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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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Aug092018

Profession Fighters League Scores Investments From Kevin Hart, Ted Leonsis

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

August 8, 2018: The Professional Fighters League, founded by Donn Davis, Russ Ramsey, and Mark Leschly, and now in its first season, said it has closed $28 million Series B equity investment and added a bevy of high-profile investors to its roster.

The new money-backers include actor-comic Kevin Hart; motivational author and entrepreneur Tony Robbins; Brandon Beck, co-founder of Riot Games and co-creator of League of Legends; and Ted Leonsis, whose holdings include majority owner of the NHL 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals as well as the NBA Washington Wizards,.

Mark Burnett, chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group, was previously named as an investor. Burnett is also developing and producing content and programming for PFL.

Specific financial details for each investor were not disclosed.

“PFL is re-imagining MMA with a regular season, playoffs, and championship,” said Leonsis in a statement. “The PFL sport format is going to bring a major new audience to MMA which is great for PFL media distribution partners and PFL brand sponsorship partners.”

According to Burnett, whose production credits include Survivor and more then 3,200 hours of reality-based programming in more than 70 countries,, “I invested because I am certain that the next evolution of MMA is this Professional Fighters League. The fighters must win to move ahead. It’s MMA meets March Madness.”

PFL’s rookie season — which began with a concept intended to differentiate itself from the more-established UFC — launched June 7 in New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater with 72 Elite MMA fighters in six weight-classes, with each fighting twice in June, July and August. The top eight fighters in each weight-class advance to the single-elimination PFL Playoffs in October.

The PFL Championship is scheduled for New Year’s Eve, with the final bouts in each of six weight classes competing for a $10 million prize pool.

PFL is broadcast live on NBC Sports Network as well as NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app; and streamed live worldwide on Facebook Watch.

According to Kevin Hart, “I once said ‘If you get kicked in the face you deserve it, since you saw the foot coming’ . . . that was before I became an investor in the Professional Fighters League!

“I love sports, and the PFL is my favorite new sport to watch. The PFL fights are the most exciting in MMA as every fight means something, with fighters working to win a spot in the playoffs and the opportunity at their share of the $10 million. I became an investor as I believe the PFL is the future of MMA.”

PFL said that additional investors in this PFL Series B round include Elysian Park Ventures; SWaN Ventures; Debra Cafaro (chairman/CEO, Ventas Inc. and minority owner of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins); and Mark Leschly (managing partner, Iconica Ventures).

"The next evolution of MMA is this Professional Fighters League. The fighters must win to move ahead. It’s MMA meets March Madness.”

“We started the Professional Fighters League for the 300 million MMA fans worldwide who have an appetite for exciting new fights and innovative content,” co-founder and chairman Donn Davis said in a statement.

“The PFL is reimagining MMA with a regular season, playoffs, and earned championships, providing MMA fans the transparency, storytelling, and context that exist in all other major sports.”

According to Pete Murray, CEO for PFL, “Fans have enthusiastically responded to the PFL, with over 2.5 million people viewing PFL4. Our fights are as exciting and our broadcast is as good as other MMA companies that have been around for decades, and we’re just getting started.”

Pro Fighters League Unveils $10M, 126-Bout Schedule

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