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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

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Oct122017

Las Vegas Finds Respite From Tragedy In Pro Sports With NBA, NHL, NFL, MiLB

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2017: In the midst of great tragedy, Las Vegas is finding some peace and promise with pro sports.

Long known for its glitz, glamour and gambling, Las Vegas is becoming a Mecca of pro sports with the NHL expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights — which on their opening night Tuesday honored the 59 victims and 500 casualties of the mass shooting on Oct. 1 — and the anticipated arrival of the NFL’s Raiders from Oakland in 2019 or 2020.

Among current MLB stars who come from Las Vegas are Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals) and Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs).

Las Vegas is also the training site for USA Basketball and the NBA Summer League.

The UFC was founded and is headquartered in Las Vegas.

Since 1983, Las Vegas has also been home to a MilB Class AAA team in the Pacific Coast League, when the franchise moved from Spokane, Wash., to become the Las Vegas Stars.

The Stars rebooted in 2001 to the Las Vegas 51s, named after the infamous Area 51about 80 miles north of Las Vegas, which also explains when the team uses an alien as part of its logo.

The team has called 9,300-seat Cashman Stadium home, but will be moving to a new stadium following the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approving a marketing partnership that gives LVCVA naming rights to the stadium via a 20-year, $80 million naming-rights agreement.

Las Vegas Ballpark (artist's rendition above) is expected to open for the 2019 season.

The 51s, owned by the Howard Hughes Corp., said the $150 million venue is being built by global architecture firm global HOK.

“Together, we have worked tirelessly to bring this much needed initiative to fruition for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Southern Nevada community,”  David Weinreb, CEO for The Howard Hughes Corp., said in a statement.

“The ballpark will further distinguish Downtown Summerlin as a vibrant destination and give valley residents a first-class amenity and the opportunity to enjoy professional baseball in an inviting and family-friendly environment,” said Weinreb.

It will be located next to City National Arena, the training facility for the Golden Knights in downtown Summerlin, as part of a 1.8-million-square-foot retail and office complex.

The 10,000-fan-capacity stadium will “blend the distinct architectural style of the Summerlin community with the aviation legacy of Howard Hughes.”

In addition to serving as the home of the Las Vegas 51s, Las Vegas Ballpark will host civic, community, non-profit and sporting events, according to the LVCVA.

"With a new home in downtown Summerlin, the future of professional baseball in Southern Nevada looks exceptionally bright.”

Since moving to Las Vegas, the team has been a MiLB affiliate of the San Diego Padres (1982-2000), Los Angeles Dodgers (2001-08), Toronto Blue Jays (2009-12) and New York Mets (2013-18).

The Mets will no longer be the parent club for the Las Vegas 51s after next season.

According to Don Logan, Las Vegas 51s president and COO, the team “will seek a new MLB affiliate”  and expect to have one in place by the 2019-2020 season.

“The 51s baseball team has been a staple in the Las Vegas community for over three decades,” Logan said in a statement. "With a new home in downtown Summerlin, the future of professional baseball in Southern Nevada looks exceptionally bright.”

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