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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)

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Apr262017

Hoops Top Executive In Play To Oversee Upcoming NBA 2K eSports League

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

April 25, 2017: The NBA 2K eSports League, unveiled in February with a planned launch in 2018, now has a lead player.

Brendan Donohue, the NBA’s svp-team marketing and business operations, has been named as managing director for the jointly operated eSports platform, effective immediately.

More than half of the NBA's team are expected to participate in the NBA 2K eSports league’s inaugural season, with the participants to be unveiled in the next few weeks.

According to the NBA, since joining the league in 2009, Donohue has been "instrumental in the success of TMBO. He led strategic planning and management for all 64 teams across the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League, helping them innovate in sales, marketing, digital and analytical areas of their business."

"We're thrilled that we already have in place a seasoned sports executive to lead this new league," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "The fact that Brendan knows the NBA inside and out is a huge bonus and will enable us to ramp up this venture in record time."

Each NBA franchise will select five gamers to represent its team in the NBA 2K eLeague.

Gamers will be chosen through a recruiting process by NBA teams and Take-Two. They will go through a virtual version of a combine and be selected in a draft, which the NBA and 2K said would either be televised or streamed online.

The teams of gamers will play in an 82-game regular season and advance to a playoff, with the top teams competing for a championship, "which most likely will take place at an NBA arena," according to the NBA.

Silver said his avatar would present the championship trophy to the winner.

According to Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, the parent company for 2K games, "We want to make this as real as possible."

There will be a cash prize for the winner similar to some of the past NBA 2K tournaments that awarded a $250,000 grand prize.

"We are very pleased to have Brendan join our team and lend his extensive professional basketball acumen to the NBA 2K esports league," said Zelnick.

"The league will have all of the structure and polish of the NBA, coupled with the thrills and engagement of our industry-leading NBA 2K franchise to provide an exciting new entry into the world of competitive gaming," he said.

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