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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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Dec152016

Play Through: Tiger Woods Is On The B330-S Ball With Bridgestone Golf Alliance

By Barry Janoff

December 15, 2016: Calling it an "essential part of my equipment," Tiger Woods has signed a multi-year deal to use Bridgestone Golf balls on an exclusive basis.

"The No. 1 most important item in the bag is the ball,” Woods wrote on the Bridgestone Golf Web site.

Woods selected the Bridgestone Tour B330-S ball "after thoroughly testing it against competing models from all major brands,” according to Bridgestone Golf. "Through his personal research, Woods determined the Bridgestone ball provided superior distance and accuracy off the tee for him, as well as optimal spin on shots into and around the green."

Financial terms of the deal were not shared.

Woods had been a long-time partner with Nike Golf, but the brand is transitioning out of equipment — including clubs, balls and bags — in order to "accelerate innovation" in its golf footwear and apparel business.

Woods is expected to sign a new deal for golf clubs, as well.

As part of the alliance, Woods will be featured in digital, social, print and broadcast marketing globally as a Bridgestone Golf ambassador.

In addition, Woods will support the Bridgestone ball-fitting program, "which he believes can stimulate a new generation of golfers and increase enjoyment for all players," per Bridgestone Golf.

Woods played in the recent Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, his first official tournament in some 16 months due to surgery and rehabilitation. He is scheduled to play in the 2017 Genesis Open, Feb. 13-19, 2017, at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Woods’ TGR Live firm is the host of the tournament that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

"Finding the right golf ball is extremely important. It's an essential part of my equipment, and the Bridgestone B330-S ball is hands-down the best for my game," Woods said in a statement. "Controlling launch and trajectory is critical, and with this ball I feel I have total control to hit all shots accurately. I'm not just here to play – I'm here to win, and the innovative breakthroughs of the Bridgestone B330-S ball can help me do that."

Woods' other deals include Hero MotoCorp, Kowa, Rolex, Upper Deck and Monster Energy, whose logo is on his golf bag. He earns about $45 million from endorsements.

Bridgestone Golf is title sponsor for the annual World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Bridgestone Corp. this year signed on as an official partner with the International Olympic Committee through 2024 and as a founding partner for the Olympic Channel.

Golf returned to the Summer Games in 2016 for the first time since 1904 and will be part of the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, where the company has its global corporate headquarters. Bridgestone is also an official partner with the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Worldwide sponsorship spend on golf is expected to top a record $1.82 billion this year, up 5.1% from the $1.72 billion spent in 2015, according to research and consulting firm IEG, Chicago.

Woods joins a Bridgestone Golf roster that includes FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, Olympic bronze medalist Matt Kuchar, Masters winner Fred Couples, three-time Major champion Nick Price and up-and-comer Bryson DeChambeau.

"No one spends more time perfecting their equipment than Tiger Woods, and no one holds their equipment to a higher standard," Angel Ilagan, president and CEO for Bridgestone Golf, said in a statement. "His choice of Bridgestone sends a clear message that our golf balls are superior to all others."

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