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• The NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17. Marketing partners include Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot, with additional partners to be unveiled in the coming months.

• The Denver Broncos home field is getting a temporary name change to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but the national sporting goods retailer, which had been based in Englewood, Col., ceased operations in July 2016. A search for a more permanent naming rights holder is currently underway.

• Per AP Sports: Burger King in Russia ran a promotion on social media offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any women who become pregnant by World Cup players. The offer was then deleted, In a statement Wednesday to AP, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online. (It) does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

• The PGA TOUR has signed a deal with Facebook to distribute exclusive Saturday and Sunday live competition coverage, on a free basis, from eight tournaments leading into the FedExCup Playoffs for the 2017-18 season. Airing on Facebook Watch in the U.S., coverage begins at the Travelers Championship on June 23-24. Other events in 2018 include: Quicken Loans National; A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier; John Deere Classic; RBC Canadian Open; World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; Wyndham Championship; and The Northern Trust.

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MLB has released the leaders by position for the 2018 All-Star Game (as of June 19), with voting sponsored by Camping World. (Voting ends July 5 at 11:59 PM ET.)

American League: 1B José Abreu (Chicago White Sox), 2B José Altuve (Houston Astros), SS Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), 3B  José Ramirez (Cleveland Indians); OF Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels). Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox); Wilson Ramos (Tampa Bay Rays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees); DH Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers).

National League: 1B Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), 2B Ozhaino Albies (Atlanta Braves), SS Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants), 3B Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies); OF Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals); C Wilson Contreras (Chicago Cubs),Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants).

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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5-Hour Energy Gets Official Roster, Marketing Status For '17-18 All-Star Games

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

April 11, 2017: Baseball games usually take about three hours to play.

But MLB is looking at a different time frame via a new alliance with Living Essentials, LLC, the makers of 5-Hour Energy shots.

The brand has signed a deal to become an official partner for the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard this July in Miami.

It also will be the official partner for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game in Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals.

Financial terms of the pact were not shared.

To launch the alliance, Living Essentials has created a new flavor, Apple Pie Extra Strength 5-Hour Energy, which features a limited-edition MLB logo on the label of the bottle.

Marketing will include the tag, "When life is like Game 7," and feature a TV spot starring Jose Altuve, All-Star second baseman for the Houston Astros, touting Apple Pie Extra Strength 5-Hour Energy.

The brand said it would have activation around 2017 MLB All-Star Week, as well as sampling at MLB All-Star FanFest and other MLB All-Star Week events.

Among other deals, 5-Hour Energy has supported WWE, including the recent WrestleMania 33.

Marketing will include the tag, "When life is like Game 7," and feature a TV spot with Jose Altuve, All-Star second baseman for the Astros.

According to Living Essentials, to celebrate its status as an official partner of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, "We are introducing Apple Pie Extra Strength flavor. With its delicious Apple Pie taste, it’s sure to deliver in the clutch.

"And of course it has zero sugar, four calories and the hard-working blend of vitamins, nutrients and caffeine that have made Extra Strength 5-Hour Energy the No. 1 line of energy shots in the U.S.”

"We are very excited to work with Major League Baseball as an official MLB All-Star Game partner, and we're thrilled that MLB-themed Apple Pie flavored Extra Strength 5-Hour Energy is now available to our fans throughout the baseball season," Melissa Skabich, communications director for Living Essentials, said in a statement.

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