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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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Peyton, Eli Manning Return As Rap Brothers For DirecTV's New Football Fantasy Zone

By Barry Janoff

August 11, 2014: Prior to the start of the 2013 NFL season, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and brother Eli Manning of the New York Giants headed up a campaign for DirecTV that was anchored by a faux MTV-style commercial-video, "Football in Your Pants." For real, that spot has received more than eight million YouTube views to date.

This season the sibling NFL quarterbacks star in a multi-media campaign for DirecTV's new Fantasy Zone channel, anchored by a faux MTV-style commercial-video, "Fantasy Football Fantasy."

Peyton and Eli have brought along some guest stars, including Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, New York Jets running back Chris Johnson, members of the Broncos offensive line and Peyton and Eli's dad, former pro quarterback Archie Manning.

DirecTV describes the Fantasy Zone as "a live fantasy football show available exclusively to NFL Sunday Ticket Max subscribers every Sunday afternoon during the coming NFL regular season."

Some 41 million people in the U.S. and Canada are active in the fantasy sports category, generating nearly $2 billion in league and transactions fees in the U.S. alone, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Assn. About 70% of that comes from fantasy football platforms.

According to DirecTV, "The Fantasy Zone channel will provide timely game-to-game fantasy analysis and statistics powered by NFL.com Fantasy along with multiple, revolving on-screen tickers offering real-time stats, highlights, projections and key player updates."

“NFL Sunday Ticket on DirecTV strives to provide NFL fantasy players with even more content to help manage their teams. We’ve added a variety of unique features to our fantasy offerings over the years and creating DirecTV Fantasy Zine is the next logical step,” Daniel York, chief content officer for DirecTV, said in a statement. “Our Red Zone Channel in NFL Sunday Ticket Max has been part of the sports viewing experience for millions of NFL fans every Sunday. We believe DirecTV Fantasy Zone will have no less of an impact for the legions of fans who love fantasy football.”

Peyton Manning recently signed with Nationwide Insurance, now an official NFL partner. He also has deals that include Gatorade, Papa John's (including ownership of several locations in the Denver area), and Buick. He tops the list of NFL players with about $13-$15 million in endorsements, according to industry analysts.

Eli also has deals including Dunkin' Donuts, Gatorade, Citizen Watches and Toyota. He earns about $8 million in endorsements.

The DirecTV spot begins with Eli walking into a living room to find his brother seated on a sofa in front of a large-screen TV.

"Hey Peyton, you watching football?" Eli asks.

Peyton, who must have be preparing for a Monday or Thursday night game that week, replies, "I'm watching DirecTV Sunday Ticket's new Fantasy Zone channel. It's a whole channel dedicated to nothing but fantasy football. It's like a fantasy football . . . " he says. And they continue in unison, " . . . fantasy!"

Which leads to a rap that likely — and some would say mercifully — will not be duplicated, including cars, cheerleaders, football players, a trip to outer space, a flying horse, the aforementioned guest stars and a rap mix about Fantasy Football Fantasy."

The spot ends by directing viewers to Fantasy Zone channel. (See the full spot here.)

Peyton's Broncos' teammates used the spot to play a prank on their quarterback when the rap song blasted out over the loudspeakers while the team was on the field exercising. (See the video here.)

For those with a need to rap like the Mannings, here is the DirecTV Fantasy Zone video rap:

"Fantasy. Fantasy. Football fantasy. If you like football, then you like fantasy. Yeah. Back at 'em.

"There's a fantasy channel that you gotta see. It's a fantasy football fantasy. Like catching' a football that came from me. When you open it up, there's nacho cheese. Like an end zone that ends in a waterfall. A shower that shower's you in tine footballs. It's a football fantasy like no other. Like having a best friend that's your quarterback brother.

"You get constant updates. And constantly lift weights. You keep track of the players. I keep putting' on layers. You watch your points rack up. I make this car back up. This fantasy channel it's so brand new. It's the greatest thing that'll ever happen to you.

"Like Chris Johnson giving you a Johnson (hair)do. While Broadway Joe and your Mom make stew.

"Sometime's I have this fantasy. I'm going to go so wild and free. On a horse that has wings. And we fly up into space. But then the music drops out. there's no sound in space. But my Dad's in space. Because it's my football fantasy. it's like football sandwiched in fantasy. All this talk is of sandwiches is making me hungry."

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