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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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Aug042014

Nationwide Expands Role With NFL, Deal Adds Second Insurer To League Roster

By Barry Janoff

August 4, 2014: Nationwide Insurance will expand its status with the NFL via a three-year to become an official insurance sponsor of the league. The alliance begins this season and will run through the 2016 campaign.

Financial details were not disclosed.

The NFL has another partner in the category, USAA (United Services Automobile Assn.), which in 2011 signed a four-year pact to become the league's "Official Military Appreciation Sponsor."

Nationwide already has alliances within the league, including partnerships with the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. It also has what the company called "significant" media buy with the NFL.

As part of the alliance, Nationwide becomes a founding sponsor of NFL Now, the NFL’s new digital video service; and will be a presenting sponsor of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which honors a player's volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field.

Nationside, which said that it is "a large NFL media buyer," said that new marketing support would now include the NFL Shield and the collective marks of all 32 NFL teams in its national marketing and advertising campaigns. The company already unveiled plans to include Manning in new marketing to run this season.

“We've made significant media and partnership moves in the NFL space over the past two years to help strengthen our connection with the more than 185 million NFL fans,” said Matt Jauchius, Nationwide’s CMO, said in a statement. “Adding a league relationship is a natural evolution for Nationwide and will afford us the ability to maximize assets nationally, provide more impactful content and better engage fans across screens.”

"Adding a league relationship is a natural evolution for Nationwide and will afford us the ability to maximize assets nationally, provide more impactful content and better engage fans across screens." — Matt Jauchius, Nationwide CMO

According to Jauchius, becoming presenting sponsor of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award "aligns closely with Nationwide’s philanthropic passion and commitment to be 'More Than a Business.' As Nationwiders, we care, we volunteer in our communities and we help our members feel safe and protected. The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award embodies those same values and we're proud to be associated with it.”

The NFL's new NFL Now, launching this month, will be a digital conduit that can be personalized by users for content from such platforms as NFL.com, NFL Network, NFL Film Archives and NFL teams.

“We are pleased to welcome Nationwide to our roster of sponsors,” said Renie Anderson, NFL senior vice president of sponsorship and partnership management. “We look forward to working with Nationwide to bring more fans closer to our game through important platforms including NFL Now and the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.”

Manning Now On Nationwide's Side

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