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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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MLB’s MVFs (Most Valuable Franchises) Led By Yankees ($4B), Dodgers ($3B), Cubs

By Barry Janoff

April 11, 2018: The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in MLB, with a price tag put at $4 billion.

Good news for franchise owners, who this season added Giancarlo Stanton and his annual average $25 million contract, and have a team salary of more than $190.7 million.

That salary would be second in MLB only to the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a payroll at about $196.6 million, according to industry analysts.

Although tops in MLB in value, that still leaves the Yankees second behind the most valuable sports franchise in the world, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, valued at more than $4.2 billion, according to Forbes.

Something that many of the top-valued MLB teams have in common is a recent World Series title or appearance.

The Dodgers, valued No. 2 at $3 billion, played in the Fall Classic last season, losing to the Houston Astros, ranked No. 11 with a $1.65 billion value.

No. 3 on the list is the Chicago Cubs, winners of the 2016 World Series, valued at $2.9 billion, according to Forbes.

The San Fransisco Giants are No. 4, valued at $2.85 billion, and winners of the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The Boston Red Sox, valued at $2.8 billion, round out the Top Five; the team was World Series champs in 2004, 2007 and most recently in 2013.

Although the Yankees have not won a World Series since 2009, they have 27 titles to their name, average more than 3 million in attendance per year and last season won 91 games, the team’s highest total since 2012 (95).

According to Forbes writer Mike Ozanian, “The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue — $619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at 15% since a group led by George Steinbrenner paid $8.8 million for the team in 1973.”

Steinbrenner's sons, Hal and Hank, are co-chairmen for team owner Yankee Global Enterprises.

The average value of MLB teams is $1.645 billion, up 7% from last year, and average revenue was up almost 5%; but operating income was down 17%, per Forbes.

By comparison, NFL franchises are worth an average of $2.5 billion and NBA teams are worth an average of $1.65B, with all 30 franchises hitting the $1B mark for the first time, with the New York Knicks ($3.6 billion) topping the list.

Pulling down the average MLB franchise value, according to Forbes, are the Bottom Five.

That includes No. 26 Oakland A’s ($1.02 billion), No. 27 Kansas City Royals ($1.015 billion, World Series losers in 2014 but World Champs in 2015), No. 28 Cincinnati Reds ($1.01 billion), No. 29 Miami Marlins ($1 billion) and No. 30 Tampa Bay Rays ($900 million).

According to Forbes, “Average revenue and operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for MLB’s 30 teams were $315 million and $29 million, respectively, for the 2017 season. Revenue was up 4.7% from 2016 mainly due to more television, premium seating and sponsorship money.

“Meanwhile, operating income was down 17% primarily because of more spending on marketing, player development and analytics.”

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