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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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Feb022010

Life's A Beach: Rockstar Energy Drink Energizes 2010 AVP Tour

February 2, 2010: The Association of Volleyball Professionals is planning to make 2010 a much more stable year than 2009. AVP, which last year endured a major shake-up at the executive level and the loss of title sponsor Crocs, has signed a deal making Rockstar Energy Drink the "exclusive energy drink" of the 2010 AVP Tour. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AVP said Rockstar would be "actively involved throughout the season" with large-scale sampling initiatives, in-stadium promotional activities, and placement in AVP advertising materials. According to Jason May, Rockstar evp-marketing, this coordinated effort will help increase the awareness of Rockstar among a large and growing consumer demographic.
 
“We are excited to work with the AVP, which offers the best beach volleyball competition in the world,” May said in a statement. “AVP Pro Beach Volleyball and Rockstar are a natural fit.”

This is the second major deal for Rockstar in 2010. In January, Rockstar became a marketing partner of Lucas Oil in such properties as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motorcross Championship and the renamed Rockstar Energy Modified Racing Series. That deal includes "official energy drink" status and multi-medial marketing elements.

AVP is coming of a year in which it had losses and gains. In 2009, longtime chairman, CEO and commissioner Leonard Armato resigned as a new executive team took over and Crocs left as title sponsor due the company's financial situation. Concurrently, KFC and SunBurnt Therapeutic After-Sun Gel joined the tour's roster of marketing-sponsorship partners and Bud Light and John Paul Mitchell Systems each extended their partnerships with AVP for three years.

Other marketing partners include Gatorade, Geico, Johnsonville Meats, Nature Valley, Naked Juice, Russell Athletics and Wilson.

On the players side, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers remained the top men. However, female stars Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh missed most of the season (May-Treanor suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in late 2008 while filming ABC's Dancing With the Stars, Walsh had her first child) and Holly McPeak, who is married to Armato, retired. Howver, AVP remains confident that its product and athlete line up will continue to attract fans and marketers.

According to Jason Hodell, AVP CEO, “Rockstar has been a very important supporter of AVP athletes and is a perfect fit with our corporate strategy of outreach to our core fan base and the youthful demographic of the nation’s volleyball players.”

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