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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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Jun202017

Despite DFS DraftKings, FanDuel Woes, Fantasy Sports Industry Tops 59M Players

By Barry Janoff

June 20, 2017: Daily fantasy sports firms DraftKings and FanDuel may be having myriad of problems with the Federal Trade Commission in trying to enact a proposed merger, but the fantasy sports industry is alive, kicking and thriving.

Fantasy sports has reached a record 59.3 million players in the U.S. and Canada, up from 57.4 million last year and more than double the number of players (28.4 million) in 2009, according to new research from the Fantasy Sports Trade Assn.

And those players like to spend, to the tune of more than $7.2 billion.

Taking into account all platforms, spending and all other venues of revenue associated with fantasy sports, the industry as a whole is valued at upward of $70 billion, according to industry analysts.

Football still reigns, with nearly three-quarters of all fantasy players associated with football-related fantasy games, leagues and groups.

The players still skew heavily male — 71% to 29% female — but combined are a stronger consumer force than ever.

That includes spending more than $1 billion on such  "ancillary" activities and goods as draft parties, food and drink and fantasy-related memorabilia.

"The fantasy sports industry's continuing growth demonstrates consumers' passion for the hobby and their desire to play with friends and family," Paul Charchian, president for Madison, WI-based FSTA, said in a statement. "We continue to see innovation that broadens the appeal of fantasy sports and data that shows tremendous gains in the scale of participation and economic impact."

The future landscape of daily fantasy sports remains uncertain with the news this week that the FTC is attempting to block a potential merger between No. 1 player DraftKings and No. 2 FanDuel.

"This merger would deprive customers of the substantial benefits of direct competition between DraftKings and FanDuel," Tad Lipsky, acting director for the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, said in a statement.

According to the FTC’s complaint, at present, the two companies "battle head-to-head to offer the best prices and product quality, including the largest prize pools and greatest variety of contests. The proposed merger would create a single provider with by far the largest share of the market for paid daily fantasy sports contests in the United States."

Meanwhile, fantasy sports continues to show spending strength across the board.

Of the fantasy players who watch Sunday games at someone's home, 73% order delivery from such pizza places as Domino's, Papa John's or Pizza Hut; while 61% purchase food from places like Burger King, Wendy's, or McDonald’s, according to the FSTA.

"We continue to see innovation that broadens the appeal of fantasy sports and data that shows tremendous gains in the scale of participation and economic impact."

Among other stats from the FSTA survey, conducted by Ipsos Marketing:

• 84% hold a draft party and more than 90% of players buy food and/or alcohol for the party

• 57% have a league-wide event outside of the draft party, including going to bars or clubs (51%), a group trip (47%) or a golf outing (44%)

• 73% spend money on a non-cash prize for their league winner (e.g., trophy, belt, ring)
    
• 68% spend money on a "prize" for the league loser, such as a "toilet bowl" trophy, tattoo or T-shirt.

The FSTA survey was conducted March 1-6, 2017 in Canada, and May 30-June 1, 2017 in the U.S.

It included a "representative, randomly selected sample of 3,600 teens and adults from Ipsos' online panel who were interviewed online to determine the fantasy sports market size in the U.S. and Canada."

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