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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Dec172018

Hey, Google, Sign On As Presenting Partner For NBA All-Star Game 2019 Voting

By Barry Janoff

December 17, 2018: The NBA has a new presenting partner for All-Star voting, and people now have more options when it comes to selecting their favorite players.

The league has signed a multi-year deal naming Google its presenting NBA All-Star Voting partner, beginning with 2019 balloting,

NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google begins Dec. 25 at 11 AM (ET) — an hour before the league’s five games across ABC and ESPN — and conclude on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21 at 11:59 PM (ET).

Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

With the new alliance, people can vote by searching on Google and also through using any Google Assistant enabled device by saying, "Google, talk to NBA All-Star." 

In addition, voting will be conducted via the NBA App and NBA.com.

The alliance with the NBA comes as Google has unveiled plans to invest more than “$1 billion in capital improvements to establish a new campus, Google Hudson Square,” in New York, according to Ruth Porat, svp and CFO for Google and Alphabet, Inc.

The expansion includes two buildings on Hudson Street and another on Washington Street, with plans to move in by 2020 and 2022, respectively.

This would be in addition to plans unveiled earlier this year for a $2.4 billion purchase of the Manhattan Chelsea Market and shared plans to lease additional space at Pier 57., according to Porat.

The 68th NBA All-Star Game will be played in Spectrum Center, in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17  on TNT (8 PM ET).   

Voting updates will be shared three times by the league: Jan. 3, Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.

Five “2-for-1 Days” will allow people to have their votes count twice through all voting platforms: Jan. 3, Jan. 4, Jan. 10, Jan. 11 and Jan. 21 (Midnight – 11:59 PM ET each day). 

TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two captains, on Jan. 24 during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.

TNT will then unveil the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

The NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format, with the two team captains drafting rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves and making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

Unlike last year, this year NBA All-Star Game draft will be nationally televised.

The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

Details about the NBA All-Star Draft will be shared at a later date.

For the third consecutive year, NBA players and media will join fans in selecting the NBA All-Star Game starters.

Fans will account for 50% of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25% each. 
 
Throughout the voting period, people may submit one full ballot each day through the NBA App and NBA.com, as well as on Google and through the Google Assistant.

All current NBA players will be available for selection. 
 
Players and media will also be able to complete one ballot, featuring three front court players and two guards from both the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

Players may vote for their teammates or themselves. 

People can vote on Google.com or the Google Search App by searching “NBA Vote” and “NBA All-Star Vote” or by searching for their favorite player or team.

People can submit votes for ten unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 21.
 
NBA All-Star Voting will be available on the Google Assistant for the first time using any Google Assistant enabled device by saying, "Google, talk to NBA All-Star." 

People may submit votes for up to ten unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 21.

The Google Assistant is available on laptops, phones, speakers, tablets and other connected devices.

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