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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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Jan282018

NBA Says ’Xin Nian Kuai Le’ With Games, Marketing, Merchandise, Kyrie, AD, Kawhi

By Barry Janoff

January 27, 2018: As people say at this time of year, “Xin Nian Kuai Le” and “Gong Hey Fat Choy” (Cantonese).

Chinese New Year 2018 begins Feb. 16 and runs through March 2, and the NBA, in what has become an annual tradition now in its seventh season, has unveiled a multi-platform effort for the Year of the Dog festivities.

This year, however, the league is going bigger than ever for the NBA Chinese New Year Celebration 2018 presented by Dongfeng Nissan, including a record 12 NBA teams hosting in-arena activities,  a record 93 games to be broadcast in Greater China and a trio of stars appearing in creative: Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics) and Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs).

NBA Chinese New Year Celebration 2018 presented by Dongfeng Nissan is also supported by official partners Vivo and Mission Hills.

The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets will wear Nike City Edition uniforms with Chinese characters and symbolism inspired by Chinese culture to pay tribute to Chinese fans for a total of 12 games.

In addition, among the dozen NBA teams hosting Chinese New Year-themed celebrations in their home arenas are the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.

Marketing is anchored by a TV spot under the league’s umbrella “This is Why We Play” theme, “Fireworks,” in which kids celebrating Chinese New Year in their neighborhood encounter, in separate versions, Davis, Irving and Leonard, who seem to magically appear from nowhere to join in on the festivities.

“Make this Chinese New Year more magical with the NBA,” offers a voiceover.

The three versions of the spot will air through March 3 across NBA’s media partners in the U.S.as well as NBA China’s television and digital partners’ platforms, including NBA.com/China, the NBA App and the league’s social media channels in China.

Nets guard Jeremy Lin will be featured in a ten-minute documentary, Jeremy Lin: Roots, following his recent journey to Pinghu, China, the home of his maternal grandmother.

The documentary will air across NBA China’s TV and digital partners. On Feb. 6, the NBA’s Weibo account is scheduled feature a live stream with Lin as he participates in a traditional Chinese New Year dinner and answers questions from fans, according to the league.

During the NBA Chinese New Year Celebration, people in Greater China will be able to watch 93 games with live broadcasts on CCTV, Tencent, BesTV, Guangdong TV, GreatSports, Videoland, ELTA, Eleven Sports and LeSports (HK).

As part of the NBA Cares initiative, NBA China — in partnership with the China Youth Development Foundation and Spalding — will donate sports and educational equipment to three legacy projects in Yunnan, Hunan and Beijing; and Spalding basketballs to elementary school students in each of China’s 34 provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions and special administrative zones.

Former NBA player Jason Williams is scheduled to begin the NBA Cares Season of Giving festivities presented by Dongfeng Nissan in China on Jan. 29 with a donation of sports equipment and a music room to underprivileged students in Lijiang, Yunnan.

Williams is then scheduled o host two Chinese New Year celebrations and basketball clinics for a group of Special Olympics athletes in Shanghai in the NBA Playzone (Jan. 31) and at Shanghai Yumiao migrant school (Feb. 1).

The NBA has created a  mini-site via NBA Qiu Mi Quan (NBA China’s fan loyalty program), where visitors can access content, play the “New Year Dunk” red envelope game and register for an NBA Qiu Mi Quan account for the chance to win such prize as NBA jerseys and tickets to The Finals and NBA China Games.

The NBA’s entity that conducts all of the league’s businesses in Greater China was formed in January 2008 after its first office opened in Hong Kong in 1992.

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