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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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• 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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Warriors Patch Into Ad Movement, Sign $60M Jersey, Multi-Level Deal With Rakuten

By Barry Janoff

September 12, 2017: The motto for the Golden State Warriors is "Strength In Numbers."

Having won two of the past three NBA championships, the team is now putting their mantra to use in another area.

The Warriors today unveiled a multi-year partnership with international Internet services provider Rakuten, Inc. that includes placing the Rakuten logo on all Warriors jerseys beginning with the upcoming 2017-18 NBA season.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Industry analysts put the deal at $20 million annually for three years, doubling the estimated $10 million annual deal that the Cleveland Cavaliers signed with Goodyear.

The "exposure value" for this team via TV and other media could initially hit $37 million per year, according to Apex Marketing Group.

The Warriors host the Houston Rockets on NBA Opening Night (Oct. 17), to be televised nationally on TNT.

The Warriors had four of the top 11 best-selling jerseys in the NBA from April through the championship run in June, according to the league, lead by Stephen Curry, who has had the league’s No. 1 selling jersey dating back to April 2016; followed by Kevin Durant (No. 3), Klay Thompson (No.10) and Draymond Green (No. 11).

The Warriors were also No. 1 in sales of team merchandise during that period.

The alliance was officially unveiled during a press conference that included team owner Peter Gruber, Warriors president and COO Rick Welts, Rakuten Inc. founder and CEO Hiroshi "Mickey" Mikitani, Warriors CMO Chip Bowers and players Green and Andre Iguodala.

The league now has 14 teams with jersey patch deals.

When the NBA Board of Governors approved and unveiled its three-year jersey logo plan in April 2016, commissioner Adam Silver said the move could generate approximately $100 million in revenue for the league. But he also indicated it could be much higher.

"We still don't know how much money this will generate," Silver said at the time.

The Boston Celtics have a jersey logo deal with GE estimated at $8 million annually. The others fall in the $4-$5 million range per year.

"Rakuten is an innovative global leader that we knew would align well with our values and principles as an organization," said Welts. "We have incredible fan support around the globe and this partnership is another way to not only continue to grow the Warriors brand globally, but also further connect with our fans in Japan, Asia and Europe."
 
Founded in Tokyo in 1997, Rakuten said its services reach more than 1 billion people. The company’s North American headquarters are in San Francisco.

This is the company’s second alliance this year with a sports franchise that has global reach. In July 2017, Rakuten became the main global partner, jersey-front sponsor and official innovation and entertainment partner for FC Barcelona (pictured below), which, like the new NBA jerseys, is via a deal with Nike.

For its investment, Rakuten is getting much more than high visibility on the jerseys of some of the best-known players in the league.

As part of the partnership agreement, Rakuten will also become the official e-commerce partner, official VOD partner and official affiliate marketing partner for the Warriors.

In addition, Rakuten Group company Ebates, a leading membership-based online cash-back site in the U.S., becomes the Warriors official shopping rewards partner, Rakuten Viber global mobile voice messaging service is the official IM and calling app partner and Rakuten Kobo eReaders will become the official e-reader partner for the defending NBA champs.

The Rakuten partnership also includes entitlement to the Warriors practice facility, renamed the Rakuten Performance Center, along with a "significant representation with the Warriors traveling party and additional sales and marketing elements including in-arena signage, digital, social and radio."

According to Mikitani, "We are thrilled to partner with the Golden State Warriors, one of the most successful organizations in sports today and one that shares our passion for positivity, teamwork and optimism.

"Like FC Barcelona, the iconic soccer club we partner with, the Warriors are innovators in their sport that have helped create a more beautiful game through a distinct style of unselfish, teamwork-oriented play."

Rakuten’s professional sport portfolio also includes ownership of Japan’s Vissel Kobe soccer club and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles baseball team.

Teams with jersey patch deals now include Atlanta Hawks (Shareware), Boston Celtics (GE), Brooklyn Nets (Infor), Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear), Denver Nuggets (Western Union) Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank), Golden State Warriors (Rakuten), Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson) Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit), Orlando Magic (Disney World), Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub), Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond), Toronto Raptors (Sun Life) and the Utah Jazz (Qualtrics).

All patches will be 2.5 x 2.5 on the left side, with a Nike Swoosh logo on the right side, with Nike taking over from adidas as the league's official on-court uniform provider.

The Charlotte Hornets will wear a Nike division Jordan Brand as the team is majority owned by Michael Jordan.

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