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• The NBA 2K League today named Tencent Holdings Limited as the league’s first distribution partner in China.

• The English Premier League has signed a multi-year deal naming Anheuser-Busch brand Budweiser as its official category partner. Carling had been the EPL category partner since 2016.

• Sports and live entertainment company AEG has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renewal agreement with Toshiba America Business Solutions, extending their “comprehensive partnership across several of AEG’s flagship assets,” including Toshiba remaining a founding partner of Staples Center and the official digital signage and display provider of L.A. Live.

• As part of the NFL 100th season celebration, the NFL has teamed up with league partner EA to give one lucky fan the chance to become an EA Sports Madden NFL ratings adjustor for the day as well as be digitized to appear in the Madden NFL game. Details here.

• The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have signed a long-term deal naming  Fanatics, a  global leader for licensed sports merchandise, as the exclusive operator of all Warriors Shop locations throughout the Bay Area. Full story here.

• 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.

• 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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Turn On, Tune In, Play Ball: MLB, Fox, TBS Build A New Deal Of Dreams 

By Barry Janoff

October 2, 2012: "The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come." Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), Field of Dreams

Major League Baseball took those words to heart on Tuesday, making sure that baseball games would be broadcast on national TV at least through 2021, by signing an extension with media partners Fox and Turner Broadcasting.

The deals come after a contract renewal between MLB and ESPN in August which extended that alliance.

Although fans are key to the process, the trio of contracts was not completely altruistic in nature. The three new pacts were put at a combined $12.4 billion by industry analysts — representing more than a 100% increase in annual rights fees to MLB versus the current deals with Fox, Turner and ESPN.

The new eight-year deals with Fox and Turner begin with the 2014 season. Among the significant bullet points, the World Series and All-Star Game will remain on Fox, and the League Championship and Division Series will be shared across Fox Sports Media Group, TBS and MLB Network.

FSMG will add coverage of two Division Series starting in 2014 and double its number of regular season national windows on Saturdays (from 26 to 52), with 12 of those windows exclusive to Fox and as many as 40 non-exclusive windows on another nationally distributed Fox channel.

TBS will retain the rights to air one League Championship Series, two Division Series and one of the Wild Card Games presented by Budweiser. TBS will also air afternoon games with new co-exist rights on the final 13 Sundays of the regular season.

FSMG and Turner will alternate each year which league’s Division Series and League Championship Series games they telecast, with MLB Network airing two Division Series games each year from the same league as Fox.

Both deals also include digital "TV Everywhere" rights to stream televised games and other MLB-related programming online and through mobile devices.

"This is a remarkable day for baseball," MLB commissioner Bud Selig said during a conference call to officially unveil the new contracts. "The value of these deals is a manifestation of how far this sport has come, and it's a reflection of how great a year we have had on the field."

According to Selig, "In 2014, [MLB teams] will get a huge increase. Everyone will then determine not only what to do with the money, but how it will impact ticket prices [and other logistics]."

Turner was the home of the Atlanta Braves (both under the auspices of Ted Turner) from 1973-2007, when the network underwent changes and signed a national deal with MLB to air Divisional Series playoff games. MLB and Fox have had an alliance since 1996.

"Fox and Turner have played a key role in our growth of baseball," Selig said during the conference call.

ESPN began broadcasting MLB games in 1990. Its deal greatly extends ESPN's reach across all platforms, including TV, radio, Internet and mobile, and also enabled the Disney-owned network to continue to have exclusive TV rights to such MLB All-Star Game-related events as the Home Run Derby and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

"In a season that saw increased attendance, having our best year now since 2008, we have a record high revenue, competitive balance is stronger than I could ever have dreamed, we're in the midst of a lot of labor peace, so it's only fitting that we announce the successful completion of our national television deals today," said Selig. "We've proven in the last 10 to 15 years that baseball is everything. The greatest manifestation of that is outside partners telling you how valuable it is."

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