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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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Jan252018

Tecate Grills More Money, Media, Marketing Punch With Alvarez For ‘Bold’ Campaign

By Barry Janoff

January 24, 2018: Last year, Tecate ran a campaign that featured world-champion boxer Canelo Alvarez and actor Sylvester Stallone.

The beer brand is back again, and so is Alvarez, and Tecate plans to land an even stronger marketing punch with the next evolution of its “Born Bold” umbrella campaign.

For the multi-platform “We Are Bold,” Tecate said it would “increase (its) investment in paid media by five-fold,” running creative for 52 weeks, more than triple the 17-week appearance for its 2017 effort.

It will also expand the reach to more platforms and more areas of the country.

Tecate, imported by Heineken USA, said its target demo is a bicultural Hispanic male, with spots to air on national Hispanic and English networks.

The creative introduces a new theme, “built around four friends' brotherly bond while emphasizing the camaraderie, rivalries and unspoken, yet understood, inside jokes during their regular barbecues.”

In some of the creative, Alvarez interacts with the “Quatro Amigos” during Carne Asada (BBQ).

According to Tecate, “The ‘We Are Bold' campaign is rooted in consumer insights for the beer brand's core demographic, the bicultural Hispanic male, and the role that the BBQ grilling occasion — or Carne Asada, as literally translated by this group — plays culturally as a social forum to grow closer to their friends and as a key consumption occasion.”

The effort, which launches with two spots and will add a third in May, also includes Internet, social media, POP and out-of-home.

For the latter, billboards will appear in select Sun Belt states (Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas) in the coming weeks and expand to 30 key markets by early spring, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Orlando.

Lead agencies include Red Urban, Tecate's digital agency, and Nómades.

"By grounding our creative in the Carne Asada occasion, we've brought to life those intangible bonding moments guys share with their brothers around a grill," Belen Pamukoff, Tecate brand director, said in a statement.

"These moments will be extended throughout the year as we continue to feature the how, when and where our bicultural Hispanic celebrates the unique brotherhood between friends with a refreshing Tecate."

"Chill" is a test of will as the four vie to see who can hold their ice cold Tecate the longest, despited the increasing pain, “highlighting that there's always a friendly competition amongst brothers.”

In “Competition,” the guys seek to outdo each other during a cookout with bigger grills covered with more and more food. Alvarez wins out, however, when he opens the hood to his car and unveils a grill bigger than all the others and filled with even more food and more Tecate.

Gym” finds Alvarez in a gym about to work out. A large slab of meat is hanging from a hook, usually used by boxers to strengthen their bodies by punching away at it as if it were an opponent in the ring. Instead, Alvarez cuts up the meat and begins to grill it, accompanied by Tecate.

According to Pablo Batlle, CCO for Nómades, "In 2018, we want to continue modernizing and building Tecate towards becoming the No. 1 Mexican import light brand.

“The challenge this year was to find relevant and insightful examples for the market around the Brotherhood of the BBQ. The campaign idea looks to unite bicultural men who love a good Carne Asada and an ice cold Tecate,” said Batlle.

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