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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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Mar112010

PepsiCo Evokes That March Basketball Tourney In Carefully Worded Campaign 

If you play the SoBe game maybe you can party with Kendra Wilkinson.March 11, 2010: When it comes to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball tournament, corporate partners including AT&T, Coca-Cola, LG, Lowe's and State Farm are allowed to use such trademarked terms as "March Madness," "NCAA Sweet 16" and "Final Four" in marketing campaigns while others can not. Unsanctioned marketers can even get busted for mentioning the NCAA.

None the less, the marketing giant and overwhelming consumer interest of the upcoming tournament is too hard to resist for companies such as Coke rival PepsiCo, which has unveiled a carefully worded effort, "SoBe Lifewater Zero Inhibitions Bracket Challenge Sweepstakes." The campaign, which begins next week, is offering $10 million in prizes and includes four celebrities - Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, model Brooklyn Decker, TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith and former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson. The campaign is being sponsored by AOL, which is hosting a dedicated Web site.

The SoBe effort, which never mentions the NCAA, invites consumers to create brackets — a term widely recognized by followers of the NCAA tournament but not trademarked by the organization — and pit their results against the four celebrities. Marketing proclaims using untrademarked terms, "Welcome hoops fans. Are you ready for a little madness?"

Top prize: A perfect bracket — all 63 games, excluding the play-in game — puts consumers in line for a chance to win $9 million. Top scorers in each round have the chance to win up to $1 million more in prize money.

In addition, visitors  can choose the celebrity they want to play against, which puts them is a position for a chance to meet that celeb in person. (Full details here.)

"We wanted a bold way to let the world know that SoBe knows Zero," Angelique Krembs, SoBe marketing director, said in a statement. "That is, SoBe knows delicious naturally sweetened taste with zero calories. For hoops fans, it also means SoBe offers the opportunity to take home a whole lot of zeroes. And we topped it all with the chance to rub elbows with some bold celebs…can you say zero inhibitions? It all adds up to Zero, and in this case, it’s huge!”

According to Wilkinson, “I’m pretty confident about my ability to pick a good bracket. I can’t wait to see if there’s anybody out there with the knowledge – or luck – to beat me. I’m throwing down the challenge to hoops fans everywhere – you better bring your game if you want to beat me and have the chance to meet me.”

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