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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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Apr262013

NBA Young Stars John Wall, Jrue Holiday, Damien Lillard Get Crazy Quick For Adidas

By Barry Janoff

April 26, 2013: Adidas is launching a campaign featuring a trio of young NBA stars: John Wall, who in January switched from adidas division Reebok, Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday.

The campaign, "Quick Ain't Fair," supports the release of the Crazyquick basketball shoe. The effort is anchored by a TV spot that hits YouTube this week and is scheduled to break on TV May 1, to air during NBA playoff programming on ABC, TNT, NBA TV and ESPN; as well as on BET.

Support includes Internet and such social media destinations as Twitter and Facebook. Lead agency is 180LA.

Observers are hoping that the trio does not fall prey to what is becoming the equivalent of the EA Sports Madden NFL and Sports Illustrated curses, in which bad things happen to many athletes who have appeared on the cover of those two franchises.

In the case of adidas, lead NBA endorser Derek Rose of the Chicago Bulls missed the entire 2012-13 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in the first round of the 2012 playoffs that required surgery, Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers had back surgery prior to the current NBA campaign and quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins is rehabilitating surgery due to a torn LCL and ACL in his right knee.

In the commercial, Wall of the Washington Wizards is seen in action in a dimly lit gym along with Holiday of the Philadelphia 76ers and Lillard, who just completed his NBA rookie season with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The action is narrated by rapper A$AS Rocky (Rakim Mayers), who tells a story about watching great young basketball players as his song, "Goldie," plays.

"I wore the Crazyquick throughout the season and I'm happy to have my first big thing with the adidas family," Wall said in a statement. “I'm a big fan of A$AP. He's somebody that has real good music going out. He's a different type of person, a different type of style and it's great to have him narrating this commercial. I think everyone's gonna like it a lot.”

The spot opens with A$AP Rocky rapping and shot of a huge Crazyquick shoe overshadowing a neighborhood, then moves into the gym.

"There was a family of 'Quicks' on my block, a family we all knew," says A$AP Rocky as basketball action unfolds behind him. "I'm talking about John, Damian and that boy Jrue. They had an unfair proof that lived in their shoe. Technological truth made them quicker than you. Their quick was quick. I'm talking about the quickest quick that was ever seen. From outside the gym you could hear the crowd scream. Challenges and challenges brung 'em to the floor. They cut and crossed-over until there wasn't no more . . .  Competition, that is".

As Wall, Holdiay and Lillard continue their action, A$AP Rocky continues his rap. "People keep asking, 'Yo, what's up in that shoe?' First draft pick (Wall, who was selected No. 1 overall in 2010, as well as first round selections Holiday and Lillard), rookie of the year (anticipated for Lillard) and All-Star Games, too (Holiday). Lookin' back on this tale, homie, who even knew that all of that quickness could come from inside of his shoe.Those kicks make these cats rare. And when you're crazy quick, quick ain't fair."

The spot directs viewers to Twitter with #QuickAintFair. (See the full spot here.)

"[Wearing Crazyquick] really helps me because I'm a point guard and I have the faster, quicker guys guarding me," Lillard said in a statement. "So having that first step, you know, being quick and having that burst really helps me get in the paint where I can make plays. It really backs guys up off me. It gives me room for a jump shot because they know I got that quickness and I can get around them. And you know this shoe, this shoe that this commercial was about, it really helps."

The Crazyquick shoe drops May 1 in five colorways and is available for pre-order at adidas.com.

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