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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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Oct272015

Smart Move: ZTE Smartphone Adds Cavaliers, Bulls To Growing NBA Roster

By Barry Janoff

October 27, 2015: ZTE USA, which calls itself the fourth largest smartphone provider in the U.S. and second largest in the no-contract market, has hit the ground running in the new NBA season, signing deals with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls to become the official smartphone partner for both teams.

ZTE USA, headquartered in Richardson, Texas, and a subsidiary of China-based ZTE Corp., already has similar pact with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

Financial terms of the deals were not shared.

Last month, the company unveiled in China a special edition of its flagship Axon, a ZTE Axon Mini with NBA branding on it. That smartphone includes pre-installed NBA wallpapers and special NBA applications designed for the Chinese market.

The China launch actually foreshadowed its new NBA alliances as it featured seven different versions, one with the NBA logo on it and six others with different team logos on the back, including official team partners Cavaliers, Bulls, Warriors, Rockets and Knicks, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers, respectively.

In the U.S., ZTE said its strategy is to "expand its localized approach to build its presence in the U.S. from the consumer up by connecting with fans."

Marketing support will include Internet, social media, mobile, in-arena signage and fan activations and local appearances and autograph signings by players.

ZTE also said it would be the presenting sponsorship of the Cavaliers first Chinese New Year celebration, scheduled to take place around the Cavaliers’ Feb. 8, 2016 game in Cleveland vs. the Sacramento Kings.

In addition, ZTE said it would support "large local community events such as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Season of Giving along with several others throughout the season," similar to activation it does with other NBA partners.

“We’re excited to announce ZTE as the Smartphone Partner of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the coming season and beyond,” Len Komoroski, CEO for the Cavaliers, said in a statement. “Our fans have shown they love the latest in technology features and use them to follow the team, so we have no doubt that this new partnership with ZTE will resonate well here in Cleveland.”

According to Michael Reinsdorf, Bulls president and COO, “The partnership between the Chicago Bulls and ZTE marks another significant step in the team’s international business growth. ZTE is a leader in the smartphone industry and it is exciting to welcome a new partner in that category. We look forward to working with ZTE to engage our fans and support meaningful community events and initiatives.”

ZTE said its strategy is to "expand its localized approach to build its presence in the U.S. from the consumer up by connecting with fans."

ZTE said it added the Cavaliers and Bulls as partners "after seeing great success in building loyal consumers with NBA fans in Houston, New York and Northern California."

According to Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO forf ZTE USA. “To facilitate conversations, we will go straight to the source and improve our products and services from the ground up. To provide consumers with the best possible smartphone experience, we need to connect with them on a local level.”

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