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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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ExxonMobil Puts Pedal To The Metal In New, Expanded Deal With Nascar

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

January 21, 2013: ExxonMobil, whose marketing roots with Nascar go back to 1978, as signed a multi-year partnership extension making Mobil 1 the “official motor oil" and also the “official lubricant technology partner" of Nascar through 2017.

Financial details of the alliance extension and expansion were not disclosed.

ExxonMobil said that 2013 would mark the 11th consecutive season in which the Mobil 1 brand has been an official partner of Nascar. The Mobil 1 brand’s history in motor sports officially began in 1978 with a sponsorship of Williams Formula One Racing Team.

Under terms of the new pact, Mobil 1 becomes "a contingency partner" across all Nascar national and touring series and continues as presenting sponsor of the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award and presenting sponsor of the Nascar Canadian Tire Series.

In addition, ExxonMobil and Nascar said they would launch a digital, branded content platform "that explores Nascar’s world-class automotive technology via the 'Nascar Automotive Technology Center Engineered by Mobil 1.'"

The online site, which will be part of the recently relaunched Nascar.com, will offer visitors "automotive technology-related information through original feature stories, photos, videos, a glossary of automotive and racing terms, plus social elements including fan polls."

ExxonMobil will also continue to support its Nascar alliance via multi-media marketing including TV, radio, print, Internet and such social media destinations as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

“As the lubricant technology of champion drivers and race teams, the renewed association between Mobil 1 and Nascar allows us to better engage motor sports fans by leveraging the excitement of racing,” Rebecca Aldred, global brand manager for Mobil 1, said in a statement, citing the launch of the Nascar Automotive Technology Center Engineered by Mobil 1. "Mobil 1 is the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand in no small part due to the commitment to supporting Nascar’s three national racing series.”

According to Jim O’Connell, chief sales officer, for Nascar, “We’re excited about continuing our partnership with ExxonMobil and helping extend the Mobil 1 brand’s rich legacy in our sport. As an extension of this partnership, both Nascar and Mobil 1 look forward to engaging fans through the newly created technology platform that promises to offer fans a unique perspective into the technology that drives this sport.”

In addition to Nascar, ExxonMobil said that Mobil 1 with racing squads and circuits including Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Formula One team, Corvette Racing’s American LeMans Series team, Tony Stewart Racing in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

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