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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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Nov022012

Wal-Mart Scores Title Sponsorship Of College Basketball Carrier Classic Games

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

November 2, 2012: Global retailer Wal-Mart has signed a multi-year deal making it title sponsor of the Carrier Classic, a college basketball event that will take place next week the flight deck of the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier docked at Patriot's Point, Charleston, SC.

For the second annual Carrier Classic, two games on Nov. 9 will feature the men's hoops teams from Ohio State and Marquette, and the women's hoops teams from Notre Dame and Ohio State.

The games will be telecast live on NBC Sports Network.

Financial terms of the deal with Wal-Mart were not disclosed. Wal-Mart replaces Quicken Loans as title sponsor. Quickens Loans remains a sponsor of the Carrier Classic.

The inaugural Carrier Classic was played last November between North Carolina and Michigan State on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, docked in San Diego. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were among those in attendance. The women's game was added beginning this year.

As was the case last year, the 2012 Wal-Mart Carrier Classic is being played on Veterans' Day weekend and includes major support from and for veterans and the Armed Forces.

Sponsors also include American Airlines, Applebee's, Coca-Cola, Coors Light, EA Sports, JetBlue, LucasFilm, Miller High Life, PowerAde, Quicken Loans, Sears and Southwest Airlines.



Wal-Mart said that support would be anchored by a veteran's appreciation campaign to "promote awareness of the event and encourage every American to share a message of thanks to the over 25 million active duty and veterans who serve our country."

Activation includes a social media campaign on Wal-Mart's Facebook page (where visitors can send a note of appreciation to veterans via text, photos and videos; an in-store promotion in more than 3,300 Wal-Mart locations; and game-day TV ads.

Morale Entertainment Foundation, producers of the Carrier Classic, will support via social media, TV and radio promotion. Messages collected on the Carrier Classic and Wal-Mart's Facebook pages "will be a part of the game production both in-venue and during telecast on NBC Sports Network," according to Morale Entertainment.

"We can now deliver every American's message of 'Thank You' into the largest-ever veteran's appreciation campaign for all those who have served our country."

"With Wal-Mart's support we can now deliver every American's simple message of 'Thank You' into the largest-ever veteran's appreciation campaign for all those who have served our country and the over 25 million active duty and veterans," Ken Kinnear, director for Morale Entertainment Foundation, said in a statement.  "These messages from Wal-Mart customers will be an integral part of our game content and experience."

Separately, ESPN said that its College GameDay Built by The Home Depot on Nov. 10 would originate from the flight deck of the USS San Diego, currently home-ported at Naval Base San Diego. The broadcast is part of ESPN’s fourth annual America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans, which will honor veterans and troops in programming across ESPN’s U.S. media platforms.

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