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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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NBA, Verizon Expand Alliance With Exclusive Content, Live-Stream Offerings

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

Janaury 17, 2018:
The NBA has unveiled what it called an innovative, multi-year partnership with Verizon intended to deliver “one of the most comprehensive video streaming offerings of NBA content — including live out-of-market games via NBA League Pass to highlights, fantasy basketball and original programming — on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Fantasy and across Verizon’s family of media brands.”

Verizon acquired Yahoo last year for $4.5 billion.
 
Beginning with NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles this February, the NBA and Verizon said they would unveil a series of “innovative collaborations leveraging Verizon’s leading 5G network and technology designed to deliver premium NBA content and unique fan experiences.”  

Under the new deal, Verizon would have mobile-carrier exclusivity for NBA League Pass, which it currently distributes only on its go90 platform.

Non-Verizon users who have NBA League Pass subscriptions would be able to access it through Yahoo Sports.

This deal expands upon a content-marketing alliance that the NBA and Verizon signed in 2015, valued at $400 million by industry analysts .
 
In addition, the NBA and Verizon said they would work together on enhanced global Yahoo Fantasy experiences, including a “new, simplified official NBA Fantasy format, flexible entry for fans to start their fantasy season at any time and customized fantasy highlight packages.”

NBA content will be available to people on any wireless carrier later this season via Oath’s Yahoo Sports.

Verizon said it would offer eight free OOM NBA games on mobile devices through Yahoo Sports and would also offer its League Pass subscription (at a discounted $99 per season) on all its platforms.

The NBA deal follows a recent enhancement of the alliance between Verizon and the NFL that expanded Verizon’s availability of live games, highlights and original content to Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, go90 and other Verizon digital and mobile media platforms, with Verizon relinquishing exclusivity to live-stream NFL games via mobile devices.

“We are absolutely thrilled to extend and grow our unique relationship with Verizon and its various media platforms,” Bill Koenig, NBA president, global content and media distribution, said in a statement. “This expanded partnership allows us to tap into Verizon’s expansive reach and new technologies to engage our fans through a variety of innovative experiences.”
 
According to Brian Angiolet, svp-gobal chief media and content officer for Verizon, “Verizon is uniquely positioned to partner with the NBA in a first of-its-kind technology and content partnership that will serve the NBA’s dynamic fan base with more live action, fantasy and lifestyle content in addition to experiential opportunities in the U.S. and globally through Yahoo Fantasy.

“With the addition of live NBA games, highlights, classic footage, originals and more to our mobile sports offering, Yahoo Sports and Verizon’s family of media brands are becoming the first-screen for fans of live sports, and a superior alternative for partners and advertisers,” said Angiolet.

“This expanded partnership allows us to tap into Verizon’s expansive reach and new technologies to engage our fans through a variety of innovative experiences.”

According to the NBA and Verizon, highlights of the new deal include:

• Access to purchase NBA League Pass in the U.S. —  the league’s out-of-market live game service co-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports  — on Yahoo Sports and other Verizon media platforms.

• New daily show highlighting NBA action, storylines and commentary available exclusively on Yahoo Sports and across Verizon’s media platforms.

• Development of augmented reality and other new forms of content leveraging Verizon’s leading network technology in partnership with the NBA .

• Original sports and lifestyle programming utilizing the league’s vast archive of NBA footage across Yahoo Sports and Verizon’s media platforms.

• Verizon’s “It’s on Us” program, which now makes up to eight NBA League Pass games available to registered users, at no cost to the consumer, to preview the League Pass subscription offering.
 
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