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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
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

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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Mar132018

In Your Facebook: MLB Hits 2018 Season With Exclusive Live-Stream $30M Deal

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

March 13, 2018: Just days after extending and enhancing its alliance with social media platform YouTube TV, MLB and Facebook expanded their partnership for the 2018 MLB season, highlighted by what was called “a historic agreement to produce and broadcast one game every week to a global audience on Facebook.”

The 25-game package of weekly matinee broadcasts will be distributed exclusively on Facebook Watch in the United States via the MLB Live show page, MLB's first digital-only national broadcasts, which will be produced by MLB.

Every game will also be available globally on the show page (excluding select international markets).

Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed, but was put at $30-$35 million, which includes the live games, on-demand highlight packages for each game and weekly recaps of all 30 teams.

"This partnership with Facebook reflects the ongoing commitment of Major League Baseball and our clubs to connect with people around the world," Tony Petitti, deputy commissioner-business and media for MLB, said in a statement.

"It is a major creative step forward in serving our diverse, passionate community of fans, who will enjoy a uniquely interactive experience watching our games on Facebook each week."

MLB has been ramping up its alliances with social media platforms to reach more people in more venues, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube TV, which last year became the first presenting sponsor for the World Series in MLB history and just expanded that deal to include the 2018 and 2019 Fall Classics.

In 2017, MLB and Facebook joined to live-stream 20 games during the season as national simulcasts of each participating team's local TV broadcast.

The first scheduled Facebook Watch broadcast this season is the Philadelphia Phillies at the New York Mets on April 4 (1 PM ET).

Facebook Watch is available across supported devices, including mobile phones and connected TVs.

MLB Network said it would introduce in-game production elements specially designed for “intuitively watching, sharing and interacting on Facebook.”

As part of the pact, MLB will produce and distribute on Facebook Watch “specially curated content in addition to each live game broadcast, including on-demand highlight packages for every regular season game as well as club-specific weekly recap packages for all 30 MLB teams.”

According to Dan Reed, head of global sports partnerships for Facebook, ”We're excited to extend our partnership with Major League Baseball to make Facebook Watch a home for exclusive, live games every week this season.

“Community and conversation are central to both baseball and Facebook, and MLB Network's innovative broadcasts will bring these interactive and social elements of the game to life to fans around the world in new ways on our platform,” said Reed.

Facebook Watch April Schedule (subject to change):

April 4: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets 1 PM ET

April 11: Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals 1 PM ET

April 18: Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays 4 PM ET

April 26: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies 1 PM ET

MLB, YouTube TV Extend World Series Deal

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