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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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Sep162014

Breaking Balls: Bryan Cranston Is A Hit In 'One Man' TBS MLB Post-Season Campaign

By Barry Janoff

September 16, 2014: Bryan Cranston, the critically acclaimed actor who played high school chemistry teacher turned crystal-meth dealer Walter White in AMC's Breaking Bad, plays the part of several baseball players in a multi-platform campaign to support the upcoming MLB post-season games on TBS.

In the humorous TV and online spot, "One-Man MLB Show" that anchors the campaign, Cranston appears in a fictitious one-man play, where he reenacts several classic baseball playoff moments, channeling at various times the heroics of Carlton Fisk, Kirk Gibson and Derek Jeter, among others.

Several 30-second commercials break this week during NFL programming, all pulled from an extended five-minute spot that hit YouTube today (Sept. 16). Support includes Internet and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

"We wanted to do something different for this year's MLB post-season campaign, and Bryan was a perfect fit for that," said Craig Barry, svp and executive creative director for Turner Sports, at a media event in the MLB FanCave in New York. "He is a huge baseball fan. So when we approached him with the concept of a one-man play dedicated to baseball, he was all for it."

Although Cranston has played comedic roles — most notably as Hal Wilkerson, the oblivious father of the dysfunctional family in Malcolm in the Middle — and has appeared in several theatrical productions, his five-year stint on Breaking Bad, which ran from 2008-2013 and is still on-air in reruns, has left a specific image of the actor in the minds of many people.

"That was part of what interested Bryan," said Barry. "He wanted to break the mold of the [Walter White] character and show people another side of himself."

The campaign supports TBS' eighth consecutive year of MLB post-season coverage, which this season includes the American League Wild Card game (Sept. 30) presented by Budweiser, the AL Division Series (beginning Oct. 2) presented by T-Mobile and the AL Championship Series (starting date TBD).

The extended commercial also includes guest appearances from world renowned ballet dancer Misty Copeland, former MLB pitcher and current TBS analyst Pedro Martinez and animated superstar Bugs Bunny.

In the spot, Cranston explains, "I had been doing a lot of TV and movie work and I felt it was time to get back to the basics by diving right into my great passion — baseball. And I also knew I wanted to do this one-man show. Then it hit me: Why not dramatize the entire MLB post-season. It would be my greatest acting challenge."

We see Cranston on-stage amidst a baseball setting. Among the moments he recreates are Fisk's dramatic home run for the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, Gibson's legendary home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and Jeter's famous back-hand flip play for the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 2001 AL Division Series.

At one point, however, Cranston laments, "There were problems. I sunk a lot of money into this show."

Facing challenges, Cranston gets inspiration from an unlikely source. He walks into a store and sees on a TV a clip of Bugs Bunny in Baseball Bugs, a Looney Toons animated cartoon originally released by Warner Bros. in 1946.

"The Bugster. Mr. B," Cranston says with a straight face. "Any actor who tells you that he is not inspired by Bugs Bunny is a liar. Or a hack."

Misty Copeland is brought in to help him with his movements, much to the chagrin of Martinez, who exclaims, "I don't believe this."

We also are introduced to Arthur Knebbles, who, according to Cranston, "was, of course, the organ player at the old Polo Grounds." However, according to the New York Historical Society, the Polo Grounds never had an organist.

Undaunted, after an appreciative theater audience applauds his Shakespearean rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," Cranston offers, "With this show, in a very personal way, I get to make my dream come true.

"What can I say. This is the post-season." (See the full spot here.)

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