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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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Jul192013

Brooklyn Nets Goal With Garnett, Pierce: New York, NBA Title, The World

By Barry Janoff

July 19, 2013: The Brooklyn Nets are just like every other NBA team with regards to their immediate goal: Win an NBA championship.

But the Nets and majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov, a billionaire who made his fortune in Russia, have a loftier challenge in mind: Become the league's most valuable brand not just in the U.S. but around the world.

And, en route, take over New York from the crosstown rival Knicks.

A great example of the Nets strategy was enacted Thursday during the media conference to officially welcome Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the team. The three players arrived via a major trade with the Boston Celtics. A fourth player, Russian-born Andrei Kirilenko, who also will be key to the Nets success in 2013-14, came via free agency and with the blessings of Prokorhov. He was unable to attend due to a prior commitment overseas.

Signage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was in English, Spanish and Russian. The event was also being broadcast to Russia and China, according to the team, as well as via the YES network, streamed live on the Internet and shown live on the Oculus system outside of Barclays.

The Brooklyn Nets also have developed a Web site available in Russian.

The four players already are part of the team's new marketing campaign, "Hello Brooklyn: We're In," which includes TV, radio, print, outdoor signage throughout New York and Internet.

"When I bought the team I promised to create a championship contender, a team worthy of Brooklyn," Prokhorov said at the press conference, whose new $180 million roster is the largest in the NBA. "I've done what I can. And now I think it's time for the team to [win the NBA title]."

Garnett, who has been in the NBA since 1995 (the last six with the Celtics) is featured on T-shirts that also sport his nickname, "Big Ticket." Likewise, Pierce, whose entire NBA career since 1998 was with the Celtics, gets his "The Truth" nickname on Brooklyn T-shirts. They were part of the Celtics team that won the NBA championship in 2008.

"This is a great day for Brooklyn, the organization, for basketball," Nets general manager Billy King said regarding the new players as he opened the press conference. "They are here to compete for a championship, That's our goal."

Pierce seemed hardest hit by the trade. "It's still sinking in," he said. "When I saw my Brooklyn Nets jersey in the locker room, and when I had to look for a new place to live, is when it became a reality."

Garnett opened his remarks by exclaiming, "What's up, Brooklyn!," then concurred with Pierce that leaving Boston was a difficult, but necessary move not only business wise but for the two to win another NBA title.

"It's unfortunate that we had to move, but both sides were going in different directions," said Garnett, also referring to a separate deal that saw Celtics head coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers leave to take a similar role with the Los Angeles Clippers after ten years in Boston. "In Brooklyn, you don't put a team like this together to win a series or the Eastern Conference finals. The ultimate goal is what it is. To win it all."

The Nets' quest to dethrone the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat will come under the direction of first-year head coach Jason Kidd, and will have to come at the expense of Eastern Conference rivals including the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Knicks.

"The talent level in this league is high, but now have a championship roster," said Prokhorov, who arrived late to the press event, shook hands on stage with each of the players and drew a smile and this reaction from Garnett: "He's tall!" the 6'11" Garnett said to the 6'7" Pierce regarding the 6'8" Nets majority owner.

The Nets road this season will include a game against the Atlanta Hawks in London at The O2 on Jan. 16, 2014, as part of NBA Global Games London 2014.

This will be the Nets’ third trip to London, which has included a preseason game in 2008 and two regular season games vs. the Toronto Raptors in 2011. The Nets also played two preseason games in Beijing and Guangzhou in the NBA China Games in 2010.

Garnett's Celtics jersey was the fourth best-selling NBA jersey worldwide, per the most recent figures released by the NBA. He trailed only Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and LeBron James.

Brooklyn Nets team merchandise was fourth best-selling in the U.S. this past season behind the Knicks, Heat and Los Angeles Lakers, according to the NBA.

Winning a title likely will enhance that status.

"Making sacrifices and not having an ego," said Garnett. "That is the difference between winning and losing."

Nets 2013-14 Marketing Mantra: 'Hello Brooklyn: We're All In'

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