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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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Dec222016

Top Female Sports Marketer Of The Year: 4’9” Simone Biles Stands (And Flips) Tall

By the Staff of NYSportsJournalism.com

December 22, 2016: At the Summer Games in Rio de Janiero, Simone Biles was part of the gold medal-winning squad dubbed the "Final Five."

Although a total team player, she has become this year the Final One in sports marketing, with deals that include Procter & Gamble, Nike, Beats by Dre, Kellogg’s (Tour), Hershey’s, Mattress Firm, GK Elite Gymnastics (a signature line of workout apparel) and Spieth America (workout equipment).

Among her many honors, whe was named a Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine, the AP Female Sports Athlete of the Year and the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS).

She was named to espnW's 2016 IMPACT25 list of 25 "athletes and influencers who have made the biggest difference for women in sports this year" and was then named espnW’s Woman of the Year.

And she found time to write and do a PR tour for her book, Courage to Soar.

With her five medals in Rio — including four golds — she has a combined total of 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, and has become the most decorated American gymnast, surpassing Shannon Miller, who held the record since 1996.

Working with Octagon Olympics & Action Sports, she earns about $4 million from endorsements but has an unlimited potential, according to industry analysts.

Her social media numbers are just as strong: 2 million followers on Instagram, 874,000 followers on Twitter and 937,000 Likes on Facebook.

"Simone represents the American Dream. She is a great inspiration and example to all of her fans."

And to cap off her year, the 19-year-old appeared on the cover of ESPN Magazine along with Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross (now retired) and the Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith.

The alliance with Mattress Firm, as do some other of her endeavors, includes hands-on cause-marketing support. Having been raise in foster homes, she is particularly tuned in with the retailer's national Mattress Firm Foster Kids program to "help promote the importance of sleep, especially for children" and during the holidays the Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive. (See the TV spot here.)
 
According to Ken Murphy, president and CEO for Mattress Firm, "Simone represents the American Dream. She is a great inspiration and example to all her fans, and we are excited she has decided to join our team."

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