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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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Donovan ‘Spida’ Mitchell Saving The World One Pair Of adidas Kicks At A Time

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

June 26, 2019:
When the world needs saving, Donovan “Spida” Mitchell is the man who can do it.

Donovan, starting guard for the NBA’s Utah Jazz, goes by the nickname “Spida,” a reference to a player with “super-human senses, shot-sliming abilities and unrivaled balance.”

Mitchell — who said when he was younger his parents gave him the nickname because he used to dunk so much and then hang on the basketball rim (like a spider) — has turned that into a marketing journey.

Mitchell appears in a new campaign for the release of “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” complete with a starring role in a TV spot; and last night was among the celebrities on the Red Carpet of the movie’s premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

It opens nationwide on July 2.

He has also teamed with adidas Basketball and Marvel for the release of his first signature shoes, under the umbrella name Determination Over Negativity, a reference to Mitchell’s personal mantra.

According to adidas, “The new silhouette focuses on Mitchell’s skill while paying tribute to his 'Spider-Man' nickname."

adidas in April joined with Marvel and the NBA for a "Heroes Among Us" campaign to support a line of limited-edition hoops shoes to coincide with the release of "Avengers:Endgame."

It took NBA and WNBA stars (all adidas endorsers) and turned them into Marvel icons, including James Harden (Iron Man), Damian Lilliard (Black Panther), Candace Parker (Captain Marvel) John Wall- (Captain America) and former all-star Tracy McGrady (Nick Fury).

The D.O.N. Issue No. 1 ($100) will drop on adidas.com on July 1, and at adidas retail stores globally beginning July 5.

Each new colorway of D.O.N. Issue No. 1 will celebrate Mitchell and other Marvel Super Heroes:
 
• Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man: A red, blue, and white colorway with webbing detailed across the side pays homage to the one and only Spider-Man, and the latest film installment in Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise.

• Symbiote Spider-Man: Shock pink, core black, white and silver, with teeth as fierce as the character. Available July 18.

• Stealth Spicer-Man: Black and green with glow in the dark details. Available Aug. 1.

• Marvel’s Iron Spider: Red and metallic gold to honor the legendary Iron Spider. Available Aug. 31.

In the 30-second spot from adidas and Marvel, Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) accidentally winds up with a pair of Mitchell’s adidas D.O.N. Issue #1s, Mitchell gets a chance to sport the superhero’s suit.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal then reveals himself to be a big fan — not of Spider-Man, but of Spida Mitchell.

Spider-Man: From From Home” partners also include Audi, Papa John’s, Kellogg’s (Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes), Frito-Lay’s Doritos, Hasbro, Lego and Funko.

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