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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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Jan182018

Danica, GoDaddy ‘Getting The Band Back Together’ For Farewell Daytona, Indy Races

By Barry Janoff

January 18, 2018: Like Martin and Lewis, Abbott and Costello and Laurel and Hardy, Danica Patrick and GoDaddy are cemented together forever in the public eye via an alliance that encompassed auto racing, entertainment, business and media.

GoDaddy signed Patrick to a sponsorship deal in 2006, just after she launched her pro career in IndyCar, then in 2010 was her primary sponsor when she began to race part-time and then full-time in Nascar.

Patrick and GoDaddy parted ways prior to the 2016 season, but not before she appeared for GoDaddy in more than a dozen Super Bowl commercials — many deemed risqué — a record for the Big Game.

The two are nnow reunited — “getting the band back together,” they said — as Patrick, having decided to retire from full-time racing, embarks this season on the "Danica Double," competing at the Daytona 500 and Indy 500, with GoDaddy signed on as her lead sponsor.

GoDaddy said the alliance would continue during Danica's “life-after-racing by powering the online presence for her business endeavors related to health, apparel and wine.”

Patrick is still seeking a race team to field a car for the two events.

"This is definitely the way I want to finish my racing career — at these two iconic races, backed by my iconic, long-time sponsor," Patrick said in a statement.

"GoDaddy was there for me when my career was just really starting so it's exciting to be getting back in the GoDaddy 'green' for my final two races. Our brands have always been powerful together, and I think it's awesome to have them at my side when I go 'all in' with my businesses after racing."

According to Barb Rechterman, CMO for GoDaddy, "You could say, 'we're getting the band back together. It makes sense in that our goals are so well-aligned — she's passionate, tenacious and creative just like so many of our customers who are also looking to leverage the power of the Internet and turn their 'side hustle' into a full-time business.

“Danica absolutely epitomizes the heart of our GoDaddy customers. We love it,” said Rechterman.

Patrick holds the record for the most Top Ten finishes, seven, by a female in Nascar Cup Series competition.

After GoDaddy, Nature’s Bakery became her lead sponsor in 2016. But prior to the 2017 Nascar season, the brand had a contractual falling-out with Patrick and Stewart-Haas.

The lead role was filled by Aspen Dental, already a partner with Patrick.

Nature’s Bakery later returned to work with Stewart-Haas and Patrick.

However, when Smithfield Foods in September signed a multi-year deal with Stewart-Haas to take over as a lead sponsor beginning with the 2018 season, that set into motion a series of driver moves, including Patrick and Stewart-Haas mutually deciding to part ways after the 2017 season.

The 60th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Feb. 18, 2918; the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for May 27, 2018.

Despite no longer being a full-time driver, Patrick will remain in the public eye.

Among her endeavors, she recently unveiled a Warrior by Danica Patrick clothing and accessories line sold on HSN.

She owns a California vineyard, Somnium (Latin for the word "dream").

She has written a health, fitness and workout book, Pretty Intense: The 90-Day Mind, Body and Food Plan (Penguin Random House), which hit shelves in December.

A documentary, Danica, recently premiered on Epix.

She has 1.9 million followers on Twitter, 1.4 million likes on Facebook.

“Having business ideas outside of your primary career can be overwhelming. It takes guts to go after a side hustle full time," said Patrick.

"Helping you get your ideas out of your head and making them a reality is what GoDaddy is all about — getting online with a domain name and website tells the world you are open for business and ready to go."

Added Rechterman, "We have always believed in Danica, and how she is inspired to set big goals, even in the face of adversity. We invite everyone to join us in watching how this next chapter unfolds out on the track, and then stay tuned for how she reinvents herself post-racing.”

Danica Patrick Sees The Finish Line Approaching

Sponsor Changes At Stewart-Haas Has Danica Driving To New Crew

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