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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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Ronda, Rock Helped Pile-Drive WWE WrestleMania 31 To $139M Financial Impact 

By Barry Janoff

November 5, 2015: WrestleMania is big business, not just for parent company WWE but for the regions in which the annual wrestle-fest is held.

The latest case in point: WrestleMania 31, held this past March in Levi's Stadium, home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, generated $139 million in economic impact for the Santa Clara/San Jose region, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation, Toronto.

That included  $22 million spent on hotels and accommodations within the Santa Clara/San Jose region.

WrestleMania 31 also generated approximately $23.2 million in federal, state and local taxes.

WWE said it was the highest-grossing event in its history, with a revenue of $12.6 million.
 
Levi's Stadium seats about 68,500. Attendance was given as 76,976.

According to WWE, this marks the second-largest economic impact in WrestleMania history, and the fourth consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.

WrestleMania 30, held in Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, had an attendance of 75,167 and a $142.2 million economic impact on the region, according to WWE.

WrestleMania 32, scheduled for April 3, 2016, in AT&T Stadium in North Texas, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, may approach that $140 million figure, according to local industry analysts.

WrestleMania 31 was bolstered by the "unannounced" participation of UFC champion Ronda Rousey and wrestling icon (and Hollywood star) Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson. The pair took down their "arch rivals," Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, in a confrontation that continued what has been billed as an on-going feud, which the participants vowed has not ended.
 
Over the past nine years, WrestleMania has generated more than $700 million in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, per WWE.

Among other details, WWE said that at WrestleMania 31:

• 78% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the greater Santa Clara/San Jose region and stayed an average of 3.3 nights. About 30% stayed five nights or more.

• The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,218 full-time jobs for the area.

• $6.2 million was spent by visitors to the Santa Clara/San Jose region at area restaurants.

"We are proud that WrestleMania continues to deliver an incredible economic benefit for its host region,” John Saboor, evp-special events for WWE, said in a statement. "Our WrestleMania Week success in the Bay Area would not have been possible without the support of Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, the San Francisco 49ers and countless other public and private sector partners that embraced WWE’s worldwide fan base."

Recent venues have included MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (WrestleMania 29, attendance 80,676); Sun Life Stadium, Miami (WrestleMania 28, attendance 78,363); and the Georgia Dome, Atlanta (WrestleMania 27, attendance 71,617).

WrestleMania 32 will be broadcast live on WWE Network in more than 175 countries.

"We are excited with the planning that is already underway with our new partners in the Dallas/Arlington area for WrestleMania 32," said Saboor.

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Ronda Rousey, "The Rock" Break WWE Records, Bones At WrestleMania 31

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