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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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Dec172017

Lakers, Marketers, Fans, NBA Set To Fete Kobe At Jersey Retirement Ceremony

By Barry Janoff

December 18, 2017: When the defending Golden State Warriors come to town, that is usually the top NBA story for the day.

Not so with the Warriors trip to play the Los Angeles Lakers Monday night (Dec. 18), when the No. 1 story will be the retirement ceremony for the No. 8 and No. 24 Lakers jerseys worn by Kobe Bryant.

Locally, Spectrum SportsNet will begin coverage of the pre-game celebration in the sold-out Staples Center at 5:30 P.M. (PT) and will air the game live at 7:30 P.M. (PT) on Spectrum SportsNet and Spectrum Deportes.

NBA TV will air the halftime ceremonies nationally. Both NBA TV and NBA.com this past week dedicated significant space to honoring Bryant’s career, with highlight games, videos and career recaps.

Vivid Seats has two Row 1 court side tickets starting at more than $27,000 each.

Row 1 court side baseline tickets were going for $6,855.

Bryant will become the 10th player in Los Angeles Lakers history to earn this distinction, but the first to have two numbers retired, joining Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Earvin "Magic" Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul- Jabbar (33), Shaquille O'Neal (34), James Worthy (42), Jerry West (44) and Jamaal Wilkes (52).

"Kobe's jerseys are taking their rightful home next to the greatest Lakers of all time," Jeanie Buss, Lakers CEO and controlling owner, said in a statement when the jersey retirement ceremony was unveiled in September.

"There was never any doubt this day would come, the only question was when. Once again, Lakers fans will celebrate our hero, and once again, our foes will envy the legendary Kobe Bryant,” said Buss.

Although no Lakers player can wear No. 8 or No. 24 again, the public is not restricted.

Among other activation, Nike, the NBA’s official on-court jersey partner, is offering Kobe Bryant retirement jerseys for No. 8 and No. 24.

Both come with a special patch that have Bryant’s faux signature, five stars (one for each NBA title), his “Black Mamba” nickname and the date of the jersey retirement, December 18, 2017. (MSRP $525).

The Lakers’ on-line shop is offering a plethora of Kobe merchandise, including exclusive 9Fifty Retirement Patch Snapback caps, T-shirts, jerseys and photos of Bryant, wearing No. 8 and No. 24, each framed with a special-edition coin commemorating the event.

To celebrate the day of the jerseys retirement,  the Lakers will host KobeLand a street festival to take place on Chick Hearn Court at L.A. LIVE on Ddec. 18 (4-7:00 PM PT).

Lakers corporate partners, many of whom will have a presence in KobeLand and/or inside Staples Center during the game and halftime ceremonies include American Express, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Canon, Delta Airlines, Gatorade, Jack in the Box, Tissot, Toyota, Verizon, Wingstop and the team’s jersey patch sponsor Wish.

The festival, free and open to the public, will feature a variety of interactive games, a Kobe-inspired Ferris Wheel, a special basketball shootout, photo opportunities, branded merchandise and a live deejay. Nike will also have a prominent presence at the festival including a Kobe “8” & “24” branded truck onsite.

Many former teammates and opponents and all-time Lakers greats are expected to be in attendance at the game.

All of the Warriors will be in attendance, not just for the game but court side during the ceremony itself, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

Bryant wore each number jersey for ten seasons.

Bryant appeared in 707 games while wearing No. 8. During that time, he averaged 23.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists; and helped to guide the Lakers to four NBA Finals, and three championships (2000-02).

He wore No. 24: for 638 games, averaging 26.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists, leading the team to NBA titles in 2009 and 2010, being named MVP in both championship finals.

According to  Magic Johnson, former player and now Lakers president of basketball operations. "Kobe was one of the greatest Lakers and NBA players of all-time and he's definitely on my Mount Rushmore.

"I look forward to seeing both of his jerseys be retired and celebrating this special day with Kobe and his family."

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