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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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Sep162015

New MLB Awards Platform Sponsored By Esurance Seeks To Score With Fans

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

September 17, 2015: In April, MLB unveiled an alliance with Esurance that put the company front-and-center as MLB's official auto insurance sponsor and as title sponsor for the first all-digital All-Star Game ballot. The deal gave the company access to all 30 MLB teams via an integrated 360 marketing effort featuring broadcast, digital and social assets and saw fan-specific activation on several baseball fronts, including MLB Network.

Esurance and MLB have built on their first-year pact with The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards, described as an "expanded awards program leveraging social media and technology culminating in a multi-platform broadcast special."

The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards will encompass 24 categories, including Best Major Leaguer, Best Bounceback Player, Best Breakout Player, Best Social Media Personality, Best Fan Catch, Best Video Board Moment, Best Interview and Best Celebrity Fan.

The voting will be supported by a multi-media platform, including a dedicated TV commercial that explains the voting process, Internet, social media, in-stadium and an Esurance #AwardWorthy Sweepstakes offering tickets to 2016 games, a trip to the MLB Winter Meetings and other goodies. (Details here.)

MLB said that the majority of The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards winners would be unveiled during a TV and online special broadcast from MLB Network on Nov 20.

Voting will be held exclusively at MLB.com and the respective Web sites of each MLB team over the next two months.

There will be five different groups of voters: fans, members of the baseball media, club front-office personnel, former MLB players and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) members. Each count for 20% of the winner selection, according to MLB. Winners in each category will receive the trophy known as the GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball).

“The Esurance MLB Awards will recognize the ways today's Major League players make an impact both on the field and through fan engagement,” Noah Garden, MLB evp-business, said in a statement. “This awards platform with Esurance takes a fun look at how fans consume, enjoy and appreciate baseball in 2015.”
 
According to Alan Gellman, CMO for San Francisco-based Esurance, a division of Allstate, “The Esurance MLB Awards is a true collaboration between MLB and Esurance to bring fans an all-digital awards experience with a new website to serve as a content hub, discussion forum, and voting platform for fans to engage with each other and be a part of the awards season like never before.”

Six winners will be revealed separately during the MLB TV  telecast: four will be announced on MLB.com, the MLB.com At Bat mobile app; and on official MLB social media accounts including Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook that same day. The awards for Best Manager and Best Executive will be revealed and presented in-person to the winners on MLB Network and MLB.com from the 2015 Winter Meetings in December.

Earlier this season, the first all-digital Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot and the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote each set all-time records for fan voting. Esurance also has a marketing deal with Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, which includes a TV spot that is part of the company's "Sorta You isn't You" campaign.



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