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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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Nov202017

In Mint Julep Country, Coca-Cola Regains Official Soft Drink Status At Kentucky Derby

By Barry Janoff

November 20, 2017: The Kentucky Derby is famous for its Mint Juleps, with 120,000 served in Churchill Downs over a two-day period in May.

But there are plenty of requests for soft drinks, as well.

Pouring rights at the iconic race track now belong to Coca-Cola, which has replaced Pepsi after signing a multi-year deal to become an official partner with Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

Pepsi had been the official category partner with Churchill Downs since 1999, when it replaced Coca-Cola.

At that time, Coke had been an official partner with the race track for about ten years and had a presence there dating back to the 1940s, according to Churchill Downs.

Financial terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

The deal includes sponsorships, in-kind products and direct promotional and marketing support for such Coca-Cola products Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, Coca-Cola Life, Sprite, Powerade and Dasani.

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola replaced rival Pepsi at the plate when it signed a deal to become the official soft drink for MLB.

The deal comes about a month after Churchill Downs signed a five-year deal with Brown-Foreman’s Woodford Reserve to become the presenting sponsor for the Kentucky Derby.

Woodford Reserve replaced Yum Brands, which  had been presenting sponsor since 2006 but opted not to renew its contract.

Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve partners also include Longines, Dodge Ram Trucks and Stella Artois.

“Churchill Downs and Coca-Cola are two American icons so the partnership is an especially strong fit,” Kristin Warfield, vp-partnerships for Churchill Downs Racetrack, said in a statement.

“The hundreds of thousands of racing fans who come from all over the world to experience Churchill Downs’ world-class horse racing and the Kentucky Derby will now be able to enjoy a broad range of Coca-Cola products and experiences,” said Warfield.

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for May 5, 2018, as part of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

Pepsi is the official soft drink for the Preakness.

Coca-Cola is also the official soft drink for the Belmont Stakes.

Coca-Cola Consolidated took over Coca-Cola operations in the Louisville region in February 2015, which was previously serviced by Coca-Cola Refreshments.

Under the new Coca-Cola Churchill Downs alliance, Coca-Cola Consolidated said it would support community initiatives and fundraising events that take place during Derby week.

It will also “bring exciting new offerings to fans at the races through experiential activations such as virtual reality experiences and customized race day bottles,” according to Coca-Cola Consolidated.

According to Heather Hucks, senior director-brand marketing for Coca-Cola Consolidated, “Churchill Downs is one of the most iconic sports venues in the world. We are delighted to bring racing fans a variety of leading beverage choices throughout the year and at the Kentucky Derby.

“As the local bottler, we are committed to the Louisville community and are excited to grow this partnership – both on the track and off.”

PHOTOS COURTESY CHURCHILL DOWNS

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