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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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Oct242014

Fans Of Cal-Oregon Football Rivalry Get New Weapon With Intel's Pocket Avatars

By Barry Janoff

October 24, 2014: Game 3 of the World Series will be played tonight (Oct. 24) in AT&T Park between the host San Francisco Giants and the visiting Kansas City Royals.

Some 30 miles down the road, the University of California-Berkeley will be hosting Pac-12 rival Oregon in the first college football game to be played in Levi's Stadium, the new $1.2 billion home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

To keep things even more interesting than they will be, both Cal and Oregon have partnered with IMG College and Intel Corp., which is an official partner with Levi's Stadium, to produce exclusive Pocket Avatars, a messaging application that offers consumers a "unique and fun way to communicate via animated avatars."

The branded avatars, available in Intel’s Pocket Avatar app, will enable fans of the Golden Bears to send personalized messages in their own voice to one another or to fans of the rival Ducks, and vise versa. A free app is available for both iOS and Android.

Cal fans can select “Golden” from the Pocket Avatars app; Duck Fans will be able to select “Speedy." (Listen to a sample Speedy message here.)

There is an Intel Plaza at Levi’s Stadium, and the company said they would be showcasing the Pocket Avatars and instant message application on site.

According to Intel and IMG College, which is the college sports marketing division of global sports marketing and representation firm IMG, fans can use the characters to record a personalized, 3-D video message — in their own voice! — mirroring the users’ facial gestures. Fans can then send the message to friends, family and hated rivals via text, email, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, or the Pocket Avatars app itself.

For those fans who might want to trash-talk the opposing side with expletive-deleted or messages with racial or other offensive slurs, IMG College and Intel said the app will not be user-friendly.

"Pocket Avatars does not employ any real-time filters for language or content, but Intel does have 'Terms of User' guidelines which restrict inappropriate use of their product," said Andrew Giangola, vp-strategic communications for IMG College. "Intel can remove a user who violates their terms of use once they become aware of any inappropriate usage. Intel could also delete a message so it’s not distributed further."

According to Giangola, Intel grants users "quite a lot of control with regard to whom they message.  Should a user wish to stop seeing content or messages from another user, they provide controls to either block or delete contacts from their Pocket Avatars friend list." (Details here.)

Cal and Oregon currently are the only two universities licensed with Pocket Avatars. But that could expand, especially considering that IMG College represents more than 200 universities. Intel said there are more than 60 avatars in the Pocket Avatars app and that new characters are introduced on a regular basis.

Sales of college-related merchandise is a $4.6 billion category, according to IMG College.

"The plan is to see how this pilot performs and then evaluate," said Giangola. "There is no doubt that this is a cutting-edge digital product, Intel is a great company, and this has a chance to drive royalties to schools while providing something really cool to fans. These college-branded avatars are a great example of using digital technology to enhance and build fan engagement . . . particularly in getting millennials connected to a team."

Sales Of College-Related Merchandise Now A $4.6 Billion Category

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