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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.

KEEPING SCORE

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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ESPN, Athletes Celebrate 'SportsCenter' With 'DaDaDa' Anthem Marketing Campaign

By Barry Janoff

September 23, 2013: The Police sang "De Doo Doo Doo, De Da Da Da," and Manfred Mann offered "Do Wah Diddy Diddy."

But sports fans, athletes and others may be more familiar with “DaDaDa DaDaDa,” the music that since 1989 has been the theme for SportsCenter and since 1995 the soundtrack for the "This is SportsCenter" campaign on ESPN.

To help celebrate more than 400 renditions of "This is SportsCenter" commercials, and also to anticipate SportsCenter's move into a new studio next year, ESPN has unveiled an anthem marketing effort, "DaDaDa," anchored by a 60-second spot in which athletes and fans "subtly and not-so-subtly call out their 'DaDaDa' moments."

The TV spot will run across ESPN's family of networks and "elsewhere." Support includes digital media that will be "updated to highlight timely 'DaDaDa' moments; and outdoor digital billboards in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Lead agency is Wieden + Kennedy New York.

ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter, launched the network on Sept. 7, 1979. The “DaDaDa” theme music was composed by John Colby, ESPN’s music director from 1984-1992.

Among the athletes seen in the launch anthem spot either participating in or watching their personal “DaDaDa”  moments are Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy/U.S. Men's National Soccer Team), Sam Gagner (Edmonton Oilers), Jimmie Johnson (Nascar driver), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates), Justin Tuck (New York Giants), Maria Sharapova (tennis), Bubba Watson (golf) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

“This campaign grew out of research we did in order to better understand the role SportsCenter plays in fans’ lives given all the access points for sports news, information and highlights provided by new technologies,” Aaron Taylor, svp-marketing. for ESPN, said in a statement.

According to Taylor, "Fans have a strong emotional connection with the show. And what we realized is that ‘DaDaDa’ is emotional shorthand not only for the great moments that happen in sports, but how SportsCenter presents those moments — giving context to them with perspective and personality.”

In the new spot, Watson hits a great shot and sings, "DaDaDa DaDaDa" while fist-bumping his caddie; Sharapova and a ballboy do a "DaDaDa" duet; Johnson wins a race and celebrates with a "DaDaDa" snippet; a Little League team breaks into "DaDaDa" after a victory; Sam Gagner of the Edmonton Oilers checks Kane into the boards and offers him a "DaDaDa" to rub in the hit; and Westbrook tweets while watching the Dallas Cowboys on TV, "Dez Bryant going off . . .  DaDaDa." (See the full spot here.)

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