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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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UPDATE: Manny Marketing Keeps Bob-Bob-Bobbleheading Along

Manny's Dodgers bobblehead.One of Manny's BoSox bobbleheads.July 23, 2009: There is little doubt that Manny Ramirez has been welcomed back to the fold with open arms following his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's performance-enhancement drug policy. On July 20, Ramirez moved past Mickey Mantle for 15th place on the all-time career home run list with No. 537. The two-run shot in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds was accompanied by chants of "Manny! Manny!" from the hometown crowd.

On July 22, the Dodgers' home game against the Reds included a giveaway of Ramirez bobbleheads. Although the promotion was put in place prior to his suspension, the club had 56,000 reasons not to cancel it. Not only is the game sold out, according to the team, but those ticket sales "pushed the club over the three-million mark in tickets sold for the 2009 season." Ramirez was not in the starting line-up, having been on the hand by a pitch in the game on July 21. But his pinch-hit grand slam home run in the sixth inning, which true to Hollywood form landed in the leftfield section known as "Mannywood", led the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory.

"It's crazy," Ramirez told reporters after the game. "It was one of the best moments of my career. I'm just glad it happened in [Los Angeles]."

This is not a fluke: On July 17, the San Bernardino (Calif.) Sixty-Sixers, the Class 'A' minor league affiliate of the Dodgers, where Ramirez played a handful of games just prior to rejoining the Dodgers this month, also had a Manny bobblehead giveaway, using the same item Los Angeles will hand out on July 22. According to the San Bernardino Sun, fans started to line up three hours before the gates opened at 6:05 PM, with the first 2,000 fans receiving a bobblehead. According to the Sun, 6,634 fans were at the game, the third-largest figure this season behind a game on the Fourth of July and the second of the three games Ramirez played for the Sixty-Sixers.

This actually might be a case of déjà vu for Ramirez as there were at least two bobblehead versions of him created while he was with his former team, the Boston Red Sox.

During his suspension, which began in early May, he received more than 1.5 million votes for the All-Star team (but was not on the roster). In his first post-suspension home stand at Dodger Stadium, beginning July 16, the Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated "Mannywood," a section in the left field bleachers that offers tickets and T-shirts, and initially came with a marketing campaign prior to Ramirez' suspension. Will there be more Manny love to come. Yes, if team executives have their way.

"He has paid the penalty and it is now up to us to welcome him back to the team," Dodgers' CEO Jamie McCourt told the press upon Ramirez' return last week. And Dodgers president Dennis Mannion said the team's decision to reinstate "Mannywood" was "directly based on our fans' interest."

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