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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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• 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
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WWE Deals With Fox ('SmackDown Live'), USA Net ('Monday Night Raw') Top $3B

By Barry Janoff

June 26, 2018: Sometimes, partners need to go their separate ways in order to grow.

That is what WWE appears to be doing with its duo of SmackDown Live and Monday Night Raw, encompassing more than $3 billion in media deals.

Fox Sports today confirmed reports that, every Friday night beginning Oct. 4, 2019, Fox network would be the new home for WWE’s SmackDown Live under a five-year deal.

Concurrently, USA Network, which has aired SmackDown since January 2016 and will remain its home until the Fox deal kicks in, said it was renewing Monday Night Raw, which debuted on the network in January 1993.

The deal is also for five years.

Financial terms were not disclosed for either deal, but was put at just over $200 million per year for SmackDown Live and about $400 million annually for Monday Night Raw by industry analysts.

USA Network aired Monday Night Raw from its inception in January 1993 through September 2000, when it moved to TNN/Spike TV before returning to USA Network in October 2006.

WWE said the the shift of SmackDown from cable to broadcast would help expand its audience.

“WWE and Fox are a perfect match,” Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Moving SmackDown Live to broadcast TV and having the ability to leverage Fox’ extensive portfolio of world-class sporting events will expand the reach of our flagship programming.”

Fox Sports has been focusing on what it intends to be new programming mainstays.

Earlier this year it acquired rights to Thursday Night Football in a multi-year deal with the NFL.

“At Fox we are thrilled to welcome WWE to the Fox Sports family and bring SmackDown Live to broadcast television,” Eric Shanks, president, COO and executive producer Fox Sports, said in a statement. “We are huge fans and know that together Fox Sports will be the leader in live events for the foreseeable future.”

According to WWE, Smackdown Live, is closing in on 1,000 episodes and is the “second-longest running weekly episodic cable television show in U.S. prime time history” behind only Monday Night Raw.

Monday Night Raw has aired more than 1,300 episodes.

Keeping Monday Night Raw on USA Network was seen as a no-brainer for parent company NBCUniversal.

Monday Night Raw and USA Network have dominated Monday nights during a truly historic run,” Chris McCumber, president, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said in a statement.

“Our partnership with WWE is one of the strongest and most successful in the business, and together we’ll take Raw to even greater heights.”

“We look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with NBCUniversal and USA Network,” said McMahon. “Monday Night Raw has been synonymous with USA Network and we are excited about what the future holds for WWE’s flagship program.”

WWE said that SmackDown Live has helped to launch the careers of such stars as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Bella Twins.

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