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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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Dec202018

NBA Warriors, LeBron Top MVPindex List Of Most Valuable In Social Media Sports

By Barry Janoff

December 20, 2018: The Golden State Warriors are not only the two-time defending NBA champions and winners of three of the past four NBA titles, but the team is the champion of social media among teams in the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and MLS.

The Warriors social footprint is worth an estimated $512 million, with a total social media engagement of more than 282 million engagements between Jan. 1-Dec. 12, 2018, according to MVPindex, a social media sports and entertainment measurement and evaluation platform.

The team has almost six million followers on Twitter, more than 11.2 million followers on Facebook and some 10.3 million followers on Instagram.

Among its players, Stephen Curry has 13 million followers on Twitter and more than 8.2 million on Facebook; and Kevin Durant has 17.4 million followers on Twitter and more than 10.3 million on Facebook.

The NBA has four of the Top Five spots on the MVPindex Engagement Value Assessment list, with the Warriors followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers ($365 million), Los Angeles Lakers ($294 million) and the Boston Celtics at No. 5 ($180 million).

MVPiindex said its EVA is based on engagements including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube from Jan. 1-Dec. 12, 2018.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are No. 4 overall with an EVA of $269 million.

The Dallas Cowboys are the NFL’s top franchise on the list at No. 6 overall with an EVA of $173 million.

The ranking of both the Cavaliers and Lakers were impacted by LeBron James, who moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles as a free agent during the summer.

According to MVPindex, “At the beginning of 2018, the Lakers already had more social followers than any other NBA team with 34 million, but the team added an additional three million with the addition of the league's top player.

“Not only have they added followers, but the Lakers have also capitalized on James' social popularity to drive engagement up 69% vs. 2017) and, more importantly, to increase their social value by 36% to $78 million.”

James has 41.8 million followers on Twitter (the most among all pro athletes in the U.S. and second in the world behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s 75.6 million) and nearly 123 million on Facebook (also tops among all pro athletes in the U.S.).

Among the Top 50 most valuable team in U.S. sports on social media in 2018, the MVPindex EVA includes 17 NFL teams, 14 NBA teams, 11 MLB teams and eight from the NHL.

The EVA Top 10 also includes the Houston Rockets ($164.9 million EVA), World Series champions Boston Red Sox ($163.8 million), New England Patriots ($151.9 million); and the Chicago Bulls ($139.1 million).

MVPindex said winning the Series helped the Red Sox generate 24.5 million more engagements versus 2017.

Concurrently, winning Super Bowl LII helped the Philadelphia Eagles double their overall engagement  (to 73.9 million) versus 2017. The Eagles finished No. 13 overall with an EVA of $111.5 million.

Fellow Philadelphia residents the 76ers also doubled their engagement versus 2017 (to 50.1 million), coming in No. 22 on the list with an EVA of $68.5 million.

The year's highest-performing NHL team was the Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 25 overall with an EVA of $66 million.

The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals were No. 45 overall with an EVA of $40.6 million.

The top MLS team was league champion Atlanta United at No. 64 with an EVA of $27 million.

MVPindex said its MVPindex Engagement Value Assessment evaluates all of the social activity throughout the past year to determine the potential market value of a property's social media footprint, including but not limited to: Reach (fans, followers, impressions), Engagement (likes, comments, shares, retweets, favorites) and Conversation (positive/negative mentions).

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