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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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Jul272018

NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks New $500M Arena Now Has A $100M Name: Fiserv Forum

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2018: Beginning with the 2018-19 NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks will have a new arena.

Now, the arena that will be home to the exploits of Bucks' All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo has a name: Fiserv Forum.

Fiserv, a global provider of financial technology and payment solutions based in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, has signed a 25-year deal for exclusive naming rights to the new venue.

The venue will be home to the Bucks as well as the Marquette University Golden Eagles men’s basketball team.

Financial naming rights details were not released. The cost of the venue, which had gone under the working title of Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, was put at $524 million.

The Bucks franchise is valued a just over $1 billion, 37th among all NBA teams, according to Forbes.

Industry analysts say naming rights deals to NBA arenas average between $4-$6 million per year, which would put the Fiserv deal at between $120-$150 million.

At the high end, however, the Golden State Warriors have a venue currently under construction in San Francisco for which JPMorgan Chase has acquired naming rights, to be known as Chase Center for a planned opening in time for the 2019-20 season.

That naming rights deal was put at $300 million over 20 years by analysts, $15 million annually.

Late last year Capital One acquired naming rights for the Washington Wizards venue that had been known as Verizon Center in a deal valued at $100 million over ten years by analysts.

Also among recent NBA venue naming rights deals, Golden 1 Credit Union in 2015 signed a 20-year pact for an estimated $120 million for the Sacramento Kings home building.

Among established naming rights deals, Boston Celtics owenrship has a 20-year deal with TD Bank, signed in 2005, valued at just over $119 million; Barclays in 2012 signed a 20-year naming rights deal valued at $200 million for the Nets home arena in Brooklyn, NY; United Airlines in 2013 renewed its naming rights deal for the home site of the Chicago Bulls for an estimated $100 million over 20 years; and American Airlines has a 30-year deal, which expires in 2030, valued at $195 million for the arena that is home to the Dallas Mavericks.

The new venue is located north from the BMO Harris Bradley Center, where the team has played for the past 30 seasons.

Fiserv Forum is scheduled to have a public grand opening party on Aug. 28,

The Killers will headline the grand opening concert on Sept. 4.

More than 200 entertainment and other events are being booked annually.

The franchise is coming off a season-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, which included special events, guests, memorabilia (pictured below) and other activation.

‘“We are excited to partner with the Milwaukee Bucks to create an unprecedented opportunity to elevate our brand as one of the world’s leading providers of financial technology and payment services,” Jeff Yabuki, president and CEO for Fiserv, said in a statement.

“We also expect this arrangement to further differentiate our brand in support of our purpose of delivering value and excellence to our clients every day.”

Fiserv Forum includes 17,500 seats for basketball and up to 18,000 for concerts, with 34 luxury suites and three clubs.

The arena is the centerpiece of a 30-acre business, residential, cultural and entertainment revitalization in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.

Founding Partners for Fiserv Forum include BMO Harris Bank, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Johnson Controls and Miller Brewing Company.

For its money, Fiserv’s logo will be prominently featured on the exterior façade, playing surface, rooftop and throughout the facility.

Other marketing support is being planned but was not detailed.

Among the events booked for the inaugural year are Justin Timberlake, Pink, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and the Foo Fighters.

According to Bucks owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan, “It was clear from the start of our conversations that the Bucks and Fiserv align perfectly in our goals for innovation and leadership, and carry the same passion for excellence.

“As Fiserv Forum becomes an internationally recognized venue, we are excited to be an instrumental part of furthering Fiserv’s brand as a leader in its industry. Fiserv Forum will be the entertainment and sporting heart of our city and will deliver memorable experiences for fans and families in Wisconsin for generations to come.”

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