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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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Dec222015

Money Shots: Becky Hammon Scores With BBVA, Anthony Davis With H&R Block

By Barry Janoff

December 22, 2015: BBVA Compass, the official bank of the NBA, continues to put its money where its mouth is, signing Becky Hammon, who this season signing as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs became the first full-time female coach in the league, and Bruce Bowen, a three-time NBA champion with the Spurs.

Separately, H&R Block, the NBA’s tax services partner, has signed Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans as its first sports brand ambassador to star in a multi-media effort during the upcoming tax season.
 
Financial terms for the two respective deals were not disclosed.

Hammon and Bowen join Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard as BBVA Compass spokespersons in campaigns targeting the San Antonio and surrounding areas.

"We've chosen a trio of talented individuals to represent our brand in one of our most important markets," Manolo Sanchez, BBVA Compass chairman and CEO, said in a statement regarding the Spurs representatives. "They're champions and pioneers, and they're the kind of ambassadors who can inspire us to set higher goals and reach them."

BBVA Compass uses NBA All-Stars Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden of the Houston Rockets in national marketing.

For H&R Block, Davis will appear in marketing alongside Richard Gartland, the brand’s bow-tie wearing tax pro, first in cameo appearances beginning mid-January, then as the star in spots set to brteak in February.

According to Kathy Collins, H&R Block’s CMO, "We’re excited to partner with a dominant player like Anthony for Refund Season. We’re so impressed with his determination and commitment to the community.

"Anthony has a lot of qualities our clients can relate to — even if his first job out of college has far more complex tax implications than most of ours," said Collins.

In addition to advertising, H&R Block said it would "leverage Davis for personal appearances throughout the season and partner with his charity, AD’s Flight Academy, for outreach and events in the local New Orleans community.
 
“Being part of a strong team is very important to me and H&R Block is the best team to have your back during tax time,” Davis, the NBA's overall No. 1 draft pick in 2012 (out of Kentucky) and a two-time All-Star, said in a statement.

Hammon, already an icon from her stellar playing days as a six-time All-Star in the WNBA, made NBA history in August 2014 when she was hired as an assistant coach for the Spurs, making her the first full-time, salaried female assistant coach in the league.

She then coached the Spurs during the 2015 NBA Summer League presented by Samsung, becoming the first female head coach of a Summer League team and the first female to win the title.

Hammon was named ESPNW's Woman of the Year in 2014 and recently was named to its "Impact 25" women for 2015 (pictured).

Bowen took home three championship trophies with the Spurs in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

BBVA Compass signed with the NBA in 2010 and renewed the deal in 2014.

H&R Block signed with the NBA this past January as the league's first official tax partner in what was also the brand's first pro sports marketing partnership in North America.

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