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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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Sep042009

Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame Induction Draws Marketers, Fans, Lawsuit

Brand Jordan Six Rings shoe from the new retro package honoring Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame induction.September 4, 2009: Springfield, Mass. will be the center of the basketball universe next week when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame holds its 2009 induction ceremonies. The annual event usually attracts lots of attention and some marketing support, but none quite as equal to this year as the Class of 2009, which is led by Michael Jordan and also includes hoops luminaries John Stockton, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan and C. Vivan Stringer.

Nike has already funded a special section at the Hall of Fame to honor Jordan, the player who put the athletic shoe and apparel company on the map, to coincide with his induction on Sept. 11. Nike's Jordan Brand is getting into the game on Sept. 5 with a “Hall of Fame Pack,” which will include new variations of the Air Jordan ), Air Jordan 2K9 and Air Jordan 6 (Six Rings). Key stats from Jordan’s NBA career are printed on the upper section of each shoe, and the AJ6 specifically highlights the half-dozen NBA titles he won as a member of the Chicago Bulls. (MSRP ranges from $125-200.)

NBA.com will unveil a special mini-site on Sept. 4 featuring timelines detailing the careers of all the inductees and commentary from TNT NBA announcers Ernie Johnson, Marv Albert, Doug Collins, Kenny Smith, Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley, as well as retrospectives from NBA.com writers.

NBA TV will dedicate programming to each inductee next week, including exclusive 30-minute premiere specials produced by NBA Entertainment. Sept. 7 will highlight the Utah Jazz player/coach duo of Stockton and Sloan; Sept. 8 will feature San Antonio Spurs Robinson; and Sept. 9-10 will be dedicated to Jordan.

In June, Nike launched a Web-based marketing campaign starring the fictitious LeRoy Smith (played by comedian Charlie Murphy), the "man who motivated Michael Jordan." According to Smith, "In tenth grade, I beat out MJ for the last spot on our varsity basketball team, igniting a fire that inspired him to greatness." Fictional products include posters and wallpaper with such LeRoy Smith words to live by as "There are two 'I's' in motivation" and "Dribble with one eye always looking into the future."

Also among his still-active marketing deals, Gatorade released limited-edition packages honoring Jordan's career, complete with marketing support.

The ceremony, usually held at the Hall of Fame, which can accommodate about 1,200 people, has been moved to Symphony Hall, which underwent a $1 million improvement and now seats more than 2,600.

Jordan in recent Gatorate campaign honoring his career.Earlier on Sept. 11, the inductees will be making at stop at the MassMutual Center for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009 Enshrinement Pep Rally, which is being presented by Mohegan Sun, MassMutual Financial Group and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Fans will also be able to test out the EA Sports' NBA Live 10 videogame at the EA Live Lounge. The game will not be released until Oct. 6.

But not everyone is happy with the marketing, in particular Brand Jordan's "Hall of Fame Pack." SportsFuzion, a Massachusetts-based sportswear company that said it has owned the exclusive worldwide rights to the Hall of Fame's trade names, logos, trademarks, designs, and photos for use in sportswear since 2006, in June filed a lawsuit against Nike and the Basketball Hall of Fame. SportsFuzion said that Nike and the Hall of Fame "allegedly conspired to eliminate SportsFuzion from the manufacturing, marketing, and selling of sportswear related to Jordan's induction on Sept. 11."

According to the company, the lawsuit "will move forward after a September 9, 2009 hearing after which United States District Judge William G. Young will set a discovery schedule in the case." SportsFuzion said that the Hall of Fame's attorneys recently provided SportsFuzion with a letter which claimed that the "Leroy Smith marketing/advertising campaign does not involve the promotion of the sale of shoes and/or other apparel in any respect [and] would not create any potential conflict with any rights that might be held by SportsFuzion."

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