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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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Channel Chasers

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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Mar292013

It's Not Complicated: AT&T Replaces Kids With NBA Icons For March Madness

By Barry Janoff

March 29, 2013: AT&T is revamping its think tank group of young kids with NBA icons Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell in the new round of "It's Not Complicated" ads.

The spots will break over the weekend during the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament, airing on CBS and TBS.

The campaign, which broke last year, features a series of first grade kids sitting around a classroom table and "spontaneously" answering questions from an adult moderator relating to AT&T's 4G network, such as, "Is being able to do two things better than one" and "Would you rather go big or go home?"

AT&T is a corporate partner of the NCAA, which made the basketball tie-in organic. AT&T went with the four NBA legends because "these four former players know, first-hand, the value of being bigger and faster — just like AT&T’s wireless network."

They also know March Madness. Johnson was on the 1979 Michigan State team that defeated Bird's Indiana State squad for the NCAA title; Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor) was a member of three UCLA championship squads (1967-68-69); and Russell led the University of San Francisco to titles in 1955-56.

AT&T broke an "It's Not Complicated" spot during March Madness with a hoops theme, in which the kids were asked, "In basketball, is doing two things at the same time better than doing one thing?" The kids yell, "Yes!!" When asked for an example, they come up with a "pickle roll" (pick-and-roll), in which you "kick the pickle and it splatters all over the other person."

In "Slow Break," the four NBA Hall of Famers are asked, "In basketball, is it better to be faster or slower?" In unison, they reply, "Faster."

"A quick team creates more scoring opportunities," explains Abdul-Jabbar.

"Well," replies the moderator, "they don't call it a 'slow break.'"

Smiles Magic, "In Larry's case, maybe they do," referring to Bird's infamous lack of speed during his playing days.

When the other guys laugh, Bird moans, "It's like I don't have feelings," which inspires the moderator to give him a hug." (See the full spot here.)

In "Up Top," the moderator asks, "In basketball, is it better to be bigger or smaller?" The four guys respond, "Bigger." "Like us," adds Magic. The moderator, who is about a foot shorter than anyone else at the table, offers, "Uh, yeah, like us." Then he says, "Up top," offering to give a high-five. The problem: He has to stand tall to reach the extended hands of the hoop stars even as they remain seated. (See the full spot here.)

Both spots end with a voiceover stating, "It's not complicated. Bigger is better. And AT&T has the nation's largest 4G network."  Lead agency is BBDO, NY.

AT&T has been supporting the 2013 version of March Madness with TV, social media, a mobile app and on-site activation. The company will have a major presence during Final Four weekend in Atlanta, including the AT&T Block Party, the AT&T Fan Zone and title sponsorship of Conan State University, founded by TBS' Conan O'Brien.

AT&T will also have significant presence during the women's Final Four in New Orleans.

This season's March Madness tournament is averaging 9 million viewers, the highest since the 10.3 million in 1993, according to CBS and Turner Sports.

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