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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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Dec222010

Michael Jordan Bringing Namesake Classic To North Carolina For Anniversary Fete

December 22, 2010: The Jordan Brand Classic, an annual game starring the nation's top prep basketball players and run under the auspices of Nike and Michael Jordan, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in North Carolina, where Jordan grew up and then starred at the University of North Carolina before embarking on his NBA Hall of Fame career.

The 2011 Jordan Brand Classic is scheduled for April 16 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, which is home to the NBA's Bobcats. Jordan is the majority owner and head of basketball operations for the franchise.

The Jordan Brand Classic will also feature a regional game with the top high school players from the state of North Carolina and an international game with the top 17-and-under players from around the world.

In addition to Nike division Jordan Brand, marketing partners include Gatorade, Upper Deck and Foot Locker.

The first two Jordan Brand Classic games, in 2002 and 2003, were played at the MCI Center in Washington, during the time Jordan was a member of the Washington Wizards. The game in 2004 was moved to the Comcast Center on the campus of the University of Maryland. From 2005-2010 the Jordan Brand Classic was played in New York at Madison Square Garden.

The game is regarded as a significant national stepping stone for prep players prior to their college and then potential NBA careers. Former participants include LeBron James, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Rudy Gay and Andrew Bynum.

“The Jordan Brand Classic has always had a special place in my heart, as my last high school game and as a national springboard into my success in college and on the professional level,” Chris Paul, an all-star guard with the New Orleans Hornets and also a spokesman for Jordan Brand, said in a statement. “To hold the 10th anniversary game in my home state and where the brand truly started is a testament to all of the great players who have put on a Jordan Brand Classic jersey through the years.”

Former participants include LeBron James, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.

The 2011 Jordan Brand Classic All-American Team will be unveiled in February. In addition to the game, the Jordan Brand All-Americans will also participate in activities that help "reinforce the message of hard work extending beyond the hardwood and into the community." It is expected that Jordan himself, as well as a number of former participants, will attend the game. Jordan won a national championship with North Carolina in 1982 and played in the NBA from 1984-1998 and 2001-2003, all but two of those seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

According to Keith Houlemard, president of Jordan Brand, “We are thrilled that for ten years the Jordan Brand Classic has been the premier destination where the biggest names in youth basketball can display their talents in a competitive environment while also receiving teaching that will leave them equipped to reach their goals of being successful both on and off the court."

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