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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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Oct072009

Lance Armstrong New 'Spokes' Person For Anheuser-Busch's Michelob Ultra

New Michelob Ultra spokesman Lance Armstrong. (Photo: Anheuser-Busch)October 7, 2009: In what might seem like a perfect partnership to some but an unusual union to others, Michelob Ultra said it has signed a three-year deal with Lance Armstrong to become "the brand's new spokesperson and ambassador." Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal makes Armstrong one of the most prominent active athletes to endorse an alcoholic beverage. Other than Nascar, where drivers and teams have beer and alcohol sponsors, pro sports such as the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball do not permit active players and coaches to sign marketing deals with alcoholic beverage companies. The NBA last season lifted a two-decade ban and began to allow teams to sell courtside advertising to hard liquor companies. MLB, Nascar and the NHL also allow alcoholic beverage companies to have ads within view of TV cameras.

Armstrong is known as much for his successful fight against cancer and his global efforts via the Lance Armstrong Foundation to find a cure for the disease as for his seven Tour de France victories. Michelob Ultra already sponsors Armstrong’s Livestrong Challenge biking events, which raise money for the cancer-awareness efforts of his foundation, and "has been a strong supporter of the sport of cycling since 2004. As part of its Race to the Ultra series, the brand sponsors more than 40 major running and cycling events annually across the country," according to the brand, a division of Anheuser-Busch InBev, St. Louis.

The 38-year-old athlete helped to break the news via Twitter, telling his followers, "Just announced a new partnership w/ Michelob Ultra. About to walk out and speak to 5000 distributors from around the USA." Armstrong's other marketing partners include Nike, 24 Hour Fitness, Clear2O water, FRS energy drinks, Oakley sunglasses and RadioShack, which signed a deal this past July to be lead sponsor for Armstrong's Team RadioShack efforts as a "cyclist, runner and triathlete in events around the world, including the 2010 Tour de France."

Michelob Ultra stressed the point that the alliance is key to its strategy to position itself as the beer of choice for people who not only enjoy sports but are into health and fitness. "Lance Armstrong is an ideal ambassador for this brand and we are honored to have him represent Michelob Ultra," Keith Levy, vp-marketing for Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement. "Having dominated a sport that requires such a physical commitment, Lance is the perfect athlete to connect with adult beer drinkers who lead active lifestyles."

Armstrong will appear in a new Michelob Ultra TV spot, "Little Bumps," in which he is seen successfully cycling up a steep incline while a voiceover says, "Some people see mountains [they must overcome] . . .  others see bumps." He also will make what was called a "cameo appearance" in a second ad, "Escalator," both which are scheduled to air in 2010. Michelob Ultra said it would also use Armstrong's likeness on print, outdoor advertising, digital marketing programs, product packaging and POS. Creative will include a drink responsibly message. Michelob Ultra's lead agency is Euro RSCG, Chicago.

"I'm always making decisions that complement my active lifestyle, and this includes my beer choice when I want to enjoy a cold one with friends or when taking a break from training," Armstrong said in a statement. "I'm excited about my association with Michelob Ultra, a brand that supports cycling and running communities across the U.S. and is a favorite among active adults."

Armstrong retired in 2005 after winning his record seventh consecutive Tour de France, but returned in 2009 and finished third in the event. Armstrong has been at odds with Agence Française de Lutte contre le Dopage, the group that oversees and legislates the use of banned substances in France. Armstrong has faced accusations of having used illegal performance-enhancing drugs during Tour de France events but has not failed any tests administered by AFLD. Back to Home Page