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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.”

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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 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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NBA's Blake Griffin Called For Traveling (Back In Time) In New Kia Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 29, 2012: In Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd use a DeLorean to travel back in time.

Blake Griffin has a marketing deal with Kia Motors, so he uses a 2013 Optima to travel back to the 1990s and 2000s in new commercials timed to coincided with the start of the 2012-13 NBA season.

Kia Motors, which is the official automotive partner of the NBA, has featured Griffin in a series of humorous spots dating back to the 2011 All-Star Game, when he jumped over the hood of a Kia Optima SX to win the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

Five new 30-second spots highlight Kia's UVO voice-activated "infotainment" system, which enables Griffin to travel back to offer suggestions to younger versions of himself. Lead agency is David & Goliath, El Segundo, Calif.

The first two spots, "Football" and "Free Throws," will break on Oct. 30. The others will follow throughout the NBA season. Support includes social and digital platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Kia.com.

According to Michael Sprague, evp-marketing and communications for Kia Motors America, "Griffin is one of the most exciting and recognizable young athletes in the world, and this latest campaign pairs Griffin's basketball wisdom and athleticism with the youthful style, performance and cutting-edge technology of our wildly popular Optima midsize sedan and the award-winning UVO infotainment system."

In "Football," Griffin is in his 2013 Optima when he requests of UVO, "Take me back to 1997."

As UVO Jukebox plays OMC's "How Bizarre," Griffin lands at a park where a group of kids are playing football.

"Wrong sport," he says to one of the boys as he takes away his football and then drop-kicks it out of sight.

"Who are you?" the kid asks. "I'm you from the future," Griffin responds.

He then continues in a deadpan voice, "And that's my Kia Optima. It's full of futuristic things. Like heated and air-cooled front seats."

The kid and his friend offer no response and look at Griffin as if he just dropped in from the future. Then Griffin offers another bit of advice to his younger self. "Stop wearing jean shorts . . .  Just trust me." (See the full spot here.)

In "Free Throws," Griffin goes back to 1995. As UVO Jukebox plays Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It," he is transported to a suburban neighborhood. There he finds an even younger version of himself than in "Football." The kid is hanging from a basketball rim attached to a driveway garage, having apparently just dunked.

"Who are you?" the kid asks. "You, from the future," Griffin replies.

The kid, looking at the 2013 Optima, asks, "Is that your spaceship?"  "No, it's way better," offers Griffin. "It's my Kia Optima with UVO with voice-activated infotainment system."

"What else can you tell me?" the kid asks. "Practice your free throws," Griffin, who is a 59% free throw shooter, says. True to form, Griffin takes a shot, and the ball gets stuck between the rim and the backboard. "Practice a lot." (See the full spot here.)

In addition to the NBA, Kia has official marketing alliances with about a dozen NBA teams, including Griffin's Los Angeles Clippers, the defending champion Miami Heat, the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls.

"Blake turned people's heads after his famous dunk over a Kia Optima in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest at NBA All-Star 2011," said Sprague regarding the third-year forward. "His on-court talent combined with his unique comedic style and personality have translated into a powerful partnership that has helped raise awareness and brand perception for Kia."

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