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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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Nov152010

How Jay-Z Enlisted Bing, Gucci, The NBA And Social Media To 'Decode' Jay-Z

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

Jay-Z's 'Decoded' pages here proved to be the wheel deal for one fortunate fan.November 15, 2010: The NBA's Nets may be 16-76 over the past two seasons, but they are winning over the loyalties of marketers and fans with innovative tactics. The latest example: The team enlisted fans to help support the official release of part-owner Jay-Z's book, Decoded, which sent people over the past few weeks on a multi-media scavenger hunt to locate individual pages that had been hidden in locations relevant to Jay-Z's life.

The page hunt was done in cooperation with Microsoft's search engine, Bing, including a Bing search engine map that aided visitors in scouring locations worldwide referenced in the book. In Decoded ($35, Random House), Jay-Z details the hidden meanings behind 36 of his songs as well as the life that led him from the streets of Brooklyn, NY, to the top of a music-driven business empire.

A copy of every page of the book was reproduced and placed on unique, off-beat but accessible locations or on objects relating to Jay-Z's life. Each page came with a distinct code, which were then used by the  first person who found each respective page to claim them as their own. The event this past weekend at the Nets' home game against the Orlando Magic instructed fans to find a reproduction of a page hidden somewhere in the Prudential Center.

A one-of-a-kind Gucci jacket was the location for one of Jay-Z's 'Decoded' pages.According to Lisa Gurry, spokeswoman and communications director for Bing, “Pages [were] placed in locations related to the content, so that’s everything from high-profile advertising, like billboards to very, very unique placements such as swimming pools and pool tables, and even high-fashion designer clothing racks.” Lead agency was Droga5, New York.

Clues were distributed via Jay-Z’s Facebook and Twitter pages, at www.Jay-z.com and Bing. The hunt ended when Nov. 14 when all 296 pages that had been hidden were found and decoded. Fans who submitted via text the code they located were entered into a drawing to win the page they’ve located, signed by Jay-Z, and also became eligible for the grand prize: Two tickets to see Jay-Z and Coldplay at an invitation-only concert at  the Cosmoplitan of Las Vegas resort on New Year’s Eve.

Specific locations included the projects in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant where he grew up as Shawn Carter; global destinations where he "found inspiration" such as London, Miami, Los Angeles and New Orleans; and various sites in the other boroughs of New York, including his headquarters in Manhattan and The Bronx, for which Jay-Z, who often wear a New York Yankees cap, offered this clue on his Twitter page: "Find spreads in the borough that Jay's hat reps, where gum chewers ride the bench and champs swing for the fence."

Searchers were plugged in during their efforts to 'Decode' Jay-Z.Among the unique places where page reproductions were ultimately discovered included the lining of a one-of-a-kind leather bomber jacket at the Gucci flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York, a hoops backboard at a Brooklyn playground, on the side of a stretch limo, on the side of a bus stop kiosk, on the side of a grocery bag, included among the playlist inside a juke box, inside the cover of a pizza delivery box and written on a guitar in a music store.

The page hidden at the Prudential Center that is the current home to the Nets was reproduced on a large basketball jersey hanging from the rafters with the name Carter on it, a reference both to Jay-Z and Vince Carter, who formerly stared with the Nets but was in town as a member of the visiting Magic.

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