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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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Jun272017

Tony Stewart Is Just A Guy In An Office Making Copies, Going To Meetings

By Barry Janoff

June 26, 2017: Tony Stewart retired from Nascar driving following the 2016 season after nearly two decades of compiling wins and accolades, but he has not retired from competitive dirt track racing and is in the thick of things as co-owner for Stewart-Haas Racing.

The fact that he keeps going has put Stewart in the spotlight for a new campaign from Mobil 1, one of his sponsors and the official motor oil for Nascar, for the brand’s Annual Protection, which promotes one full year  — or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first — between oil changes.

The humorous spots follow Stewart as he segues from full-time driving to being a full-time executive, often not as effective as the Mobil 1 motor oil itself.

The multi-media effort includes Stewart-Haas drivers Kevin Harvick — who has his own series of Mobil 1 Annual Protection spots in which he appears alongside basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo as three-inch tall spokespersons— as well as Danica Patrick, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch.

The series is also a follow-up to a Mobil 1 campaign from last year, "Tony’s Next Chapter," which envisioned potential new occupations for Stewart post-racing, such as cheese connoisseur, grill master and master of speaking French.

"We know race fans are very interested in how Tony’s been doing during his first year since retiring from professional stock car driving, so we thought it would be fitting to give them a glimpse in a fun way," Kai Decker, global sponsorship manager for ExxonMobil, said in a statement. "We hope fans of Tony and the Stewart-Haas Racing team enjoy this lighthearted video series."

In the first spot for the new campaign, “Uncle Smoke,” we see Stewart in a private office seemingly involved with important paperwork. Text offers: "Tony Stewart’s first day as CEO for Stewart-Haas Racing."

When he leaves his office and works how a hallway, we Harvick and his son Keelan. "Uncle Tony has a new job now,” Harvick explains. "He’s a big businessman." They watch in bemusement, however, as Stewart goes to the copy machine and reproduces images of his face.

Text: "Mobil 1 Annual Protection does its job for one full year. Can Tony?"

Upcoming spots include “Employee Perks”  (Stewart announces some changes to the employee breakroom during a staff meeting), “Learning to Type,” “Taco Tuesday,” “Conference Calls”  (Stewart leads Bowyer and Busch in a music jam session prior to a conference call) and “Setting An Example.”

According to Stewart, "It’s been fun participating in another Mobil 1 video series, especially for an exciting new product like Mobil 1 Annual Protection motor oil. Last year I explored post-Nascar racing hobbies in ‘Tony’s Next Chapter’ and I can’t wait for fans to check out the continuation of that series.

"But as you’ll see in the 'Tony’s Next Year' series, I’ve had to put those potential hobbies on the back burner while I focus on more important things as a full-time boss . . . like Taco Tuesday."

Harvick, Mutombo Odd Three-Inch Couple For Mobil 1

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