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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.”

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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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Jan092013

Spike Lee Makes His Point With Chris Paul, Magic Johnson In New NBA BIG Spot

By Barry Janoff

January 9, 2013: Director Spike Lee takes his second shot for the NBA's BIG campaign with a commercial that stars a bevy of great point guards, including Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Magic Johnson and current Lakers point guard Steve Nash.

The spot, "Disappearing Act," will break tonight (Jan. 9) during the Lakers at the San Antonio Spurs game and Dallas Mavericks at Clippers, both on ESPN, and then go into regular rotation across NBA media partners.

The first BIG spot from Lee, "King of New York," broke on Christmas Day and was an homage to Bernard King and the game in 1984 in which he scored 60 points for the New York Knicks against the then New Jersey Nets.

In "Disappearing Act," Paul is seen on the court, where he is so fast that he seems to vanish when players try to defend him. The concept, as envisioned by Lee, literally sees Paul disappear during the game and appear in a restaurant at a private booth reserved for the best point guards in NBA history.

The booth is occupied by Johnson and Nash, and on the wall behind them are photos of other great NBA point guards such as John Stockton.

"You can't sit at this table unless you are one of the premiere point guards," Lee explains in a behind-the-scenes video. "We have Magic and Chris Paul. [Chris'] moves are magical. It's like when he shakes people, he disappears. So we're taking that thinking into this spot."

Paul tries to distance himself from being called one of the greatest point guards, but Magic gets the upper hand. "I love that [this table] is reserved for only the best point guards. Don't listen to Chris — he is the best there is right now."

In the spot, Paul is seen in his Clippers uniform playing in Staples Center. The game announcer offers, "The Clippers' biggest advantage right now is the man who has the ball." As Paul attacks, we see Magic watching the game on TV. When the action returns to the court, Paul is bobbing and weaving through the defense. Then, in a poof of smoke, he is gone.

"Where did he go?" asks the bewildered announcer. "Unbelievable!"

The next scene sees CP3 appearing in a puff of smoke at the restaurant, where Magic is seated next to Nash. Paul makes himself comfortable, even taking a French fry off of Magic's plate. Johnson stares at him for a moment and then asks Paul, "Shouldn't you be headed to the hoop?"

Paul looks up at the TV screen, disappears in a cloud of smoke, reappears on the count and drives to the basket for a lay-up. Back in the restaurant, Magic flashes a big grin as the game announcer says, "[Paul] made that all out of nothing. Me-oh-my." (See the full spot here.)

"It's an awesome spot because our personalities come out," explains Magic. "The table is reserved for the best point guards ever, and [Chris] is the best in the game right now at the point guard position. there's no denying that. Don't listen to him. He belongs at the table."

In addition to directing such films as She's Gotta Have It, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever and He Got Game, Lee has helmed several classic TV commercials, including a series for Nike's Jordan Brand in which Lee played the role of Mars Blackmon, a character he originated in She's Gotta Have It.

Nike has used the Mars Blackmon character again in spots over the past two years. Lee also hosted a Nike event last month in New York to unveil the Air Jordan XX8 kicks.

Spike Lee Pays Homage To Bernard King For NBA BIG

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