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• The NBA 2K League today named Tencent Holdings Limited as the league’s first distribution partner in China.

• The English Premier League has signed a multi-year deal naming Anheuser-Busch brand Budweiser as its official category partner. Carling had been the EPL category partner since 2016.

• Sports and live entertainment company AEG has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renewal agreement with Toshiba America Business Solutions, extending their “comprehensive partnership across several of AEG’s flagship assets,” including Toshiba remaining a founding partner of Staples Center and the official digital signage and display provider of L.A. Live.

• As part of the NFL 100th season celebration, the NFL has teamed up with league partner EA to give one lucky fan the chance to become an EA Sports Madden NFL ratings adjustor for the day as well as be digitized to appear in the Madden NFL game. Details here.

• The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have signed a long-term deal naming  Fanatics, a  global leader for licensed sports merchandise, as the exclusive operator of all Warriors Shop locations throughout the Bay Area. Full story here.

• 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.

• 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.”

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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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May122017

Play It Forward: WNBA GM’s Pick Lynx To Win Title, Delle Donne MVP, Plum ROY

By Barry Janoff

May 10, 2017: In anticipation of the 2017 WNBA season, which begins this weekend, 12 GMs across the league participated in the 15th Annual WNBA.com GM Survey, predicting such outcomes as league champion, MVP, most impactful off-season moves, top coach, top players by position, most under-rated player, toughest player and best international player.

The Minnesota Lynx were picked to win the franchise’s fourth WNBA championship in seven years, and Elena Delle Donne, who was traded to the Washington Mystics during the off-season, was selected as the favorite for WNBA Most Valuable Player.

The WNBA also unveiled a new partnership that makes FanDuel the league’s first official, one-day fantasy partner of the WNBA.

According to the WNBA, people will be able to access the "official one-day fantasy game of the WNBA" and compete against others for daily WNBA prizes, including courtside tickets to regular season games, WNBA experiences, merchandise and memorabilia.

The official one-day fantasy game, available throughout the entire WNBA regular season and playoffs, is free to all fans via FanDuel.com, the FanDuel app and WNBA.com, according to the league. (Details here.)

"We are constantly looking to innovate by finding new opportunities to engage with our passionate fans and introduce the WNBA to wider audiences," WNBA president Lisa Borders said in a statement. "This partnership with FanDuel and our new one-day fantasy game will be a fresh, unique way for fans to further connect with their favorite WNBA players and teams throughout our season."

Along with the official one-day fantasy game, between May 13-20, people will have access to the "WNBA Tip-Off Challenge," a series of special edition, free-to-play games for the chance to win WNBA Store credit, tickets to WNBA games, and a grand prize fan experience including courtside seats to the WNBA Finals with a basketball legend.

According to the WNBA.com GM Survey, Washington’s acquisition of Delle Donne and its signing of veteran free agent guard Kristi Toliver, who helped the Los Angeles Sparks win the title last season, were seen as the biggest moves of the off-season by 92% of GMs.

The same number also considered Delle Donne to be the one player acquisition who will make the biggest impact, while 67% named the Mystics as the most improved team.

In addition to being selected as the championship favorite, the Lynx were named the team with the best home-court advantage (58%) while the Sparks were tapped as the "most fun team" to watch (25%).

Delle Donne, the 2015 MVP while with the Chicago Sky, was named as the player most likely to win the 2017 MVP by 42%of the GMs, followed by the New York Liberty’s Tina Charles (25%), 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike of the Sparks (17%) , teammate Candace Parker (8%) and Minnesota’s Maya Moore (8%).

Kelsey Plum of the San Antonio Stars, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, was favored to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors by 92% of the GMs.

Moore, a former WNBA MVP and Finals MVP, was voted as the player the GMs would want taking a shot with the game on the line (58%) the best finisher (33%) the best at creating her own shot (33%); and the most dangerous in the open floor (33%).

Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm, now in her 16th season: was the top vote-getter in five categories: best passer (75%), the player who would make the best head coach (75%), the player who is best at making her teammates better (67%), the player with the best basketball IQ (50%) and the best leader (50%).

Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury was named the best guard (67%) and best pure shooter (58%).

Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve, the reigning WNBA Coach of the Year and a two-time winner of the award, was chosen as the best manager/motivator (42%) and best head coach (33%).

Breanna Stewart of the Storm, the reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year, received the most votes as the player with whom to start a franchise (33%). 

The Atlanta Dream’s Damiris Dantas was named as the international player most likely to have a breakout season (25%)

See the full survey results here.

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