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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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Oct092015

Thanks To Foot Locker Twitter Challenge, Fans Score When NBA's Harden Misses

By Barry Janoff

October 9, 2015: James Harden yesterday made good on his Foot Locker-driven "Play My Tweet" challenge, taking a series of shots attached to specific requests, then performing the requests on the shots he missed.

Among the missed-shot requests that he carried out were doing the "stanky leg" dance, taking a selfie with a camel, riding a tricycle while eating ice cream and wearing a clown nose, singing "I'm a Little Teapot," making a prank call to a teammate, recreating Michael Jackson's "moonwalk" move and getting a guy a car.

Among the more altruistic challenges that Harden did was to donate $50,000 to a the Salem (Va.) Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Harden, the NBA all-star point guard for the Houston Rockets, actually made some shots, so he didn't have to wear a chicken suit or put on pajamas.

One request he carried out, even though he made the shot, was to appear at a Houston school, which he did in a pre-taped spot with ESPN's Kenny Mayne, who was hosting the Foot Locker "Play My Tweet" challenge (and unsuccessfully trying to defend Harden).

Mayne ultimately had to participate in one request, in which he missed a series of shots going one-on-one with Harden and having a pile of cooked spaghetti dumped on his head.

The people whose requests were selected by Foot Locker were in attendance in a Houston gym, including the guy who tweeted Harden, "Buy me a car." When Harden missed, he and Mayne took the guy outside so he could claim his prize, which turned out to be a junker.

"I can't let him drive that," said a genuinely upset Harden. When told that the car cost about $900, Harden offered the guy cash instead of the clunker.

At Harden's request, no one asked him to shave off his trademark beard.

Harden appeared to be wearing adidas, with whom he recently signed a 13-year, $200 million deal, for the first time in a national campaign.

The challenge aired live via Foot Locker's YouTube channel and Twitter page.

"Foot Locker has had a great deal of fun teaming up with James Harden for past engaging games with fans. We're excited to take that engagement to the next level with the 'Play My Tweet' challenge," Stacy Cunningham, evp-marketing for Foot Locker, said in a statement. "Harden is an entertaining, talented NBA star and we're eager to see what fun requests he will fulfill on behalf of fans across the country."

According to Harden, "Working with Foot Locker gives me the opportunity to engage with fans in a creative and fun way. "I'm excited to see what the fans want me to do."

Unfortunately for him, some of his missed shots meant that his thoughts going into the challenge did not pan out. "I hope I won't be doing anything too embarrassing."

Foot Locker's lead agency is BBDO, NY.

Harden Takes On (Almost) All Challenges In Foot Locker's Twitter Campaign

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