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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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Nov072013

New NBA-Amex Online Site Shows Players Off-Court With Fashion, Food, Music

By Barry Janoff

November 7, 2013: Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics loves to shop for clothes, Mike Scott of the Atlanta Hawks enjoys photo-bombing his teammates, Orlando Magic rookie guard Victor Oladipo gets on stage and sings classics from Bill Withers and members of the Oklahoma City Thunder are adapt at selling cars.

All this and other adventures of NBA players are now accessible to people at Off the Court, a new Web destination from the league and American Express, the official credit card of the NBA, WNBA, and NBA D-League.

The site, housed on NBA.com, is an aggregation of articles from other sites and blogs that cover the NBA 24/7, filtered to eliminate the tedious discussions of Jordan vs. LeBron and Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets vs. Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Here, it's all about the fashion, music, food, travel and lifestyles of NBA players.

“The excitement of the NBA goes far beyond what happens on the court,” Deborah Curtis,vp-sports & entertainment marketing for American Express, said in a statement. “We saw an opportunity to create a new destination where fans can go to see the person behind the player, and connect with the game in a completely new and intimate way. With our NBA partnership, we want to redefine the way that fans experience the game by giving basketball fans a chance to celebrate and explore shared passions with NBA players they love.”

As part of the launch, Off the Court is running the first of a multi-part video series featuring four-time NBA All-Star Rajon Rondo and his love of fashion. Future videos will include two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh and NBA All-Star Joakim Noah discussing their own off-the-court passions.
 
To help keep the site sticky, visitors will be able to participate in live video chats with NBA players, legends and coaches, hosted by former NBA player Rick Fox.

An "Off the Court Challenge" will give visitors access to special offers, ticket and merchandise promotions from NBATickets.com and NBAStore.com, plus the opportunity via American Express to win such experiences as premium game tickets and meet-and- greets with NBA players. (Details here.)

According to Emilio Collins, svp-global marketing partnerships for the NBA, “Our partnership with American Express has been defined by our collaboration to provide all NBA fans with unique live experiences and insider perspectives on our game. The launch of Off the Court gives fans access to a wealth of new and exciting NBA content and reinforces American Express’ commitment to innovation.”

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