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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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Feb012014

Ten Things (At Least) Tim Tebow Can Do Besides Be An NFL Quarterback

By Barry Janoff

January 31, 2014: Tim Tebow doesn't need no stinking NFL contract.

At least according to a campaign from T-Mobile breaking on national TV during Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox.

Tebow, who won a Heisman trophy in college and two national championships with Florida, has played for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. But he has not officially appeared on an NFL field since he was cut from the practice squad of the New England Patriots last August.

The Bellevue, Wash.-based T-Mobile effort actually touts the fact that Tebow is currently not under contract to any NFL team. That, Tebow offers in the new spots, is also what makes T-Mobile the best choice.

“Why would anyone in their right mind stay in a situation that restricts them?” John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, said in a statement. “We want everyone to be able to exercise their own choice which comes with contract freedom. We thought Tim Tebow was the perfect choice for these spots. And, like T-Mobile, he has the grit, determination and passion for doing the right thing.”

T-Mobile will air two 30-second spots during the Big Game on Feb. 2. They can both be traced to a 60-second spot that is running on YouTube. Thirty-second spots were going for upward of $4 million, according to Fox.

“T-Mobile came to me with a great idea around a fun and creative Super Bowl spot. I love what they’ve been doing and how they treat their customers," Tebow said in a statement." It was a blast filming all of the various scenes, and working with T-Mobile to highlight their concept around no contracts for their customers.”

"Tim Tebow here," he says to open one spot. "Everyone thinks I want [an NFL] contract. But without one, I've done so much this year."

Among the things that Tebow has done during his time away from the NFL:

• Delivered a baby ("Is that Tim Tebow?" the mom-to-be asks the dad in the delivery room.)

• Tracked down, captured and took a selfie photo with Big Foot.

• Revealed a plan for world piece at a global summit. ("We can save the whales. We can talk to animals. And we can bring world peace!")

• Fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing football on the Moon.

• Rode a bull in a rodeo.

• Became a fireman, where he saved puppies from a burning building.

• Toured the world as a heavy metal rock star.

• Did his own stunts as the star of the movie, Illegal Formation.

• Became a stand-up comic. ("I mean, talk about illegal use of the hands!")

• Became a world-champion chess player.

Many of the scenarios are fleshed out in their own 30-second versions.  

"Bottom line," says Tebow,. "Contracts hold you back." (See the full spot here.)

Tebow has appeared in other marketing campaigns, most notably for Jockey and  TiVo. He also has deals with EA Sports, Soul Electronics and PDQ quick-serve restaurants. In December, he signed a deal with ESPN to become an analyst for the new Southeastern Conference Network, scheduled to launch prior to the 2014 college football season. He appeared on-camera during ESPN's coverage of the BCS National Championship game.

"I feel like I'm the best that I've ever been as a quarterback right now. I hope I get the opportunity to show that," Tebow said in a statement at that time. "But I'm also looking forward to being part of SEC Nation and part of ESPN.

""I'm not sure what's ahead of me. I'm very excited to have this opportunity at ESPN. But who knows what the next few months will hold?"

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