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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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Jun092015

Will IOC Approval Of New Winter Olympics Events Give Baseball Supporters Leverage?

By Barry Janoff

June 8, 2015: The International Olympic Committee has approved several new events for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in the areas of snowboarding, Alpine skiing, speed skating and curling.

Supporters of baseball's return to the Olympic Games see that as a move in the right direction.

According to the IOC, the new Winter Games program would "allow for a record number of female events, a record number of mixed events, a record number of female athletes and a projected increase in the overall female participation rates at the Olympic Winter Games."

The change also builds on the reforms outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, which "aim to create more flexibility in the program of the Olympic Games (and create) a new framework of considerations, including the introduction of a recommended cap of approximately 2,900 athletes and 100 events for the Olympic Winter Games," according to the IOC.

The approval of these competitions, which came on Monday (June 8) during a meeting of the IOC executive board in Lausanne, Switzerland, could be a positive sign for those hoping to restore to the Olympics the sports of baseball and softball. The two events, long-time part of the Games, have not been in the Summer Games since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Baseball and softball did not get enough votes for reinstatement in 2013, when they were being considered for the 2016 Rio Games.

Supporters of baseball and softball — led by the International Baseball Federation and the International Softball Federation — see the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo as a strong open door possibility, due largely to Japan's significant involvement in the sports.

"The changes reflect the continued evolution of the Winter Olympic program and build on the success of recent editions of the games."

The IOC said a decision on the 2020 program would come in August 2016, prior to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro (Aug. 5-21).

The 2018 Winter Games are scheduled for Feb. 9-25.

Among the competitions to be included in the 2018 Winter Games are Big Air (in snowboarding, replacing the parallel slalom event), mass start i(speed skating), mixed doubles (curling) and a team skiing event.

The changes were made in conjunction with the international federations that oversee the respective sports on a global basis, as well as the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

The IOC said that these changes and potential event changes for future Winter and Summer Games are considered "according to the following criteria: added value; youth appeal; attractiveness for TV, media and the general public; gender equality; minimum impact on the number of events and/or quotas; and infrastructure and operational cost and complexity."

"The changes reflect the continued evolution of the Winter Olympic program and build on the success of recent editions of the games," according to a statement from the IOC. "They also build on the reforms outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020 which aim to create more flexibility into the Olympic program of the Olympic Games."

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