh Bell (Pittsburgh Pirates), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays), Carlos Santana (Cleveland Indians) and Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers).

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby match-ups will be named during a special T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Show on July 3 (ESPN).

In addition to the $250,000, T-Mobile will donate an extra $1,000 per home run and $5,000 per magenta bonus ball home run.

Last year, the T-Mobile Home Run Derby donation was $450,000.

This past April, T-Mobile and CEO John Legere donated $100,000 to support local leagues rebuilding in Puerto Rico.

T-Mobile in March extended its alliance with MLB and also added Little League Baseball to its partnerships.

T-Mobile has been an official partner with MLB since 2013, and in 2016 became title sponsor for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby during All-Star Game week.

In December, T-Mobile enhanced its MLB presence by signing a 25-year naming rights deal for the Seattle Mariners home venue, formerly Safeco Field, not T-Mobile Park.

The deal was put at $3-$4 million annually by industry analysts.

“We love showing up big for baseball fans — and at this year’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby, it’s no different,” Legere said via the Bellevue, Wash.-based company.

The telecom company is currently in the final stages of a multibillion-dollar merger with Sprint.

“We’re all in, supporting our future baseball and softball sluggers with a $250K-plus donation to Little League, making America’s game more accessible for kids and families around the country.”

T-Mobile said funds raised would help make local Little League programs more “accessible for kids and families around the country through equipment grants and financial assistance to help make youth participation more affordable.”

T-Mobile is brining people into the action via the T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Challenge, offering an opportunity to win $250,000 via a dedicated Web site or the MLB AtBat app. (Details here).

The company will have presence in Cleveland throughout the All-Star Game event, including  the 2019 T-Mobile All-Star Hat Shop and T-Mobile All-Star Zipline at Play Ball Park.

“We love showing up big for baseball fans — and at this year’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby, it’s no different."

On T-Mobile Home Run Derby night, T-Mobile will host an exclusive Derby After Dark event, hosted by Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians), with scheduled performances from Shaquille O’Neal and DJ Irie., as well as celebrity guests and MLB All-Stars.

According to Legere, “We’re here for the fans, with so much fun on the ground in Cleveland and on social, so everyone can get in on the action. Let’s play ball!”

In addition to the traditional T-Mobile Home Run Derby telecast on ESPN, ESPN2 will offer an alternative viewing experience for the second straight year.

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby Statcast edition powered by AWS will feature an analytics-driven presentation including 3D spray charts of home run paths and exit velocity.

Naming Rights Deal Adds To T-Moblie’s MLB Presence

T-Mobile Extends With MLB, Adds Little League To Roster

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