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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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Apr062017

MLB Hits The Road With Old Dominion Freight In New Partnership Category

By Barry Janoff

(Originally Published in MediaPost)

April 6, 2017: For an organization whose executives and players are on the move as much as MLB, you would think having an official freight carrier would be a natural.

Not so, until now, as MLB signed a deal today naming Old Dominion Freight Line the "official freight carrier for Major League Baseball."

The category is a league-wide first for the league, according to an MLB spokesperson.

However, the Thomasville, NC- headquartered firm does have official partnerships with seven MLB teams.

Financial details of the alliance were not released.

Old Dominion Freight Line said the new MLB partnership with MLB would "generate greater awareness and comprehension of the Old Dominion brand, drive revenue and provide engagement opportunities for all Old Dominion employees."

Among its activation, Old Dominion Freight Line plans to introduce a fleet of some 30,000 trailers with "MLB branding and baseball imagery."

The company said it would also support the MLB pact with multi-platform marketing, including ads and promos across MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media’s digital properties including MLB.com and via MLB’s official accounts on a variety of social media platforms.

In addition, Old Dominion said it would have presence at MLB jewel events such as the All-Star Game in July and during the playoffs and World Series.

The alliance’s official coming-out party is expected to take place in Chicago on April 10 when the World Series champion Cubs host the Los Angeles Dodgers in a nationally televised night game on ESPN.

Old Dominion Freight Line said there would be "a special video celebrating the World Series Trophy and the new MLB partnership," likely with the Commissioner’s Trophy being delivered to the ballpark in an Old Dominion MLB-branded freight van.

OD is considered a premium less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier, meaning it transports items of 150 lbs. or less.

"Old Dominion is excited to partner with Major League Baseball, an organization that consistently shares similar values," David Carter, vp-marketing communications for Old Dominiond, said in a statement. "Baseball is America’s pastime with a rich history of growth, entertainment, and providing a deep connection with its fans.

"Greater awareness and comprehension of the Old Dominion brand, drive revenue and provide engagement opportunities for Old Dominion employees."

"Old Dominion has grown exponentially in its 83-year history from a family run business to the leading LTL carrier in the country. Both organizations value hard work, exceptionalism and performance," said Carter.

Old Dominion MLB club partnerships include the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets and Texas Rangers.

According to Noah Garden, eva-business for MLB, "Old Dominion is an American success story with a strong reputation built on reliability and keeping promises. We are excited that Old Dominion is expanding its commitment to baseball and showcasing the partnership across a massive fleet of trailers around the country."

This marks MLB’s third new deal over the past week, including the league’s first official hot dog, Nathan’s Famous; and unveiling Coca-Cola as MLB’s official soft drink, replacing Pepsi.

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