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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
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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Shot In The Arm: College Football Outland Trophy Signs Presenting Deal With NFID

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 23, 2018: The prestigious Outland Trophy, awarded annually by the Football Writers Association of America to the top interior lineman in college football, has a new partnership and presenting alliance.

FWAA has signed a pact with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases to present the 2018 Outland Trophy as part of a public awareness campaign “focused on the importance of influenza (flu) prevention during the 2018-2019 flu season.”

As part of the public awareness campaign, the award will be rebranded as the Outland Trophy presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Financial terms were not shared.

As part of marketing support, the hashtag #FightFlu will appear on all Outland Trophy advertising, marketing, social media and public relations materials.

Branded content and advertising will promote the award and the public awareness campaign in Touchdown Illustrated game day programs at more than 1,000 college football games during the 2018 season.

Content will also appear in many major bowl game programs — including the College Football Playoff — as well as most NFL game day programs.

Joe Thomas, the 2006 Outland Trophy winner while at the University of Wisconsin, will serve as the Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador.

Thomas retired earlier this year after an11-year career with NFL's Cleveland Browns.

“Now that I’m retired I’ve decided to help give the @OutlandTrophy a shot in the arm by partnering with @NFIDvaccines and @TheFWAA to promote the importance of getting vaccinated for the flu #FightFlu,” Thomas posted on his Twitter account.

According to  Steve Richardson, FWAA executive director, ”This partnership with the Outland Trophy offers NFID a timely platform to promote the importance of flu prevention to college football fans all across the U.S. and remind fans that annual flu vaccination is recommended for all individuals age six months and older.”

NFID said that influenza (flu) is a “highly contagious and sometimes life-threatening disease that affects between 5-20% of the U.S. population annually and accounts for more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 3,000-49,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

They said that getting an annual flu shot is the most effective way to prevent influenza.

Thomas will announce the recipient of the 2018 Outland Trophy during ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 6 in the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

"Influenza is a highly contagious and sometimes life-threatening disease that accounts for more than 200,000 hospitalizations and 3,000-49,000 deaths in the U.S. each year."

The official presentation to the winner will be made at the Greater Omaha (Nebraska) Sports Committee's Outland Trophy Banquet on Jan. 9, 2019.

"The FWAA is delighted to partner with NFID in this Outland Trophy sponsorship,” Richardson said in a statement

“NFID is an influential thought leader promoting important public health messages around disease prevention and treatment. Using one of college football's oldest and most revered awards to help promote flu prevention is a winning play on any field as far as the FWAA is concerned.”

The Outland Trophy, now in its 73rd year, was created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award.

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