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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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With New Alliance, PGA Tour Establishes First Official Tournament In Japan

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

November 20, 2018: In a strategic move intended to expand the game and its brand globally, the PGA Tour has signed a six-year deal with Japan-based online fashion retailer ZozoTown to establish what would be the first annual PGA Tour tournament in Japan.

The Zozo Championship is scheduled to debut at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club the week of Oct. 21, 2019, coinciding with the opening segment of the 2019-20 PGA Tour FedExCup Season.

The event will be co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour Organization.

Financial terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the first annual, official PGA Tour event to Japan through our partnership with Zozo, Inc.,” Ty Votaw, PGA Tour evp-international, said through the organization.

“Japan’s passion for golf is widely recognized and something our stars have experienced first-hand through various events held here and the support of standout PGA Tour players like champion Hideki Matsuyama (a multiple winner on the PGA Tour and runner-up at the 2017 U.S. Open).”

This deal follows a recent alliance between the PGA Tour and and Jupiter Golf Network Co. to grow viewership of golf across Japan.

That new partnership will see live PGA Tour coverage featured on Golf Network, as well as the “ambition to develop a broader digital ecosystem leveraging GolfTV’s invigorated digital content to engage even more golf fans.”
 
Starting in January 2019, the PGA Tour pact would enable viewers in Japan to watch extensive live action on the Golf Network linear channel and simulcast coverage via its Golf Network Plus App. Live coverage would include the PGA Tour’s biggest tournaments, such as The Players Championship, the FedExCup Playoffs and the Presidents Cup.

The PGA Tour, which opened an office in Tokyo in 2016, said it has a long history in Japan, beginning with the 1957 World Cup of Golf in Tokyo.

The Zozo Championship field will consist of 78 pros, including 60 available players from the previous season’s FedExCup points list, ten designated by the JGTO and eight special exemptions, according to the PGA Tour.

The PGA Tour said it has had at least one Japanese player on its roster every year since 1993,  including two for the 2018-19 season: Matsuyama and Satoshi Kodaira.

Five Japanese players have accounted for 11 PGA Tour victories over the past decades, led by Matsuyama with five and Shigeki Maruyama with three. Isao Aoki, Ryuji Imada and Kodaira each have won once.

“(The Zozo Championship) further strengthens our presence in Asia and certainly comes at an opportune time with golf set to follow its highly successful return to the Olympics in Rio when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Games,” said Votaw.

Several companies aligned with the PGA Tour and pro golf also have official ties with the Olympics, including Bridgestone, Coca-Cola, Panasonic and Toyota.

According to Yusaku Maezawa, CEO for Zozo Inc., “Just like golf has the power to motivate and connect people all over the world, regardless of nationality, gender, age or body shape, we hope to grow our private brand ZOZO into a brand that is loved all over the world, regardless of big, small, tall or short.

“I am extremely grateful of this miracle of becoming a title sponsor of the historical and prestigious PGA Tour for the very first Japan tournament, and to be able to hold this tournament in Chiba prefecture, where our roots are.”

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