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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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Channel Chasers

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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Jan172013

Nike Mantra: Like The Sun, Rain, Earth, Count On Kobe Bryant Now And Later

By Barry Janoff

January 17, 2013: Nike this week breaks its first new hoops commercial of 2013, an ode to the veteran, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, which ultimately philosophizes that like the sun shining, the rain falling and the grass growing, Bryant is a constant force of nature and a constant presence in the league.

The spot and related activation will support the new "Kobe 8 System," described by Nike as the "lowest and lightest" Kobe Bryant signature shoes to date. The early released color patterns are meant to mimic Kobe's nickname, Black Mamba (snake) and also evoke images from the Chinese Year of the Snake in 2013.

The commercial breaks as Bryant was named to his NBA record 15th consecutive All-Star Game. Despite the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers have been hovering around .500 all season, Bryant received the most votes among all players, almost 16 million.
 
The spot, "Count On Kobe," will run during basketball programming across NBA media partners, including ESPN, TNT, ABC and NBA TV. Support includes Internet and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Lead agency is Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, Ore.

The spot opens with a dramatic sunrise as female narrator with a British accent explains, "This is how the world works: The sun shines. The grass grows. Kobe Bryant arrives to practice at three."

A clock shows 3 PM, but the narrator begs to differ. "The other three!"

Several esoteric and philosophical observations follow. "Chickens 'Bock! Bock! Bock!'" says the narrator as we see baby chicks bouncing in the air. "Broccoli can fight cancer. Rice provides energy. Kobe eats rice, broccoli, chicken. And the world turns.

"Earthquakes shake. Bakers bake. Kobe Bryant shakes and bakes defenders," she continues as we see a chef preparing "Kobe Bryant's Ankle Snaps." The recipe contains "Can't defend this milk, Jab step sugar, All-purpose clutch flour" and, in reference to Bryant's Black Mamba nickname, "Mamba egg and python salt."

The voiceover continues with a mix of utter seriousness and a dash of tongue-in-cheek. "Philosophers ponder existence. Scholars read. Kobe Bryant takes everyone to school. Rain falls. Waterfalls dump water. Kobe owns the bucket." Not a water bucket filled with ice, as seen on screen, but the hoops basket, which is seen filling up with Kobe Bryant jump shots.

The Black Mamba reference returns. "Snakes are light, low and fast. Kobe's shoes are like snakes." Followed by more mystical references. "Bees sting when threatened. Kobe Bryant is never threatened. Best is ahead of better. The basket is ahead of the ball. Kobe is light years ahead of them all."

To sum it all up, we see Bryant in action driving to the hoop and slamming home a basket as the narrator says, "This is the way it was. This is the way it is." And as an on-screen calendar clock counts the years to 2019, she proclaims, "This is the way it will be."

(See the full spot here.)

If the ending of the Nike spot holds true, Bryant in 2019 would be 41 and playing in his 23rd season.

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