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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.

KEEPING SCORE

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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Aug062015

Old Spice 'Smellmitiment' Pits Crews Vs. Mustafa To Play Out Over NFL Season

By Barry Janoff

August 6, 2015: Procter & Gamble, an official partner with the NFL, will hit the new season with a campaign for Old Spice, “Smellmitment," that brings together for the first time two of the brand's iconic spokesmen: Terry Crews and Isaiah Mustafa.

The effort adds even more eccentric and absurd elements to the marketing landscape that Old Spice has created over the past few years.

The plan is to have men and the women who purchase these products for men make a commitment — aka “Smellmitment" — to either Crews, who plays the role of Bearglove Man; or Mustafa, who takes the roles of Swagger Man and Timber Man.

Old Spice said that Timber, Swagger and Bearglove are among their most popular scents.

According to Old Spice, "Mustafa and Crews join in a friendly competition to plead the case for their favored scent and illustrate Old Spice’s tradition of offering different scents for different kinds of gents."

The TV campaign includes seven spots that will appear during the NFL season. The first spot, "And So It Begins," breaks during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on NBC's Sunday Night Football on Aug. 9.

The effort also includes print, Internet, social media and POP.

Lead agency is Wieden+Kennedy, Portland, Or.

Despite the similarity in their backgrounds — Crews and Mustafa both had some NFL experience and now both make a living as actors — they play enemies in the Old Spice campaign.

In "And So It Begins," Mustafa recreates his Old Spice character, who speaks to female consumers as "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like." While trying to convince people that Timber is the best scent, Crews, in his over-the-top intense character, interrupts to sell Bearglove.

A series of non-seguitur scenes follow that make use of axes, chickens, skeletons, a multi-seat motorcycle and an active volcano. (See the full spot here.)

“The power of scent and smelling fresh and manly helps inspire confidence, and Old Spice's versatile scent lineup — including popular scents Bearglove, Swagger and Timber — provides guys with products they can rely on to fuel this power,” John Sebastian, Old Spice brand director for Procter & Gamble, said in a statement.

“Legions of young guys are still trying to figure what kind of men they want to become and Old Spice is always right there as they navigate the seas of manhood," said Sebastian.

Sales of men's grooming products in the U.S. topped $4 billion in 2014 and is expected to exceed $4.6 billion by 2019, according to marketing and research firm Mintel, New York.

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