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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
Oct132016

Westbrook, Irving Help NBA Prep For Season With 'This Is Why We Play' Ads

By Barry Janoff

October 13, 2016: With the 2016-17 season about to tip off, the NBA is unveiling the latest incarnation of its multi-platform “This Is Why We Play” umbrella campaign. Initial spots break this week online, with the first ad hitting broadcast tonight (Oct. 13) on TNT during a pre-season double-header (Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers).

The spot, “Zeroes,” features a voiceover by Russell Westbrook, who explains how, at the beginning of a season, despite what happened the previous year, all teams have a clean slate and start with the same record.

The second launch spot, "29," features a voiceover by Kyrie Irving, who helped to lead the Cavaliers to the NBA title last season, relating how hard it was to win the championship, but that it would be at least as difficult to repeat.

"This Is Why We Play" was unveiled as the league’s global marketing mantra last season.

"Zeroes” features shots of league stars, including Stephen Curry and LeBron James, as team records from last season flash across the screen: the record-setting Golden State Warriors (73-9), NBA champion Cavaliers (57-25), San Antonio Spurs (67-15), Toronto Raptors (56-26) and even the Minnesota Timberwolves (29-53), Brooklyn Nets (21-61) and Philadelphia 76ers (10-72).

But, according to Westbrook, “You can’t live in the past. The wins and the losses. The joy. The drama. The what-ifs and should-haves. All that means zero now. We all start from zero. This is why we play.”

“29” opens with close-ups of Irving, shows the Cavs lifting the NBA title trophy, then cuts to other stars — including James Harden, Karl-Anthony Davis, Dirk Nowitzki and Aaron Gordon — on other teams who are hungry to win the championship this season.

“Winning was a challenge,” says Irving. “But repeating will be, too. Because there are 29 teams in our way again. And they’ve all come back stronger. More determined. More experienced. And ready. they won’t back down. But neither will we. This is why we play.”

The NBA said that more spots in the “This Is Why We Play” campaign will break during the season.

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