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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 Sets New Season Total Attendance Record: Tops 22M For First Time

By Barry Janoff

April 12, 2018: The Houston Rockets finished the 2017-18 regular season with the most wins (65), LeBron James with the most points (2,251), Andre Drummond with the most rebounds (1,247) and Russell Westbrook as the assist leader (820), but the NBA itself had the really big number: 22,124,559.

The NBA this past season set all-time records for total attendance (for the fourth consecutive season), average attendance and sellouts.

The league surpassed the 22 million mark for the first time, reaching a total of 22,124,559 in attendance. That topped last year’s record of 21,997,412. 
 
The new regular-season record for average attendance reached 17,987, passing the previous high of 17,884 in 2016-17.

In addition, the 2017-18 regular season set a sellout record of 741, exceeding the previous mark of 723 (in 2015-16 and 2016-17).

The league is driving big numbers on TV, as well. TNT said its NBA on TNT game telecasts averaged 1.7 million, its most-watched NBA regular season coverage since 2013-14.

ESPN said its NBA viewership for the 2017-18 NBA regular season was up across platforms..

ESPN averaged 1,628,000 viewers across its 87-game schedule this season (the most games ESPN has ever aired during the regular season), up 4% from 1,566,000 last season.

ESPN said its NBA game audience was up in all of the following key demos

• M25-54 +16%
• P25-54+ 10%
• M18-49+  9%
• M18-34 +5% 
• P18-34+ 4%

According to Burke Magnus, ESPN evp-programming & scheduling, “It was a compelling NBA season from start to finish with the emergence of new NBA championship contenders, more star power and some terrific, top n

Entering the post-season, the NBA said that team rosters (active and inactive) for the 2018 NBA playoffs would feature a record 62 international players from a record 33 countries.

All 16 teams competing in the playoffs will feature at least one international player.

The Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers have an NBA-high seven international players each. The Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs each have six. The Spurs’ 2014 NBA Championship team featured a record nine international players during the playoffs.
 
The most-represented countries among the 62 international players on playoff rosters are France and Australia (seven players each), followed by Canada (four players), Spain (four players), Turkey, Croatia, Cameroon and Brazil (three players each). 

Among other highlights from the 2017-18 regular season:  

NBAStore.com established a new record this season with overall sales up 25% over the 2016-17 season.
 
NBA League Pass set a record for worldwide digital subscriptions, up 63 percent over last season, after introducing new features this year including in-arena coverage during all breaks, a new season long virtual reality subscription package, monthly pricing options and Spanish-language video for select games.

The league surpassed the 22 million mark for the first time, reaching a total of 22,124,559 in attendance. That topped last year’s record of 21,997,412.
 
• The league established new records across social media this season for actions (+25%, 808 million) and video views (+43%, 11 billion).

• Since the end of the 2016-17 regular season, the NBA said that 8.7 million new followers have joined the NBA’s social media community.

• Overall, the league has more than 1.5 billion likes and followers combined across all league, team, and player social platforms worldwide.

The NBA said that LeBron James is the most-followed American athlete on social media among the four major U.S. sports, with more than 100 million followers combined across Facebook (23 million), Twitter (41 million) and Instagram (36 million).

By comparison, actor/WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has more than 173 million followers across those three social media channels: Facebook (57.3 million), Twitter (12.8 million) and Instagram (103 million).

Highest NBA Regular-Season Total Attendances All-Time
1. 2017-18: 22,124,559
2. 2016-17: 21,997,412
3. 2015-16: 21,972,129
4. 2014-15: 21,926,548
5. 2006-07: 21,841,480
 
Highest NBA Regular-Season Average Attendances All-Time
1. 2017-18: 17,987
2. 2016-17: 17,884
3. 2015-16: 17,864
4. 2014-15: 17,826
5. 2006-07: 17,757

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