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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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Mary Wittenberg Goes From Marathon Runner To Globe Trotter For Virgin Sport

By Barry Janoff

May 12, 2015: Mary Wittenberg, a driving force for the past decade behind the growth of the New York City Marathon and the Abbott World Marathon Majors, is leaving her position as president and CEO for New York Road Runners to become global CEO for Virgin Sport, a new active lifestyle company under the direction of Sir Richard Branson.

According to Branson's Virgin Group, Virgin Sport "seeks to grow a global community by re-imagining 'sport' and expanding the reach of mass participatory events in running, cycling and other formats." Virgin Group also said that Virgin Sport would "deliver unique experiences for participants and spectators alike while having a positive social impact on local communities."

Virgin Sport, which will be headquartered in New York under Wittenberg, will launch in the U.K. and focus on core Virgin territories including the U.S., South Africa and Australia "through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth. Virgin Sport will also consider entering other markets of interest which have potential for growth."

Wittenberg's last day with NYRR and the New York City Marathon, of which she is race director, will be May 18.

NYRR said that Michael Capiraso, currently NYRR's COO, would become president and CEO.

In addition, Peter Ciaccia, currently NYRR;s chief production officer, will move to a newly created position of president of events as well as race director  for the NYC Marathon.

According to Wittenberg, herself a marathon participant, "It is an opportunity of a lifetime to launch and lead Virgin Sport. The Virgin brand stands for fun, innovation and making a difference. I've seen first-hand over and over the transformative power of sport in people's lives."

Wittenberg joined NYRR in 1998 and two years later became its first COO. In 2005, she was named NYRR's president and CEO and race director for what was then the ING NYC Marathon.

Under Wittenberg, the since rebranded TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) Marathon has become one of the most significant and well-sponsored marathons in the world, with marketing partners that include United Airlines, Airbnb, Asics, Coors Light, Dunkin' Donuts, Foot Locker, Gatorade, Oakley, Poland Spring, Tag Heuer, Toyota and UPS.

The World Marathon Majors was founded in 2006 and includes the TCS NYC Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Virgin Money London Marathon, which is a sibling to the new Virgin Sport under the Virgin Group umbrella.

Global healthcare company Abbott became the first title sponsor of the WMM in October 2014.

In addition to overseeing a year-round slate of events under the NYRR auspices, Wittenberg has worked closely with the U.S. Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee to promote marathons, running and fitness worldwide.

Via a new digital platform, Virgin Sport will supplement its events with training and social opportunities providing support to people of all ages and abilities in leading active, healthy lives.

According to Branson, "We're delighted to welcome Mary as Global CEO. She is a wonderful leader and has a great track record in building wonderfully inspiring events and a strong community. It's great to welcome another superb CEO heading up one of our exciting new companies."

"My days at NYRR have been fueled by the inspiration all around me and it has been an immense privilege to serve our runners and community."

Branson said that the Virgin Sport venture is "particularly close to my heart. Keeping fit and healthy is a key priority in my life, and is part of my daily routine. I am a big believer in having fun while making a difference and Virgin Sport will make that possible for so many more people. The events we run will challenge people to push the boundaries of what they believe is possible and help them live life to the fullest."

"Marrying Virgin and Sport, we want to create a new paradigm — sport for all," said Wittenberg. "For life. No matter age or ability. As people desire to get healthier and fitter, Virgin Sport will be there with open arms and cheers, to encourage everyone to take part and to realize their fullest potential - often beyond their wildest dreams."

“Mary’s been a trailblazer in our industry and the positive impact she’s had on New York Road Runners and the TCS New York City Marathon has been historic,” George Hirsch, chairman of the board for NYRR and a founder of the New York City Marathon along with Fred Lebow, said in a statement. “Mary has proven that she is one of the top sports executives in the world and we’ll miss her vision and leadership.”  

"My days at NYRR have been fueled by the inspiration all around me and it has been an immense privilege to serve our runners and community while working side by side with so many amazing partners and talented and deeply committed staff, volunteers and board of directors,” said Wittenberg. “NYRR is fortunate to have Michael and Peter ready to take the baton with the invaluable benefit of George Hirsch, with his many years of experience, working closely with them as he and the Board have with me these past ten years. I am predicting this next leg of NYRR’s run will be the best yet.”

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