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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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Oct152018

Mtn. Dew Heats Up NBA Activation With Ice, Marketing, WNBA ROY A'ja Wilson

By Barry Janoff

October 15, 2018: Mountain Dew is upping the ante on several fronts to support its status as an official NBA partner, signing a bevy of young stars, enhancing activation and adding the first woman hoops player to its endorsement roster —  WNBA Rookie of the Year A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces.

The PepsiCo brand, which already has deals with such NBA players as Russell Wilson and Joel Embiid, is adding to the mix Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets and top NBA Draft picks including Marvin Bagley III, Collin Sexton, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Knox and Josh Hart.

They and Wilson will appear in multi-platform marketing to support Mtn. Dew Ice as the new lead soft drink of the NBA, with activation also behind limited-edition Ice Cherry.

"I'm really excited to team up with Mtn. Dew Ice as the first-ever WNBA player to join the Dew roster of athletes," Wilson said via the brand.

"Dew is a brand that I love because of its dedication to bringing fans closer to the game and the lifestyle — and because they know how to have fun."

Mtn. Dew said the effort would include national and local marketing initiatives, digital, social media (#DewxNBA), POP and in-arena, all anchored by new TV spot featuring a “superstar from the Dew roster that will premiere in the coming weeks.”

During Opening Week Tip-Off presented by Kia, Mtn. Dew said it would have pre-game presence outside such venues as  Oracle Arena, home of the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors; and Madison Square Garden in New York, home of the Knicks.

Pre-game celebrations for consumers and NBA fans will include what Mtn. Dew called “Closer than Courtside”  activation with access to players and hoops lifestyle, as well as Mtn. Dew Ice product sampling.

"This year, Dew has made some incredible additions to an already awesome roster of basketball stars – and we're especially stoked to welcome our first WNBA player to the family," Erin Chin, senior director, marketing for Mountain Dew, said via the brand.

"What we love the most about Dew athletes is that they are at the top of their games on the court, but they're also pushing boundaries and making waves off the court."

Mtn. Dew ice NBA and WNBA Roster

• Marvin Bagley III Sacramento Kings
• Bradley Beal Washington Wizards
• Clint Capela Houston Rockets
• Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers
• Josh Hart Los Angeles Lakers
• Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies
• Kevin Knox New York Knicks
• Collin Sexton Cleveland Cavaliers
• Dennis Smith Jr.  Dallas Mavericks
• Myles Turner Indiana Pacers
• Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
• A'ja Wilson WNBA Las Vegas Aces

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