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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jan242019

How Andy Warhol Inspired Coca-Cola’s Plans With Super Bowl In Its Backyard

By Barry Janoff

January 24, 2019: Of the celebrities who will appear in commercials during Super Bowl LIII on CBS, the late artist and muse Andy Warhol won’t be one of them.

But he will be there in spirit, having inspired a 60-second spot from Coca-Cola that is part of the company’s plans to activate for the game in its home town of Atlanta, even as rival and official NFL partner PepsiCo makes its presence known via multi-platform marketing including the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.

The animated commercial, “A Coke is a Coke” will air just before kickoff.

According to Coca-Cola, the creative was inspired by a quote from Warhol’s 1975 book, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol:

“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same thing as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and, just think, you can drink Coke, too.

“A Coke is a Coke, and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it and you know it.”

Coke said the ad “brings to life the idea that a Coke is for everyone with its closing line, ‘We all have different hearts and hands; heads holding various views. Don’t you see? Different is beautiful. And together is beautiful too.’”

 “A Coke is a Coke” was created by Wieden+Kennedy and animated by Psyop.

“Coca-Cola is a brand built on optimism, diversity and inclusion,” Stuart Kronauge, president, Sparkling Business Unit and svp-marketing, Coca-Cola North America, said via the company.

“We have a long history of using the country’s biggest advertising stage to share a message of unity and positivity, especially at times when our nation feels divided. This year, we decided to place our ad just before the national anthem as Americans come together in their living rooms to remind everyone that ‘together is beautiful’.

Among its activation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the company's global philanthropic arm, has unveiled a $1 million grant to allow free admission for anyone visiting Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights from Jan. 28 through the end of February (Black History Month).

The Foundation said the goal is “to connect the history of the American Civil Rights Movement with human rights and inclusion issues around the world and celebrate of role diversity and inclusion in the story of Atlanta.”

Among other plans, Coca-Cola will invite fans via social media to share the “Together is Beautiful” message by “sending selfies celebrating what makes them both different and beautiful.”

Select images will be recreated using a similar illustrative style as the characters in “A Coke is a Coke” and featured in a mural on Coca-Cola’s Instagram channel the night of the game.

The brand said it plans to actively respond to followers on Twitter with uplifting messages from “A Coke is a Coke” characters.

The brand described “A Coke is a Coke” as a “playful ad with such original animated characters as ‘Beans the Chef’, ‘Freddy the Yeti’ and ‘Abigail the Bird Girl,’ who remind viewers that Coke is for everyone and that it is beautiful to celebrate our differences.”

According to Helen Smith Price, president for The Coca-Cola Foundation, “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our hometown.

“(This grant) is all about giving visitors and residents alike the opportunity to understand Atlanta’s rich civil and human rights legacy, especially as tens of thousands of guests visit our city for the Big Game.”

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