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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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Feb152018

State Farm Adds NBA Legend Clyde ‘The Glide’ To CP3’s Houston Marketing Journey

By Barry Janoff

February 15, 2018: Chris Paul has found a new and ever-growing group of friends in his move from Los Angeles to Houston — which occurred in real life via a pre-season trade from the Clippers to the Rockets, but in Madison Avenue terms via a scenario created by State Farm.

Paul’s newest pal is Clyde “The Glide” Drexler, a member of the Houston Rockets 1994-95 NBA championship squad, gold medal winner with the “Dream Team” during the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In a new spot from State Farm, “Game Night,” Paul plays a game of charades with his State Farm agent, Cole Perez (played by actor Oscar Nuñez) against a team of Drexler and Rockets’ All-Star guard James Harden.

“Game Night” spot will break during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on TNT, part of the NBA’s All-Star Game festivities this weekend in Los Angeles.

Reggie Millier, former NBA star and current NBA on TNT commentator and analyst, also appears in two new stand-alone spots with Nuñez, including "Getting Older." Miller has been in previous spots for State Farm.

This past November. Paul, Harden and Drexler visited Houston schools and hosted fund-raising as part of  rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Harvey in conjunction with NBA Cares, State Farm, Chris Paul Family Foundation and Reading Is Fundamental.

In “Grand Tour,” the spot that preceded “Game Night,” we saw Paul acclimating to Houston with the help of Rockets teammates Harden and Trevor Ariza.

But it’s his new State Farm agent who gives Paul his biggest assist and really “gets him.” They finish each other’s sentences and share a love of bowling, chili fries and the Backstreet Boys’ hit song, “I Want It That Way.”

The bond continues in “Game Night,” where, as State Farm warns,” If you ever play charades against Chris Paul and his State Farm Agent Cole, good luck. These guys just get each other that good.”

Cole gives Paul the minimalist of clues, but Paul is able to rattle off the random, nonsensical answers. “Chicken fingers.” “Clyde The Glide.” “Low-cut socks,”  “Papua New Guinea.”

Drexler is flabbergasted, “That’s amazing,” he says. “I need an agent like that.”

The game takes place in Drexler’s den, which is filled with his trophies, jerseys and other memorabilia.

Nuñez as Perez offers, “I got you Glide. You worked hard for those (trophies). I’ll give them the protection they deserve.”

When it’s back to charades, Nunez makes a small move and Paul correctly guesses, “Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo.”

This time it’s Harden who is befuddled. “Battle of Waterloo?”

Text offers, “Get an agent that gets you. Here to help life go right.  State Farm.”

The campaign with Paul is scheduled to run through 2018.

Lead agency is Translation.

“Game Night” is part of a larger effort State Farm will enact during All-Star Weekend.

Among the company’s activation:

• State Farm will serve as the title partner of All-Star Saturday Night, to air on TNT, which includes  the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, JBL Three-Point Contest and Verizon Slam Dunk

• State Farm branding will be prominently placed throughout Staples Center on stanchions, pole pads, seat backs and on-court decals throughout the event
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• State Farm will use its All-Star Assist Tracker to tally the number of assists during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. State Farm will donate $1,800 per assist that take place during the All-Star Game (in addition to $5 per assist throughout the season, to support State Farm’s Community assist events

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