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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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The Jury Is In: NY Yankees Aaron Judge Signs With Pepsi As National Spokesman

By Barry Janoff

November 13, 2017: Pepsi this past season lost its official status with MLB when it was replaced by rival Coca-Cola, but it retained official status with teams including the New Yankees.

Pepsi today took that alliance a major step forward by signing Yankees rookie outfield Aaron Judge to an endorsement deal.

Judge, who hit a MLB rookie-record 52 home runs this season, on Monday also was named the American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year.

In addtion, he won a Silver Slugger Award and is among the top players being considered for AL MVP.

Financial terms of the multi-year deal were not shared.

The endorsement comes on the heels of Judge being named cover athlete for MLB The Show 18.

Judge also has alliances that include Under Armour and Fanatics.

"We are thrilled to welcome Aaron to the Pepsi family," Justin Toman, senior director-sports marketing for PepsiCo, said in a statement.

"He's one of the biggest rising stars in baseball and we're looking forward to working together to engage baseball enthusiasts in new and unique ways next season and beyond."

Judge will appear in multi-media marketing for Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Zero Sugar, which will ramp up as the 2018 MLB season approaches.

PepsiCo employees actually got a sneak preview of the alliance last week when Judge visited the company's headquarters in Purchase, NY, to speak with executives and was introduced at a meeting as Pepsi's newest spokesman. ("Aaron Judge's First Day At Pepsi.")

According to Judge, "I am very excited to be working with Pepsi. Having grown up with Pepsi in my home, it makes this partnership even more special.

“Just like Pepsi, I always try to find ways to celebrate this great sport with our fans. They're now providing me another way to share my passion for the game."

Judge MLB rookie one-season record of 52 homers topped Mark McGwire’s 49 in 1987, and his 33 home runs in Yankee Stadium broke Babe Ruth’s team record of 32 set in 1921 (in the Polo Grounds).

This past year, Judge became only the second rookie in baseball history to lead MLB in jersey sales for the entire season, joining Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, who accomplished the feat during this rookie season in 2015.

Judge is among 14 players in the running for the No. 1 card in Topps 2018 Baseball Series 1, to be decided by fan voting.

The winner will be unveiled "a couple of weeks" before the release of 2018 Topps Baseball Series 1, which is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2018., according to Topps.

Sales of Judge’s Topps NOW cards this season neared 100,000, including a one-card mark 16,138 copies of the card commemorating his rookie record-breaking 50th home run.

Judge’s 50th home run Topps NOW card broke the single-card record of 11,550 commemorating Ichiro Suzuki’s 3,000th career hit in 2016.

Judge's 2017 Topps NOW Home Run Derby championship card is third all-time (8,997).

Judge Tops MLB Jersey Sales, Helps Topps Break Records

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