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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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Dec072015

Very Interesting: Dos Equis Goes Bowling As Official Beer For CFB Playoffs, Title Game

By Barry Janoff

December 7, 2015: Even the Most Interesting Man in the World would find this interesting.

Dos Equis has signed what it called "an historic, multi-year agreement" with ESPN to become the official beer sponsor for the College Football Playoffs.

The deal, which takes effect immediately, includes the CFP Semi-finals, National Championship and the “New Years’ Six” bowl properties: Peach, Sugar, Fiesta, Rose, Cotton and Orange Bowls.

Financial terms of the alliance were not released.

Dos Equis will support with extensive integration throughout ESPN's CFP coverage via a multi-platform effort to include TV, print, radio, Internet, social media and logo usage rights on-pack for Dos Equis brands.

In addition, Dos Equis said it would have a "significant presence across ESPN's platforms" throughout the regular season.

Dos Equis, a division of Heineken, will promote a variety of "Drink Responsibly" communications for fans 21+, alongside promotion of its various products.

The brand's "Stay Thirsty" umbrella campaign features the "Most Interesting Man in the World." It was not revealed whether the character would become part of new college football-themed creative.

The College Football Playoff semifinals, both on Dec. 31 and both on ESPN, feature No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl 4 PM ET); and No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl (8 PM ET).

The National Championship will be played on Jan. 11 in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Az., on ESPN.

"This is a remarkable opportunity to help our consumers stay thirsty during one of the biggest sporting events in America."

The CFB National Championship game this past January, won by Ohio State, averaged 33.4 million viewers, the highest in ESPN and cable TV history.

Dos Equis joins a roster of College Football Playoff national sponsors that  include Allstate. AT&T, Buick, Capital One, Chick-fil-A, DirecTV, Dr. Pepper, Ford, Gatorade, Goodyear, Nissan, Northwestern Mutual, Reese's and Taco Bell.

Dos Equis said the sponsorship deal "further establishes Dos Equis' standing in sports, giving the brand a strong platform to drive fan engagement in one of the country's most exciting and growing franchises."

"Both Dos Equis and college football have seen tremendous growth over the past decade and working with the College Football Playoff and ESPN will be a bold platform for Dos Equis," Nuno Teles, CMO for Heineken USA, said in a statement. "Millions of fans tuned in as part of last years' record-setting championship telecast, and this is a remarkable opportunity to help our consumers stay thirsty during one of the biggest sporting events in America."

According to Ed Erhardt, president-global sales and marketing for ESPN, "Adding Dos Equis to the roster of brands aligned with the College Football Playoff further underscores the broad reach of the college football audience. We look forward to working with Dos Equis to create 'interesting' brand integrations."

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