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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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Apr202017

Sly 'Rocky' Stallone Enters The Ring With Canelo For Tecate's 'Born Bold' Campaign

By Barry Janoff

April 20, 2017: If you want to add some more noise to an already loud upcoming boxing match, you might as well throw Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone into the fray.

Tecate has done that in a new campaign to tout the bout between Canelo Alvarez  (48-1-1) and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1), scheduled for Seis de Mayo in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena (HBO PPV).

Stallone encounters Canelo in two spots, under Tecate Light’s "Born Bold" umbrella campaign, telling him to "Be bold," as he shows Canelo how to punch a bee hive, use raw meat to reduce a swollen eye and the correct way to display a championship belt.

The spots break this week during sports programming, including the NBA playoffs.

Support includes Internet, social media and OOH in the "form of prize card point-of-sale materials at the retail level,” according to Tecate, a division of Heineken.

Tag lines: "Be Bold. Be Bolder. Be Sly. Be Canelo." And "When you think you are bold, there comes Canelo."

Lead agency is Nómades.

According to Pablo Batlle, CCO for Nómades, "Our relationship with Sly is a couple of years old given we'd worked with him for Tecate in Mexico. The challenge here was to find the real voice of this collaboration in the American market.

"We think that we achieved a new approach that is relevant to the bi-cultural Hispanic consumer and to the 'Born Bold' concept," said Batlle.

The new creative is part of what Tecate called a "refreshed 37-week 'Born Bold' campaign," which originated in 2015.

"Sylvester Stallone has a lifelong connection to boxing and continues to build a career as a symbol for masculinity, which resonates particularly well with Tecate's bold, bi-cultural consumer," Belen Pamukoff, brand director for Tecate, said in a statement.

"In these new spots, our mission was to capture the comradery between Stallone as a masculine, legendary actor and Canelo as a real life boxing champion, while further fueling the inherit bold swagger of these superstars.,” said Pamukoff.

In "Beehive: BBQ," Canelo is working out in a gym, apparently being bothered by some bees. Stallone shows up and says, "Canelo, be bold," as he punches a bee hive. Later, at a BBQ, Canelo wants to put some ice on a swollen eye when Stallone says, “Be bold,” handing the boxer raw steak to put on the wound. Canelo takes the meat, tosses it on a nearby grill and says, "Be bolder."

In "Belt: Tub," Stallone shows off a faux title belt, to which Canelo reacts by showing Stallone his real World Championship belt. Later, Stallone finds Canelo soaking in a tub of ice. "Be bold," Sly says, to which Canelo responds by showing Stallone that his tub is also filled with chilled cans of Tecate Light.

According to Tecate, "Since the official debut of the 'Born Bold' advertising campaign in 2015, Tecate Light has made waves throughout the industry, becoming the fastest growing light beer in the U.S. versus our competitors."

The Canelo-Chavez fight is being handled by Golden Boy Productions.

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