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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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Mar242014

Executive Decision: Kobe Bryant Driving Post-Playing Business Career To Next Level

By Barry Janoff

March 24, 2014: Having recently signed a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension that all but likely will put a bookend to what will then be a 20-year playing career, Kobe Bryant has now taken the next step in his post-playing career.

According to the 35-year-old Bryant, he has formed his own company, Kobe, Inc., to launch businesses and to invest in other.

Bryant took the first step in that direction when he made what was called a "significant investment" in premium sports drink BodyArmor, which is trying to take market and marketing share from PepsiCo's Gatorade, Coca-Cola's PowerAde and others in the category.

"I believe in innovation that will help athletes train and perform at their best," Bryant wrote on his Instagram page. "Finally we have a product that is the upgrade athletes have been silently demanding for years!"

Bryant becomes the company's No. 3 investor, behind co-founders Mike Repole and Lance Collins. BodyArmor said that with his investment, "Bryant will become an influential partner and board member in the beverage start-up and will work closely with Repole and Collins to continue to build the growing brand."

According to Repole and Collins, Bryant will be involved in all "facets of the business, including product development, innovation, marketing, expansion markets and overall growth strategy for the company." They said that Bryant has been collaborating with the executive team for several months on marketing initiatives, innovation and roll-out of the recently launched BodyArmor flavors.

The brand's co-founders already have a strong track record in the industry. Repole sold Glaceau Vitaminwater and Smartwater for $4.1 billion and Collins sold Fuze and NOS for $250 million, both deal coming with the Coca-Cola Co. in 2007.

“I’ve had a long successful career in basketball, one I’m excited to continue, but I also am planning for a long and successful career as an entrepreneur.“

“I’ve had a long successful career in basketball, one I’m excited to continue, but I also am planning for a long and successful career as an entrepreneur, “ Bryant said in a statement. “BodyArmor is a brand that I wanted to be a part of in a big way. Today’s athletes understand how nutrition impacts performance — and there’s nothing that compares to BodyArmor, which is why I chose to invest and become a partner.”

According to Bryant, who has spent his entire NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, said he first tried BodyArmor last summer while he was rehabilitating his knee and then, after contacting and connecting with Repole, he became interested in getting involved.

Bryant has played just six games this season, first recovering from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in April 2013, then missing the latter part of the 2013-14 campaign after breaking his left knee in December.

BodyArmor has been very active of late, signing to deals as partners and investors James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Kevin Love (pictured) of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the brand's first NBA endorsers.

The brand's roster also includes NFL players Andrew Luck, LeSean McCoy and Rob Gronkowski; and MLB players Mike Trout and Buster Posey.
 
“Kobe brings with him a relentless drive to win, and after our conversations I realized his passion and intensity is not just on the court — it’s in everything he does,” Repole said in a statement. “I’d rather be on his team than compete against him and his insight as an elite athlete will be invaluable to BodyArmor.”
 
“Today’s athletes are demanding an upgraded sports drink, and BodyArmor is better than outdated, traditional sports drinks in every way,” said Repole.

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