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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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Aug302013

RG3, Sanders, Heisman Winners Rule The School In ESPN-Nissan Campaign

By Barry Janoff

August 30, 2013: What happens when you put 13 Heisman Trophy winners together in one house and turn the cameras on?

Not quite the prefabricated nastiness of TV-scripted reality shows, but something that shows off the playful spirit of the athletes and ex-athletes involved.

Nissan and ESPN are giving fans and viewers the opportunity to interact with 13 winners of the Heisman Trophy, all of whom are being brought together at a dedicated Web site that is home to The Nissan Heisman House.

The third season of the The Nissan Heisman House brings back Robert Griffin III (Baylor, 2011), Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State, 1988), Ty Detmer (BYU, 1990), Ron Dayne (Wisconsin, 1999), Matt Leinart (USC, 2004), Troy Smith (Ohio State, 2006), Tim Brown (Notre Dame, 1987), Carson Palmer (USC, 2002) and Desmond Howard (Michigan, 1991).

Being added to the mix are Sam Bradford (Oklahoma, 2008), Earl Campbell (Texas, 1977), Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh, 1977) and Mike Rozier (Nebraska, 1983).

The effort supports Nissan’s sponsorship of the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award. This season, for the first time, a Heisman House Tour will travel to college campuses throughout the season.

The Web site also enables fans to cast a vote for whom they think should be the next Heisman Trophy winner.

Other marketing partners of the Heisman Trophy include Aflac and Wendy's.

TV spots featuring the participants debuts Aug. 31 prior to ESPN’s "Saturday Night Football" game on ABC. The commercials will then go into regular rotation on ESPN platforms throughout the season.

Visitors to the Web site can tour the house, learn about current members, track the progress of potential Heisman Trophy candidates and watch each of the TV spots. Nissan vehicles, including the 2014 Altima, Sentra and Versa Note, are integrated into the site and the campaign.

“The sustainability of the original concept with fresh scripts, new athletes and ability to the showcase new vehicles year over year is a tremendous creative story, which is a testament to the power of the idea,” Sean Hanrahan, svp-marketing solutions for ESPN, said in a statement.

The Nissan Heisman House was developed in collaboration with TBWA\Chiat\Day, OMD and ESPN’s in-house creative team, CreativeWorks.

The first Nissan Heisman House spot, "Flashback," has debuted on YouTube, featuring RG3, Bradford, Howard, Sanders, Dorsett and Campbell. As in all of the spots, it shows each of the players wearing jerseys from their respective colleges.

"Flashback" opens with RG3 and Bradford arriving at the Heisman House in a new Nissan, with a loud music beat coming from the car. Sanders and Howard are on the front porch drinking lemonade.

"Lemonade on the front porch!" Griffin says in a condescending voice. "What are you guys, 80?!"

RG3 and Bradford then fist-bump and laugh. "Kids these days," Howard sighs.

We then are sent via flashback to Sanders and Howard as younger men arriving at the house in a Nissan. Here, Dorsett and Campbell are on the front porch. "Lemonade on the front porch," Howard says to them in a condescending tone. "What are you guys, 80!?"

"Kids these days," sighs Dorsett as Campbell agrees. (See the full spot here.)

Among the other spots that are scheudled to run:

Car Alarm: RG3 and Palmer are competing to see which one can throw a football the farthest. Palmer throws his over the Nissan Heisman House, where it lands in a parking lot next to Howard and Dorsett, who are looking at a new Nissan. RG3 throws his football through the house, hitting the Nissan and setting off the alarm, which is playing the "Fight Song" from Dorsett's Pittsburgh alma mater. (See it here.)

Coordinated: Finds Rozier dressed in a custom-made suit that has been designed to match his Nissan, which comes with unique exterior and interiors. "What day is it," Rozier asks four of the other guys who are playing catch with a football on the front lawn. "Tuesday," one of them replies. Rozier was getting into a car that had "Monday" license plates on it. He walks over to his "Tuesday" car, which has a completely different custom design and realizes he needs to change his suit. Rozier then calls someone on his cell phone. "I'm gong to need another hour. I need to change." (See it here.)

Quickdraw: Barry Sanders is driven to beat the other residents of the Nissan Heisman House, where here includes getting the best parking spot, the newest shoes first, being first into the bathroom and even listing the most uses for corn "(Corn bread, corn chowder, corn pudding, corn salsa . . . "). "Man, he's quick," one of the other Heisman House residents observes. (See it here.)

Rivalry: Pits Oklahoma alumnus Bradford against Oklahoma State alumnus Campbell in an on-hoping game of oneupmanship. Campbell thinks he's won when he fills Bradford's closet with Oklahoma-branded footballs and hits him with an Oklahoma water balloon. But when a gloating Campbell turns around, we see that Bradford has shaved the Oklahoma State logo into his hair. (See it here.)

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