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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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New Job For Busy Shaq: CFO (Chief Fun Officer) For Carnival Cruise Line

By Barry Janoff

January 12, 2018: Shaquille O’Neal is so busy you’d think he wouldn’t have time to take a cruise, let alone get a job as a CFO for a cruise line.

Among his on-going pursuits: Hoops analyst for TNT; promoting such brands as The General car insurance, Ring home security, selling Icy Hot and Gold Bond, promoting a men’s jewelry line at Zales, a reserve police officer for Doral and Miami Beach, being Shaq-A-Claus  attending CES in Las Vegas and launching his own YouTube Channel (Shaq Uncut),

Now, in a tongue-in-cheek multi-media campaign, “Choose Fun,” Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy personally hires Shaq as the company’s CFO — which in this case stands for “Chief Fun Officer” — a position that basketball Hall of Famer O’Neal takes seriously, with a 7’1”, shoe size 22 sense of humor.

His mission: “To inspire America to 'Choose Fun' with Carnival when planning their next vacation, and in their everyday lives.”

“We at Carnival take our mission to be America’s most fun vacation very seriously,” Duffy, sitting in her office, says in the intro spot, “Meet Carnival’s New CFO.” “So we are making changes at the top — effective immediately.”

Shaq walks into company headquarters and belly-slides onto the security desk. He then bear-hugs employees, plays "Duck. Duck. Goose” with executives in a conference room and plays tag throughout the office hallways.

“Mr. O’Neal is perfect for the job,” Duffy says with a straight face. ”I’m excited for the immediate impact Shaq will make.”

O’Neal then walks into her office. “President Duffy. I turned the conference room into a ball pit. Marco Polo in 15.”

In a follow-up spot, “Tour Carnival Vista,” he brings his CFO mantra to the ship’s attractions and experiences, including SkyRide, Havana pool, Cloud 9 Spa, Guy Fieri's Burger Joint and a basketball court. At one point, as faux ship captain, he marries a couple (probably not legal).

Media buy will include high-profile events such as NFL Playoffs (Super Bowl was not mentioned), Winter Olympics and the Grammy Awards.

Carnival said the campaign would also include Internet, social media (hash tag ChooseFun) and experiential activations and promotions. The cruise line indicated that Shaq would be on at least a couple of upcoming cruises but did not specify which they might be.

You can send CFO Shaq an e-mail at an address he mentions (Shaq@Carnival.com) and get this reply:

"Thank you for your e-mail, kind sir, madam, or cat walking across the keyboard. I'm currently out of the office quality testing waterslides. For anything urgent, you can reach my by sky-writer (if I'm in your general area), and I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible."

Lead agency is Anomaly.

Carnival has also created a series of six-second spots as part of is “Choose Fun” effort that don’t include Shaq, with each focusing on a different aspect of the ship’s activities such as food, movies and shore excursions.

"We are very excited to have Shaq as part of the Carnival team! He will serve as a great partner ensuring everyone knows all about our one-of-a-kind brand of fun," Duffy said in a statement.

"We are very excited to have Shaq as part of the Carnival team! He will serve as a great partner ensuring everyone knows all about our one-of-a-kind brand of fun."

"We're confident that his embodiment of our brand values will inspire America to Choose Fun and discover the authentic, participatory and social atmosphere that Carnival offers."

"In today's world, it's more important than ever to choose fun, especially when everyone is busy with work, family, and life in general," O'Neal said in a statement. "So, I'm honored to be appointed the Chief Fun Officer at Carnival — a company that lives and breathes fun."

Shaq was draft as the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA by the Orlando Magic in 1992. Earlier this month, the man who was drafted No. 3 that year, Christian Laettner, was hired for the faux position of CMO — chief motivational officer — for a humorous campaign from FanDuel. (Alonzo Mourning, drafted No. 2 that year, may be awaiting a marketing call.)

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