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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

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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Apr042017

UA: Majestic Athletic To Continue As MLB Apparel Supplier Under Fanatics Acquisition

By Barry Janoff

April 4, 2017: In a move initiated last summer, VF Corp. today confirmed that it would sell its Licensed Sports Group to online sports apparel retailer Fanatics.

LSG is headed by the Majestic Athletic brand, which has had a relationship with MLB since 1982 and has been the league’s official on-field apparel supplier since 2005.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

In December, MLB signed a ten-year deal naming Under Armour the exclusive MLB provider of all on-field uniform components, replacing Majestic beginning with the 2020 season.

Under terms of the same deal, Fanatics was granted "broad consumer product licensing rights to manage the manufacturing and distribution of Under Armour and Fanatics fan gear."

The deal left unresolved Majestic Athletic's status with MLB beyond 2019 and the future of the Majestic Athletic facility in Eason, PA, which employs about 600 people.

But Fanatics said it has also acquired the facility, located about 80 miles north of Philadelphia.

Concurrently, Under Armour in a statement said it would "continue the long-standing tradition of Major League Baseball's on-field uniforms being built by the dedicated workers of Easton, Pennsylvania, home of Majestic’s facility."

According to Under Armour, "The men and women of Easton will continue to play a major role in building Under Armour’s MLB team apparel business."

The decisions were confirmed during a media event to unveil the alliance held this afternoon at the Majestic Athletic factory, attended by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, reps from Fanatics and Majestic Athletic and local and state politicians.

Under Armour and Fanatics said they expect to offer an assortment of new fan gear apparel and accessories at retail, prior to the 2020 season.

In a recent financial statement, VF said that "revenues for its Imagewear coalition hit $1.1 billion in 2015, with LSG representing about half of that amount."

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fanatics’ partners include the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Nascar, MLS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and more than 200 collegiate and professional team properties across all leagues

Beginning in the 2020 MLB season, Under Armour becomes the exclusive MLB provider of all on-field uniform components including jerseys featuring prominent Under Armour branding, baselayer, game-day outerwear and year-round training apparel for all 30 MLB clubs.

In addition to MLB, Majestic also supplies apparel and fanware through licensing agreements with various other U.S. and international professional sports leagues and teams.
 
VF Corp. plans to focus on its other high-profile brands, including The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Lee, Wrangler and Nautica.

"As active portfolio managers, we constantly assess the composition of our company to ensure VF’s portfolio is aligned with our strategic objectives and positioned to maximize growth and return to our shareholders," Eric Wiseman, VF’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement earlier this year explaining VF’s strategy.

"In this respect, we are exploring options for our LSG business to position the organization to continue its success and achieve its future potential," said Wiseman.

To coincide with the start of the 2017 MLB season, Majestic Athletic launched a new multi-media effort under its umbrella campaign, "My Team My Colors."

Among those in the effort are Majestic spokesmen including Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers), Francisco Lindor (Cleveland Indians),  Joc Pederson (Los Angeles Dodgers), Kevin Pillar (Toronto Blue Jays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees), Kyle Schwarber (Chicago Cubs), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins) and Noah Syndergaard (New York Mets).

The premise of this year’s "My Team My Colors" finds the players creating artwork of the cities in which they play using brushes, canvas and paint-covered baseballs and bats.

The campaign is debuting during MLB's Opening Week across multimedia platforms including MLB.com, MLB Network, MLB venues and with Majestic retailer partners.

The VF Corp.-Fanatics transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of this year, is subject to standard customary closing conditions for a closing to occur.

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