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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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Sep162014

Breaking Balls: Bryan Cranston Is A Hit In 'One Man' TBS MLB Post-Season Campaign

By Barry Janoff

September 16, 2014: Bryan Cranston, the critically acclaimed actor who played high school chemistry teacher turned crystal-meth dealer Walter White in AMC's Breaking Bad, plays the part of several baseball players in a multi-platform campaign to support the upcoming MLB post-season games on TBS.

In the humorous TV and online spot, "One-Man MLB Show" that anchors the campaign, Cranston appears in a fictitious one-man play, where he reenacts several classic baseball playoff moments, channeling at various times the heroics of Carlton Fisk, Kirk Gibson and Derek Jeter, among others.

Several 30-second commercials break this week during NFL programming, all pulled from an extended five-minute spot that hit YouTube today (Sept. 16). Support includes Internet and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

"We wanted to do something different for this year's MLB post-season campaign, and Bryan was a perfect fit for that," said Craig Barry, svp and executive creative director for Turner Sports, at a media event in the MLB FanCave in New York. "He is a huge baseball fan. So when we approached him with the concept of a one-man play dedicated to baseball, he was all for it."

Although Cranston has played comedic roles — most notably as Hal Wilkerson, the oblivious father of the dysfunctional family in Malcolm in the Middle — and has appeared in several theatrical productions, his five-year stint on Breaking Bad, which ran from 2008-2013 and is still on-air in reruns, has left a specific image of the actor in the minds of many people.

"That was part of what interested Bryan," said Barry. "He wanted to break the mold of the [Walter White] character and show people another side of himself."

The campaign supports TBS' eighth consecutive year of MLB post-season coverage, which this season includes the American League Wild Card game (Sept. 30) presented by Budweiser, the AL Division Series (beginning Oct. 2) presented by T-Mobile and the AL Championship Series (starting date TBD).

The extended commercial also includes guest appearances from world renowned ballet dancer Misty Copeland, former MLB pitcher and current TBS analyst Pedro Martinez and animated superstar Bugs Bunny.

In the spot, Cranston explains, "I had been doing a lot of TV and movie work and I felt it was time to get back to the basics by diving right into my great passion — baseball. And I also knew I wanted to do this one-man show. Then it hit me: Why not dramatize the entire MLB post-season. It would be my greatest acting challenge."

We see Cranston on-stage amidst a baseball setting. Among the moments he recreates are Fisk's dramatic home run for the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, Gibson's legendary home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and Jeter's famous back-hand flip play for the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 2001 AL Division Series.

At one point, however, Cranston laments, "There were problems. I sunk a lot of money into this show."

Facing challenges, Cranston gets inspiration from an unlikely source. He walks into a store and sees on a TV a clip of Bugs Bunny in Baseball Bugs, a Looney Toons animated cartoon originally released by Warner Bros. in 1946.

"The Bugster. Mr. B," Cranston says with a straight face. "Any actor who tells you that he is not inspired by Bugs Bunny is a liar. Or a hack."

Misty Copeland is brought in to help him with his movements, much to the chagrin of Martinez, who exclaims, "I don't believe this."

We also are introduced to Arthur Knebbles, who, according to Cranston, "was, of course, the organ player at the old Polo Grounds." However, according to the New York Historical Society, the Polo Grounds never had an organist.

Undaunted, after an appreciative theater audience applauds his Shakespearean rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," Cranston offers, "With this show, in a very personal way, I get to make my dream come true.

"What can I say. This is the post-season." (See the full spot here.)

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