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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Apr192012

Adidas Seeks To Keep In Step In NFL with QBs Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill

By Barry Janoff

April 19, 2012: Adidas plans to take full advantage of the upcoming anticipated stellar pro career of Robert Griffin III, beginning with a marketing campaign for the new adizero Sonic 3 that will be anchored by a TV spot starring the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner.

RG3, out out Baylor, is expected to be the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft on April 26, with analysts predicting him being selected by the Washington Redskins.

Adidas also disclosed the signing of quarterback Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M University to an endorsement deal. Tannehill is expected to be the third quarterback taken in the NFL draft behind Andrew Luck (who has signed with Nike and will be drafted by the Indianapolis Colts) and RG3.

"I'm excited to join the adidas family," said Tannehill in a statement. "I wore the three stripes in college and adidas is the perfect fit for me as I head to the next level."

The signing of Griffin and Tannehill comes at a time when adidas is seeking to keep pace in the NFL, with its Reebok division having been replaced by Nike this month as the league's official outfitter. Nike, adidas and Under Armour are all official shoe providers to the NFL.

RG3's adidas commercial, "What Light Can Do," launched yesterday on YouTube and will premiere April 21 on TV, according to the company.

In the spot, Griffin accelerates through footwork drills and sprints while wearing the adizero Sonic 3, speaking to an audience following his every move via various TV and computer screens in gyms, restaurants and homes.

"They say expectations are heavy; the spotlight — it weighs a ton," Griffin offers in the spot. "And that pressure weighs even more. They say the weight of it all can break you. It's heavy. Crazy heavy. They say I have no idea what something that heavy can do. I say they have no idea what light can do."

According to adidas, some of the commercial was shot at Baylor’s Floyd Casey Stadium, where Griffin set or tied more than 50 school records.

“The first thing that comes to mind when you put on the adizero Sonic is how light it is,” said Griffin in a statement. “It gives you a lot of support so you can run long distances, but you can use it multiple ways.  It has support so you can lift in it and stay comfortable during a full day’s workout.”

Added Mikal Peveto, director of running for adidas America, “The adizero Sonic 3 was built for the high school athlete with a faster, more aggressive look. This is the ultimate go-fast shoe that runners, football players and baseball players alike will use to break records to get to the next level.”

In addition to Griffin and Tannehill (pictured), adidas NFL footwear endorsers include Von Miller (Denver Broncos), Jimmy Graham, (New Orleans Saints), Frank Gore (San Francisco 49ers), DeMarco Murray (Dallas Cowboys), Eric Berry (Kansas City Chiefs), Reggie Bush (Miami Dolphins), Lawrence Timmons (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Mario Williams and C.J. Spiller (Buffalo Bills).

See the full RG3 spot here.

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