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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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Mar052014

Budweiser, Fox Sports Team Up To Launch World Cup-Themed Documentary Series

By Barry Janoff

March 5, 2014: Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has unveiled a partnership with Fox Sports to produce and air what was called a "groundbreaking documentary series" showcasing six unique soccer stories from around the globe.

The documentary-style series is part of the Anheuser-Busch brand's integrated, multi-platform "Rise As One" World Cup campaign. The series is scheduled to be broadcast in more than 55 countries.

The first installment of this series, a  Fox Sports Originals production, is scheduled to premiere on March 25 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico on Fox Sports 1.

Marketing support includes TV, Internet and such social media destinations as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The launch spot comes with the theme of showing "how the beautiful game inspires the world to hope, believe and Rise As One." (See the full spot here.)
 
“The FIFA World Cup is such a powerful moment in time which enables the world to join together in celebration of the world’s most popular sport,” Andrew Sneyd, global vp for Budweiser, said in a statement. “We are delighted to collaborate with Fox Sports on this new series and through the Rise As One campaign, to share the many defining moments of football history with the millions of fans around the globe.”

Budweiser also said that it would be lead partner of the Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival, an annual series of soccer cultural events that "brings together football and film enthusiasts to celebrate the beautiful game." Two episodes from the Rise As One documentary series will debut during the event, to be held in New York April 8 -11. (Details here.)

The six installments of the Rise As One series, under the auspices of veteran filmmakers Scott Boggins and Gabriel Spitzer, include:

•  Power of Unity, which looks at how the Japan Women’s National Soccer Team overcame personal and national challenges following the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster to win the FIFA Women's World Cup that same year.

Breaking Barriers, in which American and Iran teams go head-to-head at the 1998 World Cup and "amid volatile politics and intense scrutiny,."

One Nation follows the French Men’s National Team during the 1998 World Cup to "help heal the racial splits within their nation and sport."

Match for Peace goes inside an exhibition match between Brazil and Haiti that brought the island nation some solace in the midst of war.

Forever Heroes follows the story of three members of the Zambia National Soocer Team 20 years after a 1993 plane crash killed their teammates and how the rebuilt club captured the African Cup of Nations.
 
World War Truce tells the story of German and British soldiers during World War I who called a temporary cease fire to play a friendly soccer game.

(Programming details here.)

“The passion and dedication that unites footballers and fans worldwide is unrivaled, incredibly inspiring, and we are thrilled to partner with Budweiser to help tell these stories,” Michael Bloom, svp-original programming for Fox Sports, said in a statement. "We think that football fans across the globe will enjoy this series and learn more about how transformative and impactful the beautiful game has been.”

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