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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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Friday
Nov262010

UFL Kicks NFL In The CBA As Sophomore Circuit Ups The Football Ante For 2011

By Barry Janoff. Executive Editor

November 26, 2010: Despite the fact that it is seen as a very poor relation to the very rich National Football League, the fledgling United Football League believes it can afford to use the NFL's current  unresolved CBA situation to try to enrich its national image.

Looking ahead to what could be a collective bargaining agreement-related lockout/delay/shutdown of the 2011 NFL season, UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue said the league would open its next campaign on Aug. 5, would expand from an eight- to a ten-game season, would play games for the first time on the usually NFL-owned Sunday and would field six franchises, one more than in 2010.

The UFL is still in the process of wrapping up its second season, with its championship game scheduled for Nov. 27 between the defending champion Las Vegas Locomotives and the Florida Tuskers, which lost to Las Vegas in the 2009 title game. But the UFL has apparently seen enough of an uptick from its rookie year that it is planning to enact a bigger and better strategy.

“The intent is to begin play before the National Football League season begins, and to start incorporating Sundays into our football schedule,” Huyghue said during a media event in Omaha, where the league's title game will be played at Rosenblatt Stadium.

The Commissioner specifically targeted the NFL's potential expansion from 16 to 18 regular season games, which has been a major hurdle as the NFL and the NFL Players Assn. attempt to negotiate a new CBA. “As the NFL preseason kicks in, most of their games are on Friday and Saturday, but their games at that time don’t count, and our games do," said Huyghue. "There has been more and more talk about the dissatisfaction with the NFL’s preseason — the games don’t count and the stars typically don’t play.

According to Huyghue, "From a fan’s standpoint, you’re going to see a more competitive football game on Sundays during the NFL preseason in our games, than you would in the National Football League."

The UFL said its 2011 season would feature the Florida Tuskers, Hartford Colonials, Las Vegas Locos, Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and expansion team Virginia Destroyers. The UFL also said it "continues to evaluate markets suitable to host seventh and eighth future expansion teams."

Each team will play ten games within a 12-week season, incorporating a bye week prior to the championship game in November.

Before any of that kicks in, the UFL said it would "create broadcast history" on Nov. 27 when the 2010 championship game is broadcast live on YouTube in high definition. The game also will be aired via UFL broadcast partner Versus.

“We regularly promise our fans that they will have an opportunity to engage with the UFL and play an active part in our league and this is another example of that interaction,” said Huyghue. “Broadcasting through YouTube also allows us to take our Championship Game and our product to an international audience.”

"You’re going to see a more competitive football game on Sundays during the NFL preseason in our games, than you would in the NFL."

As for 2011 and beyond, Huyghue was optimistic and realistic. “We’ve learned from this league that playing during the traditional football season is when fans are excited about watching good football. We think we can provide a superior entertainment value on Sundays, versus anything else that would be on during the NFL preseason.

“We understand that the NFL’s there. It will always be king of the hill. [But] we can carve our own niche as well. Sundays during the preseason, when the NFL typically doesn’t play is a perfect opportunity.”

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