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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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• 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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House Money: NBA Places Its Bets With MGM Resorts As Official Gaming Partner

By Barry Janoff

July 31, 2018: When the Supreme Court in May ruled to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, it opened the doors for a plethora of deals that had been hidden under tables.

The NBA, which has been at the forefront of pushing for legalized betting — and also to be compensated for the rights to use its statistics and data — has signed a multi-year partnership naming MGM Resorts International the official gaming partner of the NBA and WNBA.

The partnership is the NBA’s first with a sports betting operator in the U.S. and is the first of its kind between MGM Resorts and a major professional sports league.

The deal was unveiled by NBA commissioner Adam Silver and MGM Resorts International chairman and CEO Jim Murren at a media event in New York.

"Jim and I had an opportunity to spend a fair amount of time together in July when I was in Las Vegas for the Summer League and we said let’s take advantage of this opportunity to do something historic," said SIlver during the media event. "To enter into the first commercial partnership between a gaming establishment and the NBA."

MGM Resorts International had a hand up in signing the deal, having been title sponsor for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas for the past two seasons and also majority owner of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, which relocated from San Antonio for the 2018 season.

Among the layers in the alliance, MGM Resorts will have rights to use official NBA and WNBA data and branding, on a non-exclusive basis, “across MGM Resorts’ land-based and digital sports betting offerings throughout the U.S.”

Financial terms were not shared, but were put at $25 million over three years by industry analysts.

MGM Resorts and the NBA said they would partner on “best-in-class practices to protect the integrity of NBA and WNBA games, including anonymized real-time data sharing.”
 
The NBA and MGM Resorts will also work together to create a series of integrations across NBA platforms, including a special digital content series.
 
MGM Resorts will be promoted across the NBA’s digital assets, including NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA social media platform.

The NBA will be promoted across MGM Resorts’ sports betting platforms.

According to the NBA and MGM Resorts, “This historic partnership will bring millions of NBA fans and MGM Resorts guests together through an innovative collaboration that will open new and exciting opportunities to engage with each other’s world-class brands and products.”

“As the landscape for sports betting in the U.S. continues to evolve at a rapid pace, MGM Resorts is a proven gaming leader for us to work with on this groundbreaking partnership,” said Silver.

“Our collaboration will result in the best possible gaming and entertainment experience for consumers through the use of accurate, real-time NBA and WNBA data, and our collective efforts to maintain and enhance the integrity of our games.”

"Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to do something historic. To enter into the first commercial partnership between a gaming establishment and the NBA."

The NBA, then led by commissioner David Stern, had a serious situation ten years ago when Tim Donaghy, who was a league referee from 1994-2007, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony associated with charges that he had bet on NBA games, including those in which he officiated, and had provided outside sources with insider information such as the health of players and which refs would be assigned to which games.

The 2007 NBA All-Star Game was played in Las Vegas in UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center. The NBA did not allow wagering within the state of Nevada on the results of the game.

Under the Supreme Court ruling, each state is overseeing how, and if, legal sports betting would be conducted within their respective borders.

Silver, who became NBA commissioner in February 2014 and has held executive positions with the NBA since 1992, wrote an Op-Ed piece in The New York Times, published Nov. 13, 2014, “Legalize and Regulate Sports Betting.”

“Some estimate that nearly $400 billion is illegally wagered on sports each year.,” he wrote.

“There is an obvious appetite among sports fans for a safe and legal way to wager on professional sporting events.

“Let me be clear: Any new approach must ensure the integrity of the game. One of my most important responsibilities as commissioner of the NBA is to protect the integrity of professional basketball and preserve public confidence in the league and our sport. I oppose any course of action that would compromise these objectives.

“I believe that sports betting should be brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated,” wrote Silver.

According to Murren at the media event in New York, “The NBA has always been an innovator at the forefront of sports evolution, and MGM Resorts is thrilled to partner with the league to revolutionize sports betting in the United States.

“Integrating the NBA’s assets and having official NBA data showcased across the MGM Resorts platforms will provide us with a distinct advantage and instill more confidence in knowing that our data is directly from the NBA.”
 
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