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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.”

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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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Oct272010

D-Wade Channels J-Bond, T-Cruise In New 'Mission' For Jordan Brand

"The name is Wade . . . D-Wade."October 27, 2010: LeBron James had his turn, unleashing a 90-second Nike commercial, "Rise," that relives, revises and perhaps offers some regrets for the events leading up to, and the events since, "The Decision" in which he left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat.

Now, established Heat star Dwyane Wade has unveiled a spot for Nike division Jordan Brand, "Dominate Another Day." Where LeBron James included in his ad a segment featuring Don Johnson from the TV detective show, Miami Vice, D-Wade goes to extremes by channeling  elements of James Bond (in particular Die Another Day) and Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible). Which one will have more impact? Let the debate begin. Lead agency for both isi Wieden + Kennedy, Portland and New York, respectively.

In James' commercial (which had more than 1.3 million hits on YouTube in the first two days), he takes on various guises, from misunderstood star to forlorn retired veteran (no one shows up at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony) to wild West outlaw to poet. He manages to take swipes at some of those people he felt disrespected him (including Charles Barkley), and even seems to offer a mea culpa to Cleveland, the town he left, and to the fans their who believe that James done them wrong. ('Should I tell you how much fun we had?" he asks followed by a voiceover referring to him as the NBA's No. 1 draft pick in by the Cavaliers.)

Wade uses special effects, high-tech gadgets and a tuxedo to get the message out that the Miami Heat are on a mission — some might call it impossible — to win the NBA championship. Of note is that Wade's new Jordan Brand shoes are never shown and the Jordan Brand logo is barely seen in quick shots,

Agent D3 makes a spectacular entrance into American Airlines Arena."His majesty is in good hands," Wade says regarding LeBron "King" James as he starts his journey to American Airlines Arena by diving out of a plane and commandeering a high-powered motorcycle. "Time to bring the rings back to Miami," states Wade as Agent D3, referring to Miami's championship season of 2005-06.

Among the foes he knows he must defeat (and to which he refers to in spy-like codes) are: Snake Charmer (Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, whose nickname is Black Mamba, a reference to a deadly snake), Illusionist (Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic) and Green Gang (the Boston Celtics). "Old friends," he calls them, somewhat sarcastically.

En route to the arena the friends show their true colors by unleashing traps and treacherous obstacles that Wade must elude, including an oil tanker with a snake emblem on it and a van with the Celtics clover leaf logo. "That's not good," says his partner, played by comedian Kevin Hart, as he awaits the arrival of Agent D3.

Suddenly, Wade crashes though a glass window on the side of the arena. "You do know we have a door," Hart says as he hands Wade a locked box that holds his No. 3 Heat jersey. "Now this, my friend," says Wade, "is going to be fun." With the closing words, "To be continued," more missions with Agent D3 will follow during the season.

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