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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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Oct072015

TBS Campaign Puts LeBron, Kyrie, K-Love On A Quest (Via Camel) To Win NBA Title

By Barry Janoff

Ocotber 7, 2015: LeBron James is on a quest to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to the promised land for the 2015-16 NBA title.

And, as in ancient times, his journey will take him through a dry, vast and unforgiving desert.

At least that's the scenario played out in spot that is part of a new umbrella campaign from Turner Sports, "Tipoff: Image," to support the start of its season-long coverage of the NBA on TNT.

James stars in the first of a series of spots, joined by teammates Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.

The campaign will also see creative starring, respectively, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Paul Pierce from the Los Angeles Clippers; James Harden and Dwight Howard from the Houston Rockets; and members of the defending NBA world champion Golden State Warriors.

In addition, each spot features a famous comedian: Mike Epps with the Cavs, Billy Crystal with the Clippers and D.J. Hughley with the Rockets.

The Cavaliers' spot breaks tonight on TBS during coverage of the MLB National League Wild Card game before going into regular rotation.

"Their 'Quest' represents ending that drought to finally bring that title to Cleveland," director Drew Watkins, who also is vp-creative director for Turner Sports, said in a "behind-the-scenes" companion video.

"It's awesome," said Irving. "The creative behind it, it makes sense for us. It's perfect. It fits with what we are trying to do."

The NBA on TNT season opens with a double-header on Oct. 27 featuring the Cavaliers at the Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Warrirors.

"Obviously, we are following every team," said Watkins. "Every quest. We shot a lot of stuff with players and coaches talking about their goals for the season. It's a big campaign, It's going to cover every team."

The behind-the-scenes video shows snippets of things to come, including shots of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Anthony Davis and Derrick Rose.

"We are tying to bring that big-production design feel to all of the spots," said Watkins. "We want to give it a signature look.

The Clippers commercial takes place on the water; the Rockets' spot has an outdoor, mountain-climbing theme.

The Cavs spot opens with a dramatic voiceover: "This is a true story about the wills of men and the pursuit of a goal to end their city's great drought. This is their journey. This is the 'Quest.' On TNT."

The players and camels are real, but everything else is Hollywood magic. James, Irving and Love are seen in a green-screen imaged desert, searching for treasure, which turns out to be the NBA championship trophy off in the distance, gleaming in the sun.

As they get the trophy in their sights, Epps shouts, "LeBron. Kevin. Kyrie. We can't get to the top of the East on a camel! It's hot out here. Where's the air conditioning at!?"

Text offers, "Follow every Quest. Beginning Oct. 27. (See the full spot here.).

The other spots will break as the season-openers near.

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