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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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Jun092017

Citi Pitches Double Cash Card Campaign With Mets Syndergaard, Comic Jim Breuer

By Barry Janoff

(Originally published in MediaPost)

June 8, 2017: In the next iteration of its "If everyone said what they meant" campaign, Citigroup has unveiled a multi-media effort that spills onto the baseball field via its alliance with MLB’s New York Mets.

The new creative features Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, outfielder Curtis Granderson, broadcasters Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling and actor/comedian and Mets uber-fan Jim Breuer.

Mr. Met and Mrs. Met also make a guest appearance.

The ads support Citi’s Double Cash card and follow on the heels of its "If everyone said what they meant" effort with singer Katy Perry.

The use of Mets players, broadcasters and fans is organic as the financial services firm is in the midst of a 20-year naming rights deal for the team’s Citi Field stadium.

Syndergaard, currently on the disabled list with a partial tear of his right latissimus muscle, will take the lead in several aspects of the campaign, including internal and external activities for Citi when he returns from his injury as "part of its goal to enhance the fan experience at Citi Field and for Mets fans everywhere."

Citi also oversees an annual Noah Syndergaard Baseball ProCamp.

According to Syndergaard, "Citi does so much to make the ballpark feel like home for Mets fans, so I'm excited to officially be part of the Citi family. While I can’t wait to be back on the field entertaining our fans, I’m proud to be featured in a humorous new digital spot launching this week for Citi’s Double Cash campaign."

In his spot, "Press Conference," Syndergaard keeps the "If everyone said what they meant" theme going during a faux post-game interview session.

“Noah, I’m screaming a question louder than anyone else!!" says one member of the press.

"Same question but louder!" says another.

"Calmly not answering your question," replies Syndergaard.

"Here’s a compliment phrased as a question," says a reporter.

"Refusing to take any credit," responds Syndergaard.

"Trying to bait you into a controversial response," a woman media member says to the pitcher.

"Deflecting with a joke," he says. The media members giggle. "We’re laughing because we have to," says one reporter.

A voiceover offers, "Wouldn’t it be great if everyone said what they meant?"

A separate spot at the press conference shows Syndergaard picking "Mrs. Met" over Mr. Met to ask a question, which leaves Mr. Met perturbed, a continuation of the faux feud the mascot and the pitcher have been having.

The spot with Granderson, "Bat Boy," sees him doing a pre-game "lucky handshake" ritual in the clubhouse with a bat boy, which they both admit "doesn’t do anything." Mets coach Tom Goodwin makes a guest appearance, also enacting a lucky handshake with Granderson that really serves no purpose.

Darling and Hernandez, both former players with the Mets, show their true emotions while announcing a game in "Broadcasters." "Here comes my dramatic 3-2 pitch voice . . .  Oh, an amazing foul ball. Plenty of time to show that on replay."

Breuer is at the ballpark with friends, all of whom are "Die Hard Fans," yelling cliches and uninformed stats “so everyone thinks I know what I’m talking about.”

Lead agency is Publicis Groupe.

Syndergaard has also signed with Cholua hot sauces as the first member of the "Order of Cholula."

A spot shows him in a recruitment-style video seeking more members.

The campaign "encourages viewers to join Noah and other 'flavor-seeking zealots' to apply for admittance into this members-only club by sharing their Order-worthy stories of Cholula devotion.

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