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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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Jun292013

Thanks To Nike, Kevin Durant (Not Anton Barrels) Drafted As The No. 1 Overall Pick

By Barry Janoff

June 29, 2013: Kevin Durant has accomplished a lot in his basketball career: NBA rookie of the year in 2007-08, three time NBA scoring champ, four-time all-star, part of the gold medal winning USA Men's Basketball Team at the 2012 London Olympics and numerous endorsements.

But he has yet to win an NBA championship, and he was drafted No. 2 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2007 out of Texas (behind Greg Oden, who went No. 1 overall to the Portland Trail Blazers).

Durant is still searching for that NBA championship. But he has been drafted No. 1 — in a new TV commercial for Nike that supports the release of Durant's signature KD VI hoops shoes.

The scene is the Seat Pleasant, MD, 2:35 PM Draft. A group of players sit in a makeshift gym-slash-lunchroom in the local recreation hall. A board on the wall reads, Shirts-Skins. Out front is a group of TV announcers — led by ESPN's Jay Bilas and a guy who looks like former ESPN sports anchorman and current Los Angeles Dodgers radio play-by-play man Charley Steiner. They are calling the draft selection for the pick-up league as if it were the NBA Draft.

Hence, the theme of the campaign: Summer is Serious.

The action revolves around which player will be selected No. 1 overall: Durant or "local legend Anton Barrels," who is seated at a table with his crew glaring at and taunting Durant.

"He can't ball, he's just tall," says of Durant. To which Durant replies, "How you seen my highlights."

As the tension builds, Bilas describes both men and their hoops attributes.

"Durant's got guard-like skills in a big man's body," Bilas relates as we see actual highlights of Durant in action with the Thunder. "A wing-span that goes on for days."

But Barrels is not to be overlooked. "Barrels has scouts intrigued. He's built like a bowling ball," Bilas says of the 5'9", 200 lb. street-baller."He's got a low center of gravity. You can't get up underneath him, and he never backs down."

Barrel himself has confirmed that description on his Twitter account. "They call me Anton Barrels. Cause I barrels through the lane."

Finally, the moment has come. A drum roll begins, courtesy of a kid sitting at a set of skins, and the first pick is about to be made. Turns out the draft is being MC'ed not by NBA commissioner David Stern but NBA Hall of Famer George "The Iceman" Gervin.

"With the first pick in the 2:35 PM Seat Pleasant Draft, the Shirts pick . . .  Kevin Durant."

A jubilant Durant puts on a hat that reads "Shirts" and moves to get his congratulations from Gervin as a despondent Barrels looks on.

Text then offers, "Summer is Serious" and directs viewers to a supporting Twitter destination and to the NikeBasketball.com Web site.

In addition to possibly taking a dig at the Trail Blazers, the spot is filled with other hints regarding Durant. He is from the nearby Washington, DC area, and now resides in Seat Pleasant. He played college ball at U. Texas in Austin, about six hours southeast from Anton, TX. He and Gervin often are compared regarding their skills and basketball moves, and Gervin has been a vocal supporter of Durant's.

“He can flat out play the game and he loves the game, so over the summer time he’s working to get better, so that’s why I say his potential is scary," Gervin said during the NBA Finals on an ESPN broadcast of First Take.

Durant has been the marketing poster player for the NBA during the post-season. In addition to this Nike ad, which was filmed in April, he also has appeared in TV spots for Gatorade with Dwyane Wade, Sprint, BBVA Compass and Skullcandy headphones.

Durant earns about $12-$14 million in endorsements, according to industry analysts.

On Madison Avenue, Kevin Durant Is The NBA's Peyton Manning

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