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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jul122018

MLB Makes It Clear: Biometric Ticketing Technology Is Here, Beginning At ASG

By Barry Janoff

July 12, 2018: Clear, a New York-based firm that has developed a biometric identity technology for security, ticketing and other consumer platforms, has signed a deal to become the official biometric identity and ticketing partner with MLB.

The ticketing technology, created in conjunction with Tickets.com, a MLB wholly owned ticketing technology company, offers people a “faster, more secure entry experience” by using “biometrics to enter ballparks, eliminating the need to present a paper or mobile ticket,” as well as at concession stands and other consumer touch-points.

Financial terms of the pact were not releases.
 
According to Clear, “Enter the game like a V.I.P. Say goodbye to waiting in security lines. With Clear, you are your ticket.”

The technology will be used during MLB All-Star Week for events in Nationals Park in Washington DC, where a dedicated entrance near the third base side of the stadium will allow Clear members to enter.

Clear will also have two enrollment stations outside the stadium.

MLB and Clear said the biometric ticketing technology would be tested at select MLB ballparks later this season, with broader roll-out to Clear and Tickets.com-enabled ballparks beginning in 2019.

Tickets.com is the primary ticketing partner for 23 MLB clubs.

The technology allows Clear members who link their Clear profile with their MLB.com account to gain entry “with just the tap of a finger or, in the near future, facial recognition technology . . . enabling fans to pay for food, beer and validate legal age.”

Clear said its ongoing expansion in sports builds on the company’s success in “delivering secure, frictionless customer experiences in major airports around the country.”

Clear said it is certified as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Our collaboration with Clear is an important new technology initiative, delivering safe, simple and seamless experiences for fans,” Noah Garden, evp-business for MLB, said in a statement.

“Developing a partnership that will unify emerging identity technology and ticketing is reflective of our commitments to always improving ballpark accessibility and maintaining critical security standards.”

Clear said it is also working with MLB to roll out Clear Lanes at ballparks hosting MLB Jewel Events after All-Star Week, including post-season games at participating ballparks.

Participating Clear MLB  teams and their home venues currently include the Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners.

Among its 13 professional sports partnerships are MLS’ NYCFC (which plays in Yankee Stadium), LAFC and the San Jose Earthquakes, according to Clear.

Enrollment for Clear Sports is free at any participating venue, takes less than five minutes and can be used at the game immediately. (Details here.)

"We are thrilled to partner with MLB to make game days more enjoyable and secure for fans with biometric ticketing,” Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO & co-founder for Clear.

“We look forward to continuing to innovate alongside the League and the sports community to transform the fan experience from ticketing to concessions and more.”

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