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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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Following A Challenging 2010, Can The PGA Tour Get Out Of The Woods In 2011?

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

December 10, 2010: Even though the most visible golfer in the world, Tiger Woods, struggled in 2010 and did not win a tournament for the first time in his career, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem not only said that he was happy with the overall performance of players and marketing support but that there were numerous dynamics in place that would make 2011 a strong year.

Although the challenges of the current economy are still a major concern, Finchem said during a media conference on Dec. 9 that six new sponsors have been added on the PGA Tour level with "seven or eight renewals and several more on the horizon. We now have over 30% of PGA Tour title sponsorships extended beyond 2012. And so we made solid progress." (Full list of corporate partners here.)

Going into 2011 the commissioner said that just two of 45 tournaments for next season lacked a corporate sponsor — the Bob Hope and The Heritage — but that all of the tournaments are "fully funded."

Among recent marketing activity, the PGA Tour signed a deal under which United Airlines would replace long-time partner Delta as the official company in the category and another signaling General Motors' return after two years off the circuit due to financial problems. Among other sponsorship activation, GM's Cadillac will be back to sponsor the World Golf Championship this March in Miami via a six-year deal under which the event is being renamed the Cadillac Championship. GM dropped its alliance not only with the event but with Woods, the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl in 2008 and 2009.

A sign of the improving times is that GM was part of World Series marketing when it unveiled a Chevrolet campaign during the Fox telecasts featuring the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers, and also will be part of Super Bowl XVL in February, also on Fox.

GM's Cadillac brand returns in 2011 as title sponsor of a PGA Tour event.“We are partnering with a company that has demonstrated, over a long, long period of time, a tremendous knowledge for marketing,” Finchem said at the end of November regarding the automaker, which had previously been aligned with the PGA Tour for 50 years. “The problems that befell this company were not about selling cars. Cadillac is a brand that has always been strong. It is getting stronger now and to be a part of that upswing is a great opportunity for us.”

Regarding Woods' situation, Finchem spun some positive aspects out of the fact that the man who lost his world No. 1 ranking had not been playing up to par.

"We like the way virtually all of our partners are trying to get the story lines out about players," said Finchem during the media conference on Dec. 9. "[That's] tougher to do when Tiger is playing really well, because he does eat up a lot of the interest and time. But in this last year when he didn't play early in the year and then in '08, it opened up the opportunity to get some of these other stories told, which is important to our future."

Finchem said he foresees a stronger Woods playing in 2011 but could not predict where and how often he would compete. "I'd ask you to ask Tiger that. I do have a feeling that in a sense from talking to a wide range of players that there's going to be . . . an extensive effort by players to shake up their schedule a little bit. I don't want to characterize any one particular player, but I think you're going to see that pretty much across the board.

Tiger Woods was on the cover of EA Sports' PGA Tour '11 and garnered other global attention despite his sub-par showing on the golf course."With Tiger, you know, Tiger has not had a lot of movement in his schedule for about ten years. But his overall presence as a player who is chasing big records and a perennial No. 1 player, now No. 2, is that he increases interest across the board in the sport, whether he's playing or not, actually. And that's a positive thing."

Finchem addressed the ratings of PGA Tour events on TV in 2010 and how other sports contributed to soft ratings. "I think that it is appealing on television. I think that the challenges we have are promoting what we have effectively. And we have had more challenges this past year on what's up against us than we have had in a while: The Winter Olympics performed significantly higher than anybody would have anticipated, and that hurt us three weeks early in the year, three weekends . . . In the first quarter, the NFL ratings were at an all-time high. That hurt us. And we have had four or five other instances later in the season where there were just uniquely popular programming up against us."

Looking forward, Finchem said "that would not necessarily play out again this year. I don't think it's at all a function of the quality of the telecast.All three of our partners have done a much better job as the years have gone by, and I think they have got it down. I think if you want to watch golf, they do a great job. We particularly like the technological aspect, the high-tech aspects that have been added the last three or four years.

"So we like the way that our television partners focused on that," Finchem continued. "I think we have to do a better job of bringing it home to our overall fan base, which is over 100 million people [who] pay attention to golf on television on a regular basis. We have got to reach them with some compelling stories, and that's what we are really focused on."

"[Tiger Woods] increases interest across the board in the sport, whether he's playing or not, actually. And that's a positive thing."

According to Finchem, the performances of rookies and younger players "has led us to conclude that we really need to focus on that dynamic as we go into 2011. It will be our primary promotional focus to get people to pay attention to how well the veterans continue to play, and the young stars, the competition between the newer generation and the more experienced and older players. We think [this made] for good theater this year, and we are excited about that development."

Finchem specifically singled out such young players as PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson, as well as FedExCup winner Jim Furyk, Bernhard Langer (Charles Schwab Cup champion) and Jamie Lovemark (Nationwide Tour Player of the Year) as proof that it was not only Woods and Phil Mickelson who garnered the fan, media and marketing attention. "I've never in my tenure seen so much buzz and interest about rookies and young players creating exciting performances," Finchem said.

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