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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.


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).



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)


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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

CBS Sports McManus: New NFL 'TNF' Package Not The Deal We Really Wanted

By Barry Janoff

February 2, 2016: The new deal unveiled by the NFL this week for its Thursday Night Football broadcast package was good for the league, good for NBC, good for the NFL Network but not everything that CBS wanted.

"It became evident early on in the negotiations that the NFL was going to split the (Thursday Night Football) network package. They saw value in having two big media companies carry the games, not just one," Sean McManus, chairman for CBS Sports (pictured below), said during a media conference call on Tuesday (Feb. 2) in conjunction with the network's broadcast of Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.

"It would have been nice to return with all eight games, but that is not what the NFL wanted," said McManus.

The NFL launched Thursday Night Football in 2006 with an eight-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network.

In 2014, CBS signed a two-season deal with the NFL to air eight Thursday Night Football games, simulcast on NFL Network, as part of an expanded 16-game schedule in which NFL Network had exclusive broadcast rights to the latter eight games.

When the deal expired following the 2015 regular season, the NFL solicited bids not just from CBS but also from other media partners, including NBC and Fox, as well as Turner Sports. ESPN did not bid, according to industry analysts.

According to McManus, when the split package with NBC was being negotiated, "What (CBS) wanted was to retain the the rights to our games, to have them in the first half of the season so that we would showcase and promote our new season and shows and also to make a deal that made sense financial to us.

"We got that. We feel that it's a responsible deal financially.," said McManus. "Broadcasting the first half of the Thursday Night Football schedule is a terrific way to jump start the 2016-17 television season."

Although financial details were not disclosed, industry analysts put the figure at $900 million combined for CBS and NBC over the two seasons of the alliance.

The new deal, which covers the 2016 and 2017 seasons, will see the package grow from eight broadcast games to ten broadcasts,the first  five on CBS (which loses three games) and the second five on new Thursday Night Football partner NBC.

As before, all Thursday Night Football broadcast games would continue to be simulcast on NFL Network.

NFL Network also retains exclusive broadcast rights to an eight-game package, to air following the ten on CBS and NBC.

Under a separate Sunday Night Football deal, NBC will also air two additional games on Thursday night: the NFL Kickoff Game (Sept. 8) and a game on Thanksgiving Day evening (Nov. 24).

"We are continuing to make Thursday Night Football bigger and better," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said during a media event when the new package was unveiled on Monday (Feb. 1), to coincide with Super Bowl 50 activities. "CBS has played an integral role over the last two seasons in helping build Thursdays as a night for NFL football, and we're excited to have them on board again.

"At the same time, we're thrilled to add NBC to the Thursday Night Football mix, a trusted partner with a proven track record of success broadcasting NFL football in primetime, and look forward to expanding with a digital partner for what will be a unique tri-cast on broadcast, cable, and digital platforms.," said Goodell.

For the 16 games of the 2015 schedule, Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network (and over-the-air stations) averaged a 7.9 HH rating and 13 million viewers, up 59% and 61%, respectively, from 2013 when the games were solely on NFL Network, according to the NFL, which said that the 2015 season was the most-watched and highest-rated Thursday Night Football season ever.

"Thursday Night Football has provided extremely valuable programming and a powerful promotional platform to help launch CBS' primetime schedule, contributing to our standing as the perennial No. 1 and most-watched network," said Moonves.

"It became evident early on that the NFL was going to split the TNF network package. They saw value in having two big media companies carry the games."

The NFL also said it is in "active discussions with prospective digital partners for OTT streaming rights to Thursday Night Football" and that a deal announcement is "expected in the near future."

According to Robert Kraft, chairman for the NFL's Broadcast Committee (and majority owner for the New England Patriots), "Our mission when we first put games on Thursday nights in 2006 was to work strategically to make Thursdays a night for NFL football in the mold of what Monday and Sunday nights mean to millions of fans across the country.

"We've made great strides since that point, and growing the base of games with CBS, now with NBC, and soon with digital streaming will only help us solidify this night in the consciousness of NFL fans here and globally," said Kraft.

This past season, the NFL on CBS recorded its highest rating in 29 years, averaging 19.1 million viewers; while Fox's NFL games surpassed 20.7 viewers on average, its second-best total ever.

NBC's Sunday Night Football package averaged some 22.5 million viewers, its top showing ever, en route to becoming the No. 1 prime-time show on TV for the fifth consecutive season, according to the NFL.

"The NFL has the most powerful programming on television, and we are delighted to expand our primetime schedule to 24 regular season games," Steve Burke, CEO, for NBC Universal, said when the deal was unveiled. "Thursday Night Football is an important addition to NBC's No. 1 ranked primetime lineup, and the perfect complement to our award winning Sunday Night Football broadcast.

"The NFL is a terrific partner, and we could not be more pleased about expanding our relationship," said Burke.

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