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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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Jersey Score: Chicago Cubs, Bryant Rule Again With Top-Selling MLB Jerseys

By Barry Janoff

April 21, 2017: According to the 25th annual Sports Fan Loyalty Index from research and consulting firm Brand Keys, NY, the Chicago Cubs have the most loyal fans in MLB.

Not only that, but Robert Passikoff, founder and president of Brand Keys, the Cubs win in the 2016 World Series was a key factor in MLB dethroning the NFL after a decade as No. 1 in fan loyalty.

"People like Cubs fans can now say, 'All that time I put into supporting my team, and they win the World Series, isn’t that the greatest thing ever!'" said Passikoff.

The excitement surrounding the Cubs is also being translated in merchandise and financial terms.

Four of the top five best-selling MLB jerseys between the World Series and MLB’s 2017 Opening Day belong to players on the Cubs, according to MLB and the MLB Players Assn., based on sales of Majestic jerseys at MLBShop.com.

The Cubs also have the best-selling cap and the most popular search on MLBShop.com: 2017 Gold Jerseys & Gear.

The jersey list is topped by Cubs third baseman and reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant, followed by Cubs 1st baseman Anthony Rizzo, with Cubs infielder Javier Báez at No. 4 and Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber at No. 5,

The one non-Cub: pitcher Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers at No. 3.
 
Not by coincidence, all four of the Cubs appear in a new MLB spot for the Bryzzo Souvenir Company, named for its "owners," Bryant and Rizzo.

Bryant has had the most popular MLB jersey since the start of the 2015 season, according to MLB.

The Top Ten also includes Noah Syndergaard (New York Mets), Corey Seager (Dodgers), Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees) and AL MVP Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels).

MLB said that Trout’s jersey has appeared on every top-selling list since his MLB debut in 2012.

There are several first-timers on the new list, including Báez, Schwarber, Seager, Sanchez, Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (No. 14) and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (No. 16).

In addition, the average age of players on this list is 26 1/2 — more than 1.5 years younger than any previous list’s mean age, per MLB.

MLB did not release specific sales figures.

Top-Selling MLB Jerseys

(November 2016-April 2017)
1. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
2. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
3. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Javier Báez Chicago Cubs
5. Kyle Schwarber Chicago Cubs
6. Noah Syndergaard New York Mets
7. Corey Seager Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
9. Gary Sanchez New York Yankees
10. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
11. Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
12. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
13. Yoenis Cespedes New York Mets
14. Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox
15. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
16. Francisco Lindor Cleveland Indians
17. Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
18. Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
19. Jose Altuve Houston Astros
20. Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays
SOURCE: MLB

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