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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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Nov152017

Foot Locker: NBA Stars Are So Busy With Cause Marketing We Needed Stand-Ins

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2017: Foot Locker has been real about its “Week of Greatness” campaign for the past five years, but for its sixth annual effort it is getting “unreal” to support some very real causes.

The retailer will continue to use the campaign to sell goods, but has added a significant altruistic component.

“(We are) not only delivering the most anticipated footwear and apparel launches, but committing and championing Acts of Greatness — physical acts of generosity that inspire and uplift others — through the action-oriented platform, Greatness Does Good.”

New York-headquartered Foot Locker said it has joined with such brands as Nike, Jordan, adidas, Puma, Converse and Reebok, plus the NBA’s New York Knicks, to aid people in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria and others those affected by “recent U.S. and global events.”

The push comes with multi-media marketing, anchored by two “Greatness Does Good” spots explaining that NBA stars including Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kristaps Porzingis and Damian Lillard “were so busy doing good, they didn’t have time to star in commercials.”

Instead, we get lookalikes of the aforementioned players, who stay in character as they explain how Foot Locker is working during the holiday season to aid and comfort others.

Doubles for Anthony, Irving and Davis appear in one, lookalikes for Harden, Porzinagas and Lillard in the other.

Support includes digital, POP and social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).

Lead agency is BBDO, New York.

Among the Greatness Does Good efforts, Foot Locker has placed sneaker donation bins in more than 1,650 of its stores worldwide as a part of its partnership with non-profit Soles4Souls.

According to Foot Locker, people are invited to donate new and gently worn shoes in store (Nov. 18-26, 2017).

New shoes donated in the U.S. will be sent to Puerto Rico.

Gently used shoes, as well as all footwear donations made in Foot Locker locations outside the U.S., will benefit the Soles4Souls Micro-Enterprise program, “driving commerce for entrepreneurs in developing countries.”

Foot Locker said it would join its customers by donating “thousands of new pairs from its own supply to support on-going recovery efforts in Puerto Rico . . . (We have) committed to donating more than $1,000,000 toward humanitarian relief efforts around the globe, including $100,000 to support Soles4Souls from the Foot Locker Foundation.”

Top athletes, artists and influencers, including Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Kyrie Irving will also commit their own Acts of Greatness by “donating their shoes to the cause, with additional support from their peers rolling in.”

"At Foot Locker, we believe that greatness is not only about what sneakers you wear, it's about what you do while you're in them," Dick Johnson, CEO and president for Foot Locker, Inc., said in a statement.

"This year, instead of bringing together the biggest stars in sports to create our well-known, humorous ads for the annual Week of Greatness, we are bringing global ‘sneakerheads’ together to commit and champion Acts of Greatness."

According to Anthony, who has fronted his own relief efforts in support of Puerto Rico, "Helping Puerto Rico overcome the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.

“Foot Locker's generosity throughout the Week of Greatness will undoubtedly have an impact as the island continues to rebuild and recover the many items, including clothing and shoes, that were lost.”

New sneaker releases from Nike, Jordan, adidas and more will drop daily beginning Nov. 18 in Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, and Kids Foot Locker stores globally.

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