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• The NFL said today (Nov. 13) that it would move the Monday night game on Nov. 19  (ESPN) between the Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams, originally scheduled for Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

According to the NFL, “The decision is based on the determination — in consultation with the NFLPA and following a meeting and field inspection this afternoon by NFL and club field experts as well as local and independent outside experts — that the playing field at Estadio Azteca does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency and will not meet those standards by next Monday.”

• CBS said that Tim Tebow would be the host for its in-production reality series, Million Dollar Mile, from LeBron James’ Springhill Entertainment, Warner Bros. and  Fly on the Wall Entertainment. Commentators will be Maria Taylor and Matt Smith. The premise: A team wins $1 million if they can survive an obstacle course being built on real city streets.

• ESPN Events is adding a bowl game to its roster beginning in 2020, the Myrtle Beach Bowl. The game will feature teams from three conference partners: Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and Sun Belt Conference. Each conference will participate up to four times between 2020 and 2025. The Myrtle Beach Bowl will be played in Brooks Stadium, located on the campus of Coastal Carolina, nationally televised on ESPN networks.

• 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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Jan202015

NBA Commissioner Silver Sees Jersey Sponsors, Euro Division In League's Future

By Barry Janoff

January 20, 2015: As he nears the Feb. 1 one-year anniversary of his succeeding David Stern as commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver can look back at challenges and watershed moments that he has faced, which have helped to define his tenure to date.

He also can take the opportunity to look forward to challenges and events that will help to shape not only his legacy but the future of the NBA.

Silver focused on the latter last week in London, where the league's Global Games 2015 brought various executives, legends, the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks to town.

NBA Global Games London 2015 was presented by Sportlobster and included marketing partners adidas, BBVA, Capital Radio, Cisco, Foot Locker, Gatorade, SAP and Sprite.

Prior to the game in The O2 on Jan. 15, the league conducted numerous marketing and community-related events involving NBA Cares, the Royal Foundation (along with Prince Henry) and Greenhouse (a national sports charity that uses "sport to engage hard-to-reach young people").

Among other hot topics that Silver addressed during a pre-game media conference: jersey sponsorships, NBA teams in Europe, Mikhail Prokhorov (Russian businessman and majority owner of the Brooklyn Nets) and the league's playoff format.

"Yes, we will see it," Silver said about sponsor logos (other than the NBA and official apparel company adidas) on jerseys. "I am a student of other leagues, and we watch how the industry has developed around the world."

In the U.S., Nascar leads the way with a plethora of logos on driver togs as well as cars, and Major League Soccer has brought jersey-front sponsorship prevalent on soccer kits worldwide home to the U.S.

The NBA has talked about and experimented with jersey-front sponsors for several years, including its Development League and in the WNBA, where several teams have sported logos from the likes of Boost Mobile, Microsoft's Bing, Finish Line, H-E-B and the Mayo Clinic.

"Certainly, kit sponsorships is something that is very prevalent outside of the United States. Ultimately, it will make sense for the NBA, as well."

Corporate logistics remains a significant hurdle, as logos that get national presence can not interfere with deals that teams have with local sponsors. As Silver pointed out, it's a situation of "figuring out the right economic model."

"Certainly, kit sponsorship is something that is very prevalent outside of the United States," said Silver. "Ultimately, it will make sense for the NBA, as well."

Regarding expansion into Europe, Silver said that the NBA studies what the NFL "and all leagues are doing," with London having been the site of numerous in-season NFL games since 2007. "[But] because [the NFL is] a different sport with a very different schedule — they play once a week, there are bi-weeks built into their system — it's a very different proposition in terms of them putting a team here, which is why, in my view, they are ahead of us," said Silver. "They seem determined to put a team in London."

For the NFL, the volume of noise also has increased regarding London staging a Super Bowl, also a result, said Silver, of the NFL's constant and continuously expanding presence there.

"Having been here the last few days, and having traveled to England over the last few years, I have found that there is increased interest in the NFL and people are talking about it," said Silver. "That's why I think they are ahead of us."

For the NBA, a drawback to European expansion is "the density of our schedule," said Silver. "the number of back-to-back [games], etc. For the NBA, for teams to travel over to Europe, to play, to get the appropriate rest, it requires that the remainder of the schedule be that much more compact. So it's a complex issue for us."

Silver, however, does see a solution for expansion to Europe to become closer to reality.

"For scheduling reasons, if we were to put franchises, or a franchise, in Europe, what I've said doing — and David Stern had the same view — is that we would need to have multiple franchises here," said Silver. "I don't think it's realistic to put one team here. What would have to happen is, if we were to come to Europe, is to do it with a division as opposed to a single team."

On the issue of playoffs and the seeding of teams, Silver opted that the best format "is the way we are seeding teams now. We are open to looking at other ways to seed teams, but it seems that all of the alternatives raise different issues in terms of the schedule . . .  the travel. For example, there is a lot of focus on back-to-backs, four games in five nights, to the extent that if we changed the current conference and division structure it would potentially require even more travel. I'm open-minded on the issue, but I can't say, standing here today, that there's a better way of doing it than [the way] we currently do it."

Regarding a situation that connects the NBA, Brooklyn and Russia, Silver said of Russian businessman Mikhail Prokhorov's status regarding his majority ownership of the team, "He's told us [the] same as what his spokesperson has said publicly: There's noting imminent. He's hasn't determined that he's absolutely going to seek, but he's listening to offers. And that's an on-going process right now."

Next stop for Silver: the All-Star Game and related events, Feb. 13-15 in New York.

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