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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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Jul202016

Doodle Jump Set To Make A Splash In Burgeoning eSports League Category

By Barry Janoff

July 19, 2016: Claiming more than 10 million monthly players and 200 million downloads, Lima Sky is prepping to bring its Doodle Jump game to the world of eSports.

Lima Sky said that Skillz, one of the leaders in mobile eSports, would be the official technology partner for the launch.

The Skillz Tournament Management System would be used to "organize, officiate and broadcast both player and brand-sponsored tournaments, along with multi-thousand person physical and virtual events."

"There are three key elements for a game to become a sport: players, leagues and spectators." Andrew Paradise, CEO for San Francisco-based Skillz, said in a statement. "Doodle Jump already has hundreds of millions of players and a ravenous fan base. With Skillz, it will now have organized, broadcasted tournaments and competitive leagues to transform it into a full-fledged eSport."

The move is not without precedent or motivation.

There currently are 188 million people who watch eSports, with total eSports viewing hours expected to reach  6.6 billion by 2018, according to such industry research, consulting and analysis companies as NewZoo and SuperData.

The industry is on pace to surpass $9 billion in revenue by 2017.

Among the major media companies that have invested time, money and resources into eSports and/or eSports leagues are Turner-WME | IMG, ESPN, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo!, EA and Activision-Blizzard.

ESPN this past Sunday devoted some 18 hours to eSports coverage, which culminated with the Street Fighter V EVO World Championship final live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Non-endemic brands aligned with eSports include Coca-Cola, American Express, Nissan, Arby's, Credit Karma and Buffalo Wild Wings.

"The explosive growth of eSports and the on-going convergence of games and video provides the biggest opportunity for the games industry since the launch of the iPhone in 2007," Peter Warman, CEO for San Francisco-based NewZoo said in a statement when the NewZoo 2016 Global eSports Marketing Report was released earlier this year.

Doodle Jump, which was released more than seven years ago, currently has more than 10 million monthly players, which Lima Sky said is "roughly equivalent to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, one of the most popular eSports of all time."

Matt Turetzkym COO for Lima Sky, compared the anticipated Doodle Jump eSports league to Riot Games unveiling its League of Legends eSports League, which has gone on to become a driving force in the category.

"When League of Legends announced Season One in 2010, it was a seminal moment for eSports," said Turetzkym. "It was the moment when a hugely popular game crossed over into being a sport. That's what we believe we can create here."

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