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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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Jun052019

With LeBron James Attracting Attention, NBA Jersey Patches Paying Off In Millions

By Barry Janoff

June 5, 2019: In 2017-18, when LeBron James was with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team signed a three-year jersey patch deal with Goodyear valued at $30 million in total.

Also that season, the Los Angeles Lakers signed a three-year jersey patch with e-commerce platform Wish, valued at $12-$14 million annually.

LeBron’s presence put the Cavaliers on national TV and into the NBA Finals in 2017-18, driving eyeballs to the Goodyear logo.

Similarly this past season, a rise in national TV appearances featuring James and the Lakers in his first season with the team on TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA TV — albeit no playoff appearance — drove eyeballs to the Wish jersey patch.

The result: The Lakers jersey patch partner Wish generated the highest sponsor media value across team owned-and-operated team accounts, a league-high $9.3 million, nearly doubling the $4.9 million it generated in the previous season, according to GumGum Sports, a division of media intelligence firm GumGum.

During the current post-season, GumGum Sports said TV and social media produced an additional $29 million in total jersey patch sponsorship media value, including $10 million for the two teams competing in the Finals, the Golden State Warriors and Rakuten at $5.5 million and the Toronto Raptors and Sun Life Financial at $4.6 million (as of May 31).

The other two teams in the respective Conference Finals also scored high in social media jersey patch values, with the Portland Trailblazers and Biofreeze at $3.3 million and the Milwaukee Bucks and Harley Davidson at $2.8 million.
 
Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, a LeBron-less roster led to a 19-63 record, minimal national TV attention and a jersey patch sponsorship media value that dropped from No. 1 in 2017-2018 — which was put at more than $20 million —  to No. 4, according to GumGum Sports.

The top jersey patch media valued teams this past season also included the two-time defending Warriors, which have a three-year deal with Rakuten put at $60 million; the Boston Celtics and their $24 million deal with GE; and the New York Knicks, which have a three-year deal with Squarespace, valued at $12-$14 million annually.

“Next to Nike’s apparel sponsorship, the jersey patch is the biggest sponsor location in-arena on social media,” Brian Kim, GM for GumGum Sports, said via the Santa Monica-based firm, referring to Nike’s eight-year jersey deal with the NBA, valued at $1 billion, that began in 2017-18.

“It’s worth noting that due to the variety of factors we use to calculate value — clarity, prominence, visibility, size, placement and share of voice — still images actually generated 86% of the overall social media value compared to 14% for video.”

The Oklahoma City Thunder this past March became the 30th and final NBA team to secure a jersey logo deal, signing with Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores.

The average value of the NBA jersey-patch deals is about $9-$12 million, per industry analysts, most of them three-year alliances.

GumGum Sports’ analysis found that over the entire NBA season, jersey patches received 121,000 total exposures, 42 billion total impressions and 3.2 billion total engagements on social media.

GumGum Sports also said it analyzed one non-owned-and-operated account — James’ Instagram, where he has more than 49 million followers — and found that his personal posts generated 15% more value for Wish than all of the Lakers’ accounts combined.

In his first season with the Lakers, James also topped the list of best-selling NBA jerseys, moving up from No. 2 in 2017-18, his final season with the Cavaliers

His presence also drove the Lakers to No. 1 in sales of team merchandise, a significant move after the team finished No. 6 in merchandise sales in 2017-18, according to the NBA.

NBA Team Jersey-Logo Deals
• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Houston Rockets (Rokit)
• Indiana Pacers (Motorola)
• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)
• Oklahoma City Thunder (Love’s)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)
• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)
• Washington Wizards (Geico)

LeBron Los Angeles Lakers Top List Of Best-Selling Jerseys, Merch

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