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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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Oct102015

Charles Barkley Is Trapped In The Internet; Should We Save Him Or Leave Him There?

By Barry Janoff

October 7, 2015: Take this as gospel or with a grain of salt, but Charles Barkley is trapped in the Web.

That might be bad news for his fans, either those from his NBA Hall of Fame days or his current job as commentator and analyst for Turner Sports' NBA on TNT. Or it might be good news for those people who find Barkley's no-holds barred style too irritating and abrasive.

Either way, Barkley is trapped in the ether world of the Internet thanks to a new campaign from technology solutions provider CDW.

The multi-media effort, literally called "Charles Barkley Is Trapped In The Internet," is an off-shoot of the company's "People Who Get IT" platform, which Barkley has been part of since 2012.

CDW’s partners in the campaign include HP, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, APC and FireEye.

The purpose of the campaign, according to Neal Campbell, svp and CMO for Vernon Hills, Ill.-based CDW, is to show that, “In today’s ever-changing business environment, organizations must be prepared for anything — and need a technology solutions provider who can help at a moment’s notice."

The campaign is anchored by several TV spots and supported by radio, social media and Internet, including a dedicated "Mission Control" Web site.

The spots will run during Monday Night Football broadcasts on ESPN, on college game day and during other sporting events on ESPN, ABC and Westwood One.

In the opening spot for the effort, "Charles Barkley Vanishes," he leaves his position as an executive in the IT department at fictional company Gordon & Taylor to go on a trip. As he is going through airport security, the scanning machine triggers somehting in his smartphone, which leads to him somehow being trapped in the Internet.

As CDW and its partners work to save him while they are "Monitoring" his moves, Barkley "Crashes An Unboxing Video" and "Discovers the World of Internet Videos."

The "Mission Control" site will have videos and content exclusive to the campaign.

"The approach for this campaign is a lighthearted take on the integral link between technology and business, and how CDW’s technology solutions help our customers achieve their goals," said Campbell.

Since aligning with CDW for ad campaigns — which usually air during March Madness, when Barkley is part of the joint CBS-Turner on-air team covering the NCAA hoops event — Gordon & Taylor has won at basketball, won new business by losing at golf, won at football despite having a stadium but no team and offered "for sale" a faux line of signature products, including Barkley 34 cologne ("Smells like a locker room") and the Round Mound of Rebound Pound Cake Mix (a reference to one of Barkley's nicknames).

CDW said that it "works for small, medium and large business, government, education and health-care customers." CDW said it generated $12 billion in net sales in 2014.

CDW Offers Tech Solutions, Round Mound Of Rebound Pound Cake

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