• 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 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.”


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).


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)



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).


King James, Greek Freak Lead Initial Fan Voting For 2019 NBA All-Star Game

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 3, 2019: In the first tabulations from the NBA on voting for the 2019 All-Star Game, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective conferences with 1,083,363 and 991,561 votes, respectively.

Kyrie Irving of Boston Celtics is the only other player to date with more than 900,00 votes (910,329).

Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks leads all rookies with 679,839 votes and is second overall among front court players in the West in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google.

Fans account for 50% of the vote — which began on Christmas Day — to determine the ten starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game.

All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25% of the vote.

The NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. (TNT, 8 PM ET).

Behind James and Dončić, the Top Five Western Conference front court vote getters also include Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant (659,968)., Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (605,417) and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (580,055).

Golden State’s Stephen Curry holds first place among West guards with 793,111 votes.

The Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Rose, a leading candidate for Comeback Player of the Year, is second with 698,086 votes.

The Top Five West Guard also include the Houston Rockets James Harden (541,606), Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook (459,792) and golden State’s Klay Thompson (247,618).

Behind Antetokounmpo, the Top Five East front court players include Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors (774,172), Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (648,002), Sixers teammate Jimmy Butler (222,206) and Jayson Tatum of the Celtics (214,622).

Among the Top Five East guards behind Irving are Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, now in his final NBA season (409,156), Kemba Walker of the NBA All-Star Game host team Charlotte Hornets (319,519), Ben Simmons of the Sixers (259,993) and Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers (198,009).

NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google voting for fans, players and media will conclude on Jan. 21 (11:59 PM ET).

Two remaining fan voting updates will be shared on  Jan. 10 and Jan. 17. 

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will follow last year’s format.

Two team captains — the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes — will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

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

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.

The network will announce the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off.


Eastern Conference

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 991,561 votes
2. Kawhi Leonard (TOR) 774,172 votes
3. Joel Embiid (PHI) 648,002 votes
4. Jimmy Butler (PHI) 222,206 votes
5. Jayson Tatum (BOS) 214,622 votes
6. Blake Griffin (DET) 192,694 votes
7. Vince Carter (ATL) 76,022 votes
8. Andre Drummond (DET) 68,204 votes
9. Gordon Hayward (BOS) 66,492 votes
10. Al Horford (BOS) 62,288 votes

1. Kyrie Irving (BOS) 910,329 votes
2. Dwyane Wade (MIA) 409,156 votes
3. Kemba Walker (CHA) 319,519 votes
4. Ben Simmons (PHI) 259,993 votes
5. Victor Oladipo (IND) 198,009 votes
6. Kyle Lowry (TOR) 180,571 votes
7. Zach LaVine (CHI) 128,605 votes
8. Jeremy Lin (ATL) 62,573 votes
9. Bradley Beal (WAS) 61,269 votes
10. John Wall (WAS) 54,366 votes

Western Conference
1. LeBron James (LAL) 1,083,363 votes
2. Luka Dončić (DAL) 679,839 votes
3. Kevin Durant (GSW) 659,968 votes
4. Anthony Davis (NOP) 605,417 votes
5. Paul George (OKC) 580,055 votes
6. Steven Adams (OKC) 261,327 votes
7. Nikola Jokić (DEN) 235,272 votes
8. Kyle Kuzma (LAL) 195,477 votes
9. Draymond Green (GSW),138,017 votes
10. DeMarcus Cousins (GSW) 92,977 votes

1. Stephen Curry (GSW) 793,111 votes
2. Derrick Rose (MIN) 698,086 votes
3. James Harden (HOU) 541,606 votes
4. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 459,792 votes
5. Klay Thompson (GSW) 247,618 votes
6. Damian Lillard (POR) 200,609 votes
7. DeMar DeRozan (SAS),197,524 votes
8. Lonzo Ball (LAL) 175,040 votes
9. Devin Booker (PHO) 111,897 votes
10. Chris Paul (HOU) 101,104 votes

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