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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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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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Feb142018

Pro Bull Riders Officially Launches RidePass, Gets Schooled With HS Rodeo

By Barry Janoff

February 13, 2018: Professional Bull Riders has officially launched RidePass, a 24/7 OTT digital streaming service offering the “world’s most comprehensive PBR and western sports content.”

PRB shared news of RidePass last month, saying it would encompass more than 500 hours annually of “exclusive live event coverage, news and opinion programs and original and scripted series.”

In conjunction with the premiere of RidePass, PBR unveiled a partnership with the National High School Rodeo Assn. “to grow high school rodeo through media, marketing, and programs for youth.
 
The multi-faceted alliance, which PBR said “signals (its) further expansion into western sports beyond bull riding,” includes global TV and digital rights representation for U.S. and international coverage of high school rodeo, as well as PBR sponsorship of NHSRA to "market and support rodeo youth development programs globally."

NHSRA will be part of the programming on RidePass, which will offer more than 150 live PBR and western sports events to include additional coverage of PBR’s premier and non-televised tours; international coverage of the sport’s top tours in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico; and live rodeo events.

PBR multi-media marketing for RidePass describes the streaming and on-demand channel as “Western Sports. Anywhere. Anytime. No Limits.”

The channel comes as Pro Bull Riders said its coverage on CBS Sports would be expanding this year to 52 telecasts from the PBR 25th Anniversary Tour that will be aired on either CBS or CBS Sports Network.

 “Fans have been asking for more live-event coverage, more access to the sport’s compelling personalities, and additional ways to celebrate cowboy values,” Sean Gleason, CEO for PBR, said in a statement.

“RidePass will allow fans to stream everything from their favorite PBR and rodeo events to original western-themed sports series available nowhere else," said Gleason.

PBR is a division of Endeavor (formerly WME|IMG), a leading global sports, entertainment and fashion company.

The network’s first live-streaming event is scheduled to be PBR’s St. Louis Invitational Presented by Express Employment Professionals from Scottrade Center (Feb. 17).

The first streaming rodeo event will be a "major showdown" to be held at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas in conjunction with PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing (May 5-6).

RidePass will launch several original series at its launch, including “Keepin’ It 90,” a RidePass original series featuring two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney and popular western personality Dale Brisby; and “In Color,” a series offering in-depth conversations with current and past PBR stars.

RidePass members will have live and on-demand access to other non-televised PBR events, including select 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast rounds currently not carried by CBS; PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour events; PBR Global Cup and international tours; and stand-alone rodeo events.

Among the NHSRA events RidePass will cover are the NHSRA High School Finals and the NHSRA Junior High Finals.

More than 12,000 students, eligible to win $1.8 million in annual academic and competition-based scholarships, participate in 1,800 NHSRA events held annually in 43 states as well as Australia, Canada and Mexico.

“This is a significant opportunity to grow high school rodeo as a global media property by leveraging Endeavor’s reach, shining a light on compelling NHSRA student-athletes around the world, and raising awareness of a sport every young athlete should consider,” said Gleason.

““The young men and women who compete in junior high and high school rodeo are the future of the cowboy, keeping alive an important part of our heritage.”

According to PBR, “The NHSRA High School Finals, scheduled for July 15-21 in Rock Springs, WY, is the world’s largest rodeo in terms of athletes (more than 1,600) and stock, while the NHSRA Junior High Finals, set for June 24-30 in Huron, SD, is the second largest rodeo in the world with more than 1,100 athletes competing.” 

RidePass debuts via mobile app (iOS and Android) and Web site and will become available later this year on OTT services such as Amazon, Apple TV and Roku. (RidePass memberships start at $6.99 monthly for full-year subscription.)

RidePass is a continuation of Endeavor’s burgeoning direct-to-consumer OTT strategy, following the acquisition of UFC and its OTT UFC Fight Pass and digital fashion network Made to Measure. 

Pro Bull Riders RidePass: Western Sports. Anywhere, Anytime. No Limits

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