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• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• 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,

• The NFL Network is planning 129 hours of “Inside Training Camp Live” coverage July 22-Aug. 7 Additional coverage will appear across NFL media platforms including NFL.com, NFL Films, NFL app and NFL RedZone.

ESPN also said it would provide comprehensive coverage of the opening week of the 2019 NFL training camps beginning July 22 on daily editions of SportsCenter and NFL Live.

• NBC’s Golf Channel unveiled details for its next Golf Films project, “Tiger Woods: Chasing History,” to premiere July 22  The film will present viewers with a chronological look at the “sights and sounds from each of Woods’ 81 professional victories, from his first at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1996, through the most recent win at the Masters earlier this year.”

• 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 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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• 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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Your Invitation To The Ball: Basketball Gets Worldwide Holiday — Go Hoop Day

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 20, 2018
: The NBA Finals will be over in mid-June, but the NBA and basketball will not be taking the summer off.

The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 21 (Barclays Center, Brooklyn) and the NBA Awards Show is scheduled for June 25 (Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.).

In-between, basketball has now created a self-appreciation event: Go Hoop Day, being called basketball’s first global holiday and intended to be a worldwide celebration of the game.

(Moving forward, Go Hoop Day, is scheduled to take place annually on the fourth Saturday of every June.)

The event was launched by Justin Leonard, head of Game Seven Marketing along with Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets.

Spalding has signed on as Go Hoop Day’s official ball.

Other partners are expected to join.

A multi-media campaign to share the word about Go Hoop Day comes with the tag line: “Ball together on June 23 — basketball’s global holiday.”

“Go Hoop Day is a ball player's dream — a chance to say thank you to the game that has given us all so much,” Leonard said in a statement.

“Basketball is the greatest and most dynamic game on the planet. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe play it and enjoy it on a daily basis, but it was missing that one special and unifying moment to come together and celebrate it.”

Members of the Go Hoop Day founding member committee include: Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), Brian Hartley (New York Liberty), Emmanuel Mudiay (New York Knicks), Cappie Pondexter (Chicago Sky), Jalen Rose (ABC/ESPN analyst and 13-year NBA veteran) and Evan Turner (Portland Trail Blazers).

Supporting basketball organizations include Dyckman Basketball (New York), AEBL (Atlanta), The Chosen League (Philadelphia),  MADE Hoops, Stay Ready Sports and The Drew League under the auspices of Nike.
 
The day will consist of local activities, grassroots events and digital initiatives meant to inspire and engage those who love the game.

Current and former players will be part of the Go Hoop Day Founding Member Committee and unlock gyms and courts that were integral to their basketball journey. These locations will provide local ballplayers free access to participate in open runs, clinics, and games on Go Hoop Day.

Spalding will distribute thousands of basketballs at gyms and courts across the country.

A Go Hoop Day hotline will provide people with a greeting from a player when they call in and then prompt them to leave a message about why they love basketball. The best stories and anecdotes will be shared through social media.

Paul will unlock five gyms in North Carolina that “played a pivotal role on his road to the NBA": The Carl Russell Recreation Center, Central YMCA, West Forsyth High School, Wake Forest (Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum) and the CP3 Basketball Academy.

Each of these gyms will be free and open to the public on Go Hoop Day.

In addition, Paul will host a special game in Houston for Team CP3, his team on the Nike EYBL Circuit.

According to Kenyatta Bynoe, vp-global marketing and partnerships fort Spalding, “As the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world, we could not think of any day more special than Go Hoop Day.

“We are thrilled to join our brand ambassador Chris Paul in support of a movement that celebrates the game that has been an integral part of our DNA for more than a century."

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