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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.”

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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).

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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

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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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WWE Generates WrestleMania Record $181.5M Economic Impact For Orlando

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2017: It is no surprise when WWE says that its annual WrestleMania jewel event is a smashing success.

What might raise some eyebrows is that WrestleMania continues to raise the bar when it comes to financial results and economic impact.

WWE said that WrestleMania 33, held this past April in the Orlando Citrus Bowl, generated $181.5 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending in the Orlando region.

WWE said this marks a new record for WrestleMania and was the sixth consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

Among other factors, $24.8 million was spent on hotels and accommodations within Orlando and $9.3 million was spent by visitors to Orlando at area restaurants, according to a study conducted for WWE by Enigma Research Corp.

WrestleMania 33 also generated approximately $22.7 million in federal, state and local taxes.

WrestleMania 33 bested WrestleMania 32 in AT&T Stadium in 2016, which generated a then-record $170.4 million in economic impact derived from spending by visitors to the Dallas/Arlington region — including $25 million spent on hotels and accommodations and $8.4 million in area restaurants — according to Enigma Research.

WrestleMania 32 still holds the all-time attendance record for the event at 101,763.

Over the past 11 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, according to WWE.

From a local perspective, a Citrus Bowl record crowd of 75,245 fans from around the world attended WrestleMania 33, “making it the highest-grossing ($14.4 million) and most-attended event in (the venue's) history,” according to WWE.

The previous Orlando Citrus Bowl attendance record was set by WrestleMania 24 in 2008 at 74,635.

"This historic result would not have been possible without the support of Mayor Dyer, the Central Florida Sports Commission and all of our public and private sector partners in Orlando that worked so hard to again welcome WWE’s global fan base,” John  Saboor, WWE evp-special events, said in a statement.

“We continue to be grateful to our fans who helped us deliver unprecedented economic results for our WrestleMania host city.”

Not just wrestling, WrestleMania became a romantic attraction when icon John Cena proposed in the ring to his girlfriend, Nikki Bella of the top-ranked Bella Twins (moments after they defeated The Miz and Marse in a tag-team match).

Among other stats culled by Enigma Research Corp regarding WrestleMania 33:

• 79% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the Orlando region and stayed an average of 5.6 nights.

• The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,730 full-time jobs for the area.

WrestleMania 34 is scheduled for April 8, 2018 in the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz SuperDome.

(Tickets will be available Nov. 17 through Ticketmaster. The event will be streamed live worldwide on WWE Network.)

WWE is also looking farther ahead, taking bids from potential sites, following a strategy taken by the NFL, which names its Super Bowl host cities years in advance, and the International Olympic Committee, which names host cities for the Summer and Winter Games seven years in advance.

"The level of sophistication around our bid process is quite impressive," said John Brody, evp-global sales and head of international for WWE. "We put out RFPs (request for proposal). City and even state officials are part of those presentations. We ultimately make the decision based on a number of factors.

"But the commitment we have seen from Orlando, North Texas last year and already from New Orleans and the state of Louisiana has shown us that the power of WrestleMania is not just one day, one week. It’s the opportunity for us to leave a lasting impact in a city, a region," said Brody.

Top Ten All-Time Attendance Records at WrestleMania
 
1. 101,763: WrestleMania 32 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, April 3, 2016
2. 93,173: WrestleMania 3 Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI, March 29, 1987
3. 80,676: WrestleMania 29 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ April 7, 2013
4. 80,103: WrestleMania 23 Ford Field, Detroit April 1, 2007
5. 78,363: WrestleMania 28 Sun Life Stadium, Miami April 1, 2012
6. 76,976: WrestleMania 31 Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, March 29, 2015
7. 75,245: WrestleMania 33 Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando April 2, 2017
8. 75,167: WrestleMania 30 Mercedes-Benz SuperDome, New Orleans April 6, 2014
9. 74,635: WrestleMania 24 Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando March 30, 2008
10. 72,744: WrestleMania 25 Reliant Stadium, Houston April 5, 2009
Source: WWE

WrestleMania 33 Brings Down The House In Orlando

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