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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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Survey: People Would Spend More If Wait Time At Concession Stands Was Less

By Barry Janoff

April 30, 2019: With sports teams and leagues looking for ways to get fans into stadium and arena seats, a new survey shows that keeping them in their seats is a significant way to start.

A priority among venues and teams is to sell food and drink, which ultimately can be done with little effort.

The problem: standing on lines to buy food and drinks.

Nearly all people — 94% — at games buy food and/or drinks.

The problem for venues and concessions: 59% said they would spend even more if they didn't have to wait in lines, according to a new survey from Oracle Food and Beverage, Stadium of the Future: The Next Generation of Game Day Technology.

Ten minutes was the maximum acceptable wait time to buy food and drinks, according to those surveyed.

Oracle, which said it works with thousands of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, stadiums, theme parks, and other food and beverage operations worldwide with Oracle POS platforms to optimize the guest experience, also offers that 76% of those surveyed said in-seat delivery would improve their stadium experience.

"There is nothing more frustrating for sports-goers than missing part of the game while they wait for a hot dog and beer," Simon de Montfort Walker, evp and GM, Oracle Food and Beverage, said via the Redwood Shores, Calif., firm.

”Stadiums must modernize the ordering and delivery of food and beverages to improve the experience and keep fans coming back.”

The survey shows that 72% of sports fans in the U.S. “always or usually” purchase food at a game while 76% buy a beverage, spending an average of $42 per game.

Some 30% of fans globally ranked being able to stay in their seats as the most important way to improve the food and beverage experience at the stadium.

Concurrently, 59% of those who responded would spend more on concessions if their wait time were cut in half.

Directly related to that, 74% said they would like to pick up an order from an express line at a concession stand if offered.

In order to speed up the overall process for people in sports venues, cashless operations have been implemented in Mercedes-Benz Stadium (home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS United) and Tropicana Field (home to MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays).

Among the findings, the survey showed that when it comes to food and beverages, fans would welcome self-ordering from kiosks and mobile apps to speed the process.

While fans were also open to AR/VR to view menus and for drone food delivery, but drew the line at robots delivering their food.

According to de Montfort Walker, “Fans are amazingly tech-savvy and expect to bring the same conveniences they have in their everyday lives — self-ordering, food delivery, mobile payments, etc. — to their favorite sporting venues."

In the survey, 41% said they would be likely to use drone delivery or voice activated virtual assistants, while 37% would use augmented reality to see food options.

“They want the food to be delivered to them in their seat, so they spend their time watching the game,” according to Stadium of the Future: The Next Generation of Game Day Technology. “And they expect all this to be paid for via the click of a button, via cashless or modern payment systems or loaded tickets.

Sixty-three percent of fans were also interested in joining a loyalty program to get even more benefit from the game-day outing.

"Venues can no longer think of game-day as a moment in time,"  said de Montfort Walker. "It's an opportunity to engage fans before, during, and after a game in an easy and seamless manner for a fan.

“For example, loyalty programs members may receive a coupon for a $1 hot dog during the seventh inning stretch at a baseball game or free wings at a venue owned restaurant outside the stadium after a game. It's a win-win that rewards the fan and helps the venue move product and increase revenue."

The study was conducted among more than 2,000 sports fans from the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia and Canada,

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