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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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Nov052009

Nike, USA Basketball Seek To Repeat Gold Standard For 2012 Summer Games

November 5, 2009: Nike has signed a multi-year extension with USA Basketball that will expand and enhance the company's commitment to the men's and women's national team programs and ensure that it would be with the program for the 2012 Summer Games in London. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nike, which has been a partner of USA Basketball since 2006, said it would continue to serve as the exclusive oncourt and apparel provider of the men's and women's national teams. However, under terms of the new deal, Nike also becomes the official compression supplier of USA Basketball via its line of Nike Pro Combat products. Nike will also support all national teams represented by USA Basketball, including USA Basketball junior and developmental teams.

Nike's original deal included the USA Basketball men's and women's national teams during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where both squads won gold medals. The new deal will cover the 2012 Summer Games in London, which is just under 1,000 days away. The 2016 Summer Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

The men's team held a mini-camp in Las Vegas over the summer that was attended by such NBA players as Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Derrick Rose, Greg Oden and O.J. Mayo. Among the players expected to compete for spots on the 2012 Olympic team are LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

“Nike has been an ardent supporter of USA Basketball and a key contributor to developing the values of teamwork and dedication that the men's and women's National Teams exhibited during the Games in Beijing,” Jerry Colangelo, USA basketball chairman, said in a statement. “The long-term expansion of our partnership has helped make our teams stronger and we look forward to working together with Nike to achieve new heights both on and off the court for years to come.”

Nike will promote its brand and products through USA Basketball-themed events, media, advertising and promotions. Nike will also now serve as the on-air presenting partner of USA Basketball exhibition games broadcast in the U.S. Last year, Nike was presenting partner of the five-part series, Road To Redemption, which aired on ESPN2 and documented the USA Basketball men’s senior national team's preparations for Beijing; featured USA Basketball displays in its retail stores and online; and opened a grassroots fan museum, “The Commitment Gallery” in Harlem, New York.

“We are honored to extend our partnership and further our relationship with USA Basketball,”  Lynn Merritt, director global basketball sports marketing for Nike, said in a statement.  “We were pleased with our association and involvement with USA Basketball, and to share in the success of the Beijing Olympic gold medal team.  We will provide innovative products that will assist the USA Basketball team members in future World Championship and Olympic competition as they attempt to equal the standard of achievement realized in Beijing.”

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