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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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Oct262016

Fanatics Expands Deal With NHL To Become Official Apparel, Headwear Partner

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

October 26, 2016: The NHL wants to give you the shirts off their players’ backs, as long as consumers go to Fanatics to purchase them.

The league said it has signed a deal with apparel retailer Fanatics that expands the multi-channel relationship between the two companies to include exclusive rights as official manufacturer for a broad range of NHL apparel and headwear, including adult replica jerseys, as well as "hot market merchandise" for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Final, starting with the 2017-18 NHL season.

Fiancial terms of the deal were not released.

The NHL last year acquired equity stakes in Fanatics, as well as Outerstuff, which makes youth apparel.

The Fanatics deal kicks in the same season as adidas takes over from its Reebok division Reebok as the NHL’s official on-ice jersey provider.

Fanatic gets its logo on replica jerseys but not on-ice jerseys, where adidas will have its logo.

"Our new long-term business partnership with Fanatics is a reflection of the growth and evolution of the consumer products and e-commerce business," Brian Jennings, evp and chief branding officer for the NHL, said in a statement.

"After a rigorous process, Fanatics emerged as an optimal choice given their commitments to expanding their already best-in-class capabilities in the e-commerce space, including building a sales and distribution infrastructure in Canada, and to produce lines of replica jerseys and apparel products that will excite NHL fans and drive sales for NHL retail partners," said Jennings.

Fanatics this month signed a similar deal with MLB beginning in 2020 when Under Armour takes over from Majestic as official on-field uniform partner.

There is an MLB Store and an NHL Store at Fanatics.com, which also handles merchandise for the NBA, Nascar, the NFL, nearly 100 NCAA colleges and Team USA.

Fanatics said the replica jerseys would be produced by Fanatics Branded, the company’s merchandise division, and will be designed with "fan-first features that are intended for enhanced comfort and versatility." A top-tier line of jerseys will be called "The Breakaway."

Fanatics will also offer a line of youth replica NHL jerseys.

Fanatics said the deal would leverage its "innovative mobile, merchandising and production capabilities to the benefit of both fans and retailers. With technology, mobile and social media all contributing to a surge in the speed at which fans want the latest gear, this new agreement will allow fans to have access to a broad assortment of products at their fingertips."

"Our new long-term business partnership with Fanatics is a reflection of the growth and evolution of the consumer products and e-commerce business."

In addition, Fanatics said the deal "ensures retailers are positioned with inventories of exciting products in short time frames in order to respond to trends and sudden spikes in interest and demand as exciting moments unfold during the NHL season."

According to Doug Mack, CEO for Fanatics, "The NHL is a league that has consistently been on the cutting edge of bringing fans closer to the game they love, and that passion extends to the paradigm shift we’re seeing in terms of in-the-moment purchasing patterns.

"With our scale and agility, Fanatics is uniquely positioned to greatly enhance both the assortment and speed to market of NHL merchandise for retailers as well as fans across all devices and at games or big events," said Mack.

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