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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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Geico To The Get-Go: Signs Jersey-Patch Deal With Washington Wizards, Mystics

By Barry Janoff

November 2, 2018: Geico insurance company has been using its Gecko ambassador since 1999 for its “15 minutes can save you 15%” motion.

Beginning this month, Geico will be using the Washington Wizards as ambassadors for 48 minutes a game as part of its marketing strategy.

Geico has signed a multi-year alliance with Monumental Sports & Entertainment to become the jersey-logo partner for the Wizards, as well as the WNBA Mystics and NBA G League Capital City Go-Go, which made their debut over the weekend.

Geico said it is the first jersey patch partner to have a logo on an NBA, WNBA and G League team.

The alliance is organic as Chevy Chase, Md.-based Geico has been a partner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment for more than 25 years.

“When we set out to find a partner (for) one of the most visible, most prominent partnership opportunities in sports, we knew we wanted a company that shared our commitment to community,” Ted Leonsis, founder, chairman, CEO and majority owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, said during a media conference on Friday to unveil the deal.

“Geico has been a pillar of the Washington, D.C., community for decades, and they are one of the most influential advertisers in sports. That they have chosen to put their logo on their hometown teams is a great reminder of the power of basketball in Washington, D.C.”

Financial terms of the deal were not shared.

Among Geico’s sports alliances, the company is the insurance partner with MLB and also has a deal with the NHL in the U.S.

The average value of the previous NBA jersey-patch deals is about $9 million, per industry analysts, most of them three-year alliances.

With the Wizard s jersey patch deal, only two NBA clubs remain without such alliances: the Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Wizards debuted the Geico jersey patch on their uniforms Friday (Nov. 2) when they hosted the Thunder in a nationally-televised game on ESPN in Capital One Arena.

On Sunday (Nov. 4), all fans in attendance in Capital One Arena received a Geico-sponsored Wizards jersey T-shirt.

In addition, Geico will support the deal via its “Geico Cares” and “Players in the Community” programs throughout the region, including the St. Elizabeth East Campus in the Ward 8 neighborhood that houses the Entertainment & Sports Arena, which opened in September

The Go-Go played the first game in franchise history Saturday (Nov. 3) against the Greensboro Swarm in the Entertainment & Sports Arena.

According to  Bill Roberts, president and CEO for Geico, “This is a wonderful new development in the long-standing partnership between Geico and Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

“We’re excited about the national platform this jersey patch sponsorship gives us and the opportunity to continue to contribute to the improvement of the community we call home.”

The NBA is in the second season of a three-year jersey logo trial period.

Among the biggest NBA jersey ad deals to date, the Golden State Warriors jersey-logo pact with Rakuten is valued at $60 million over three years.

The Los Angeles Lakers signed with e-commerce firm Wish, a three-year deal that analysts put at $12-$14 million annually, similar in value to an alliance between the New York Knicks and SquareSpace.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed with Goodyear for $30 million over three years. The Boston Celtics have a three-year deal with GE valued at $24 million.

NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):
• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)

• Boston Celtics (GE)

• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)

• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)

• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)

• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)

• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)

• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)

• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)

• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)

• Houston Rockets (Rokit)

• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)

• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)

• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)

• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)

• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)

• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)

• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)

• New York Knicks (Squarespace)

• Orlando Magic (Disney World)

• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)

• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)

• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)

• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)

• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)

• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)

• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)

• Washington Wizards (Geico)

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