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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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Jul152013

First-Year MLB Partner T-Mobile Jumps Into Its All-Star Game Multi-Media Campaign

By Barry Janoff

July 14, 2013: It's the ballplayers who are in the spotlight during the baseball All-Star Game and related activities, but T-Mobile US is doing its best to garner a share of the attention in its first season as an official partner of MLB.

The telecommunications firm is enacting a multi-media campaign and putting its brand in All-Star-related high-traffic and high-profile events. The strategy in part supports its new phone upgrade plan, Jump, which allows "consumers to upgrade their phones when they want, up to twice per year as soon as six months from enrollment."

T-Mobile will air TV spots during the Chevrolet Home Run Derby on ESPN on Monday night (July 15), and during pre-game programming and the All-Star Game on Fox on Tuesday (July 16).

One spot, starring Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, highlights a new T-Mobile plan that "gives all families access to a great multi-line deal with no credit check." (See the full spot here.)

T-Mobile MLB spokesmen also include Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Matt Kemp (a teammate of Gonzalez on the Dodgers).

The Jump strategy is hitting All-Star Game broadcasts via several spots. In "Charge," a businessman is challenged to complete an important call because his battery is constantly dying. "One-Upped" finds a man bragging about his brand new "7" phone, only to be outdone by his friend's brand newer "8."

In "Urinal," a guy on his cell phone tries to talk hands-free while doing his business, but fails when his mobile device hits the porcelain lake. In the follow-up, "Rice," the same guy puts his waterlogged phone in a bag of rice in an attempt to resuscitate it.

The spots come with the Jump offer, "Now you can upgrade when you want, not when you're told."

T-Mobile will also sponsor an All-Star Game in-game segment on Fox that features interviews with players.

Internet marketing support includes ESPN.com and MLB.com, as well as such social media destinations as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and YouTube.

During the All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York, the company will give away 30 smartphones during the game as part of its "Jump Instant Row Upgrade," complete with one year of free unlimited service.

Among other All-Star Game-related activations, T-Mobile is the title sponsor of the MLB All-Star FanFest (being held at Jacob K. Javits Center); has created an advertising takeover of the No. 7 subway line that stops at Citi Field; and has placed outdoor ads throughout New York.

According to Mike Sievert, CMO for T-Mobile, "All-Star Week is one of the premier events in sports, and we couldn't think of a better platform for reaching out to consumers to talk about a totally new approach to mobile phone upgrades. You are going to hear a lot from us about Jump! in the coming week, and you're going to love what you hear."

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