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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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Jan152014

Visa Extends, Expands Official Worldwide Alliance With FIFA Through 2022

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

January 15, 2014: Visa, which has been an official partner with FIFA since 2007 and a global partner since 2010, has extended and expanded its alliance with the world's governing soccer body through 2022.

The new deal adds on to the current alliance between Visa and FIFA, which was due to end following the World Cup this June-July in Brazil.

Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

Visa is the fifth of FIFA’s global marketing partners to extend their deals to include both the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. The others are adidas (which has a pact with FIFA that runs through 2030), Coca-Cola, Hyundai-Kia and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

As a top-level FIFA partner, Visa now has global marketing rights and product category exclusivity for the men's 2014 World Cup, 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar; the 2015 women's World Cup in Canada, the 2019 World Cup (to be determined); and more than 40 other FIFA events scheduled throughout the time period, including the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

According to Visa, the alliance with FIFA enables them to "expand its impact with financial institutions, clients, account holders and fans." Visa said it also works to strengthen FIFA host markets and other communities by "providing more access and education to electronic payments, creating more pathways for people to enter the formal financial system and improving financial literacy."

“With football’s unique power to inspire people everywhere, Visa couldn’t be more excited to extend its relationship with FIFA."

“With football’s unique power to inspire people everywhere, Visa couldn’t be more excited to extend its relationship with FIFA,” Ricardo Fort, svp-global sponsorship marketing for Visa, said in a statement. "Our association with the FIFA World Cup and the entire portfolio of FIFA events differentiates our brand and allows us to offer unique opportunities to our clients around the world.”

According to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, “We’re delighted to have reached this agreement with our valued partner, Visa. Visa’s huge global network and engaging consumer programs play a significant role in bringing the FIFA World Cup to all corners of the globe, and we’re delighted to have such a strong global brand by our side until at least 2022.”

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