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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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Nov042012

Crown Jewel Winter Classic An NHL Lockout Victim; ASG, Stanley Cup May Be Next

By Barry Janoff

November 3, 2012: The on-going dispute between the NHL and the NHL PLayers Assn. has taken another bite out of the 2012-13 season: On the heels of canceling all games through Nov. 30, the league has also eliminated its crown jewels, the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

The NHL is nearing a decision to pull the plug on the 2012-13 All-Star Game, currently scheduled for Jan. 27 in Columbus, Ohio.

Both sides are said to be meeting in New York this weekend, but remain far apart.

The NHL cancelled the entire 2004-05 season, also due to a labor dispute. The NHL is moving closer to canceling more of the season, and ultimately the Stanley Cup playoffs, unless a deal is negotiated.

The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was scheduled for Jan. 1 between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. It would have aired nationally on NBC.

Also affected were all games and events scheduled to take place as part of the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival Dec. 16-31 at Comerica Park in Detroit. Most if not all of the NHL's marketing partners were scheduled to have a presence during the Hockeytown Winter Festival.

The NHL said that both events would be rescheduled for the same venues in 2014.

The NHL said that the cancellation was necessary because "given the absence of a collective bargaining agreement between the NHL Players' Assn. and the NHL, the league was not in a position to do all that is necessary to adequately stage events of this magnitude."

The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival required the construction of major outdoor rink facilities at both Comerica Park and the University of Michigan stadium.

"The logistical demands for staging events of this magnitude made today's decision unavoidable. We simply are out of time," Bill Daly, NHL deputy commission, said in a statement. "We are extremely disappointed, for our fans and for all those affected, to have to cancel the Winter Classic and Hockeytown Winter Festival events."

"The logistical demands for staging events of this magnitude made today's decision unavoidable. We simply are out of time."

The overall slate of events was not a complete washout.

The 48th Annual Great Lakes Invitational featuring the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University and Western Michigan University will be played indoors at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 29-30.

An American Hockey League game between the Toronto Marlies and Grand Rapids Griffins will now take place on Dec. 29 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

An Ontario Hockey League doubleheader scheduled outdoors at Comercia Park will move to two venues.

A game between the Windsor Spitfires and Saginaw Spirit scheduled for Dec. 29 will move to the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, MI, that same night.

And a game between the London Knights and Plymouth Whalers scheduled for Dec. 29 will move to Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township, MI, that same night.

According to Daly, the NHL was optimistic about the 2013-14 season. "We look forward to bringing the next Winter Classic and the Hockeytown Winter Festival to Michigan."

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