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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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Jun162017

American Cancer Society Enlists Pro Golfer Chris DiMarco In ‘Tee Up For Life’ Effort

By Barry Janoff

(Originally Published in MediaPost)

June 15, 2017: In its on-going quest to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for cancer, the American Cancer Society has launched a multi-media campaign fronted by its first national golf ambassador, pro golfer Chris DiMarco.

DiMarco, who turned pro in 1990, has been involved with cancer awareness and research for nearly two decades. According to ACS, he has helped to raise more than $5 million via the annual Norma DiMarco Tee Up For Life event in Orlando, named for his mother, who passed away following a heart attack in 2006.

The event this year was renamed the Norma & Rich DiMarco Tee Up For Life tournament following the passing of his dad in March due to pancreatic cancer. (The Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 29-29 in the Heathrow (FL) CC.)

The ACS golf-themed campaign is anchored by a 30-second spot with DiMarco, "Tee Up For Life," who talks about the loss of "my hero — my father" and explains how the golf community has united to fight cancer.

"I’m not a doctor or a researcher," DiMarco says in the spot. "I thought: What can I do to help? You just play, raising funds through golf to support research and to fight cancer. Together we play to make a difference."

"We are excited to launch this campaign with Chris’ unbelievable partnership and support, which will undoubtedly lay the groundwork for the future of the golf portfolio," said Sharon Byers, chief development and marketing officer for ACS, Atlanta.

"The campaign is designed to drive awareness and participation for our national golf platform, which encompasses more than 70 tournaments and raises nearly $10 million annually," said Byers.

The spot breaks on the Golf Channel (part of the NBCUniversal company) and will air to coincide with coverage of the 2017 U.S. Open this weekend (June 15-18) at Erin Hills, Hartford, WI.

It is scheduled to run through July 31 on various outlets, including GolfDigest.com, PGATOUR.com, ESPN.com/Golf, and BleacherReport.com/Golf.

ACS said the spot could be tailored for use in any local market.

Elements also include print, radio, social media, on-site activation at tournaments and a new microsite, Cancer.org/golf, intended "to establish awareness for the ACS golf platform."

Lead agency is Professional Sports Partners, Houston.

The new site currently lists 42 tournaments across the country now through August 2018. The site also offers information on cancer research, treatment, support, pro-active care and ways for people to get involved.

ACS was named Grand Sports Marketer of the Year for 2016 by the editors and readers of NYSportsJournalism.com

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