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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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Oct142015

No Tiger Woods, But Spieth, Rory Drive Record Golf Sponsorship Spend To $1.7B

By Barry Janoff

October 14, 2015: Tiger Woods may no longer be the force on the golf course and in golf marketing that he once was, but a new generation of pro golfers — led by the likes of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy — have helped to drive sponsorship spend in golf to a record $1.7 billion in 2015.

The figure is up 4.8%  from $1.65 billion in 2014, $1.6 billion in 2013, $1.51 billion in 2012, $1.4 billion in 2011 and up from $1.36 billion in 2010, according to the IEG Sponsorship Report from sponsorship and consulting firm IEG, Chicago.

Spieth (22) was named the 2015 PGA Tour Player of the Year. He, Day (27) and McIlroy (26) are currently ranked 1-2-3 in the world, per PGA Tour.

Automakers are the most active category sponsoring golf, with 27% of of golf-related properties having a sponsor in the auto segment. Other top categories include banking, beverages-alcohol, insurance, hotel and resorts, media and publishing, telecom, beverages-non-alcohol and credit cards.

BMW is the most active sponsor, associated with 19% of golf-related properties.

The car maker was followed by Rolex (15%), Anheuser-Busch (14%), Emirates (14%), MasterCard (12%), Coca-Cola (11%), Daimler (10%), Fila (8%), AT&T (6%) and Bacardi (6%), according to IEG.

The top golfers also do pretty well in the endorsement field. Woods, despite missing a lot of the past season due to injuries and back surgery, earned close to $50 million from endorsements, Phil Mickelson close to $48 million, McIlroy about $32 million and Spieth $11 million, according to industry analysts.

Spieth's deals include Under Armour (pictured above), AT&T, Rolex, NetJets and Titleist.

McIlroy's deals include Nike, with whom he signed a $200 million deal in 2013, EA Sports, Bose and Omega.

On the women's side, the top-ranked LPGA golfers are Inbee Park (who has earned more than $2.34 million on the tour to date), Lydia Ko (who has earned more than $2.33 million) and Stacy Lewis ($1.67 million in earnings).

Golf's $1.7 billion sponsorship figures places it high among other sports.

By comparison, NFL sponsorship was $1.15 billion, MLB sponsorship revenue in 2014 was $695 million and the NHL reached $447 million, all according to IEG.

Worldwide sponsorship revenue on motorsports topped $5.3 billion and tennis was at $739 million, per IEG.

Golf participation has plateaued following some years of declining numbers.

According to the National Golf Foundation, 400,000 people left golf in 2013, dropping the total participants under 25 million. There were 25.3 million golfers in the U.S. in 2012,  down from 25.7 million in 2011 and 26.1 million in 2010, according to NGF.

However, golf participation in 2014 remained equal to the previous 12 months, marking the third consecutive year that an estimated 25 million people played at least one round of golf, according to the NGF’s Golf Participation in the U.S. 2015 report.

Also according to NGF, and what it says is "contrary to popular opinion, golf enjoys a positive relationship with millennials." This group of 18-34-year-olds currently accounts for 25% of the golf population.

Looking forward, the spend in golf is anticipated to continue to rise. Among other deals, Dell beginning in March 2016 becomes the title sponsor of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play via an alliance that runs through 2019.

Tiger's Impact On Golf Marketing Has Pros, Cons

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