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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
• Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays
• Justin Verlander Houston Astros

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets
• Aaron Nola Philadelphia Phillies
• Max Scherzer Washington Nationals

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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Mar142014

Baseball City Swings For The Fences With Marketers, Merchandise, Legends, Stars

By Barry Janoff

March 14, 2014: Baseball is a sport that is determined to embrace its past as much as it relishes its present and envisions its future.

A good case in point: the first Baseball City, a multi-platform fan-fest being held this weekend, Marcch 15-16, in the Phoenix Convention Center.

Under the auspices of marketing and talent representation firm The Legacy Agency, Baseball City will bring together current MLB players and baseball legends; and a bevy of baseball-related marketers, equipment manufacturers and retailers that will have their merchandise, wares and services on display.

In addition, coaches and instructors will assist visitors in such activities as the Home Run Derby Field, a Steal Home competition, Speed Pitch competition and a Make-A-Wish Arizona kid's clinic.

Events will be covered by MLB Network and is scheduled to include a live broadcast of MLB Tonight as well as broadcasts from Univision TV and radio.

"Baseball City is a simple concept, based on the premise of the PGA Merchandise Show, but for baseball," said Michael Principe, CEO for The Legacy Agency, New York. "One of the goals we are trying to accomplish at TLA is to utilize all of our assets, all of our relationships, all of our industry experience. We have expanded our core competencies to include representing corporate clients and how they spend their sports and talent marketing dollars. It's also about looking to produce some events for which we think there is a need and a place for in the market."

The challenge for Principle and his crew was to find a location where a large number of baseball enthusiasts would be together in a location that could house a substantial amount of baseball-related properties "in a trade show, fan-fest, interactive B-to-B, B-to-C environment."

Using the annual PGA Merchandise Show as a standard, TLA took over some 60,000 square feet of the Phoenix Convention Center, located within a 60-mile radius of 15 MLB teams that make up the Spring Training Cactus League.

"Each spring, about 1.8 million tickets are sold to Cactus League games," said Principe. "You have your built-in demographic, built-in enthusiasts who are looking to consume the product of baseball. That's how Baseball City came about."

Although MLB is not formally involved, Principle feels that the league will see that "what's good for baseball, and trying to tap into the spirit of baseball, is good for everybody."

Participating sponsors Pepsi/Gatorade, Geico, 5 Hour Energy,  Lids, Schutt Sports, Under Armour, Eat The Ball, Triple Crown Sports, Zinger Bat, The Hitting Jack-It, Giants Sunflower Seeds, Pocket Radar, Max Bat, GameSigns, Franks Sports Shop, AG Sports Collectibles, Kind Snacks, Shock Doctor, 9 Zones Baseball, Eagle Eye Electronics and Pro Glider Bats.

Marucci Sports will unveil their Club Marucci experience; and Snapcall will demonstrate their live gaming and interactive fan platform.

Local sponsors include Visit Phoenix (Phoenix Visitors Bureau), the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes and Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

Current MLB players scheduled to meet, greet and sign autographs include Aaron Hill, Adam Dunn, Billy Butler, Brett Anderson, Martin Prado, Pablo Sandoval, Ryan Vogelsong, Salvador Perez and Scott Kazmir.

"We want MLB to see that what's good for baseball, and trying to tap into the spirit of baseball, is good for everybody."

Legends scheduled to be in attendance include Andre Dawson, Orlando Cepeda, Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Don Baylor, Steve Garvey and Jose Canseco.

Principe admitted that younger attendees might remember Canseco more for his involvement in MLB's PED scandals than for his playing days. "But that adds another dimension to the event," said Principe.

"We're expecting a good turnout," said Principe. "We've done a lot of press, a lot of marketing. Big on Twitter and social media. We want to build this for years to come and expand into Florida where the Grapefruit League is based, We want to create a real lasting property."

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