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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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Jul262017

Led By A-B, GnR, U2, Music Sponsorship Spend To Top Record $1.5B in 2017

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2017: With such power groups and performers as U2, Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Adele, Ed Sheehan, Bruno Mars and The Weekend on tour in 2017, it is small wonder that brands have lined up to be part of the action and income.

Sponsorship spending on music tours, festivals and venues is projected to total a record $1.54 billion in 2017, up 4.8% from the previous record of $1.47 billion 2016.

That projected increase exceeds the projected 4.1% increase in overall 2017 North American sponsorship spending and 3.9% increase in entertainment spending, but trails the 5.6% increase in music spending in 2016, according to research and consulting firm IEG, Chicago.

The increase in sponsorship spend this year follows an upward trend in the category over the past few years, when spend was $1.4 billion in 2015, $1.34 billion in 2014, $1.28 billion in 2013, $1.22 billion in 2012 and $1.17 billion in 2011.

According to the 2017 IEG Music Sponsorship Report, "Anheuser-Busch InBev remains the undisputed leader in live music."
 
Some 51% of music festivals with a sponsor in the alcoholic beverage category report a partnership with an Anheuser-Busch brand, up from 28% in 2016.

The brewer is followed by ride-share service Uber, which replaces PepsiCo as the second most active sponsor of music festivals, with 21% of properties with a sponsor in the ride-share category listing a partnership with Uber.

That is more than double the number of properties in 2016 (8%), per IEG.

Brown-Forman (Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador) is the third most active sponsor of music (19%), followed by Fifth Generation (led by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, 17%) and MillerCoors (17%).

PepsiCo comes in at No. 6 (16%), with the Top Ten also including Heineken (16%), Coca-Cola (14%), Diageo (14%) and E&J Gallo (12%), Deep Eddy Vodka (12%) and Monster Energy (12%).

Bud Light (Anheuser-Busch) is among the lead sponsors for the upcoming Lollapalooza festival (Chicago Aug. 3-6), as are, Uber, Pepsi and Jack Daniel’s.

The wine and spirits category remains the most active category sponsoring music, but at a slightly less active pace than in 2016.

According to the 2017 IEG Music Sponsorship Report wine and spirits brands are 5.3 times more likely to sponsor live music in 2017 than the average of all sponsors, still No. 1 but down from 7.4 in 2016.

The Top Ten most active categories sponsoring music also includes beer (4.0), retail (3.5), food (3.1), non-alcoholic beverages (2.9), media and publishing (2.9), banks (1.6), automotive (1.5), hotels and resorts (1.5) and tech (1.4)

Among the highest-grossing tours for the first half of the year (January-June), Guns N’ Roses leads the way, grossing $152.5 million, followed by U2 ($118.1 million), according to Pollstar.

Top Ten Grossing Tours January-June 2017
1. Guns N’ Roses $151.5 million
2. U2 $118.1 million
3. Justin Bieber $98.2 million (remainder of tour postponed)
4. Metallica $88 million
5. Depeche Mode $68.2 million
6. Red Hot Chili Peppers $60.5 million
7. Adele $59 million
8. Ed Sheeran $57.2 million
9. Eric Church $54.5 million
10. Bruno Mars $52.7 million
Source: Pollstar

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