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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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Sep282017

Behind 'Honor Of Kings', Video Game Revenues Blast To Record $41.4B

By Barry Janoff

September 28, 2017: Led by Tencent and the enormous popularity of its Honor of Kings game — plus the fervent fans of such titles as League of Legends, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and The Legend of Zelda — mobile and video game revenues generated by the top 25 public companies topped $41.4 billion in the first half of 2017.

That represents a 20% increase versus the same period in 2016, when revenues were $34.5 billion, according to the just released Global Games Market Report from Newzoo, San Francisco.

The $41.4 billion figure for the first half of 2017 is nearly double that from the first half of 2013, when the Top 25 public companies had game revenues of $22.2 billion.

First-half revenues in 2014 were $25.8 billion, $28.4 billion in 2015.

With China-based Tencent entrenched at No. 1, the Top Ten companies generated $31.4 billion of this, up 24%.

Mobile gaming accounted for 42% of all revenues generated by the Top Ten companies, up 40%. according to Newzoo.

Tencent stayed firm in its top position with revenues of $7.4 billion, a 50% increase versus the same period last year.

Tencent’s  growth was driven by the strength of Honor of Kings, a multi-player battle game for mobile phones, which the report said has 200 million players in China alone and more than 50 million daily users. The app is free but users can purchase items to advance and become stronger in the game.

The game is so popular in that nation that parents and teachers began to complain, according to local news reports. That led Tencent to limit that number of hours players under 18 could access the app and play per day, about 1-2 hours.

Looking forward, Tencent said it would be releasing a version of Honor of Kings in the U.S and Europe.

Tencent also plans to launch gaming platform WeGame and also a free-to-play version of Rocket League in China.

Tencent games also include League of Legends (via Riot, owned by Tencent), Clash of Clans (via Supercell, majority owned by Tencent), Call of Duty and World of Warcraft (the latter two via ownership deals with Activision Blizzard).

Sony was No. 2 among the top 25 public companies with revenues of $4.3 billion, up 25%. "That was primarily due to an increase in sales through the PlayStation network," according to Newzoo’s report.

"Honor of Kings is so popular in China that parents began to complain, moving Tencent to limit that number of hours players under 18 could access it."

Activision Blizzard was No. 3 with $3.9 billion in revenue (up from $3 billion in the first half of 2016).

Microsoft was No. 4 ($3.2 billion) and tied for No. 5 were Apple and EA ($3 billion each).

The Top Ten also includes NetEase ($2.9 billion), Google ($2.1 billion), Bandai Namco ($1.1 billion) and Nexon ($1 billion).

Newzoo said the fastest-rising company here was Korea-based Netmarble, (No. 12 overall behind Nintendo), "which completed a successful IPO in May and reported revenue growth of 81% versus the first half of 2016."

Among the companies that showed a decline versus the first half of 2016 were GungHo Entertainment (down 20%), which Newzoo said "struggled to replicate the success of Puzzles & Dragons"; Disney (down 8%) and Warner Bros. (down 2%).

See the full Top 25 numbers here.

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