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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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Nov182009

Mike Ditka Fronts Philip Norelco's 'Big Game' (AKA Super Bowl) Trivia Campaign

November 18, 2009: Philips Norelco is not an official partner of the NFL — rival Gillette via Procter & Gamble covers the personal grooming area — so the company is doing a wildcat move to snare a little of the Super Bowl aura by teaming with former NFL player and head coach Mike Ditka. As with all companies not officially affiliated with the NFL, Philips Norelco cannot use league marks, logos, photos or symbols, and can't even mention the term Super Bowl. Instead, the company has created the "Ultimate Football Weekend" contest, sending consumers to Miami from Feb. 4-8 to coincide with Super Bowl XLIV.

Ditka, currently an NFL TV analyst, entrepreneur and businessman, already was scheduled to be in Miami as part of Gridiron Greats, an organization that benefits retired NFL players who need assistance.

The Philips Norelco campaign is anchored by a football trivia competition running now through January. Each week, a new set of seven trivia questions will be posted at NorelcoMVP.com. Visitors who correctly answer every question will automatically be eligible to be selected as one of eight finalists. (Full details here.)

Support includes print in ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated and elsewhere; radio and Internet.

The Philips Norelco Trivia Bowl finals will take place at ESPN Zone in New York on Jan. 13, 2010. The event will be hosted by Ditka and emceed by Mike Greenberg of ESPN's "Mike & Mike in the Morning." The grand prize winner and a guest will be flown to Miami for the Ultimate Football Weekend. The package also includes the ESPN Next Party, a complete football entertainment package and cash prize of $1,000. Howver, tickets to the Super Bowl itself are not mentioned as being among the winnings. Other prizes include Philips' grooming and electronics products, ESPN.com Insider subscriptions and pro football merchandise.

Questions during the opening rounds at the Web site include "Which NFL team originally drafted quarterback John Elway?" and "What year did Paul Tagliabue become NFL commissioner?"

"Philips Norelco knows that our most valuable players are our consumers and we want to engage with them in an environment they enjoy — football," Jacopo D'Alessandris, vp-marketing North America, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, said in a statement. "The Philips Norelco Trivia Bowl is a fun and challenging way for our consumers to get in the game and ultimately offer one lucky football fan the football experience of a lifetime."

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