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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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Go Figure: Deloitte Deal With USTA Includes Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Paralympics

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January 23, 2017: Audit, consulting, tax and advisory services firm Deloitte knows a lot about numbers and stats, so in what can be deemed an organic move, the company has signed a "long-term, wide-ranging" deal with the U.S. Tennis Assn., the overseeing body for the sport in the U.S.

Under terms of the alliance, Deloitte becomes an official sponsor for the U.S. Davis Cup and U.S. Fed Cup teams, as well as become an official sponsor of the U.S. Open and the first sponsor of the Wheelchair Competition at the U.S. Open this August-September.

Financial terms were not shared.

Deloitte will support the partnership with multi-media marketing and other on-court, front office and community platforms.

As a sponsor of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, Deloitte’s logo will appear on U.S. team warm-up jackets. Deloitte said it would also support U.S. team events in markets where the competitions are being held.

In addition, Deloitte is working with the USTA to "revamp USTA’s core enterprise digital technology and build the USTA’s grassroots digital capabilities."

A key focus will be the "development of a suite of products to help the USTA deepen its connection to tennis players." 

Deloitte said its would support USTA initiatives and assets, including "programs that celebrate community impact and promote inclusion, empowered well-being and innovation in and beyond the tennis community."

Deloitte is also working to revamp USTA’s core enterprise digital technology and build the USTA’s grassroots digital capabilities.

A main initiative will be the development of a suite of products to help the USTA deepen its connection to tennis players. The strategy look to "encourage more people, especially youth, to pick up the game of tennis," such as support of USTA initiatives and programs that "celebrate community impact and promote inclusion, empowered well-being and innovation in and beyond the tennis community."

"We are proud to support the USTA with our innovative thinking and creativity," Cathy Engelbert, CEO for Deloitte LLP, said in a statement. "We’re excited to do our part in helping make sure that the next generation of leaders continues to benefit from the enjoyment and lessons of the game."

Other Deloitte sports sponsorships include the USOC and more than a dozen athletes, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Rugby teams, the U.S National Speedskating Team, U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships.

According to Gordon Smith, USTA COO and executive director, "We couldn’t be more pleased that our initial relationship with Deloitte has now expanded to this broader support of USTA properties and the sport of tennis.

"They have a world-class team and by collaborating to support world-class tennis events, Deloitte will help the USTA realize its mission of growing the sport of tennis in the U.S.," said Smith.

The U.S. Davis Cup team begins its 2017 Davis Cup campaign Feb. 3 in Birmingham, Ala., against Switzerland. The U.S. Fed Cup team begins its 2017 campaign Feb. 11 against Germany in Maui, Hawaii. The wheelchair competition is held annually, except during Paralympic years.

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