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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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Thursday
Mar172016

T-Mobile Hits Home Run (Derby) With Extended, Enhanced MLB Alliance

By Barry Janoff

March 16, 2016: T-Mobile, an official partner with Major League Baseball since 2013, has signed a deal to extend the alliance for three years, with the key addition seeing the company becoming title sponsor of both the T-Mobile Home Run Derby during All-Star Week and the T-Mobile Junior Home Run Derby, a new youth competition for boys and girls.

Financial terms of the new alliance were not released.

"For the last three years MLB has been with us every step of the way as we have re-written the rules of wireless," John Legere, president and CEO for T-Mobile, said in a statement. "This year we're doubling down — and expanding the relationship even further to include the Home Run Derbies and free MLB.TV for customers."

According to T-Mobile, Simple Choice customers on qualifying plans can sign up during opening week, April 3-10, to get a full, free year’s subscription to MLB.TV Premium and watch every out-of-market regular season game live on their T-Mobile devices. (Details here.)

For the 2016 season, MLB.TV Premium also comes with a free subscription to At Bat Premium (in the Apple App Store).

The Home Run Derby last season was sponsored by Gillette and before that State Farm.

The 2016 MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby will take place in San Diego's Petco Park this July.

Along with the T-Mobile Junior Home Run Derby, T-Mobile also becomes a sponsor of Play Ball, MLB’s program to "encourage widespread participation in both formal and informal baseball activities especially focused on youth.

According to Bob Bowman, president-business and media for MLB, “T-Mobile is a great partner that brings an exceptional level of commitment and imagination to MLB. We are thrilled to deepen our productive relationship with T-Mobile, and with the offer to provide free MLB.TV to T-Mobile customers, I’m certain baseball fans share our sentiment.”

T-Mobile said that working in partnership with such youth organizations as Boys & Girls Clubs of America and other national baseball and softball organizations, the T-Mobile Junior Home Run Derby would for the first time include nationwide local home run competitions in age divisions 12 & under and 14 & under.

Regional winners advance to compete in a final home run competition during 2016 All-Star Week in San Diego.

"This isn't just some corporate sponsorship," said Legere. "It's the combined effort of two passionate teams bringing even more amazing perks and game-changing moves to baseball fans over the next three years!"

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