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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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Dec302014

Andy Murray Swings Over To Under Armour In $23 Million Endorsement Alliance

By Barry Janoff

December 30, 2014: Under Armour has confirmed a move that has been bouncing around the rumor court for the better part of this month, signing top-ranked tennis star Andy Murray to a four-year deal that industry analysts put at $23.6 million.

Murray, the former No. 1 ranked men's player in the world and currently ranked No. 6, had been with adidas via a five-year pact valued at about $23.5 million.

As part of the alliance, Under Armour said that beginning in January Murray would wear its apparel, footwear and accessories on-court; would be featured in marketing campaigns and will make appearances for the brand; and would participate in global training and tennis activations.

"I am very honored and excited to be joining Team Under Armour and to help them tell their story globally," Murray said in a statement. "They are committed to providing innovative apparel, accessories, and footwear, with an unmatched focus on training and performance."

Murray also has allances that include Standard Life, Fuse energy drinks, Rado watches and Head and will earn about $15 million from endorsements in 2014, according to industry analysts.

Murray joins an Under Armour roster that includes athletes Lindsey Vonn, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Stephen Curry, Michael Phelps, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, Jordan Spieth and Sloane Stephens; model Gisele Bündchen and world-renowned ballerina Misty Copeland.

The brand also has deals with the Yomiuri Giants and Tottenham Spur among other global alliances.

According to Ryan Kuehl, senior category director-global golf and tennis for Baltimore-based Under Armour, "Signing Andy is really a special moment for the brand, as we continue to elevate and diversify our athlete roster and expand our international presence. Andy's remarkable character, competitive spirit and unmatched ability make him the perfect fit for our family."

Under Armour, founded in 1996 by Kevin Plank, is expected to reach $3 billion in revenue this year, according to the company.

Andy is very committed and focused when it comes to training and preparation, so the new partnership with Under Armour is an exciting and ideal match," Murray's manager, Matt Gentry, said in a statement. "Athlete performance and product innovation are the brand's core pillars, which will have strong benefits for Andy and the team in 2015 and beyond."

Under Armour was named a Top Ten Sports Marketer of the Year for 2014 by NYSportsJournalism.com.

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