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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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Aug182014

Ex-Boxing Champ Vinny Pazienza Back In Action On Screen, In Marketing Ring

By Barry Janoff

August 17, 2014: During a boxing career that covered more than 20 years, Vinny Paz — who was born Vinny Pazienza, aka The Pazmanian Devil — amassed a 50-10 record, including 30 KOS. Along the way he earned such titles as the IBF World Lightweight crown, WBA World Light-Middleweight crown, IBO World Super-Middleweight crown, IBC World Super-Middleweight crown and the WBC International Super-Middleweight crown.

In late 1991, Paz was involved in a car accident in which he broke his neck. Although he said that doctors told him he would never walk, let alone fight, again, he was back in the ring, working with trainer Kevin Rooney, just over a year later. His boxing career continued for another decade but wound down after 2001, with only one fight in 2002 and one in 2004, which became his 50th and final career win.

Since then, Paz has largely been out of the public spotlight. But now, Paz is coming back on several fronts.

A movie based on his life, Bleed For This, is currently being filmed with release scheduled for 2015. It stars Miles Teller as Paz and Aaron Eckhart as Rooney, under the auspices of executive producer Martin Scorsese.

Paz also is at the center of a multi-media campaign for Wocket, a next-generation smart wallet from NXT-ID designed to replace all the cards in your wallet.

According to the Shelton, Conn.-based company, Paz is part of a celebrity ad campaign, "Get to Know Wocket," where he will explain how the product is designed to "protect your identity and replace all the cards in your wallet, with no smart phone required."

"We are delighted that notable celebrities from movies, music and sports are excited about the Wocket and are willing to lend their support to get the word out."

The Wocket can hold information for more than 10,000 cards (such as credit, debit, ATM, loyalty, gift, ID, membership, insurance, ticket, emergency, medical, business) and coupons and 100 voice commands. NXT-ID said it "works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval."

Singer/actor Joey Fatone ('N Sync) has appeared in previous marketing.

"We are delighted that notable celebrities from movies, music and sports are excited about the Wocket and are willing to lend their support to get the word out about putting a wocket in your pocket!" Gino Pereira, CEO for NXT-ID,  said in a statement. "They certainly give a level of comfort and familiarity to a consumer that is still learning about the Wocket in our current advance ordering phase. We look forward to putting Wockets in the consumer's pocket this fall."

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