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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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Derrick Rose Blooming Again In Adidas 'Basketball Is Everything' Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 1, 2013: Derrick Rose has not been in an NBA game since blowing out his left knee during the first round of the 2012 playoffs. Thanks to an on-going campaign from adidas, however, he has never really been out of sight.

With the 2013-14 NBA season fast approaching, Rose apparently is ready to take his game, which made him Rookie of the Year in 2008-09 and a three-time All-Star, back on the court. His return to the Chicago Bulls after surgery and months of rehab comes complete with a multi-media marketing effort from adidas, which also supports the launch of the D Rose 4 signature basketball shoe.

The campaign is anchored by a TV spot, "Basketball Is Everything," which breaks this week on ESPN, NBATV, BET, FX, Adult Swim and Comedy Central. Support includes Internet at such destinations as ESPN.com, NBA.com, BleacherReport.com, SLAMonline.com, USAToday.com and Complex.com; as well as social media including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The campaign, timed to coincide with Rose's 25th birthday (Oct. 4), is scheduled to run through the NBA start of season.

The TV spot has Rose explaining that if everything was taken away from him, he would still have basketball, which, to him, is everything.

“Adidas exists because of sport, and the sport of basketball is everything to Derrick Rose,” Ryan Morlan, global basketball communications director for adidas, said in a statement. “If you took away all of the fame and notoriety of his life, he would still be left with what matters the most to him – the game. Derrick’s love and dedication to basketball drove our concept to deliver an authentic and honest portrait of him for fans across the world.”

Rose missed all but 39 games during the regular season in 2011-12, but the Bulls still ran off a 50-16 record (after going 62-20 the previous season). He returned for one playoff game as the Bulls lost in the first round of the playoffs. The Bulls were 45-37 last season, losing in the Eastern Conference semi-final round.

In “Basketball is Everything,” we see Rose training for the upcoming season juxtaposed with scenes that portray his life: Standing outside of his home; at his birthday party with family and friends that include hip-hop artists Common, 2 Chainz and Dom Kennedy; at a music video shoot with rapper Big Sean; and in a high-end jewelry store with his brother.

Throughout, Rose is sharing his thoughts via voiceover. "Let me tell you something. If you took away the money, if you took away the fame, the spotlight.If you took away the lifestyle and all the things that come with it. If you took away all the flash. What would you have left? Everything." (See the full spot here.)

The campaign follows the conclusion of the "D Rose Tour" this past summer, which covered ten countries and 13 cities across Europe and Asia. It culminated with an exclusive event, “All in for Chicago,” on Sept. 22, where Rose hosted 5,000 local kids from youth groups and community organizations in Chicago's United Center, which featured a performance by Big Sean.

The D Rose 4 launches at adidas.com, Foot Locker and Eastbay on Oct.10 (MSRP $140) in three colorways; five other editions will launch through the end of the year. In addition to the shoe, the new signature collection includes fleece sweatshirts and pants, Ts, shorts, hats and socks to hook up with each colorway of the shoe.

Adidas Ups Alliance With D-Rose

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