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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.”

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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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Minor League Baseball Names Marketing Vet Michael Hand As First CMO

By Barry Janoff

April 2, 2013: Minor League Baseball boasts an historical roster that includes some of the most of the sport's greatest players, from Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron to Derek Jeter, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Mike Trout. MiLB has also played host to some pretty unusual events: "Pre-Planned Funeral Nights," in which one fan won an all-expenses paid funeral; "Nobody Night," in which fans were kept out of the stadium until the fifth inning; "Toilet Seat Cushion Night"; "Life Before Toilet Paper"; "Spam Carving Night"; "Zubaz and a Monkey Night"; and "Tattoo Night."

But Minor League Baseball, with a history that traces back to 1868 but which officially formed in 1901 and played in 1902 as the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, now has a new first: It's first chief marketing officer.

MiLB this week named Michael Hand as CMO, making him responsible "for securing substantial, strategic partners; marketing and creative services; strategic brand and message positioning; and developing and implementing marketing programs."

Hand's arrival coincides with the 2013 season and the official launch of "Project Brand," a national marketing effort targeting Corporate American and designed to "promote the industry, enhance franchise values and create significant national sponsorship revenues by leveraging the combined branding power of all 160 MiLB clubs," according to MiLB president and CEO Pat O'Conner.

The tag line: "160 Teams. One Brand."

"We have an interesting brand that has largely been untapped in its totality," said Hand. "Companies have traditionally worked local relationship deals one market at a time. They would come to the main office and say, 'We want to do a program in California,' and we would Band-Aid ten or 15 teams in a market. But they really weren't coming to us to build a program to tap into all 41 million-plus fans who attend Minor League Baseball games. We are now coming in to talk to companies and marketers on a national basis."

Hand has experience in the corporate side, with a resume that includes tenures in the marketing and executive departments of BMW of North America, General Motors, Miller Brewing and Hershey. He joins MiLB following four years with IMG Worldwide in New York, most recently as svp-marketing & strategy for the IMG College division. There, he directed development of new business proposals for national, regional and local clients across more than 70 collegiate properties through customized brand activation platforms.

"We feel that Michael is the most dynamic and qualified person to lead Project Brand and help our clubs and industry reach their maximum potentials in terms of branding and sponsorships," O'Conner. said in a statement. "His vast business experiences working for some of America's biggest and most powerful brands for more than 15 years are tremendous assets that he brings to the position."

According to MiLB, attendance in 2012 was more than 41 million league-wide.

"Minor League Baseball has clubs in 43 of the 50 states, with great fans that represent a cross section of our country," said Hand. "I look forward to building the profile of our $700 million industry in the corporate community and beginning partnerships with companies who recognize the appealing nature of our industry and fans."

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