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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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Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9M The Match Drives Marketing Partners, PPV, Activation

By Barry Janoff

October 25, 2018: Turner Sports has unveiled details about the head-to-head $9 million golf match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, scheduled for Nov. 23, and golf fans may not be all that pleased.

Capital One’s The Match: Tiger vs. Phil will be shown on various PPV outlets, with a suggested retail price of $19.99, including Turner’s B/R Live, AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse.

The match will take place on Shadow Creek Golf Course, Las Vegas, owned by MGM Resorts International.

Marketing partners include presenting sponsor Capital One, Audi, AT&T and MGM Resorts.

Woods' own roster of marketing partners includes Bridgestone Golf, Hero, Kowa, Monster Energy, Nike, TaylorMade and Upper Deck.

Mickelson’s sponsors include Amgen, Callaway, Grayhawk, Intrepid, KMPG, Mizzen + Main, Rolex and Workday.

If you are in or planning to go to Las Vegas, however, don’t expect to see the mega-event in person unless you already have connections.

"The Match" will not be open to the public, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, but will be open to sponsors and VIP guests.

Capital One is also the official bank and credit card. Activation includes on-course signage and on-air media buys.

As title sponsor, Capital One said it would “collaborate with Turner Sports and Turner Ignite Sports on a number of digital and broadcast integrations leading up to and during the live pay-per-view event."

AT&T is the official 4K sponsor and official wireless and data services partner, and will have media buys and on-course-signage.

AT&T will also present drone course coverage for the first time at Shadow Creek.

Associate sponsor Audi will serve as the official automotive partner.

Audi will have on-air and on-course signage, will host the Audi Driving Range and will have a variety of vehicles on display for attendees.

Turner Sports and its Turner Ignite Sports are also “working closely with additional marketing partners to elevate their brands within this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Excel and Lagardère Sports, who represent Woods and Mickelson, respectively, are also event organizers for "The Match."

PPV will also be distributed to other cable, satellite and telco operators, including Comcast, Charter, Cox, Verizon and Altice in the U.S.; and Rogers, Shaw and Bell in Canada.

Turner International will facilitate the distribution of live PPV access outside the U.S. and Canada.

Turner said the PPV Event “reflects new AT&T combined resources,”

According to David Levy, Turner president, “For the first time since AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner (now WarnerMedia), Turner, DirecTV and HBO will present a multi-faceted presentation of the live event and accompanying content across a vast array of platforms.”

WarnerMedia’s Turner Sports is producing all live event coverage while also serving as the exclusive sales and sponsorship partner, in conjunction with Excel Sports Management and Lagardère Sports.

This event would reach not just golf fans but fringe and even non-golf enthusiasts.

HBO Sports plans a 24/7 series leading up to the match.

Bleacher Report’s House of Highlights will offer comprehensive highlights and behind-the-scenes content.

Turner Sports and its Ignite Sports are “working closely with additional marketing partners to elevate their brands with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

In addition, Turner’s TNT will air programming with select content from the event in the weeks following the live competition.

While the winner of "The March" will get $9 million, during the live event competition, both Woods and Mickelson will selectively make side challenges against one another.

Both men said that a portion of the winnings as well as from media rights would go to charities of their choice.

According to Steve Loy, Mickelson’s manager, Mickelson plans to donate to The Phil & Amy Mickelson Foundation, the Children of the 58 fund and the Las Vegas Shriners.

Woods will donate to The Tiger Woods Foundation and other unspecified local charities, according to his manager.

Broadcast talent and other event specifics for Capital One’s The Match: Tiger vs. Phil will be announced in the coming weeks.

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