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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.

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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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Jan132011

Hershey's Sweetens Sports Sponsorships With Football Hall Of Fame Deal

Emmitt Smith will return to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a spokesman for Hershey's.January 13, 2011: Hershey's is not an official marketing partner of the NFL. In the candy category, rival Mars has official NFL exclusivity, including activation with such brands as M&Ms, Twix and Milky Way.

So as the NFL playoffs and the drive to Super Bowl XLV heat up, Hershey's has taken a different, yet economically linked, strategy to activate with pro football. Hershey’s Chocolate has signed a marketing deal with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and has enlisted Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, to act as spokesperson.

Hershey's promotion is the second national activation with the Pro Football Hall of Fame this season. Phillips-Van Heusen along with JC Penney are currently running the second Fan's Choice campaign, directing consumers and football fans to vote for their unofficial choices for the Class of 2011.

Anchoring the partnership is the Hershey’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Sweepstakes, offering consumers the opportunity to visit the site in Canton, Ohio, alongside Smith,who was inducted into the Hall last year. Now through Feb. 28, a multi-media campaign with Smith directs consumers to a dedicated Web site. There, visitors can enter the sweepstakes, which is dangling a top prize of  a trip for four to the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Weekend, Aug. 5-8, and to spend time with Smith. In addition, the winner will also have their likeness on display in the form of a chocolate bust.

Hershey's also is awarding 20 Hall of Fame 2010 induction ceremony footballs autographed by Smith and 100 Pro Football Hall of Fame $100 gift cards. (Full details here.)

In a spot playing at the Web site, Smith relates, "My name is Emmitt Smith. I was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now you can join me. Enter right now for a chance to win a trip to the next Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend, where I'll be your host."

“Hershey’s is excited to partner with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith to bring added excitement to the playoff season,” Anna Lingeris, spokeswoman for The Hershey Co., said in a statement. “Not only are Hershey’s Miniatures Chocolates a great game day snack, but the brand is also taking fans’ love of football to the next level with the chance to see themselves next to their favorite Hall of Famers, but in chocolate.”

"Hershey’s is excited to partner with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Emmitt Smith to bring added excitement to the playoff season."

The alliances with Hershey's and Phillips-Van Heusen are part of a dedicated effort by the Pro Football Hall of Fame to broaden its efforts to reach not only dedicated and casual football fans, but more marketing partners.

"The public may have heard about the Hall of Fame in August during induction ceremonies and the Hall of Fame game, which opens the NFL pre-season, and then again perhaps during Super Bowl week when the official inductee class for that year is announced," Mike Kelly, evp-marketing for Phillips-Van Heusen, said during an interview with NYSportsJournalism during the Fan's Choice Class of 2011 launch event this past September." But [Hall of Fame executives] saw opportunities for more. [They saw] a tremendous opportunity to bring the Hall of Fame to the public year round."

Phillips-Van Heusen Expands NFL Alliance From Hall Of Fame To Fields Of Dreams

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