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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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Jul202017

Misty Copeland Leads Strong Women In Under Armour 'Unlike Any' Campaign

By Barry Janoff

July 19, 2017: In its on-going quest to be the sports footwear and apparel company of popular choice but with an attitude that separates itself from its category rivals, Under Armour lhas aunched a global marketing campaign, "Unlike Any."

The multi-platform effort, under the brand’s umbrella I Will tag, features women who are leaders and/or face challenges and handle them with strength, determination and beauty.

The roster includes Under Armour veteran spokeswoman Misty Copeland,  principal ballerina  for the American Ballet Theatre; Harlem Run Crew founder Alison Désir; world champion sprinter Natasha Hastings; and two new brand spokeswomen: professional stuntwoman Jessie Graff, and Chinese taekwondo champion and actress Zoe Zhang (Lanxin Zhang).

A spot featuring champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn will premiere in Fall 2017.

Paraplympic athlete Fleur Jong stars in a spot under the title, "Unwavering Will."

According to Under Armour, "To portray these women as Unlike Any, (we) captured 360-degree rotations of their athleticism from every angle, paying homage to the movements that have driven their incredible achievements."

Each of their stories "takes form in a set of tributes — poetry crafted specifically for each athlete at the peak of their performance — from spoken word artists who were inspired to craft a lyrical work in honor of each athlete’s story and transcendent ability," per Under Armour.

The campaign, to support the company’s Fall / Winter 2017 women’s collection, will see significant activation in U.S., Europe and China, as well as other Under Armour markets.

The effort will include more than 200 pieces of content for TV, digital and social platforms and POP. Under Armour said it is working with such media partners as Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Snapchat, Refinery29, Well + Good, Soundcloud, iTunes and Google Play to reach consumers.

Lead agency is Droga5.

"We’ve built the women’s category at Under Armour on a foundation of innovative products and storytelling that champions her athletic performance,” Pam Catlett, sip and GM for Women’s at Under Armour, said in a statement.

“We will continue to break new ground with our women’s business by consistently recognizing the ways in which women are re-defining the athletic experience and by creating great product that meets her evolving needs."

In Misty’s creative, we see her dancing and moving with words by Saul Williams. "The systemic structure built to keep me in place is the stage I dance on. Black. And woman. Mothership. My mother’s hips beheld deep space. Astronaut of corporal grace."

Stuntwoman Jessie Graff seems to defy gravity in her spot, with words by Kojey Radical. "I want to know what it feels like to leap from cloud to cloud and not look down once. I want to know how you skip across the stars and use the moon as a landing mode.I looked onwards in awe and said, ‘Teach me. Teach me to fly through the air like the first flight of Pegasus."

Each spot ends with the line, "Remind me what it’s like to to be unlike any."

According to Adrienne Lofton, svp-global brand management, for Under Armour, "Each of our athletes in this campaign have shattered expectations and challenged the status quo on their respective playing fields. For ‘Unlike Any’, we set out to celebrate and elevate our athletes to where they belong – above gender roles, above labels, and above convention.

"Our unique approach was to create these unexpected films that honor our athletes with powerful poems from the hearts and minds of some of the most thought-provoking artists in the world. Our brand aims to inspire women everywhere to continue making history in their own lives and this campaign is a reminder that we stand for and with her," said Lofton.

Under Armour "Unlike Any"

Misty Copeland

Jessie Graff

Natasha Hastings

Allison Désir

Zoe Zhang

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