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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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Sep162013

Dennis Rodman And His Pal 'Kim Jong Un' Go Nuts Over Wonderful Pistachios

By Barry Janoff

September 16, 2013: During his playing days in the NBA, Dennis Rodman was best known for his defensive prowess, funky sense of style and off-the-court antics.

Lately, the Pro Basketball Hall of Famer has been associated with a unique sense of international diplomacy thanks to his two meetings with Kim Jong Un, the anti-American leader of North Korea.

"He has to do his job, but he's a very good guy," Rodman said during a recent press conference regarding Jong Un, whose nation has been called "a clear and present danger" to the U.S. by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel due to, among other reasons, North Korea's stockpile of missiles.

It could appear to some that Rodman's next endeavor is another small step in the same direction: He has signed a deal to represent Wonderful Pistachios in a national multi-media campaign. To keep the message consistent, Rodman appears alongside an actor who resembles Jong Un, who, in turn, has access to a nuclear device.

Wonderful Pistachios has also added other spokespersons: A woman who advocates "prandersicising" as a way to lose weight, an elephant and rebooted outtakes from King Kong and the classic shower scene with Norman Bates from the movie Psycho.

All the activations continue Wonderful Pistachios' marketing mantra: "Get Crackin'."

“Wonderful Pistachios is proud to be celebrating the fifth year of the Get Crackin’ campaign,” Marc Seguin, vp-global sales and marketing for Wonderful Pistachios' parent company, Paramount Farms, said in a statement. “Our brand is known for leveraging pop culture icons, Internet memes and YouTube sensations, and this year will be no different. We know what type of entertainment our audience wants and there’s definitely something for everyone with this year’s cast.”

The "Get Crackin'" effort is scheduled to break with the Rodman, Prancercise woman  Joanna Rohrback and elephant spots during America’s Got Talent, Survivor, Good Morning America and Late Night with David Letterman; as well as on cable networks such as Bravo, AMC, Food Network, SyFy and TBS.

The King Kong and Norman Bates ("He does it for his mother!") spots will break at a later date.

The brand aired a commercial during Super Bowl XLVII with PSY going a version of Gangham Style, but did not indicate whether or not it would return for Super Bowl XLVIII.

In his spot, Rodman sits alongside the faux Kim Jong Un. "The secret to world peace is pistachios," Rodman, complete with pistachio-green hair, says as he offers one to Jong Un. Jong Un pushes a red button and nukes Rodman. A voiceover says, "Dennis Rodman does it because he's nuts. Wonderful Pistachios. Get cracking'." (See the full spot here.)

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