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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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Thursday
Dec192013

Point Of Order: Injuries Don't Stop Kobe, D-Rose From Selling NBA Merchandise

By Barry Janoff

December 19, 2013: If you can't be healthy, at least stay in the public eye if you want to sell merchandise.

That seems to be part of the message being conveyed via the NBA's just-released list of top selling jerseys.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat is listed at No. 1. But he is followed by Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.

Bryant missed the end of the 2012-13 playoffs and the first 19 games of the 2013-14 season after tearing his Achilles tendon, played in six games, then fractured his left knee during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 17 and is expected to be out another six weeks.

Nike is scheduled to release a special-edition Kobe Bryant shoe around Dec. 25. That is also the day a Lakers-Heat game is part of a five-game national TV schedule being touted by ESPN and ABC with spots that prominently include Bryant. Bryant is also in a current campaign for Turkish Airlines along with international soccer star Lionel Messi.

Both the NBA and Kobe himself ran spots earlier this month heralding his return to action.

Rose missed all of the 2012-13 season and played in just ten games this season, suffering injuries to his left and right knees, respectively. Rose was the focus of an adidas campaign that touted his return to the NBA this season, which turned out to be short-lived.

The NBA said the list of the top-selling NBA jerseys is "based on overall sales from official league outfitter adidas and the NBAStore.com from October-December 2013."

According to the league, the NBAStore.com had its largest Black Friday (Nov. 29) and Cyber Monday (Dec. 2) in history, with sales up double digits from 2012. Sales figures themselves were not disclosed.

James, who had the most popular jersey worldwide this year, has held the No. 1 position five times on the league’s lists of domestic jersey sales, per the NBA.

James' teammate, Dwyane Wade, had the No. 7 best-selling jersey with the two-time defending NBA champion Heat.

Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers was the only rookie on the list, at No. 15.

The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (No. 6), James Harden of the Houston Rockets (No. 12) and the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George (No. 14) made the Top 15 for the first time.

In addition to the Heat, teams with multiple players among the Top 15 were the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:
                                 
1. LeBron James, Miami Heat
2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
3. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
4. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
6. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
7. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
8. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
9. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
10. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
11. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
12. James Harden, Houston Rockets
13. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
14. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
15. Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
Source: NBA

Lebron James, New York Knicks Top NBA Jersey, Merchandise Sales

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