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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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Mar152017

Loot Crate Brings The Heat To MLB With Launch Of Sports Crate Collectibles

By Barry Janoff

March 15, 2017: With the 2017 baseball season just weeks away, MLB has found a way to bring the game and its players right to the homes of fans, including Jon Lester, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner.

MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Assn. have signed a deal with Loot Crate, which delivers monthly packages of unique goodies and memorabilia to subscribers via aliances with Marvel, Cartoon Network, Overwatch and others — often timed to the release of new movies, video games or other high-profile events — naming its new Sports Crate line as the exclusive licensed subscription box of MLB.

The alliance was unveiled during the Toy Fair in New York last month, but was shared in detail this week by Loot Crate and MLB.

This is the second sports-themed alliance for Los Angeles-based Loot Crate, which has a monthly Slam Crate via a deal with WWE, which began this past October.

Sports Crate will launch this month with ten MLB teams and add more teams later this year.

According to Los Angeles-based Loot Crate, "Think of us as your own personal equipment manager, except we won’t wash your sweat stains. But we will send you five-to-seven team-specific items every month that you can’t get anywhere else. Gear, collectibles and a whole lot more."

Loot Crate said that the premiere Sports Crate would have a "Bringing the Heat" theme, including a "highly collectible, exclusive action figure of the respective team's starting pitcher, along with everything a fan needs to 'bring it' on Opening Day."

Each subsequent box will have its own theme, potentially including BBQ and Road Warrior.

The initial Sports Crate for respective teams includes an action figure of:

• Rick Porcello Boston Red Sox
• Jon Lester Chicago Cubs (pictured)
• Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers
• Danny Duffy Kansas City Royals
• Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
• Noah Syndergaard New York Mets
• Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees
• Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
• Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
• Cole Hamels Texas Rangers

In addition, Loot Crate said its Sports Crates would contain “VIP one-of-the-kind experiences (such as) attending a Boston Red Sox game" in Fenway Park.

"Sports Crate, and the fans it will serve, is an exciting step for our company as we explore new and exciting ways to celebrate being a fan, no matter what you're passionate about," Chris Davis, CEO for Loot Crate, which was founded in 2012, said in a statement.

"Sports Crate is like getting a care package from your favorite team every month, and we are humbled by the opportunity to share in that experience for sports fans worldwide," said Davis.

Subscriptions start at $39.99 (including shipping). Loot Crate said it has two payment options: monthly and season-long. (Details here.)

The company said the advantage to a season pass is a discount in price "and an additional figure. Plus, there may be more benefits to be announced!"

Loot Crate said it has more than 650,000 subscribers — affectionately referred to as "Looters" — which is up from about 600,000 in mid-2016.

Loot Crate partnerships also include Nickelodeon, Halo, Minecraft, Harry Potter, Mass Effect, Fallout and Sanrio.

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