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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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Jul062016

EA Sports Says 'Vote On,' Unveils Final Four Nominees, Marketing For 'FIFA 17' Cover

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

July 5, 2016: It's not Copa America or UEFA Euro 2016, but for many people the result is just as dramatic.

EA Sports has named its Final Four players vying for the cover of FIFA 17: James Rodriguez of Real Madrid C.F., Anthony Martial of Manchester United, Eden Hazard of Chelsea FC or Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund.

One of these men will win this crown, base on voting by people now thru July 19 via a dedicated Web site as well as social media.

According to EA Sports, the four cover contenders are also global ambassadors for FIFA 17 and worked with EA Sports to "influence gameplay and bring innovation to the way players think and move, physically interact with opponents, take set pieces and use new techniques in attack."

The voting is being supported by a multi-media campaign, including a 60-second spot, "Your Cover. Your Call." Internet and social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The winner will be unveiled later this month on the FIFA 17 voting Web site.

“James, Martial, Hazard and Reus represent exciting, attacking football and epitomize the innovative play that fans can expect in FIFA 17,” Nick Channon, senior producer for EA Sports FIFA, said in a statement. “We’re excited to see fans rally around their favorite players and see who they select as the cover star for the franchise, and the footballer who will represent FIFA 17 globally.”

“We’re excited to see fans rally around their favorite players and see who they select as the cover star . . . who will represent FIFA 17 globally."

EA Sports FIFA 17 is scheduled for release in North America on Sept. 27 and worldwide on Sept. 29 on Origin for PC, Xbox One from Microsoft, PlayStation3 and Playstation4 and Xbox 360.

People can find the game's new features at a dedicated Web site.

People can vote online once per day for their favorite player and earn extra votes by "utilizing the auto-share feature with the hashtag #FIFA17CoverReward," according to EA Sports.

People can also show their support by tweeting with the athlete’s hashtag: #FIFA17Hazard, #FIFA17James, #FIFA17Martial or #FIFA17Reus.

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