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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.”

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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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E-Poll: Curry Tops LeBron In Marketability, 'Greek Freak' Leads Up-And-Comers

By Barry Janoff

October 19, 2017: The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are arguably on a course to meet in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors and LeBron James of the Cavaliers are also vying for another title: Most Marketable Player in the NBA.

According to E-Poll Market Research, which works with companies to track the positive and negative attributes related to the marketing qualities of more than 9.500 celebrities, athletes, politicians and newsmakers. the winner entering the 2017-18 season is . . .

Stephen Curry.

Curry’s E-Poll “E-Score” was 94 out of 100 versus James 90 out of 100, based on the responses of a representative sample of 1,100 people in the U.S. age 13+.

Although James had 54% awareness to Curry’s 41%, Curry pulled in a 57% appeal rating to James’ 41%.

In a separate Marketability 2017 poll of NBA Up-And-Comers, Giannis (“The Greek Freak”) Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks had the highest E-Score at 58.

Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers this year, had the highest Appeal, 78%, De’Aaron Fox, the first-round draft pick this year by the Sacramento Kings, was second with 70% Appeal.

Behind Curry and James, the Top 10 players on E-Poll’s “NBA Marketability 2017” ranking were (in order) Dwayne Wade (Cavaliers), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Kevin Durant (Warriors), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Chris Paul (Houston Rockets), Klay Thompson (Warriors), Carmelo Anthony (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans).

See Top 20 list below.

According to Encino, Calif.-based E-Score, “Appeal is the percent of respondents selecting ‘Like a lot’ or ‘Like,’ the top two boxes on a six-point scale to describe their sentiment toward the subject.

“E-Score can range from 0-100 and is based on a formula rating each celebrity’s awareness and appeal as well as positive and negative measures.”

In the tale of the endorsement tape, James is about $20 million ahead of Curry.

James earns an NBA-leading $55 million in endorsements — second among athletes worldwide behind tennis star Roger Federer ($58 million in endorsements) —  from such brands as Nike (pictured left), Kia, Coca-Cola (Sprite), Intel, Beats and Verizon, according to Forbes.

Curry is second in the NBA (No. 6 worldwide) with $35 million in endorsements from deals that include Under Armour (pictured above), JP Morgan Chase, Brita, JBL Audio and Vivo.

With new Nike jerseys featuring ad patches this season, Curry and the Warriors have a three-year, $60 million deal with Rakuten while James and the Cavs will be sporting Goodyear patches via a three-year, $30 million deal.

Durant is third in the NBA (No. 7 overall) with $34 million in endorsements, followed by James Harden (Rockets) at $20 million, Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) at $14 million, Wade with $13 million and Russell Westbrook (Thunder) with $12 million in endorsements, per Forbes.

Paul, who joined the Rockets from the Clippers during the off-season, has the top Appeal score, 59%, among NBA players on the E-Poll list, tied with Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs).

Curry is second (57%), followed by Vince Carter (TEAM 55%), Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves, 55%) and Thompson (54%).

The average of all active NBA players is 58 overall E-Score, 11% Awareness and 50% Appeal.

Sponsorship spending on the NBA and its 30 teams hit a record $861 million in the 2016-17 season, a 7.8% increase from $799 million the previous season. That is expected to “skyrocket) this year due to the new Nike eight-year, $1 billion deal and the arrival of jersey-patch alliances, according to ESP Properties, Chicago.

E-Poll NBA Marketability 2017

1. Stephen Curry 94 E-Score 41% Awareness 57% Appeal

2. LeBron James 90 E-Score 54% Awareness 41% Appeal

3. Dwyane Wade 80 E-Score 28% Awareness 53% Appeal

4. Dirk Nowitzki 88 E-Score 20% Awareness 54% Appeal

5. Kevin Durant 87 E-Score 29% Awareness 51% Appeal

6. Blake Griffin 84 E-Score 19% Awareness 40% Appeal

7. Chris Paul 83 E-Score 17% Awareness 59% Appeal

8. Klay Thompson 82 E-Score 14% Awareness 54% Appeal

9. Carmelo Anthony 81 E-Score 19% Awareness 47% Appeal

10. Anthony Davis 80 E-Score 15% Awareness 50% Appeal

11. Vince Carter 79 E-Score 12% Awareness 55% Appeal

12. Isaiah Thomas 78 E-Score 17% Awareness 47% Appeal

13. Russell Westbrook 77 E-Score 14% Awareness 53% Appeal

14. John Wall 77 E-Score 11% Awareness 49% Appeal

15. James Harden 76 E-Score 20% Awareness 41% Appeal

16. Jeremy Lin 76 E-Score 12% Awareness 46% Appeal

17. Manu Ginobili 73 E-Score 13% Awareness 59% Appeal

18. Kyrie Irving 70 E-Score 17% Awareness 45% Appeal

19. Derrick Rose 70 E-Score 16% Awareness 46% Appeal

20. Jimmy Butler 70 E-Score 14% Awareness 55% Appeal

SOURCE: E-Poll Market Research

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