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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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Nov172014

Bragging Rights, National Spotlight, Financial Highlights Drive Final Four March Madness

By Barry Janoff

November 17, 2014: March Madness 2015 is still several months away, but the NCAA has already jump-started madness for the next seven years, naming host cities and venues for 2017-21. The sites now get to anticipate not only bragging rights and the impending national spotlight, but potential financial highlights as well.

In addition to strong TV ratings — the 2014 Final Four on CBS ands Turner Sports peaked with an averaged of 18.6 million viewers — each respective city has the potential to experience a positive economic impact. According to reports and studies from groups in each respective Final Four city over the past decade, host communities see financial benefits of between $70 million and $200 million.

The Men's Div. 1 basketball Final Fours through 2021 will see a return to familiar sites and trips to new venues.

Including March Madness in 2015, the next seven Final Fours will be book-ended by games in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the city that is home to the NCAA.

This season's Final Four is scheduled for April 4-6, 2015. The Final Four returns there in 2021.

The 2016 Final Four site was previously unveiled as NRG (formerly Reliant) Stadium, April 2-4.

Among the just-named Final Four venues, the University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Az.) will on April 1-3, 2017 host the event for first time in the site of the NFL's upcoming Super Bowl XLIX. It also marks the first city west of Texas (Dallas,, San Antonio, Houston) to host the Final Four since 1995, when Seattle staged the event in the since-demolished Kingdome.

The Alamodome in San Antonio will see a return of the Final Four in 2018, where it was played in 1996, 2004 and most recently in 2008, which generated more than $55 million for the area, according to local organizers.

The Men's Div. I semi-final and championship games return to Minneapolis in 2019 for the first time since 2001 (played in the MetroDome), but will be staged in the new Vikings Stadium. The $1 billion domed facility, which will become home to the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, is expected to open for the 2016 NFL season. It already has been named as site for Super Bowl LII in 2018.

In 2020, the new $1.2 billion retractable-roof stadium being built for MLB's Atlanta Braves in time for the 2017 season will host its first Final Four. That also marks a return to the city following the men's Final Four in 2013, played in the Georgia Dome.

In 2010, the Final Four in Reliant Stadium generated an estimated $100 million in economic impact to the area, according to the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In 2012, with the concluding games of March Madness taking place in the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome, New Orleans realized an economic impact of $135 million, according to the New Orleans Visitors and Convention Bureau. The total includes $77 million of direct spending and $57.1 million of secondary spending. per a report from the University New Orleans Division of Business Economic Research.

Although final figures are still being crunched, the 2014 Men's Final Four played in AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, was predicted to generate some $276 million to the North Texas economy, according to the state-organized Major Events Trust Fund.

Part of the overall spend is local activation from official NCAA partners; not included is how much these marketers spend en masse to support the men's basketball tournament.

NCAA corporate champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola. Corporate partners include Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Burger King, Enterprise, Infiniti, Kindle Fire, Lowe's, LG, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese's Unilever and UPS.

Regarding the 2019 event, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said after being awarded the Final Four, "That weekend's drama and excitement will bring tens of thousands of fans and millions of dollars in economic benefits to our state."

"[The Final Four] weekend's drama and excitement will bring tens of thousands of fans and millions of dollars in economic benefits to our state."

The NCAA's Division I Men’s Basketball Committee said that the five cities were selected from eight finalists to host the Final Four for the years 2017-2021. The other finalists for this round of Final Fours were New Orleans, North Texas and St. Louis, according to the NCAA.

"The Men's Final Four has grown into one of the biggest and best sporting events in the world, so it's easy to understand why these cities would put their best foot forward in attempt to secure a bid," Dan Gavitt, vp-men’s basketball. for the NCAA, said during the unveiling.

“The fact we had sites selected from the West, South, North, East and Midwest, and have five sites in three different time zones, is reflected in the votes," Scott Barnes, vp and AD for Utah State University and chairman for the Div. I Men’s Basketball Committee, said in a statement. "The discussion during this meeting centered on growing the game of college basketball and, most importantly, creating a positive experience for student-athletes and fans. We think we’ve accomplished that, and we’re obviously very excited."

According to Barnes, "We feel great about how those votes turned out and are confident this terrific event is in good hands for the foreseeable future. We are going to new buildings, cities that are universally loved for hosting great Final Fours and we are heading West (of Texas) for the first time in more than 20 years."

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