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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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Feb162018

Kevin Hart Kickstarts Mountain Dew With 360-Degree NBA ‘Courtside’ Campaign

By Barry Janoff

February 16, 2018: Mountain Dew is using the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles to jumpstart a marketing effort for its Mountain Dew Kickstart, signing actor/comedian and NBA uber-fan Kevin Hart as brand ambassador.

Hart will take the lead in humorous “360-degree marketing campaign” throughout 2018 to include TV, digital, social media and experiential, as well as “integration with Kevin's latest comedy tour,” titled ‘Irresponsible.”

Mountain Dew unveiled the first spot in its Kickstart-Kevin Hart effort under the umbrella theme, ”Courtside Do's and Don'ts with Kevin Hart," with Hart proclaiming, “Don’t Bring Signs Courtside.”

This leg of the campaign ties in with a Mountain Dew activation starting at NBA All-Star 2018 with Hart undertaking a “nationwide search for a new CourtSidekick, giving fans the chance to score ultimate access to the most coveted seats in sports: Courtside at the NBA Playoffs.”

"I'm literally the biggest NBA fan you will ever meet,” Hart said in a statement.

“In fact, you could say I'm the king of watching basketball – but I'm still looking for my CourtSidekick.”

According to Chauncey Hamlett, senior director-marketing for Mountain Dew, “Kevin embodies the bold attitude, energy and spirit of Mountain Dew Kickstart, so he was a natural choice to be the face of the brand.

“We're excited to be partnering with him, and can't wait to give a lucky Dew fan the chance to be his CourtSidekick during the NBA Playoffs this year."

During NBA All-Star Weekend, Mountain Dew, an official league partner, will be title sponsor for the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, which sees young players from the U.S. who entered the league during 2016-17 or 2017-18 versus a team of young international players who entered the NBA during the past two seasons (TNT 9 PM ET).

Mountain Dew will also have a Kickstart  “Closer Than Courtside” Courtside Studios pop-up experience (Pico & Figueroa) featuring Hart as well as music, interactive events and visits from current and legendary NBA players.

For the CourtSidekick activation, Mountain Dew said that now through March 19, people “can enter the #CourtSidekickContest by creating a social post showing Kevin and Mountain Dew Kickstart why they're the perfect CourtSidekick and tagging #CourtSidekickContest on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.” (Details here.)

According to the PepsiCo brand, Hart and Dew judges will review all entries and narrow the field to the top five finalists. People will then have a chance to vote to select the winner, scheduled to be unveiled April 5.

As for Hart, he is all in. ”I’m happy to be partnering with Mountain Dew Kickstart to kick off the CourtSidekick Contest and find the right person to help me take my NBA game-watching to the next level."

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