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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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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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Apr292019

Big3 Signs Exclusive Jersey Patch Deal With Consumer Cannabidiol Brand cbdMD

By Barry Janoff

April 29, 2019: Jersey patch sponsorships are a big deal in the NBA, and now it will be a big — and perhaps controversial — deal in the Big3.

The league, founded by Ice Cube and  entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, has signed a pact naming consumer cannabidiol (CBD) brand cbdMD as a marketing partner and its exclusive jersey patch sponsor.

The cbdMD logo will be placed on the front of all three jersey versions for all 12 Big3 teams to be worn by Big3 players during all games.

Financial terms of the alliance were not shared.

Big3 said the deal was organic as well as monetary beneficial.

"Last year, Big3 became the first professional sports league in the U.S to allow players to use CBD for pain treatment and recovery," Kwatinetz said via the league.

"We did this out of compassion for our guys because CBD can help them without enhancing their performance or having an intoxicating effect. It's a win win."

cbdMD, a division of Level Brands, offers a line of natural, THC-free, hemp-derived CBD oil products made in the U.S., including tinctures, capsules, gummies, pet products, bath bombs, topicals and vape oils.

As the first CBD company to partner with the Big3, cbdMD will “receive a depth of integrated sponsorship benefits,” including the jersey patch.

The Big3 is scheduled to begin its third season in June, with all games broadcast on CBS and CBS Sports Network via ra deal signed earlier this month.

Big3 previously aired on Fox Sports.

CBS Sports Network coverage is scheduled to begin with the 2019 Big3 Draft live on May 1.

According to Ken Cohn, CMO for cbdMD, “Today is a monumental day for cbdMD, as we continue to add to our list of firsts within the CBD category.

“Our Big3 partnership will deliver a massive level of cbdMD brand exposure throughout the summer on CBS and CBS Sports Network, and allow us to reach a large, strategic demographic of consumers.”

Big3 has also signed sponsorship deals with adidas and Toyota, which will roll out activations throughout the league's 2019 season.

CBS will support with multi-media marketing, which began with a promo spot, “Big3 x CBS Sports.”

Cohn said that cbdMD continues “to witness an increase in interest regarding CBD among both athletes and sports enthusiasts alike. We see the BIG3 as a dynamic, strategic partner for cbdMD and a pathway to engage those who could greatly benefit from CBD."

Among other changes for 2019, Big3 has expanded from eight to 12 teams, will place games on both Saturday and Sunday beginning June 22-23 and will travel to 18 cities during the 2019 season, up from ten in 2018.

CBS will broadcast more than 20 hours throughout the season, with CBS Sports Network set to air more than 25 hours of additional live game coverage.

Big3 said that in 2018, average arena attendance exceeded 14,000, up from 11,000 its inaugural season.

Teams featuring former and retired NBA stars will be coached by such basketball legends as Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Gary Payton, Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, Lisa Leslie and George “The Iceman” Gervin.

Big3 Moves To CBS, To Air More Than 45 Hours Of Live Coverage

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