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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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Nov112009

Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco Get 'Nasty' For Unilever's Klondike

November 11, 2009: Two of the NFL's outspoken "bad boys" — Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens — are facing off to see which one is the baddest and has the thickest shell when it comes to taking criticism. Not on the field, but via a humorous campaign for Unilever's Klondike coated ice cream squares and bars, the "Ocho-TO Thicker Shell Face-Off."

Ochocinco, who plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, and Owens, a member of the Buffalo Bills, will take turns "roasting" each other at the Klondike Facebook Fan Page. The roast will take place over a two-week period: Starting Nov. 11, Ochocinco will take shots at Owens for a week with "lighthearted messages to test the thickness of Owens' shell."  Beginning Nov. 18, Owens gets to lightly roast Ochocinco. During their respective roasting periods, Owens and Ochocinco will have an opportunity to respond to each other. The campaign also will encompass Twitter and Klondike's Web site.

The purpose is to support the fact that "six of the Klondike stickless bars now have a thicker chocolatey shell . . .  with 25 percent more chocolatey coating!" The campaign plays off of the brand's long-time tag, "What would you do for a Klondike bar?" Here, it becomes, "What would you say for a Klondike bar?"

Unilever is not an official NFL partner, so there will be no images of NFL, Bengals or Bills logos or uniforms.

Among Ochocinco's early jabs at Owens: "I saw you wearing your Halloween costume on TV. Oh, wait, that was just your outfit for the press conference." And, "Watched your reality show this summer, The TO Show. Seemed more like one of those dating shows to me with the number of girls comin' in and out of that house."

Consumers are encouraged to submit their own "roasts" that may or may not be posted at the official site. However, at another Facebook site that is not censored by Unilever or Klondike, people already have posted their own comments, including: "Wow. I used to love Klondike. Why pick the two biggest idiots in the NFL?" And "This would seem a commercial nightmare to me if I was PR in this company." However, not all the comments were negative: "I'm by no means a fan of either of these guys, but this is funny. Lighten up, people!" And "Give [T.O.] a break. He's misunderstood."

"The 'interesting one' is very pleased to be working with Klondike," Ochocinco, who in 2008 legally changed his name from Johnson to his uniform number, said in a statement. "I can eat ice cream, embarrass TO and perfect my craft all at the same time . . . while still looking good. POW!"

Replied Owens, "I'm excited for this opportunity to slam my friend Chad. What would you do for a Klondike bar? How about what wouldn't Ochocinco do for attention?"

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