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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

Top-Selling MLB Jerseys (Jan.-May 2018)

1. Jose Altuve Houston Astros
2. Aaron Judge New York Yankees
3. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Giancarlo Stanton New York Yankees
5. George Springer Houston Astros
6. Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
7. Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
8. Shohei Otani Los Angeles Angels
9. Carlos Corea Hoston Astros
10. Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox
11. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
12. Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers
13. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
14. Javier Baez Chicago Cubs

SOURCE: MLBShop.com

BUY SELL

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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Fox Grabs NFL 'Thursday Night Football', Five Years, $2.7B, Presented by Bud Light

By Barry Janoff

January 31, 2018: The NFL’s Thursday Night Football package has a new home, with Fox signing a five-year deal for 11 games per year beginning in 2018.

Industry analysts put the pact at $550 million per year, $2.75 billion over the course of the deal.

NFL partner Bud Light has signed on to be presenting partner for the Thursday Night Football games.

Thursday Night Football  presented by Bud Light games come between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on Fox, simulcast via NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on Fox Deportes.

NFL Network will exclusively televise an additional seven games next season, with Fox producing the entire 18-game schedule.

What the NFL and Fox called a “landmark” alliance also allows Fox Sports and the NFL to each expand its digital rights.

Fox said it would be able to distribute both Thursday Night Football and its Sunday games to Fox subscribers “over a wide array of digital platforms including mobile phones for the first time.”

The NFL said it would continue to develop digital distribution models for Thursday Night Football as well as Fox’s Sunday games.

CBS and NBC split a ten-game Thursday Night Football schedule last season, with most games also shown on NFL Network.

CBS and NBC each paid $450 million for a two-year package covering 2016-17.

There have been complaints from NFL players regarding health issues that come with playing a game on Sunday and then one on Thursday, which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed today during his "State of the NFL" media conference in Minneapolis, site of Super Bowl LII.

"We are always working to make the game safer," je said. "Most players don't like a short week, but they sure do like having ten days off after (playing on Thursday." It's like a mini-bye week."

Ratings have also been down.

CBS said it averaged an 8.6 rating and 14.1 million viewers for its five games early in the 2017 season, down 3% and 4%, respectively from 2016 (8.9, 14.7 million).

NBC said its six games, which began on Nov. 9, averaged an 8.1 rating and 14 million viewers, down 21% in ratings and 17% viewership from five games in 2016  (10.2, 17M).
 
Thursday Night Football began in 2006 with an eight-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network. It expanded to 13 games in 2012 and 2013, still exclusively on NFL Network.

In 2014-15, CBS partnered with NFL Network to present an expanded 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule.

Digital distribution was via Twitter in 2016 and Amazon Prime Video in (2017.

“This agreement is the culmination of over ten years of strategic growth around Thursday Night Football, a period during which this property has grown from a handful of late season games on NFL Network to a full season of games and one of the most popular shows on broadcast television with additional distribution via cable and digital channels,”  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

“As one of the leaders in sports television and a recognized innovator of NFL game broadcasts for many years, we’re excited to be extending our partnership with Fox Sports, one of our most trusted and valued partners, to include Thursday Night Football,” said Goodell.

Fox said this alliance “marks the fifth media rights deal between Fox Sports and the NFL dating back to the landmark agreement struck in December 1993 that essentially solidified Fox as a major broadcast network.”

According to Peter Rice, president for 21st Century Fox, “Football is in our blood at Fox and we understand that nothing beats the NFL when it comes to television that captures people’s attention.

“Our historic relationship with the NFL dates back to the earliest days of Fox, and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our deep and enduring partnership to include primetime games on Thursday night.”

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