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• The NBA 2K League today named Tencent Holdings Limited as the league’s first distribution partner in China.

• The English Premier League has signed a multi-year deal naming Anheuser-Busch brand Budweiser as its official category partner. Carling had been the EPL category partner since 2016.

• Sports and live entertainment company AEG has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renewal agreement with Toshiba America Business Solutions, extending their “comprehensive partnership across several of AEG’s flagship assets,” including Toshiba remaining a founding partner of Staples Center and the official digital signage and display provider of L.A. Live.

• As part of the NFL 100th season celebration, the NFL has teamed up with league partner EA to give one lucky fan the chance to become an EA Sports Madden NFL ratings adjustor for the day as well as be digitized to appear in the Madden NFL game. Details here.

• The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have signed a long-term deal naming  Fanatics, a  global leader for licensed sports merchandise, as the exclusive operator of all Warriors Shop locations throughout the Bay Area. Full story here.

• 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.

• 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
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Coming Soon: Cheribund Tart Cherry, Bad Boy Mowers And 37 Other CFB Bowl Games

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

December 4, 2017: The 2017-18 College Football Championship is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2018 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

On Jan. 1, four teams will compete in the CFP semi-finals: No. 1 Clemson will take on No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl.

Before then, there will be 38 other bowl games from Dec. 16-Jan. 1, including the Cheribund Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, the Las Vegas Bowl, the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Dollar General Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Foster Farms Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Taxslayer Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl and the Outback Bowl.

Schedule, venues and TV from the NCAA (subject to change).

Dec. 16, 2017
• CELEBRATION BOWL 
North Carolina A&T vs. Grambling State
NOON ET ABC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

• NEW ORLEANS BOWL 
Troy vs. North Texas
1 PM ET ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

• CURE BOWL 
Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky
2:30 PM ET CBS Sports Network
Camping World Stadium, Orlando

LAS VEGAS BOWL 
Oregon vs. No. 25 Boise State
3:30 PM ET ABC
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

• GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL
Marshall vs. Colorado State
4:30 PM ET ESPN
Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM

• RAYCOM MEDIA CAMELLIA BOWL
Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State
8 PM ET ESPN
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL

Dec. 19, 2017
• CHERIBUNDI TART CHERRY BOCA RATON BOWL
Akron vs. Florida Atlantic   
7 PM ET ESPN
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL

Dec. 20, 2017
• DXL FRISCO BOWL
SMU vs. Louisiana Tech
8 PM ET ESPN
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX

Dec. 21, 2017
BAD BOY MOWERS GASPARILLA BOWL 
Temple vs. Florida International
8 PM ET ESPN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL

Dec. 22, 2017
• BAHAMAS BOWL
UAB vs. Ohio 
12:30 PM ET ESPN
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL 
Wyoming vs. Central Michigan
4 PM ET ESPN
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID

Dec. 23, 2017
• BIRMINGHAM BOWL 
Texas Tech vs. South Florida
NOON ET ESPN
Legion Field, Birmingham, AL

• LOCKHEED MARTIN ARMED FORCES BOWL
Army vs. San Diego State
3:30 PM ET ESPN
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX

• DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL 
Appalachian State vs. Toledo
7 PM. ET ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL

Dec. 24, 2017
• HAWAI'I BOWL
Fresno State vs. Houston 
| 8:30 PM ET ESPN
Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu

Dec. 26, 2017
• ZAXBY'S HEART OF DALLAS BOWL
Utah vs. West Virginia
1:20 PM ET ESPN
Cotton Bowl, Dallas

• QUICK LANE BOWL
Duke vs. Northern Illinois
5:15 PM ET ESPN
Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

• CACTUS BOWL 
Kansas State vs. UCLA
10 PM ET on ESPN
Chase Field, Phoenix,

Dec. 27, 2017
• WALK-ON INDEPENDENCE BOWL 
Florida State vs. Southern Miss
1:30 PM ET ESPN
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

• NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL 
Boston College vs. Iowa
5:15 PM ET ESPN
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

• FOSTER FARMS BOWL 
Arizona vs. Purdue
8:30 PM ET Fox
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

• ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL 
Texas vs. Missouri
9 PM ET ESPN
NRG Stadium, Houston

• MILITARY BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHRUP GRUMMAN
Virginia vs. Navy
1:30 PM ET ESPN
Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

Dec. 28, 2017
• CAMPING WORLD BOWL
No. 19 Oklahoma State vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech
5:15 PM. ET ESPN
Camping World Stadium, Orlando

Dec. 28, 2017
• VALERO ALAMO BOWL
No. 13 Stanford vs. No. 15 TCU
9 PM ET ESPN
Alamodome, San Antonio

• SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL
No. 16 Michigan State vs. No. 18 Washington State
9 PM ET Fox
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Dec. 29, 2017
• BELK BOWL
Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M
1 PM. ET ESPN
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

• HYUNDAI SUN BOWL
No. 24 NC State vs. Arizona State
2 PM. ET CBS
Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

• FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL
Kentucky vs. No. 21 Northwestern
4:30 PM ET ESPN
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN

• NOVA HOME LOANS ARIZONA BOWL
Utah State vs. New Mexico State
5:30 PM ET CBS Sports Network  
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

• GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC
No. 8 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State
8:30 PM ET ESPN
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Dec. 30, 2017
• TAXSLAYER BOWL
Louisville vs. No. 23 Mississippi State
NOON ET
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

• AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL
Iowa State vs. No. 20 Memphis
12:30 PM ET ABC
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL
No. 11 Washington vs. No. 9 Penn State
4 PM ET ESPN
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

• CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL
No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami
8 PM ET ESPN
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Jan. 1, 2018
• OUTBACK BOWL
Michigan vs. South Carolina
NOON ET ESPN2
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

• CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 12 UCF
12:30 PM ET ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

• OVERTON'S CITRUS BOWL
No. 14 Notre Dame vs. No. 17 LSU
1 PM ET ABC
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

• ROSE BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL (CFP SEMI-FINAL)
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia
5 PM. ET ESPN
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

• ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMI-FINAL)
No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama
8:45 PM. ET ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

Jan. 8, 2018
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Teams TBD
8 PM. ET ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

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