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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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With $127M Income, Soccer Star Leo Messi Nets Crown As World’s Highest Paid Athlete

By Barry Janoff

June 11, 2019: On the soccer pitch, only goalies can use their hands.

But in the world of financial pitches, soccer players are definitely hands-on.

On the 2019 list of the "World’s Highest Paid Athletes," soccer players take the top three spots, with Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. having earned a collective $311 million in combined salaries and endorsements, according to a new report from Forbes.

Overall, the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes collectively earned $4 billion over the last 12 months, up 5% from last year’s earnings of $3.8 billion.

Messi was named the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time, moving up from second place last year, with $127 million in total earnings ($92 million salary, $35 million endorsements).

Boxer Floyd Mayweather was No. 1 last year, a spot he earned four times in the past seven years.

Ronaldo (pictured below) at No. 2 earned $109 million between his salary ($65 million) and endorsements ($44 million).

At No. 3, Neymar earned $75 million in salary and $30 million in endorsements for a $105 million total).

Of the Top 100, 99 are men, a major disparity in the world of pro sports.

Tennis star Serena Williams returned to the list at No. 63 after no women appeared in 2018 (when she took time off after giving birth to her daughter), with $4.2 million in winnings and $25 million in endorsements for $29.2 million total.

According to Forbes, “The cost of admission to the 2019 list is the highest ever at $25 million, up $2.1 million from the previous year. Endorsement income experienced an increase of 12.5% to $987 million this year.”

The list of athletes includes players from ten different sports. The NBA leads with 35 (down from 40 in 2018), followed by the NFL (19), MLB (15) and soccer (12).

No players from the NHL are on the list.

Tiger Woods at No. 11 is the top golfer on the list ($9.9 million salary/winnings, $54 million endorsements, $63.9 million total), Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angeles the top MLB player at No. 17 ($47.6 million salary, $3 million endorsements, $50.6 million total).

Conor McGregor at No. 22 leads MMA and boxing athletes ($32 million salary/winnings, $15 million endorsements, $47 million total).

The Top Ten also includes:

4. Boxer Canelo Alvarez, who signed a multi-year deal with DAZN ($92 million salary/winnings, $2 million endorsements, $94 million total)

5. Tennis star Roger Federer ($7.4 million salary.winnings, $86 million endorsements, $93,4 million total)

6. NFL  Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ($80.5 million salary, $9 million endorsements, $89.5 million total)

7. NFL Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ($80.3 million salary, $9 million endorsements, $89.3 million total);

8. NBA Los Angles Lakers star LeBron James ($36 million salary, $53 million endorsements, $89 million total)

9. NBA Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry ($37.8 million salary, $42 million endorsements, $79.8 million total)

10. NBA Golden State Warriors teammate Kevin Durant ($30.4 million salary, $35 million endorsements, $65.4 million total).

Forbes said that earnings include prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes

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