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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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Adidas’ First Ad As NHL Jersey Partner Centers On Creativity Of League, Players

By Barry Janoff

October 6, 2017: In September 2015, adidas signed a seven-year deal with the NHL naming it the official provider of on-ice uniforms and supplier of licensed apparel and headwear, taking over for its Reebok division beginning with the 2017-18 season.

That time has arrived, and adidas, having recently unveiled its first official league uniforms, is now supporting the alliance with the first its full-fledge effort behind its NHL partnership.multi-platform campaign, "What if Hockey . . . "

The effort was launched with a 30-second spot, "Here To Create," featuring three of the league’s young star and adidas spokesmen, wearing the new adiizero jerseys: Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers), Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks, pictured above) and Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars, pictured below).

The theme of the campaign is "celebrating creativity in hockey," and in the spot the three players show how they use lacrosse, street hockey and gymnastics as part of their training.

According to adidas, ”Some athletes evoke emotions, some tap into imagination, some challenge the status quo, and with each opportunity to create. These athletes are changing the game.”

“Adidas is the brand for creators and with my unique style on and off the ice,” said Burns, who recently signed with the brand and "will take a leading role in upcoming adidas brand marketing initiatives, along with collaborating on future adidas hockey apparel and accessories.”

“I felt that partnering with the brand was a natural fit. Adidas has a ton of momentum and I just knew that I had to be a part of this energy and a member of the adidas family,” said Burns.

"What if Hockey. . . " will air in media outlets in the U.S. Canada and the U.S. on-air and online.

A 15-second version of the spot will be tagged to include Dick’s Sporting Goods and will run in stores and on their digital and social channels.

In the spot, we see scenes of McDavid, Burns, Sequin both on- and off-ice.

A voiceover offers: “What if inspiration could come from where we least expect it. In our path to the top is the road less traveled. What if we dare to be ourselves? And we never stopped creating.”

Text reads: “Here to Create. Adidas.”

Additional creative, including Internet, social media and in-arena will support the campaign.

Adidas said it solicited feedback from players while designing the jerseys has been getting positive feedback from players regarding the finished adizero product.

"Our company takes pride in building products to make athletes perform better," Dan Near, the head of adidas hockey, said when the jerseys were officially unveiled. “We were really pleased to hear a general level of excitement about this change that we respected the traditions of hockey.

“But we brought some new aesthetic and excitement to the sport that's hopefully going to be reflective of the impact adidas is going to have on the game in the seven-year partnership.”

According to Near, "What are we bringing into the sport of hockey that's enhancing what we've had in the past and making it better? It can't be just about aesthetics. It has to be a legitimate storyline behind it."

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