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• The NBA 2K League today named Tencent Holdings Limited as the league’s first distribution partner in China.

• The English Premier League has signed a multi-year deal naming Anheuser-Busch brand Budweiser as its official category partner. Carling had been the EPL category partner since 2016.

• Sports and live entertainment company AEG has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renewal agreement with Toshiba America Business Solutions, extending their “comprehensive partnership across several of AEG’s flagship assets,” including Toshiba remaining a founding partner of Staples Center and the official digital signage and display provider of L.A. Live.

• As part of the NFL 100th season celebration, the NFL has teamed up with league partner EA to give one lucky fan the chance to become an EA Sports Madden NFL ratings adjustor for the day as well as be digitized to appear in the Madden NFL game. Details here.

• The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have signed a long-term deal naming  Fanatics, a  global leader for licensed sports merchandise, as the exclusive operator of all Warriors Shop locations throughout the Bay Area. Full story here.

• 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.

• 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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Feb242010

How Michael Phelps Is Driving Under Armour's NFL Scouting Combine 'Takeover' 

February 24, 2010: This week, while the eyes of coaches, general managers, scouts, agents and fans will be on the more than 300 players taking part in the NFL Scouting Combine, a good deal of attention also will be paid to Under Armour and its new spokesman, Michael Phelps.

Under Armour, which is in it's second year as presenting sponsor of the event, said it would launch a multi-media campaign, “Protect This House. I Will,” that features the debut of Phelps. The Olympic swimmer's recently signed deal with the Baltimore-based company marks his first new marketing partnership since his infamous "bong photo" in late 2008.

Phelps will be joined in the TV, print, outdoor and Internet effort  by such athletes as NFL prospect Dez Bryant, Brandon Jennings of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and UFC champion Georges St-Pierre.

Michael Phelps' marketing debut for Under Armour will come during the NFL Scouting Combine.The campaign, handled in-house along with production company Shilo, is anchored by a 60-second spot that follows Phelps, Bryant, Jennings and St-Pierre as they mirror the players at the NFL Scouting Combine by enduring a series of grueling workouts.  Each athlete then "declares his personal 'I Will”' pledge, vocalizing his own determination and overcoming challenges to 'Protect This House,' according to Under Armour.

The spot will break Feb. 27 on NFL Network and will also run on ESPN, ESPN2, CBS Sports, Direct TV, MLB.com, YouTube, Slam.com, and Stack.com. Under Armour said it also would utilize multiple social media channels including the athletes’ respective Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Phelps is also featured in a current spot for Subway running in conjunction with the Winter Olympics and has a deal with Speedo that will carry into the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. His agent is Peter Carlisle at Octagon.

Dez Bryant pledges 'I will' for Under Armour marketing campaign.Under Armour's campaign with Phelps is part of the company's attempt to "own" the NFL Scouting Combine, which runs Feb. 24-March 2, during which time more than 300 prospective new NFL players  are put through a series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel including head coaches, general managers and scouts. The Combine is the last major preliminary before the NFL Draft in April.

Under Armour's presenting sponsorship deal with the league includes signage at Lucas Oil Stadium as well as sponsorship coverage of the Combine across multiple NFL platforms, including NFL Network, NFL.com and NFL.com’s WAP site.  In addition, all participants in the Combine will be wearing Under Armour performance apparel and footwear designed specifically for the event.

“We’re very excited to launch ‘Protect This House. I Will.’, which simultaneously highlights Under Armour’s core commitment to combine training and provides an intimate look at some of our most dynamic young athletes," Steve Battista, Under Armour svp-brand said in a statement. "This is one of our most ambitious efforts to elevate the heritage of our training platform, and we feel that Michael Phelps – a true global icon – is an ideal ambassador for the ‘Protect This House. I Will.’ message.”
 
Battista said Under Armour had other reasons for aligning with Phelps. "Michael is one of the most recognized athletes on the planet, and his apartment just happens to be across the water from us in Baltimore," Battista told the Baltmore Sun. "[And] like all the athletes we sign, we approach them because they're wearing our stuff to begin with.
 
According to Phelps, “As a Baltimore native, I have always been a fan of the brand and admired their success.  Given our mutual commitment to training, this is a natural partnership, and ‘Protect This House. I Will’ is a perfect way to kick things off.”

Other Under Armour endorsers include Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, X-Games gold medal snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis, Olympic volleyball player Kim Glass and lacrosse star Paul Rabil.

NFL, Under Armour Draft New Deal For 2010 Scouting Combine

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