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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Mar272018

When NBA Action Gets Intense, New League Pass Plan Will Let You Pay To Stay

By Barry Janoff

March 27, 2018: If you want to just watch the parts of NFL games in which teams are nearing the goal line, you can turn in to NFL RedZone.

Beginning next season, if you want to just watch the fourth quarter of an intense basketball game in which the action is either on a crescendo pace or likely to end with a player or team making league history, the NBA has a plan for you.

Stating that "We are giving the fans what they want,” the NBA and media partner Turner Sports have unveiled a strategy under which people can pay to watch portions of a live out-of-market game on NBA League Pass at a price much lower than current full-game and package plans.

The plan would be conducted via NBA Digital, operated by the NBA and Turner, through which NBA League Pass would offer an “innovative, first-of-its-kind experience” that allows people to purchase and watch parts of live NBA games in-progress at a reduced cost as compared to paying to watch an entire game.

The new NBA League Pass offering would provide fans with real-time access to live NBA action including “pivotal match-ups, record-setting performances and incredible comebacks.”

“With this huge social media platform that we have, you can be on Facebook. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and you see that James Harden is going for 60 points, and you may not be watching the Houston Rockets game, but now it’s the fourth quarter and you want to see how many points he scores,” Adam Silver, commissioner for the NBA, said during a media event in New York to unveil the concept.

“Or if Stephon Curry is going for a record, or Russell Westbrook is going for another triple-double, with a micro-transaction, you can get a portion of that game.

“For us, it was really a matter of bringing the fans what they want.”

The new offering will be available for all NBA League Pass games beginning with the 2018-19 regular season via the NBA App and NBA.com.

Turner also introduced “Bleacher Report Live” as its new live sports streaming service, which will offer the new NBA League Pass concept as part of its platform.

“This is one of the most innovative ideas that has come out in some time: Consumers, fans can actually purchase portions of an NBA game at a reduced price,” said David Levy, president for Tuner Sports.

According to Silver, “People can still get full games at $7, although we are still experimenting with pricing, but the idea, to take page from the virtual world of video games, where there are micro-transactions, now people can watch portions of a game most important to them and when it is convenient for them.

“Let’s say a game starts at 7:30 and they know they’re free for 15 minutes and interested in watching a portion of a live NBA game. It might not be a fair consumer proposition that a fan needs to pay $7 when they know they only have time to watch five or 10 minutes of a game,” said Silver.

Additional details on the new product feature and pricing will be shared at a later date.

NBA League Pass currently offers people a full array of options including a traditional, comprehensive full-season package, along with NBA League Pass Premium, Team Pass and Single Game.

“But if a fan only has time to watch five or ten minutes of a game, it may not feel like a fair proposition to pay $7 for the entire game,” said Silver. “Under this notion of micro-transactions, let’s sell the fans what they want.

“This is one of the most innovative ideas that has come out in some time: Consumers can actually purchase portions of an NBA game at a reduced price."

“We are experimenting with pricing, but the notion is that, let’s say for 99¢, you can get five or ten minutes of a game, then pay again if you can come back later in the game,” said Silver.

According to Levy, “We believe in that. We send out alerts on Bleacher Report if there is a close game. Now you can go to B/R Live and get it.

“The distribution of content continues to evolve and Turner has invested in creating and delivering premium, multi-platform experiences including our soon-to-be-launched B/R Live sports streaming service,” said Levy.

Levy said that Turner’s long-standing partnership with the NBA “has been led by a shared vision to provide fans with the most engaging experiences that match a wide variety of viewing preferences. This is a game-changing initiative to provide fans with personalized access to premium NBA content.

“From games on TNT and NBA TV or the volume of out-of-market games through NBA League Pass, to the defining moments of a thrilling matchup with a compelling story arc, we’ll have it covered,” said Levy.

“This offering is a new and exciting way for fans to experience live NBA action," said Silver. "Turner Sports shares our commitment to innovation and to making our games even more accessible.”

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