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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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State Farm, Sans CP3, James Harden, Puts Warriors Draymond Green, Swaggy P In Play

By Barry Janoff

May 30, 2018: With the Houston Rockets out of the playoffs, State Farm, which has been featuring Chris Paul, James Harden and other current and legendary Rockets (Clyde “The Glide” Drexler) in marketing, has switched gears, unveiling a spot that stars Draymond Green and Nick Young of the Golden State Warriors.

The Sixth Sense” continues a theme from recent State Farm ads, that when there is chemistry between two people they “get each other.”

That happened between Chris Paul and his State Farm agent Cole Perez (played by actor Oscar Nuñez), in spots this past season where they finish each other’s sentences, are unbeatable at Charades (“Game Night”) and share a love of bowling, chili fries and the Backstreet Boys.

Here. Green and Young — preparing to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals — get each other, and play a humorous quiz game (similar to the old The Newlywed Game) where they try to correctly answer questions about the other person.

Acting like a couple of newlyweds, they begin the Q&A game.

“How do I describe my style?” Young, whose nickname is “Swaggy P,” asks Green.

“Swag,” answers Green.

“Nope,” says Young. “Michael Jackson.”

“You realize Michael Jackson is a person,” says Green. “To you, not to me,” says Young. “He’s a spirit now.”

Then the questions get more difficult, relatively speaking.

“During the season, what is my favorite city to visit?” Young asks Green, who correctly answers, “New York, because they have great shopping.”

“What technical foul did I definitely not deserve this year?” Green, who had 15 technical fouls during the regular season (second to Dwight Howard’s 17), asks Young.

“The one where you got hit in your mouth and were bleeding and (was saying to the referee), ‘Look at my mouth. I’m bleeding. Ahhhhh. Ahhhhh.” To which Green laughs and agrees.

“Which player is my biggest nemesis?” asks Green. Young incorrectly says DeMarcus Cousins and LeBron James before correctly saying Taj Gibson.

Lots more is revealed in the extended five-minute spot: How Young got his nickname (“It came to me in a dream”), Young’s favorite restaurant in the Bay Area (Bob’s Donuts), Green’s mom’s Twitter handle (@BabersGreen),what more Green wants to accomplish as an athlete (“Be in the Hall of Fame”), who Young looked up to when he was a kid in Los Angeles (Kobe Bryant) and how Green is misunderstood (“People think you are angry all the time,” says Young. “But you’re like a gentle butterfly. Soft like a baby.”)

The full five-minute-plus spot is playing on Uninterrupted’s YouTube Channel.

State Farm did not indicate yet whether Chris Paul and James Harden would return in new creative or if the insurance firm would move ahead with other NBA athletes.

The NBA had a record $1.12 billion in sponsor spend in 2017-18, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago. State Farm is the NBA’s most active partner, with 68% of properties with a sponsor in the insurance category report a partnership with the insurance firm.

State Farm has also signed on to become an official partner for the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League.

The insurance firm joins brands already aligned with the NBA 2K League including Twitch, Intel, Dell (and its elite gaming brand, Alienware), Nike’s Jordan Brand, New Era, HyperX, and Scuf Gaming.  

The NBA 2K League launched in early May with teams representing 17 NBA clubs.

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