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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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Dec132017

Twitter Campaign Uses Followers To Lead Newcomers To Promised Social Media Land

By Barry Janoff

December 13, 2017: In its 2Q 2018 report, Twitter said that it has 328 million monthly users. That’s 143 million more than in 2012, but just 32 million more than in 2015 and 9 million more than in 2016.

A new humorous campaign from the social media platform is seeking to spur growth by addressing some of the major obstacles that people face: How to navigate and explore, who to follow and, perhaps most important, what does it all mean (and why does anyone actually need to have a Twitter account in the first place)?

The effort is anchored by two spots under the umbrella theme, “Let’s Go Twitter.”

Seeking a mass audience, they will break during in-cinema shows of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as TV, Internet and, yes, social media. They will air in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

The campaign was handled in-house.

British comic Romesh Ranganathan (259,000 Twitter followers) fronts both spots, “Signing Up For Twitter” and “Explore.”

According to Ranganathan, “Twitter recognized my greatness and asked me to show newbies the ropes. I said I'd do it if they put me in a movie. So they did!”

In “Signing Up,” he is seen as a crisis manager, called in to help a young man who is overwhelmed by the Twitter process. The spot has a full cast of characters, including Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers, (573,000 followers), music group K-Pop (5 million followers) and Joe Bruin, mascot for UCLA (1,200 followers).

“I don’t know what to do,” the man, Kevin, anguishes as he tries to access Twitter on his cell phone. “I’ll never leave this house,” which has so much stuff in it that he appears to be a horder.

Ranganathan is outside, alongside police, neighbors and others, seeking to calm Kevin. “I’m here to help. Don’t worry. Do not panic. Just push the ‘Get Started’ button and pick a name.”

Kenny G is taken, so they settle on Notorious Kenny G. It also turns out Kevin has a love for Zambonis, comic books, science and movies.

His next problem: Who to follow? He starts with Joe Bruin, K-Pop (“Thanks for the follow,” they yell from the street) and Ball (who appears in Kenny’s window).

“There’s so many people to follow,” Kenny sighs.

“Follow everyone. Press the ‘Follow all’ button,” says  Ranganathan as the crowd chants, “Follow! Follow!”

As Ranganathan leaves, Kenny asks, “Will I ever see you again?”

Of course — by following him on Twitter.

The second spot finds a man named Julio running on a long stretch of road. “How do I explore?”

Ranganathan arrives to help, as do WNBA star Candace Parker (273,000 followers), a ninja, soccer players, competitive bike riders, a clarinet player and “other things I really enjoy.”

“Julio, you just mastered Twitter,” says Ranganathan. “It’s constantly changing and evolving . . . just like you.”

Text offers, “Let’s explore. Let’s discover. Let’s Twitter.”

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