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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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Apr022017

Cubs’ Bryzzo Souvenir Company Is Bigger, Badder, With More Dingers, Eddie Vedder

By Barry Janoff

April 1, 2017: It’s good to win the World Series, especially if you are the Chicago Cubs and it took 108 years.

And it pays to be a member of the Cubs if you want to build your own business.

Last season, under the umbrella campaign from MLB, "This," Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo opened the faux Bryzzo Souvenir Co., which offered to "help you to get the home run balls you deserve," with the tag, "We put the ding in dinger."

Response was so overwhelming —  the original TV spot has more than 300,000 views on YouTube; and the Cubs provided the company with a lot of product, hitting 199 regular season home runs last year (led by Bryant’s 39 and Rizzo’s 32) — that Bryzzo Souvenir is back for 2017.

Under MLB’s new umbrella campaign, "This Season On Baseball," Bryzzo has added new employees and even a jingle, courtesy of long-time Cubs fan and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder.

The campaign will air on ESPN, MLB Network, TBS, FOX Sports and FS1; with support on Internet, including MLB digital/social platforms and the Cubs’ home page.

Lead agency is Anomaly, MLB’s creative agency.

Among the new staff members are Cubs’ teammates Javier Báez, Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell; plus a guest appearance by retired catcher David Ross.

According to the company’s nonexistent financial statement, the plan this season is "Growing the Bryzzo Souvenir Co., (which) means hard work, new employees and wider circulation of their product . . . with widening distribution and developing new ideas for growth."

"It’s been a big year for the Bryzzo Souvenir Co. — demand is off the charts," Bryant and Rizzo explain in the spot. "More home runs means on thing: expansion."

The pair explain that they are looking at any and all opportunities. That includes offering not just home runs but also foul balls and possibly adding new partners, in this case Zorbrist, who hit 18 homers last season and proposes that the company change its name to BryzzoBrist.

Naturally, aggressive sales tactics are part of the plan. "You want 50 baseballs (shipped) to Puerto Rico," Russell says during a phone call. "I’ll get you 100 to Puerto Rico, that’s how much I like you."

Vedder, who has performed in front of millions of fans, is called in to write a jingle.

"I’m nervous but I think I’ve got something: Gone, gone home run, this one’s gonna go/Kiss it goodbye/That ball was Bryzzo’d!"

"I’m nervous," he says to Bryant and Rizzo, "but I think I’ve got something."

He then pounds a rock-style anthem on his acoustic guitar: "Gone, gone home run, this one’s gonna go/Kiss it goodbye/That ball was Bryzzo’d!"

Much to the delight of the company leaders, who offer, "The truth is, only one thing can get us to where we want to be: Hard work, big homers and interns (such as David Ross, seen packing boxes)."

Which actually is three things, but Bryant and Rizzo don’t care as they exclaim, "We put the ding in dingers!"

Additional spots, including more details on Vedder’s jingle pitch, Báez and Russell hard at work and Schwarber’s drive to be recognized as valuable member of the company, will be released during the season. 

MLB Unveils 'This Season On Baseball' Marketing Campaign

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