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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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State Farm Brings Starters Chris Paul, James Harden Back For NBA Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 16, 2018: State Farm, an official NBA partner since 2010, enters the 2018-19 season with a multi-platform push that includes new spots, new activation and a naming rights deal to the home arena for the Atlanta Hawks.

Three spots — “RoboAgent,” “Nice Moments” and “19K Jerseys” — will break this week during NBA Tip-Off presented by Kia starring Chris Paul and James Harden of the Houston Rockets and actor Oscar Nuñez reprising his role as State Farm agent Cole Perez.

The spots, continuing the tag “Here to help things go right,” will air across NBA media partners ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, with digital and social media support.

The campaign will continue through the NBA season with new work during such jewel events as such NBA Christmas Day and All-Star Weekend, where State Farm is title sponsor of All-Star Saturday Night.

Lead agency is Translation, LLC.

The message, according to State Farm, is “communicating that whether it’s the game of basketball or the game of life, when you have a trusted playmaker like a State Farm agent on your team, you can always trust that they’ve ‘got you.’”

In August, State Farm enhanced its NBA presence via a naming rights deal to the home venue of the Atlanta Hawks and WNBA Dream, formerly Philips Arena and now State Farm Arena.

Although specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, they were put at 20 years for $175 million by industry analysts.

In September, State Farm acquired naming rights to the home stadium for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

State Farm is the most active partner in the NBA, which last season topped $1 billion in sponsor spend for the first time, according to the 2018 ESP NBA Sponsorship Spend Report from research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

Paul has been a State Farm spokesman since 2012 and his days with the Los Angeles Clippers, when he was paired with faux twin brother Cliff Paul.

After he joined the Rockets last season, he appeared in spots with Harden and Rockets icon Clyde “The Glide” Drexler.

Last year, Paul, Harden and Drexler visited Houston-area schools and hosted fund-raisers as part of rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Harvey, in conjunction with NBA Cares, State Farm, Chris Paul Family Foundation and Reading Is Fundamental.

In "RoboAgent," Paul, Harden and Perez receive a visit from a knockoff AI bot created by a rival “budget” insurance company to compete with State Farm. The robot looks like Cole, and Paul and Harden criticize his appearance — Cole begs to differ that the bot probably never had a girlfriend.

Ultimately they stay with State Farm because “these bots do not have the compassion of a real State Farm agent.” Which leads the knockoff bot to spew water from his eyes.

Nice Moments” sees Paul and Perez staring at clouds while reclining on the hood on Cole’s car as they wait for help with a flat tire. But where Paul sees a penguin, Cole, ever the diligent State Farm agent, sees and agonizes over what  looks  like a busted pipe spewing water everywhere.

The next cloud to him looks like Paul’s house “that’s being burglarized. They’re stealing your TV right now. And that one is a bear destroying your car.”

Paul tells Perez he needs a vacation. Perez replies, “We don’t have an off-season.” Text: “Here to help cloudy days go right.”

In “19K Jerseys,” Cole shows Chris his new State Farm Agent League jersey, No. 13,172. “Why such a high number?” asks Paul. Perez explains that State Farm has more than 19,000 agents. “I wanted No. 13,171,” Cole says, “but Ty from Sioux Falls is in town, and he called dibs.”

That’s when Ty Teveldal, a real State Farm agent from Sioux Falls, makes a cameo appearance.

State Farm Expands NBA Presence With Naming Rights Deal

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