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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).

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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WNBA All-Stars Gaining Popularity, Still Seek National Awareness Among Marketers

By Barry Janoff

July 17, 2017: The WNBA began play in 1997 and, over the past 20 years, has produced a plethora of great players, including Lisa Leslie, Tina Thompson, Tamika Catchings, Kappie Pondexter, Swin Cash, Becky Hammon and Sheryl Swoopes; plus a current roster of such players as Maya Moore, Diana Turasi, Sue Bird, Candace Parker, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, Breanna Stewart and Tina Charles.

The challenge for the WNBA has been in nationally marketing its stars, whose resumes are stellar but whose faces are not nearly as well known as their counterparts in the NBA.

With the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game scheduled for July 22 (3:30 PM ET ABC in Seattle), the league would like to see its players get more national acclaim. (See TV spot here.)

"Although awareness among most WNBA players is low, they present a unique combination of strength and beauty scoring high for marketable attributes," according to a new study from research and consulting firm E-Poll, Encino, Cal. Those attributes: "Dynamic, Confident, Physically Fit and Talented (Strength); as well as Attractive, Beautiful and Glamorous (Beauty)."

According to E-Poll, the Top 5 WNBA players based on the aforementioned attributes are Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynz), Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics), Swin Cash (New York Liberty, retired) and Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks).

At No. 7, represented by Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports, Dallas Wings star Skylar Diggins-Smith is, according to E-Poll, an "advertiser’s dream in addition to her game." E-Poll’s survey said she is at the top or near the top for many attributes.

Also, per E-Poll. "Expected to have a breakout rookie season for the San Antonio Stars, we are tracking where media darling Kelsey Plum’s 53% Appeal will be by the season’s end."

E-Poll, which tracks the careers of thousands of celebrities, politicians and athletes, said that the current rooster of WNBA players might be the most marketing ever. And not solely for reasons of profit.

“The league is empowering its primary target audience, as many women describe the league as ‘inspirational,’ ‘powerful’  and ‘Incredible,’” according to E-Poll. “Men love the WNBA as well calling the league ‘athletic, high action, [and] fast’.”

A campaign to support the 2017 WNBA season supports that latter observation, with one spot, "Tribute," featuring such NBA stars as Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, DeMar DeRozan Karl-Anthony Towns and Paul George not only proclaiming their respect for the WNBA but also calling out WNBA stars by name.

In addition to marquee partner Verizon, WNBA marketing partners include adidas, American Express, BBVA, Anheuser-Busch (Bud Light), Cisco, ExxonMobil, Gatorade, Jack Daniel’s, JBL, Kaiser Permanente, Kia, Nike, PepsiCo, SAP, Shock Doctor, Spalding, State Farm, Tissot and Under Armour.

E-Poll WNBA Appeal Rankings

1. Breanna Stewart Seattle Storm
2. Maya Moore Minnesota Lynz
3. Elena Delle Donne Washington Mystics
4. Swin Cash New York Liberty (retired)
5. Nneka Ogwumike Los Angeles Sparks
6. Diana Turasi Phoenix Mercury
7. Skylar Diggins-Smith Dallas Wings
8. Sue Bird Seattle Storm
9. Tamika Catchings Indian Fever (retired)
10. Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks
11. Kelsey Plum San Antonio Stars
12. Brittney Griner Phoenix Mercury


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