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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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Aug152018

National Champion Alabama Tide Tops StubHub List Of In-Demand CFB Games

By Barry Janoff

August 15, 2018: Winning the college football’s National Championship has its perks.

For the first time in five seasons, the University of Michigan football team is not the most in-demand ticket on StubHub.

The Wolverines dropped to No. 2 after being ousted by the 2017 National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide, which moved up from No. 3 last season to No. 1.

Demand is up 45% year over year for Alabama games on StubHub, based on ticket sales.

The Crimson Tide also leads the list as a top seller in nine unique states, the most of any school.

Beyond Alabama itself, the states include Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho and the New England contingent of Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Alabama’s move to the top was “driven by eagerly anticipated Southeastern Conference rivalry match-ups against Auburn and Texas A&M returning to Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa,” according to StubHub.

The most in-demand game to date based on ticket sales is Miami vs. LSU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the Advocare Classic on Sept. 2. This game marks the first time these two schools have played since 2005.

Tickets are averaging $226 on StubHub.

However, the game with the highest average ticket price on StubHub is Michigan at Ohio State on Nov. 24, averaging $695.

Not far behind: Michigan at Notre Dame on Sept. 1, averaging $652.

The San Francisco-based ticket marketplace said its Top 10 ranking and Top 10 most in-demand games are based on the amount of ticket sales per team on its site (to date) for 2018 NCAAF regular season games.

"With key rivalry games at home this season, Alabama is seeing extraordinary demand on StubHub," Jill Krimmel, StubHub general manager for NCAA Sports and MLB, said in a statement.

"Coming off another national championship victory and given the additional excitement of these match-ups, it's understandable that we're seeing Alabama dethrone Michigan from a five-year reign."

According to StubHub, in addition to Michigan dropping from the top, only half the teams were on the Top Ten list last year, and four of the teams added to the Top 10 this season had never been placed higher than No. 15 in the past four years.

StubHub said it has NCAA deals with more than 60 universities, including the recently added partnership with Texas A&M.

At. No. 8, Texas Christian University is StubHub's top-trending team year-over-year, with demand for the Horned Frogs up 298% based on StubHub sales, “making the largest jump in demand among StubHub's Top 10 selling teams.”

Two team with big gains over the past three seasons are Penn State and Georgia.

The Bulldogs were ranked No. 15 in 2016 based on StubHub ticket sales, No. 4 last season and now No. 3 going into 2018.

The Bulldogs were ranked No. 18 in 2016, No. 14 last season and are now at No. 5.

The Top 5 also includes the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at. No. 4.

Big Ten is the most popular conference heading into the season for the fifth year in a row.

Overall, about 58% of regular season ticket sales on StubHub come from buyers located more than 120 miles away from the venue.

In Alaska, the Ole Miss Rebels are StubHub’s top-selling tickets. In Nevada, LSU is No. 1. In Maine, the Ohio State Buckeyes top the StubHub list.

"College football fans are a different breed," said Krimmel. "There is a passion that is hard to find anywhere else, as we've seen fans are willing to travel greater distances to see their team play than any other sport."

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