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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.”

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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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'Money' Says Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao II Is En Route In ’18: Could It Top $400M?

By Barry Janoff

September 15, 2018: Don’t call it a comeback, call it a possible $400 million sequel.

For those people who have been aching for a rematch of the Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.-Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao fight of May 2, 2015, Mayweather Jr. himself says it is going to happen — this year.

Mayweather Jr. on Saturday (Sept. 15) posted this to his Instagram account:

“Floydmayweather I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another 9 figure pay day on the way @mayweatherpromotions.”

The text was accompanied by a short video showing the two fighters apparently running into each by accident other during the Soca Weekend Music Festival in Tokyo.

In the video, the two men are relatively playful, with Mayweather Jr. egging Pacquiao on about a fight, yelling “Easy money.”

Pacquiao points to his waist and says, “I have the belt,” a reference to his most recent fight, in July, when he defeated Lucas Matthysse to win a WBA welterweight title (and register his first knockout victory since 2009).

To which Mayweather Jr. replies, “The belt?! I’ll take if from you like I did before . . . (and) I don’t want to hear about your shoulder hurting,” referring to a reason Pacquiao gave following their fight in 2015 as to why he lost to Mayweather Jr.

In a separate video posted on Pacquiao’s Facebook page, Mayweather Jr. boasts about staging the rematch — tentatively scheduled for December, most likely in Las Vegas — saying, “Easy work. Easy work, baby. He don’t want it.  I’m coming back in December. We gonna get the payday. . . . December. I think I need to make that comeback.”

Pacquiao responded, “50-1. #No excuses.”

Like their first bout, the rematch, if and/or when it happens, is expected to come with lots of marketing and hype.

Lead sponsor for Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao I was Tecate. Marketing partners also included the Mexican Tourism Board, Paramount Pictures and Smart Communications. Sponsorship revenue topped $13 million, according to analysts.

Multi-media support included TV, print, radio, Internet, social media and fighter activation.

The 39-year-old Pacquiao’s record is 60-7-2.

The 41-year-old undefeated Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) has fought twice since the Pacquiao meeting, defeating Andre Berto in 2015 and Conor McGregor in August 2017.
 
The 2015 Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight, staged in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, was won by Mayweather Jr. via a unanimous decision.

That fight topped $400 million in gross revenue, according to industry analysts. Mayweather’s bout with MMA-specialist-turned-boxer McGregor topped $600 million.

The Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight was on PPV, jointly produced by HBO and Showtime, the respective rights-holders of Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr., setting a PPV record of 4.6 million buys.

Mayweather Jr. came out of the fight about $200 million richer, Pacquiao about $120 million in the green.

Showtime Sports said its Showtime PPV presentation of Mayweather Jr.-McGregor in 2017 generated 4.3 million PPV buys in North America, the second largest PPV event of all time behind Mayweather Jr.-Pacquiao.

Mayweather Jr. took home at least an estimated $300 million, McGregor an estimated $100 million, according to industry analysts.

Mayweather Jr. has been busy recently promoting his chain of Mayweather Boxing + Fitness locations, which he plans to open nationwide and internationally.

Pacquiao is a leading political figure is his native Philippines and is said to be considering running for president in 2022.

Boxing itself has been on the upswing this year, with the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin middleweight bout in Las Vegas this weekend (Sept. 15) drawing major attention. (Editor's note: Won by Alavarez via majority decision.)

Recent major deals have included Perform Group signing an eight-year $1 billion alliance with Matchroom Boxing to show fights in the U.S. on Perform's DAZN live- and on-demand streaming platform; and ESPN extending its deal with Top Rank.

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