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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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For NHL, March Madness Leads To April, May, June Stanley Cup Greatness

March 7, 2011: March Madness is sometimes best served on ice, even if the real madness doesn't begin until April — and the NHL knows that better than most.

In 2010, the NHL supported the Stanley Cup playoffs with "History Will Be Made," a campaign that the league said was a catalyst in attracting more than 302 million TV viewers, the most watched NHL post-season in 36 years.

This year, in an effort to attract even more casual and non-hockey fans to the playoff run that culminates with the awarding of the Stanley Cup, the NHL and the NBC Sports Group said they would work together to support "History Will be Made" with a multi-media campaign that would "significantly broader distribution."

The national ad campaign will reach fans via TV, online, radio, print, in-arena, POP, mobile and social media platforms of the NHL, NBC and Versus, as well as additional NBC Universal platforms, such as CNBC and MSNBC. The campaign was developed collaboratively by the NHL, NBC Sports Group and Versus, in consultation with global advertising agency, Young & Rubicam.

“There is both quality and power in the History Will Be Made campaign,” John Miller, who heads the NBC Sports Agency and the NBCUniversal Marketing Council, said in a statement. “By pooling our creative resources and air time, we believe collectively we can effectively tell the story of the excitement and emotion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”

The first pair of TV spots in this season’s campaign — “Wish” and “Mess” — will debut March 13 during the NBC Sports broadcast of the Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals game. More than 20 additional spots will launch by April 13, the first day of the Playoffs. Starting April 14 through the conclusion of the Stanley Cup finals in June, a new spot will be produced each day, highlighting a key moment from the previous night’s games, according to the NHL.

The campaign also features prominent Stanley Cup playoff moments from the past, including "49 Years," highlighting the Blackhawks winning the 2009-10 Stanley Cup, the team's first league championship in 49 years. Interactive elements include YouTube, where last season fans created more than 2,400 versions of the NHL's "History Will Be Made" spots, eliciting more than 8 million total views. Also for the second year, fans will be able to download the music composed for the History Will Be Made campaign from the NHL’s Facebook page for fan-generated spots.

“The Stanley Cup Playoffs are filled with drama, the emotional highs and lows of crucial wins and losses, the unbearable tension of sudden death overtime and performances that can define a career forever," Brian Jennings, NHL evp-marketing. "Last season, the 'History Will Be Made' campaign . . .  elicited an overwhelming emotional reaction from our fans."

"We expect the campaign to continue to reach and resonate with even more fans, further helping to drive interest and viewership.”

According to Jennings, in addition to generating their own YouTube versions of TV spots, fans brought handmade "History Will Be Made" signs to games and "players even referenced the campaign in post-game interviews. This year, by taking a truly collaborative approach on creative, production and media with NBC Sports and Versus, we expect the campaign to continue to reach and resonate with even more fans, further helping to drive interest and viewership.”

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