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• Tennis Channel will provide exclusive, live coverage of the 2018 Davis Cup championship between France and Croatia in Lille, France, beginning Friday, Nov. 23, (8 AM ET). This will be the final entry for a Davis Cup format that has seen the tournament played during multiple weekends throughout the year. Starting in 2019, the Davis Cup will be contested in a season-ending, 18-nation event from Nov. 18-24.
 

• Calgary has decided not to pursue a strategy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a vote on Tuesday, in which citizens were asked in a non-binding plebiscite if they wanted to host the Winter Games, with 56% voting No. Sweden capital Stockholm and a joint bid between Italy’s Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo remain as IOC candidates.

• Tony Hawk, best known as a pro skateboarder but also a multi-platform businessman and entrepreneur, is among a group launching hybrid brand consultancy and creative agency D/CAL, with offices in San Diego and Detroit. “D/CAL offers a full suite of brand consultancy and agency services, but branches outside of industry norms by involving strategic and creative minds from outside the agency world.”

• Major League Lacrosse has named Troika as the agency of record for its rebranding initiative. The process will include a revamping of the MLL logo, website, branding on all marketing and communications materials, as well as all league-branded apparel and merchandise. The project will be finished before the 2019 MLL season begins

• Between now and Nov. 19, every use of #SaluteToService on Twitter will generate a $5 donation, up to $5 million, to the NFL’s military non-profit partners – including the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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MLB FINALISTS MOY, MVP, CY Young, ROY

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox
• Jose Ramirez, 3B Cleveland Indians
• Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
• Nolan Arenado, 3B Colorado Rockies
• Javier Baez, 2B/SS Chicago Cubs
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

AL CY YOUNG
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

KEEPING SCORE

NBA Teams With Jersey-Logo Deals (to date):

• Atlanta Hawks (Shareware)
• Boston Celtics (GE)
• Brooklyn Nets (Infor)
• Charlotte Hornets (LendingTree)
• Chicago Bulls (Jenni Optical)
• Cleveland Cavaliers (Goodyear)
• Dallas Mavericks (5miles)
• Denver Nuggets (Western Union)
• Detroit Pistons (Flagstaff Bank)
• Golden State Warriors (Rakuten)
• Houston Rockets (Rokit)
• Los Angeles Clippers (Bumble)
• Los Angeles Lakers (Wish)
• Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx)
• Miami Heat (Ultimate Software)
• Milwaukee Bucks (Harley Davidson)
• Minnesota Timberwolves (Fitbit)
• New Orleans Pelicans (Zatarain’s)
• New York Knicks (Squarespace)
• Orlando Magic (Disney World)
• Philadelphia 76ers (StubHub)
• Phoenix Suns (PayPal)
• Portland Trail Blazers (Biofreeze)
• Sacramento Kings (Blue Diamond)
• San Antonio Spurs (Frost Bank)
• Toronto Raptors (Sun Life)
• Utah Jazz (Qualtrics)
• Washington Wizards (Geico)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Nov. 2-4
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - 20th Century Fox - $50M
2. The Nutcracker And The Four Realms - Disney - $20M
3. Nobody's Fool - Paramount - $14M
4. A Star Is Born, - Warner Bros. - $11.1M
5. Halloween - Universal - $11M
6. Venom - Sony - $7.8M
7. Smallfoot - Warner Bros. - $3.8M
8. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - Sony - $3.7M
9. Hunter Killer - Lionsgate - $3.5M
10. The Hate U Give - 20th Century Fox - $3.4M
11. First Man - Universal - $2.3M
12. Night School - Universal - $2M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Jun162017

American Cancer Society Enlists Pro Golfer Chris DiMarco In ‘Tee Up For Life’ Effort

By Barry Janoff

(Originally Published in MediaPost)

June 15, 2017: In its on-going quest to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for cancer, the American Cancer Society has launched a multi-media campaign fronted by its first national golf ambassador, pro golfer Chris DiMarco.

DiMarco, who turned pro in 1990, has been involved with cancer awareness and research for nearly two decades. According to ACS, he has helped to raise more than $5 million via the annual Norma DiMarco Tee Up For Life event in Orlando, named for his mother, who passed away following a heart attack in 2006.

The event this year was renamed the Norma & Rich DiMarco Tee Up For Life tournament following the passing of his dad in March due to pancreatic cancer. (The Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 29-29 in the Heathrow (FL) CC.)

The ACS golf-themed campaign is anchored by a 30-second spot with DiMarco, "Tee Up For Life," who talks about the loss of "my hero — my father" and explains how the golf community has united to fight cancer.

"I’m not a doctor or a researcher," DiMarco says in the spot. "I thought: What can I do to help? You just play, raising funds through golf to support research and to fight cancer. Together we play to make a difference."

"We are excited to launch this campaign with Chris’ unbelievable partnership and support, which will undoubtedly lay the groundwork for the future of the golf portfolio," said Sharon Byers, chief development and marketing officer for ACS, Atlanta.

"The campaign is designed to drive awareness and participation for our national golf platform, which encompasses more than 70 tournaments and raises nearly $10 million annually," said Byers.

The spot breaks on the Golf Channel (part of the NBCUniversal company) and will air to coincide with coverage of the 2017 U.S. Open this weekend (June 15-18) at Erin Hills, Hartford, WI.

It is scheduled to run through July 31 on various outlets, including GolfDigest.com, PGATOUR.com, ESPN.com/Golf, and BleacherReport.com/Golf.

ACS said the spot could be tailored for use in any local market.

Elements also include print, radio, social media, on-site activation at tournaments and a new microsite, Cancer.org/golf, intended "to establish awareness for the ACS golf platform."

Lead agency is Professional Sports Partners, Houston.

The new site currently lists 42 tournaments across the country now through August 2018. The site also offers information on cancer research, treatment, support, pro-active care and ways for people to get involved.

ACS was named Grand Sports Marketer of the Year for 2016 by the editors and readers of NYSportsJournalism.com

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