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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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Twitter Builds eSports Platform With Live-Stream ESL, DreamHack Events

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 2, 2017: Twitter has had live-streaming deals with the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.

Now comes a live-streaming deal that takes Twitter into the burgeoning world of eSports.

Twitter said it has partnered with leading eSports companies ESL and DreamHack to live-stream events and original content in 2017, encompassing some 1,500 hours of content.

Among the more than 15 currently planned events are the  ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) and DreamHack events, which will be live streamed globally on Twitter and connected devices.

The Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, Poland (March 4) will be the first tournament to be live streamed on Twitter through the deal.

ESL said it would produce live original content for Twitter, including a weekly 30-minute show featuring highlights and behind-the-scenes footage.

"eSports is growing at a rapid pace and we see this collaboration as a way to tap into the engaged audience of gamers that are already using Twitter as a primary source of content," Anthony Noto, COO for Twitter, said in a statement. "By partnering with the leading eSports companies like ESL and DreamHack, we look forward to bringing the best of eSports live video and conversation together on Twitter."

ESL oversees branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL National Championship, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems.

The number of eSports participants globally will reach 58.4 million this year, up from 49.8 million in 2016; the global eSports audience will reach 385 million in 2017, up from about 256 million this past year; and the eSports economy predicted to grow to $696 million in 2017 for year-on-year increase of 41.3%.

Longer-term, eSports revenues will near $1.5 billion by 2020, according to the just released 2017 Global Esports Market Report from research and consulting firm NewZoo, San Francisco.

With a growing number of brands attaching themselves to eSports leagues, players and competitions, sponsorship will reach $266.3 million worldwide in 2017 and advertising will top $155 million, according to NewZoo.

"Sponsorship is the largest revenue stream and will grow to $655 million by 2020. New brands, especially non-endemic brands, entering eSports will drive the growth in sponsorship revenues in the coming years. Advertising generates the second most revenues and will grow to $224 million by 2020," per the 2017 Global Esports Market Report.

The playing field that already includes such companies as Coca-Cola, Taco Bell, Buffalo Wild Wings, Slim Jim, Mountain Dew, Bud Light, Domino’s Pizza, Snickers, Ford, Hyundai, Audi, Gillette, Mobile, Axe and Turtle Wax.

NewZoo sees "even more major non-endemic brands (signing) big sponsorship deals with teams, leagues, and events."

"eSports is growing at a rapid pace and we see this as a way to tap into the engaged audience of gamers already using Twitter as a primary source of content."

According to Johannes Schiefer, vp-social media & editorial for ESL, "eSports fans are endemic to digital and this partnership with Twitter expands ESL's reach for all of our major tournaments for fans around the globe.

"Intel Extreme Masters Katowice is our most anticipated live event, and we are excited to bring premier content from this tournament and beyond to more fans in a premium experience," said Schiefer.

DreamHack, a division of international digital entertainment group MTG, creates computer festivals worldwide. DreamHack's core, and origin is the LAN party, with the two major festivals in Sweden, DreamHack Summer in June and DreamHack Winter (November). DreamHack also arranges festivals, events and competitions in several locations in Europe and North America.

"Twitter is a very strong esports platform, where many of our fans and followers already engage with DreamHack events," Marcus Lindmark, CEO & president for DreamHack, said a statement. "This will be a shortcut for fans, as they can both watch and engage on the platform at the same time."

DreamHack’s upcoming schedule includes events include Austin (April 28-30), France (May 6-8), Sweden ((June 17-29), Spain (July 13-16) and Atlanta (July 21-23).

Report: eSports To Impact 1.8B People, Accelerate Revenue To $1.5B By 2020

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