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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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MLB, ESPN To Air ‘Shred Hate’ Anti-Bullying Campaign With Stars During Post-Season

By Barry Janoff

September 27, 2018: Nolan Arenado, Javier Báez, Mookie Betts, Sean Doolittle, Aaron Judge, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Mike Trout  and Justin Verlander would make a formidable roster if they pooled their talent on one team.

They have, not on the playing field, but as part of an anti-bullying campaign, “Shred Hate," under the auspices of non-profit group No Bully and with the support of partners MLB and ESPN.

The PSA campaign is anchored by a spot, “Join Our Team,” in which the players urge people to join the anti-bully movement, which is being highlighted in October during National Bullying Prevention Month.

A separate spot starring 2017 World Series MVP George Springer is another a key element in the MLB component of the campaign.

“Join Our Team’ will break on ESPN during its MLB coverage this week, then run on its coverage of the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook  (Oct. 2).

“Join Our Team” and the Springer spot (pictured) will air throughout October during MLB post-season games on-air and at Web sites including MLB.com, MLB club sites and PlayBall.org.

Support includes social media with the hash tag #ShredHate and activation on-site at MLB post-season games.

Shred Hate is a joint program among MLB, ESPN and its X Games platform, "striving to put an end to bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness."

In addition to MLB and ESPN, No Bully partners include Abercrombie & Fitch, Burger King, the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, Hasbro and Toms.

“We are incredibly appreciative of each of these All-Stars, whose participation in this campaign to end bullying will have an impact on children throughout our country for years to come,” Billy Bean, vp and special assistant to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, said via the league.

“Our sport has a unique opportunity to impact lives and help our youth re-define the school experience through the foundations of respect, kindness and dignity. We are fortunate to have some of baseball’s very best join us as we continue to battle against this epidemic.” 

Shred Hate was launched in January 2017 at X Games Aspen.

According to San Francisco-based No Bully, it has since reached nearly 30,000 students; and the No Bully System methodology, which is implemented in schools through the Shred Hate initiative, has been able to remediate more than 90% of bullying instances.

Numerous MLB clubs currently support Shred Hate in-school bullying prevention efforts, including the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals.

“I went through the ups and downs from being made fun of, “ said Springer, who has continued to overcome his own personal experience with a stutter, and has been a major advocate for The Stuttering Association for the Young) while also regularly speaking out against bullying.

“Sports allowed me to do and be who I wanted to be, to participate and speak freely, and to come out of my shell. I want kids and adults to be themselves. Being who you want to be, and being who you are, is the most important thing in this world. Don’t let anybody stop you from that.”

According to Judge, “I don’t want to be defined only as a baseball player. There are a lot of things off the field that make me who I am.

"I want to be someone that helps spread the message that every kid should feel respected and understood. That’s the kind of mark I want to leave. I want to be a positive influence and a role model for kids.”

Lindor spoke for all the players when he said, “Shred Hate is delivering a really important message.

“Over ten million kids per year are targets of bullying in schools and even more are targeted on social media. No one deserves to be bullied and it’s up to all of us to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

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