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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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Jan262011

To Infiniti And Beyond: Automaker Joins NCAA, CBS, Turner As Corporate Partner

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

January 26, 2011: The NCAA has signed a deal with Infiniti that makes the automaker a corporate partner of the NCAA, CBS Sports and Turner Sports, effective immediately.

Infiniti said the alliance would initially focus on the current men's basketball season, culminating with multi-media marketing during March Madness, including the entire 68-team 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball competition and the Final Four, which will be held at Reliant Stadium in Houston on April 2 and April 4.

This season, under terms of a new deal, March Madness games will be shown on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.

Financial terms of the Infiniti deal were not disclosed. Last year, Infiniti activated behind college basketball as a partner of ESPN before joining the NCAA as a partner for March Madness.

NCAA marketing partners include AT&T, Capital One, Coca-Cola, Enterprise, The Hartford, LG Electronics, Lowe's, Planters, Reese's, Unilever and UPS.

"Some of the biggest moments in sports come during NCAA basketball each year," Ben Poore, vp-Infiniti Business Unit, said in a statement  "Like many of the teams heading toward the championship tournament, Infiniti is on a winning streak. [Infiniti closed] 2010 with sales up 27.5% over the previous year. The strong momentum is continuing into 2011, led by sales of the new Infiniti M sedan, Infiniti QX56 luxury SUV and the Infiniti G Sedan line, which includes the new G25 sports sedan."

In addition to TV, print, Internet and experiential elements, Infiniti's NCAA marketing will also include custom "Inspired Performance" co-branded features, with Infiniti also serving as the presenting sponsor of Turner's pre-game shows throughout the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.  In addition, Infiniti will present in-game "coaches spotlights" during the tournament.

"Infiniti has a strong industry brand.  We're pleased that they have chosen to support the academic and athletic mission of the NCAA."

"Infiniti has a fervent enthusiasm for intercollegiate athletics so we welcome them into our corporate partner family," Greg Shaheen, NCAA interim executive vice president for championships and alliances, said in a statement.  "Infiniti has a strong industry brand.  We're pleased that they have chosen to support the academic and athletic mission of the NCAA, exemplified by our coaches and student-athletes."

According to Will Funk, svp-NCAA partnerships and branded programming, Turner Sports Ad Sales, "Together with CBS, we have the ability to activate Infiniti across all 89 NCAA Championships. With customized NCAA-Infiniti branded content distributed across out of home, online, mobile and television, including 2011 March Madness coverage on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV, the NCAA Corporate Marketing program offers the most unique opportunity in the marketplace to reach passionate and engaged consumers."

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