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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.


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).



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)


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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

Comedian Jason Sudeikis Kickstarts NBC Sports Coverage Of EPL Football

By Barry Janoff

August 6, 2013: This past October, NBC Universal unveiled a three-year deal for rights to broadcast the prestigious Barclays English Premier League. The financial package was put at $250 million by industry analysts.

With the first game scheduled to air on Aug. 17, NBC Sports has launched a multi-platform campaign to get viewers up to speed.

Barclays EPL is home to several iconic soccer clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City. The campaign, under the umbrella theme, "It’s Football . . . Just Not As You Know It," targets not only loyal followers of soccer, but also casual and non-soccer followers.

The effort is anchored by a humorous TV spot starring Jason Sudeikis, a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live from 2005-13 and co-star with Jennifer Aniston in the new film, We're The Millers.

The commercial runs five minutes on YouTube but has been cut down to 30-second spots for broadcast purposes. In it, Sudeikis plays the fictional new head coach of the Tottenham Hotspur, Teddy Lasso, an American football coach hired to take the helm at the English Premier League club, whose knowledge of NFL football does not translate to international football.

Activation also includes out-of-home marketing such as a subway trains and London-style taxis in New York wrapped in NBC Sports-EPL signage, “trainers” on the streets handing out EPL-branded towels and water bottles, billboards, a tie-in with online food delivery service offering discounts on breakfast items on Saturday game days in August under a “Breakfast in Bed with the Premier League” theme and social media destinations at Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others.

NBC Sports said that people would have access to all 380 games of the Barclays Premier League — including 76 Spanish-language telecasts — via a host of options from August through May: NBC, NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports Live Extra, Premier League Extra Time, Telemundo, Mun2 and other NBC Universal channels.

NBC Sports' coverage will be supported by a bevy of pre- and post-game content and other shows specific to the EPL coverage. These include Premier League 36 (which follows athletes for the 36 hours leading up to a game), Premier League Goal Zone (highlighting all the goals of the weekend) Match of the Day and the Barclay’s Premier League Preview/Review/World.

The TV spots with Sudeikis, "An American Coach In London," highlight the campaign's theme "It’s Football . . . Just Not As You Know It." His character, Teddy Lasso, knows all about U.S. football, but is having trouble translating that to the pitch in the U.K..

At his first press conference after arriving from America, Lasso proclaims, "Football is football no matter where you play it. You have grass, you have cleats and you have helmets with masks on them . . . My team is going to play hard for all four quarters." When a British reporter corrects him by saying, "Two halves," Coach Lasso responds, "My team is going to play hard for two halves. And we're going to play until there's a winner and a loser." To which another reporter yells, "We have ties," with Lasso saying without missing a beat, "We're going to play until there's a winner, a loser or a tie."

When asked about his goals, Lasso offers, "We're going to win a lot of games and get into the playoffs." Again, he is corrected by the British sports reporters. "No playoffs." "Ties and no playoffs!?" says Lasso. "My job just got a lot easier . . . Why do you even do this!?"

On the practice field, he teaches NFL-style football tackling and shows his lack of soccer knowledge when he asks, "Why are they passing the ball backward? Why are the scores so low? He just hit the ball with his head . . . is that legal?"

Lasso and his assistant then use American images to help him memorize the clubs in the EPL. "Manchester United," his assistant says. "Super rich. Everybody either loves them or hates them." Lasso replies, "The Dallas Cowboys." "Liverpool — used to be great, haven't won a title in a really long time." "Also the Dallas Cowboys," Lasso replies. "Cardiff City, dragons on the crest," says the assistant. To which Lasso responds, "Khalessi, that really hot girl from Game of Thrones."

Ultimately, Lasso tries to earn the respect of his players by going through an entire day without using his hands, including opening doors, flushing toilets and driving a golf cart. He soon earns the nickname "Wanker," which Lasso incorrectly defines as "someone who is great . . .  a nice guy."

"Ties and no playoffs!?" proclaims Teddy Lasso. "My job just got a lot easier . . . Why do you even do this!?"

Lasso vows to remain with the Hotspur forever. Moments later, his cell phone buzzes. "Oh," he says. "I just got fired." (See the full spot here.)

“The NBC Sports Group has an excellent track record in sports broadcasting and will showcase the Barclays Premier League to fans across the USA through its extensive network of channels and high quality production,” Richard Scudamore CEO for the Barclays EPL, said at the time the deal was unwrapped. “We are extremely pleased that NBC has chosen to invest in the Premier League and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

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