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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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Jan152019

HyperX Goes Primetime With NBA, ESPN, ABC Joel Embiid, Post Malone, Gamers

By Barry Janoff

Janaury 15, 2019: To help support its new role as presenting sponsor for ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by HyperX Gaming, eSports gamer brand HyperX Gaming is launching its first national and global marketing campaign, a multi-platform effort entitled, “We’re All Gamers.”

An anchor spot stars a bevy of athletes, musicians and social media influencers who also are gamers, including from the NBA Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics), and De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings), who signed with HyperX in 2017 prior to the NBA Draft; the NFL's Juju Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers) and musician Post Malone.

The campaign also features professional gamers including Shroud, Pokimane and Cloud9’s Rush.

“I’ve had fans make their own avatars of me before, so it feels good to finally have an official one that I helped create and inspire,” said Fox via the company.

The spot depicts each in real life using HyperX equipment and then morphing into video game versions of themselves.

“The ‘We’re All Gamers’ campaign was developed to introduce HyperX to passionate NBA and gaming fans,” Daniel Kelley, corporate marketing director, HyperX, said via the brand, the gaming division of Kingston Technology.

“Our gaming influencer’s creativity exuded and helped us to develop their HyperX-illustrated gaming spirits in the 2019 campaign.”

The spot breaks during the fourth season of ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by HyperX Gaming on Jan. 19, with the Houston Rockets hosting the Los Angeles Lakers.

It will continue to air through the regular season, playoffs and then NBA Finals on ABC and ESPN.

HyperX will also be integrated into game time outs, while ESPN’s SportsCenter will feature HyperX virtual set integrations several times throughout the NBA season.

The extended 60-second spot will also air in 6-, 15- and 30-second versions.

HyperX said it expects to expand the campaign to include more influencers and celebrities throughout the year, "including soccer players and others who are passionate about gaming."

The integrated global "We’re All Gamers" campaign in 2019 is “expected to be the first of many new activities in promoting the HyperX brand to consumer and lifestyle audiences,” according to HyperX.  

Support includes digital and social media.

Lead agency is Envoy.

“Seeing how HyperX transformed me for this campaign was so cool,” Hayward said via HyperX. “Gaming brings out the competitor in me, and I’m excited for everyone to see that come to life here.”

According to Embiid, “No matter what I’m playing, I like to win. HyperX has captured that spirit with my gaming persona

“Watch me dominate.”

HyperX, which has naming rights to the Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor, already has NBA alliances as the official gaming headset for the NBA 2K League and with teams including the Sixers, Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz.

ABC’s NBA coverage also continues with the return of NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC presented by Mountain Dew Ice on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, with the Celtics hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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