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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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NBA Players-Refs Detail ‘Unprecedented’ All-Star Summit To Improve Relationship

By Barry Janoff

February 13, 2018: Tension between NBA players and NBA referees is not new.

What has happened this season, however, is that NBA players’ respect for NBA referees arguably seems to be at an all-time low.

At one point, Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green suggested that the NBA should get “a new crop of referees.”

He was fined for his words by the NBA, and managed to keep the green in his wallet after another game when, asked about the referees, declined to offer negative comments. “I’m going to save my money,” he told reporters.

At another point this season, Carmelo Anthony of the Oklahoma City Thunder said, “I’m done with the refs. No disrespect, but I’m done with these guys.”

They were far from alone.

In what was called “an unprecedented meeting” that will seek to ease tensions and create a clearer vision moving forward, representatives from the National Basketball Players Assn. and the National Basketball Referees Assn. will gather in private to discuss player-referee relations.

The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 17 in Los Angeles during All-Star Game break.

Although attendees were not shared, the NBPA executive committee includes Chris Paul (president), LeBron James (first vp), and vps Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Pau Gasol, Andre Iguodala and Garrett Temple.

According to the NBPA and the NBRA, “The two overriding objectives of the meeting will be furthering communication and transparency  —  two tenets of growing importance in a league with more exposure and attention than perhaps any other in the world.

“It is our shared belief that improvement in these areas will lead to enhanced on-court dynamics and will serve to create an environment characterized by utmost fairness and respect.”

“This meeting provides a rare opportunity for our players to talk directly with the referees off the court, away from the immediate pressures and emotions of the game,” Michele Roberts, NBPA executive director, said in a statement.

“We feel confident that this format will allow for a candid discussion of the issues and that each side will come away with a better understanding of the other’s perspective. It is our hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of an open dialogue that will ultimately lead to progress and improved conditions for all,” said Roberts.

According to NBRA spokesperson Mark Denesuk, “Everything we are focusing on in the meeting with the players is about creating a better experience for the fan. This initiative taken on by the players and referees demonstrates just how seriously we take this responsibility.”

Both sides said that, based on input from their respective members, they wouldl be prepared to “productively discuss strengths and frustrations, as well as ideas and solutions.”

"It is our hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of an open dialogue that will ultimately lead to progress and improved conditions for all."

Among the topics that are on the table for discussion:

• On-court communication and demeanor
• Perception in media, optics, and reality of issues between players and officials
• Respect For The Game rules, and their consistent enforcement
• Tactics for de-escalation of tension from each side
• Equality of treatment for all players and officials

“Night in and night out, the NBA is a showcase for the most competitive professionals in the world,” the NBPA and NBRA said in a  joint statement. “Our community of players, coaches and referees pursue excellence and the continuous improvement of our craft, always working toward the advancement of the game.

“Finding opportunities to work together, like this summit, is the beginning of a process — one that we hope and believe will yield positive results in the long run.”

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