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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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Jul262018

Mayweather Jr. Makes Boxing + Fitness Franchise Offer: Can You Refuse?

By Barry Janoff

July 25, 2018: Like The Godfather, Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to make an offer at least some people can’t refuse.

To coincide with the Franchise Grand Opening event on July 28 atf the flagship location for Mayweather Boxing + Fitness —  “a best-in-class fitness experience created by the most successful boxer of all time” — Mayweather Jr. is offering franchises “to qualified individuals” with two options.

Open a new Mayweather Boxing + Fitness studio location “for as little as $200,000” or convert an existing fitness business into a Mayweather Boxing + Fitness studio “for as little as $70,000.”

According to Mayweather Jr., to demonstrate his “passion to help businesses and support the community,” he will waive “the entire franchise fee to help existing qualified gyms convert their business into a Mayweather Boxing + Fitness studio.”

Mayweather Jr. unveiled the global business venture and its structured franchise model following his victorious fight against Conor McGregor in August 2017.  The Los Angeles location opened in late January.

"We're looking for motivated people who share our passion for bringing best-in-class fitness to the world stage," Mayweather Jr. said in a statement. "Our goal is to have Mayweather Boxing & Fitness studios in neighborhoods all over the world, providing fitness programs for anyone who wants to train more effectively."

Mayweather Jr. doesn’t need the money, but he likes the money, which is why he is No. 1 on the lists of not just the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes but Highest-Paid Celebrities from Forbes, with $275 million in winnings and another $10 million from endorsements in 2017, mostly associated with the McGregor bout.

Not all of it goes into his lavish lifestyle. He founded and is a major supporter of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation, whose mission is to ”empower community alliances, impact youth leadership, promote health and wellness, and strengthen family foundations through community development, entrepreneurialism, and education resulting in a wholesome community.

According to Mayweather Jr., “Emblematic of (my) passion for family, fitness and community, the new enterprise is grounded in the philosophy that fitness levels shouldn't be determined by socioeconomic status, and that everyone should have access to, and benefit from, elite fitness resources.”

The Los Angeles location supports the Gloves Over Guns youth program by providing  “mentoring and coaching for youth in school affected by gangs, crime and peer pressure.”

"Boxing fitness is an on-trend, accessible and highly effective workout," James Williams, CEO of Mayweather Boxing & Fitness, said in a statement.

"With the launch of our franchise program, we are providing entrepreneurs across the world with a system to capitalize on the rapid increase in demand of boxing group fitness, all under the brand that represents the gold standard in boxing. “

"Fitness levels shouldn't be determined by socioeconomic status . . . everyone should have access to, and benefit from, elite fitness resources.”

Williams said the flagship location “has experienced tremendous success and became profitable within its first three months of opening.

“This is a testament to the business infrastructure we have in place, which we are now rolling out through our franchise program,” said Williams.

According to Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, each studio will offer class-based boxing and functional training workouts for all levels of fitness, along with advanced tech features, including individual Virtual Reality sessions, heart rate monitoring and daily workout videos.

The undefeated (50-0) boxer said he is revealing for the first time his “training and fitness methods that kept him on top of the boxing profession for more than 20 years.”

The VR experience features a virtual Mayweather Jr. coaching individual users through routines that “kept him at the top of his game throughout his boxing career, providing an incredibly fun and effective cardio workout.”

The Mayweather Boxing + Fitness flagship studio, located on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, is scheduled to have its Franchise Grand Opening event July 28 (8 AM PT) with a public event including a ribbon cutting ceremony, giveaways and classes.

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