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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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Sep122013

Papa John's Tops NFL Alliance With NFL Network 'Thursday Night Football' Campaign 

By Barry Janoff

September 12, 2013: NFL Network, which has a season-long schedule of 13 Thursday Night Football broadcasts, is bringing along some pizza and cola for added pleasure.

Papa John’s and Pepsi, both official marketing partners of the NFL, are working with NFL Network to offer viewers deals on weekly specials, available at the pizza chain's Web site.

The alliance comes with a TV commercial featuring NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen, who previously has worked with Papa John's on other promotions. It broke during the first Thursday Night Fooball game of the season, between the New York Jets and New England Patriots (Sept. 12).

In addition, the campaign comes with a Twitter-based activation in which people who submit photos of themselves celebrating Thursday Night Football with family and friends using the hash tag #TNFisBetter are eligible to win a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII, Feb. 2, 2014, in MetLife Stadium. (Details here.)

“We are excited to partner with the NFL Network and Pepsi on this great promotion that will deliver throughout the football season,” John Schnatter, Papa John’s founder, chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “There’s no better way to enjoy the NFL Network’s great lineup of Thursday night games than with Papa John’s and Pepsi.”

The promotion is scheduled to run through the last Thursday Night Football game of the season, Dec. 12 (San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos).

In the spot, Schnatter is on the set of Eisen's Thursday Night Football show and keeps interrupting him to explain the Papa John's deal. Eisen unknowingly gets caught up in the excitement. "He runs for a touchdown and puts a topping on it," he says describing a highlight from a game based on a teleprompter script that has been rewritten by Schnatter. (See a behind-the-scenes commercial here.)

A separate Papa John's campaign featuring Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning, "Touchdown: Quarterback Sneak," has another version of connecting pizza offers to fans.

Papa John’s is in the midst of a multi-year sponsorship with the NFL and is also the official pizza of 18 NFL teams: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins.

Last year's Thursday Night Football schedule finished with a record-high per game average audience of 7.3 million viewers, marking the 4th consecutive year that Thursday Night Football has set an all-time high viewership mark, according to NFL Network.

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