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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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ESPN Unveils Sponsor Roster For 2019 ESPYs To Benefit The V Foundation

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service
July 3, 2019:
Capital One, Cadillac, Coors Light, Dove Men+Care, eBay, Gatorade, Hotels.com and MassMutual are among the partners that will help bring ESPN’s 2019 ESPY Awards to life on July 10 from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The partner making the most impact: The V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded in 1993 by ESPN and Jim Valvano, former head basketball coach for North Carolina State University, who passed away in April of that year.

Capital One returns as presenting sponsor of the show and will also award the Capital One Cup.

The Cup is presented annually at The ESPYS to the nation’s best men’s and women’s Division I college athletic programs in the country.

The programs also receive a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships.

First-time associate sponsor MassMutual will present the Pat Tillman Award for Service, which will be givento former U.S. Marine Kirstie Ennis.

Cadillac will present the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, being given to Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legend and NBA Hall of Famer.

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance is being presented to Rob Mendez, head coach of the junior varsity team at Prospect High School, Saratoga, Calif.

Among other activation, Century 21 sponsors the Best Breakthrough Athlete Award and Red Carpet Sky Cam, Dove Men+Care presents the Sports Humanitarian of the Year and Gatorade sponsors the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year program recognizing the nation’s most elite high school athletes.

Coors Light is the presenter of the official ESPYS Post Party and Hotels.com will have an interview with Captain Obvious on the red carpet.

Sponsorship benefits and hospitality opportunities include various media components across ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN.com, the ESPN app and ESPN across social platforms.

Sponsors also participate in the ESPYS Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Capital One, benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

ESPN and eBay's ESPYs Auction Benefitting the V Foundation items includes more than 80 celebrity experiences now available on eBay through July 10.

“Every year the ESPYs Auction significantly contributes to and supports the critical work being done through the V Foundation,” Kevin Martinez, ESPN vp-corporate citizenship, said via the company.

“Every year the ESPYS Auction significantly contributes to and supports the critical work being done through the V Foundation."

“With the generous support of sports fans, employees, and partners we are close to reaching the major milestone of helping to raise over 100 million dollars for cancer research and we need your help to get there.”

They include include a UFC Ultimate Fan Experience, plus Private Meet & Greet with Dana White; Pitch Lunch with Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban; announce a selection at the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas; appear in a This is SportsCenter commercial; attend the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker; and an invitation of Jennifer Lopez’ birthday party.

According to Brenda Halkias, GM for eBay for Charity, “eBay is the only platform that can provide purpose, fandom and passion in one vibrant marketplace, connecting shoppers to the causes and charities they care about the mos.

“Together with our annual ESPN collaboration, we’re able to offer entertainment and sports fans one-of-kind experiences they can’t find anywhere else and support the V Foundation’s mission to achieve victory over cancer.”

Since 1993, the V Foundation has funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide.

ESPN will provide three hours of pre-show coverage live from Los Angeles beginning with ESPYs Red Carpet Live on ESPN2 (5 PM ET), then on ESPN (from 6 PM ET).

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan will host.

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