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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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Jul162018

Are You Ready For March Madness NCAA Men’s Final Four 2023? 2024? 2025? 2026?

By Barry Janoff

July 16, 2018: People who want to plan their calendars around the NCAA Men’s Division I tournament can now do so through 2026.

The NCAA today named sites for the Final Four and championship games from 2023-2026, which looks like this:

• Houston NRG Stadium April 1/3, 2023

• Phoenix University of Phoenix Stadium  April 6/8, 2024

• San Antonio Alamodome April 5/7, 2025

• Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium. April 4/6, 2026

Houston last hosted the event in 2016.

Phoenix last hosted the Final Four in 2017.

San Antonio host the men’s Final Four this past March.

Indianapolis host the men’s Final Four in 2015 and hosts it in 2021.

The NCAA already had booked the next four Final Fours:

• April 6/8, 2019 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium
• April 4/6, 2020 Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium
• April 3/5, 2021 Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium
• April 2/4, 2022 New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Detroit, Los Angeles and North Texas were also among was among six finalists for the four bids.

Los Angeles has some consolation: The City will host some FIFA World Cup games in 2026 and the Summer Olympics in 2028.

“This extremely competitive process mirrored the championship’s selections meeting, with the committee having lengthy conversations about the pros and cons of seven attractive and qualified locations,” Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’ssvp-basketball, said in a statement.

“We are thrilled for the cities of Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio and Indianapolis. All those cities have hosted the event with overwhelming success in recent years, and yet all of them approached the bid process with an unassuming energy. We look forward to bringing the NCAA’s marquee championship back to those locations.”

The Final Four venues were named a week after Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics at Duke, was named the chairman for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2019-20 season. White will serve as vice chair of the committee for the upcoming season, working with 2018-19 committee chair Bernard Muir, who is the director of athletics at Stanford.

In 2017, 23 million viewed all or part of the National Championship game on CBS while 19 million watched the two semi-final games, according to the network.

In 2018, with the Final Four and Championship Game on TBS, the games averaged 14 million viewers

In 2017, national TV ad spend during March Madness was a record $1.28 billion, up slightly from 2016’s $1.24 billion, according to media intelligence firm Kantar Media, NY.

The figure topped $1.3 billion this past season.

In terms of national TV ad spend, "The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is consistently the second largest post-season sports franchise, trailing only the NFL playoffs," according to Kantar Media.

In 2019,  the NCAA Men’s Final Four is predicted to generate $142 million in spending and attract and estimated 94,000 nonresident visitors to to the Twin Cities, with the games to be played in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis,

According to a report conducted for the Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee, ”Tourism would normally generate $35 million for the region at the time the Final Four is in town. With the game, about $168 million will be spent.”

The host committed said that the $142 million final impact estimate was reached by “subtracting the displaced normal tourism as well as an estimated $30 million in good and services bought elsewhere, and then adding $39 million for a projected economic ripple effect, such as spending fueled by wages paid by Final Four-supporting jobs.”

“In terms of impact, visitor spending is only one way to think about success,”  Kate Mortenson, Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee president and CEO, said in a statement. “In hosting the Final Four, we have a platform to not only amplify the tremendous benefits college sports provides for student-athletes, but also share what is special about ‘The North.’ ”

In 2017, the men’s Final Four in Phoenix generated $324 million in economic impact for the area, according to a study from W.P. Cary School of Business at Arizona State University.

The 2018 event generated $185 million in direct spending for San Antonio and a total economic impact generated by jobs of $350 million, according to Richard Oliver, director of partner and community relations of Visit San Antonio.

NCAA Corporate Champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

NCAA Corporate Partners include Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Google Cloud, Indeed,  Infinity, Intel, Lowe’s, Marriott, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

Minneapolis Getting Ready For 2019 Final Four

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