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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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Nov282018

Marketing Campaign Has NFL Rookie Saquon Barkley Runnin’ On Dunkin’

By Barry Janoff

November 28, 2018: People know that Saquon Barkley runs well on a football field.

Now we get to see how well he runs on Dunkin’.

Dunkin’ Donuts (soon to be just Dunkin’) has signed a one-year deal with the NFL rookie running back for the New York Giants to appear in multi-media marketing to run throughout the New York Metro area.

Financial terms were not shared.

The campaign, which includes TV, digital, social media, signage and POP, supports Dunkin’s new espresso offerings, as well as the brand's signature coffee, baked goods and limited-time offer breakfast sandwiches.

The tag line: “Sipping is Believing.”

According to Barkley, the alliance is an organic one.

"I've always relied on Dunkin' to get me through the day, so I'm thrilled to be working with a brand I've loved my whole life,” Barkley said via the company.

“Both Dunkin' and the Giants are known for their loyal and passionate fans, and I look forward to keeping the New York area running on Dunkin' all year-round."

According to Cathy Chavenet, integrated marketing director for Dunkin', ”We couldn't be more excited to work with New York's newest football star, Saquon Barkley.

“Our brand has had a long and successful relationship with the New York Giants, and we think Saquon represents perfectly the speed, energy and optimism our guests throughout the Metro area associate with Dunkin'."

Dunkin’ also has alliances that include the NHL, New York Jets, New York Mets, New York Yankees, JetBlue and Amtrak.

Barkley also has deals that include Nike, Pepsi and Panini America. He is among the leading vote-getters for the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl.

In a series of humorous spots, Barkley compares his football skills to the new Dunkin’ espresso.

In “Huge,” he is wearing his Giants’ uniform and standing on the field at MetLife Stadium “Dunkin’s delicious espresso drinks are gonna be huge. Huger than my huge legs. That never stop getting huger (which we see growing via CGI).”

Smooth” sees Barkley effortlessly sliding into the end zone to score a touchdown.

“I make scoring touchdowns look smooth. You know what else is smooth? Dunkin's new hand-crafted espresso drinks.” However, he gets flagged by a ref for having a “Latte on the field.” “Still smooth, though,” he says.

In “Work Hard,” he offers, “I work hard to outmuscle my opponents and get inside their head.” Then via a voiceover, he says, “Now I’m inside your head. Telling you that Dunkin’ works hard to perfect these delicious lattes.”

Beginning in January 2019, a new logo that refers to the company name as simply "Dunkin'" will appear on packaging, in advertising, online and on new and remodeled restaurants.

There are more than 12,600 Dunkin' restaurants worldwide in 46 countries and more than 1,800 locations in the New York Metro Area.

Lead agency is BBDO New York.

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