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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.”

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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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Mar272018

Judgement Day: Yankees, Bonds Begin MLB Season As Hottest Tickets On StubHub

By Barry Janoff

March 27, 2018: With MLB’s 2018 Opening Day thisclose, ticket demand for season-opening games as well as rivalry games and games with unique and/or historic implications is on the rise.

StubHub, entering its 11th season as the official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace for MLB and its 30 clubs, says it sorted through its “wealth of data to find the hottest selling games and trending teams” heading into the season.

"As StubHub comes off another record-breaking World Series in terms of demand last season, we're feeling the excitement from baseball fans as we head into Opening Day 2018," Jill Krimmel, StubHub's General Manager of MLB, NCAA and All Other Sports, said in a statement.

"This season is significant for StubHub because for the first time fans will be able to purchase MLB tickets right up until game time for all 30 teams.,” said Krimmel.

The top-selling home opener this year both in demand and price — averaging $218 on StubHub — belongs to the New York Yankees, led by 2017 AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge and new teammate and reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, hosting the Tampa Bay Rays in Yankee Stadium.

Beyond home openers, the San Francisco Giants game on Aug. 11 during which Barry Bonds'  No. 25  Giants jersey will be retired “is the most anticipated moment of MLB's regular season," according to StubHub data.

The second most in-demand Opening Day game on StubHub features California and National League rivals Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in the Giants' AT&T Park on April 7, averaging $212 on StubHub.

The Yankees are StubHub’s top-selling team in MLB overall going into the season, outselling the Giants and Boston Red Sox by 28% and 70%, respectively.

The Yankees moved up from No. 2 last year and No. 5 in 2016.

The Yankees have third highest growth in the league as demand in terms of ticket sales is up 61% from last year, “likely a result of the team’s off-season moves,” offers StubHub.

The Yankees replace the Chicago Cubs, which were the No. 1 in-demand team on StubHub last year following the team’s World Series win in 2015.

The Giants are currently the No. 2 most in-demand team, up from No. 4 last year after three years at No. 1 (2014-16).

The Top Five also includes the Red Sox, Dodgers and Cubs, respectively.

Coming off their 2017 World Series win, this is the first time in the last five years the Houston Astros at No. 8 have broken into StubHub’s Top Ten MLB teams going into the regular season.

Astros’ ticket sales are up 223% from this time last year, not only the highest growth among all MLB teams but also the highest year-over-year growth of regular season ticket sales over the last four seasons.

The Toronto Blue Jays have also been among the fastest-rising teams regarding ticket demand on StubHub over the past few years, entering the 2018 season at No. 9 after being as low as No. 22 in 2014.

The Yankees home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays currently outsells the Dodgers’ home opener, StubHub’s No. 2 top-selling home opening game (March 29), by 12%, according to StubHub.

Coming off a NL pennant and World Series appearance, the Dodgers‘ 2018 home opener is the “club’s best-selling in recent years and set to outpace the team’s 2017 home opener by 41% in ticket sales,” reports StubHub.

The Giants game in August, being played against Bonds’ other former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, is currently outselling the second non-home opener in-demand game of the season, Dodgers at Giants on April 7, by 46%.

The first 20,000 fans in attendance on Aug. 11 will receive a No. 25 cap in honor of Bonds, who wore the number during his 15 years with San Francisco, from 1993-2007.

Three of five of the top selling non-home openers on StubHub involve the Giants and Dodgers, which StubHub said "is proving to be the most heated MLB rivalry heading into 2018."

The complete list of top in-demand MLB home openers, according to ticket sales on StubHub:

1. Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees, April 2. Average ticket price on StubHub $218
2. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, March 29. Average ticket price on StubHub $212
3. Seattle Mariners at San Francisco Giants, April 3. Average ticket price on StubHub $197
4. Baltimore Orioles at Houston Astros, April 2. Average ticket price on StubHub $221
5. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets, March 29. Average ticket price on StubHub $164

The current list of top MLB in-demand games other than home openers according to ticket sales on StubHub:

1. Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants (Barry Bonds Jersey Retirement), August 11. Average ticket price on StubHub $154
2. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 7.  Average ticket price on StubHub $96
3. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, March 30. Average ticket price on StubHub $92
4. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 6. Average ticket price on StubHub $86
5. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, June 30. Average ticket price on StubHub $141
6. Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals, May 5. Average ticket price on StubHub $118
7. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox, April 12. Average ticket price on StubHub $120
8. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 28. Average ticket price on StubHub $97
9. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 8. Average ticket price on StubHub $90
10. Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees, April 7. Average ticket price on StubHub $72

The current list of Top Ten in-demand MLB teams according to regular season ticket sales on StubHub:

1. New York Yankees
2. San Francisco Giants
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Chicago Cubs
6. St. Louis Cardinals
7. New York Mets
8. Houston Astros
9. Toronto Blue Jays
10. Texas Rangers

With the big buzz around Shohei Ohtani’s debut season, the Los Angeles Angels come in as StubHub’s No. 11 top-selling team and the fourth highest growth team in the league as demand is up 55% from this time last year, per StubHub.

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