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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).

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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: Hispanic Women Driving Audience Behind FIFA Women’s World Cup 

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 10, 2019:
With the FIFA Women’s World Cup underway in France, broadcast networks, media and marketing are seeking to get a better focus on who, when and why people will be watching the month-long tournament.

Women’s soccer fandom is mainly driven by Hispanics, with 58% describing themselves as fans of women’s soccer compared to 39% of non-Hispanics.

In addition, support for women’s soccer is strong among Hispanic women, with 54% saying they are fans compared to 28% of non-Hispanic women.

And 24% of Hispanics consider themselves as "die-hard fans" of the women's game compared to just 6% of non-Hispanics, according to “La Ola de la FIFA,” a study commissioned by NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises in a partnership with Horowitz Research,

“Soccer is seen as an important part of Hispanic identity,” according to the survey. “Moreover, this enthusiasm is expected to grow, as about 62% of Hispanic female soccer fans hope to share their passion for soccer with their children.”

Telemundo Deportes is presenting exclusive Spanish-language coverage in the U.S. of the 2019 Women’s World Cup France.

The NBCU division is supporting with a multi-platform campaign, under the tag line, "Si lucharon para jugarlo, cuida lo que van a hacer para ganarlo" ("If they fought to play it, watch what they are going to do to win it”), the new spot, “Mira lo que lucharon para jugar la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA por Telemundo” (“See what they fought to play the FIFA Women's World Cup on Telemundo”)

In the anchor spot, such players as Christen Press (U.S. striker), Vanina Correa (Argentine goalkeeper), Su Helen Galaz (Chilean defender) and Érika Dos Santos (Brazilian defender) show “the strength and perseverance of unstoppable female athletes.”

As the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team plays to defend its 2015 World Cup title, new data shows that six in ten Hispanics are interested in tuning into the international event on TV.

Beyond that, the U.S. women’s team, seeking its fourth World Cup since 1991 (1991, 1999, 2015), has driven a growth of fans, especially since the last Women’s World Cup.

According to the survey, 40% of Hispanics and 24% of non-Hispanics feel that their interest in women’s soccer has grown over the past five years.

Looking ahead regarding of the outcome of the 2019 World Cup, “survey respondents are optimistic about the future of women’s soccer:

“Half of Hispanics and one-third of non-Hispanics (51% and 35%, respectively) feel that in the next five years, the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be equally as popular as the Men’s FIFA World Cup.”

Some 51% of Hispanics and 31% of non-Hispanics feel that “men and women soccer games are equally entertaining”

Similarly, 51% of Hispanics and 27% of non-Hispanics “would like to see more women’s soccer coverage on television.”

Also, soccer is best “en Espanol”: 57% of Hispanics overall, and 52% of Hispanic women, say they “enjoy watching soccer games in Spanish more than watching them in English.”

According to “La Ola de la FIFA,” “Even 13% of non-Hispanics and 7% of non-Hispanic women. concur that soccer is more enjoyable in Spanish.”

According to the survey, 40% of Hispanics and 24% of non-Hispanics feel that their interest in women’s soccer has grown over the past five years.

Fox Sports is the exclusive English-language U.S. broadcaster for the 2019 World Cup.

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises said that findings in the “La Ola de la FIFA” study are based on quantitative surveys fielded in May 2018, n=1,780 U.S. Hispanics and non-Hispanics aged 18-54.

It was conducted in Spanish and English via mixed methodology: online and face-to-face interviews to ensure representation of all cultural orientations, language dominances and the full spectrum of soccer fandom.

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