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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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In 2018, Capital One Mad Again For March With 'Amigos' Charles, Spike, Samuel L.

By Barry Janoff

March 12, 2018: March Madness is back and so is NCAA corporate partner Capital One and so are the "Three Musk-Amigos” — Charles Barkley, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson — united for the fifth year on their Final Four road trip.

Last year, the guest star was Gloria Gaynor. This time, CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz joins in on the fun as Barkley, Lee and Jackson make their way to San Antonio, with humorous incidents along the way.

Lead agency is DDB, Chicago. As in past years, the spots were directed by Lee.

In addition to the TV spots, Capital One's involvement in March Madness 2017 is multi-platform.

This year, it includes sponsorship of the March Madness Bracket Challenge, title sponsor of the Capital One JamFest — part of the three-day March Madness Music Festival (in The Hemisfair) that also includes the AT&T Block Party and Coca-Cola Music (March 30-April 1) — the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One (in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center) and Capital One Championship Central on-air during Final Four weekend broadcasts on TBS.

The Capital One JamFest (April 1) will star Maroon 5.

The company is also presenting sponsor for Tourney Town at the Women's Final Four in Columbus, OH (March 31 and April 2).

New this time, the financial firm has launched what it calls the "Capital One Road to the Final Four Flavor Promotion," an offshoot of one of its new spots, “A La Mode,” in which Charles doesn’t know San Antonio’s history Alamo, thinking instead its “Fort A La Mode, where they sell ice cream.”

According to Capital One, “Reply (on social media) with a unique ice cream flavor inspired by #MarchMadness for your chance to win $4,000 using #FanAntonio + #Contest. No Purchase Necessary.” (Details here.)

In the new series, Barkley is, again, the butt of most of the jokes. In addition to his mis-speaking The Alamo as “a la mode,” he calls an armadillo a “turtle rat” and sings “Home on the Range” with the line, “Where the deer and the cantaloupe play.”

Capital One has consistently been among the biggest spenders during March Madness.

In 2016, Capital One had the fourth-largest national spend during the Tournament, $50 million, with 198 commercial units, according to media intelligence firm Kantar Media, NY.

The leader in 2017 was General Motors, with $83 million in ad spend and 329 units, including pre- and post- game programming, followed by AT&T with $66 million (334 units) and Coca-Cola at $56 million (268 units).

NCAA Corporate Champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

NCAA Corporate Partners include Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Google Cloud, Infinity, Intel, Lowe’s, Marriott, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

Among the new Capital One March Madness spots:

Longhorns
Charles doesn’t believe that a breed of livestock in Texas with long horns are actually called longhorns, or that birds that run along the road are called road runners or that weeds that tumble on the ground are called tumble weeds.

Friends In Low Places
The trio, on horseback and dressed as cowboys, sing Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” (“I got friends in low places/Where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases/My blues away/And I’ll be okay/I’m not big on social graces, think I'll slip on down to the oasis Oh, I've got friends in low places”).

Hitting The Trail
Charles, Spike and Samuel L. are bonding as they hit the trail to San Antonio, dressed in western garb, leading Barkley to refer to them as “The Three Musk-Amigos.”

A La Mode
Charles mis-remembers The Alamo and is more excited about visiting the A La Mode than the Final Four, mistaking the historic site in San Antonio for a fort that serves ice cream.

Spending Habits
This spot actually shows a Capital One card feature in action: Charles needs to lock his Capital One card not because he lost it but because, “I do not trust my spending habits around smoked meats . . . or friendship bracelets, Bonzi trees, garned gnomes, hermit crabs and especially at arts & craft festivals.”

Cantaloupe
Led by Charles, the trio sing a version of “Home on the Range,” but with the line, “Where the deer and the cantaloupe play" because "Deer love cantaloupe."

Turtle Rat
Barkley mistakes an armadillo for a “turtle rat.”

Welcome
Nantz welcomes Spike, Charles and Samuel L. to San Antonio, but using his on-air broadcasting voice, infused with such TV terms as, “Guys, thanks for being here. I’ll be right back with some game-time snacks.”

March Madness

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