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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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With Summer Games Approaching, IOC Sets Launch Date For 24/7 Olympic Channel

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July 30, 2016: Calling it the "start of an exciting new journey to connect the worldwide audience with the Olympic Movement," the International Olympic Committee has set an official launch date for the Olympic Channel, Aug. 21, following the Closing Ceremony of the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The IOC said that beginning late that day, the Olympic Channel platform would be available worldwide via a mobile app for Android and iOS devices and at Olympicchannel.com.

People would also be able to follow the Olympic Channel 24/7 via new social media destinations on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, as well as sign up for Olympic Channel updates at Olympicchannel.com.

“The launch of the Olympic Channel on Aug. 21 is the start of an exciting new journey to connect the worldwide audience with the Olympic Movement all year round.," IOC President Thomas Bach said during a media conference in Rio.

"Fans will be able to follow sports, athletes and the stories behind the Olympic Games. The Olympic Channel will inspire us all and reach out to new generations of athletes and fans.”

The IOC anticipates ad and marketing support from its top-tier global partners, which include Atos, Coca-Cola, Bridgestone, Dow, GE, McDonald's, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.

The IOC, which will support with its own marketing, has unveiled an initial tag line, "Where the Games never end."

This past June, the IOC said that more than 27 international sports federations had signed deals to collaborate on content for the Olympic Channel.

"We are happy with the cooperation with the International Federations: 27 of them have entered into a cooperation agreement," Bach said during a separate media conference this past Friday (July 29).

"We are also happy with the cooperation with our rights holders who know that the Olympic Channel is not a competition but an enhancement of their programming. It is an interesting journey in the digital world for the IOC and the Olympic Movement," said Bach.

The IOC initially eyed a starting date to coincide with the beginning of the Summer Games on Aug. 5. The intent was to provide supporting coverage to official broadcast partners in countries worldwide, including NBCUniversal in the U.S., but held off so as not to detract attention and viewers from its partners.

The technical and production units of the Olympic Channel are located in Madrid, Spain; the commercial and distribution department operates out of Lausanne, Switzerland, in IOC headquarters.

The IOC said a key goal for the Olympic Channel is to provide "a new way to engage young people, fans and new audiences in the Olympic Movement."

Content will include original programming, live sports events, news and highlights offering additional exposure for sports and athletes year-round.

Although designed for a global audience, the Olympic Channel digital platform will initially be offered in English.

After the launch, the IOC said that the Olympic Channel would help "foster partnerships with other Olympic stakeholders, including rights-holding broadcasters and National Olympic Committees to develop localized versions of the Olympic Channel.

Localized versions will offer language-specific user experiences on digital platforms, and will also include linear television programming options.

IOC Fast-Tracks Plans For Olympic Channel

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