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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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Feb052013

NFL: Super Bowl XLVIII Pre-Game, Halftime Shows Will Be Outdoors As Planned

By Barry Janoff

February 5, 2013: Talking its cue from both the U.S. Postal Service and Broadway, the NFL said that, despite rumors to the contrary, neither snow nor rain would keep the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show from being canceled, and that the show must go on outdoors in MetLife Stadium.

"Chill out. Totally wrong. The show will go on as planned," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told NYSportsJournalism in response to stories that both the pre-game and halftime shows would be cancelled as a precaution to cold weather and the logistics of setting up and dismantling a stage in potential snow or sleet conditions.

In fact, as McCarthy said, "We’ve already had multiple meetings and have mapped out how we will have the pre-game and halftime shows in the stadium."

It would be difficult to imagine a Super Bowl without a half time show, especially with the next Big Game in the New York-New Jersey area and with TV audiences over the past few years reaching 114 million (Super Bowl XLVI with Madonna) and 104 million this past Sunday (Beyoncé and Desiny's Child).

One of the most memorable halftime shows occurred during Super Bowl XLI, played outdoors in what was then Dolphin Stadium (now Sun Life Stadium) in Southern Florida, when Prince performed "Purple Rain" during a rain shower.

One option would have been for the NFL to stage the halftime show off-site at an indoor venue in the New York-New Jersey area and telecast the concert live during halftime.

But McCarthy quickly put that to rest.

"I’m telling you we are planning on doing the show from the stadium itself. MetLife Stadium," he said.

And as McCarthy himself asked, "The bigger question is: Who will perform?"

Early favorites are "New Jersey's own" Bon Jovi, headed by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Another New Jersey-centric group, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, performed during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIII, but Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi have appeared together on-stage, including The Concert for (Hurricane) Sandy Relief this past December.

Of course, the NFL, which selects the halftime entertainment, is not bound to tap a band from the New York/New Jersey area.

Pepsi signed a five-year deal to sponsor the half time show beginning with Super Bowl XLVIII. Bridgestone had sponsored the halftime show for the previous five Super Bowls. Pepsi sponsored the show at Super Bowl XLI in 2007.

"We’ve already had multiple meetings and have mapped out how we will have the pre-game and halftime shows in the stadium."

Pepsi came in at a prime time for halftime marketing. Following Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium, Super Bowl XLIX will be played in the University of Phoenix Stadium in 2015.

The historic Super Bowl L will be played in 2016 in the San Francisco 49ers new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara (as determined during an NFL owners meeting this past May).

Super Bowl LI will be played in 2017 in Houston's Reliant Stadium, also selected this past May.

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