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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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Pepsi Drives Home Refresh Project Message With Expanded MLB Roster, Marketing

July 14, 2010: Pepsi's Refresh Project, which kicked off around Super Bowl XLIV and plans to provide about $20 million this year to support plans and ideas that would help individuals, groups or communities, has now expanded its role with MLB to 15 teams and player ambassadors, more multi-media marketing and the quest of $200,000 to an idea voted the best by fans and consumers.

A new umbrella spot, "Jocks," shows the 15 MLB ambassadors talking about their ideas. The 15 teams. all of which have marketing deals with Pepsi, are competing against each other for a $200,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant. In other previous sports-related efforts, Pepsi also donated money to the ideas that did not win.

Pepsi has also filmed individual spots with each of the 15 players in which they expand upon their respective ideas. In addition to original MLB ambassadors CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays) and Johnny Damon (Detroit Tigers), the expanded roster includes Torii Hunter (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Prince Fielder (Milwaukee Brewers), Justin Upton (Arizona Diamondbacks), Gordon Beckham (Chicago White Sox) and Jeff Francoeur (New York Mets).

"We will do the viral part for about a month, which will allow us to have fans select the winner," said Jeff Dubiel, who has been vp-sports marketing at Pepsi since November 2008. "After we put that idea into motion we will come back around the World Series and talk to the fans about the idea that was selected and funded and what is being done with it in the community."

Now thru Aug. 17 at 11:59 PM EDT, visitors can cast their votes at www.mlb.com/PepsiRefresh or via text by typing the team's name to 76462 (e.g. R-A-Y-S) for the ideas they believe should receive a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Pepsi in May launched the MLB-themed leg of its Refresh Project campaign with a national TV spot (from lead agency TBWA\Chiat\Day, Los Angeles) featuring Sabathia, Longoria and Damon discussing humorous possible projects (organic gardening in the bullpen, a senior prom for senior citizens).

Pepsi unveiled Refresh Project with NFL players Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints), Mark Sanchez (New York Jets) and DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys). Subsequent sports efforts have include Major League Soccer with ambassadors Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Stuart Holden, all of whom were members of the U.S. National soccer team in the World Cup; and Nascar with drivers Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.

PepsiCo said it received more than 375 million impressions and garnered more than 300,000 votes for the NFL-themed activation. However, how this and subsequent Refresh Project initiatives are impacting PepsiCo's bottom line may not be known until the company's Q2 2010 financial report is released on July 20, and more likely not until PepsiCo's 2010 annual report is released.

"The Pepsi Refresh Project is proud to provide the stage to showcase these inspiring team ideas from across the league," said Dubiel. "MLB fans are some of the most passionate in sports and we expect them to not only get behind their teams, but also see how easy it is to do good and be inspired to make a difference in their own communities."

New TV spot features 15 players talking about their team's Refresh Project idea.In "Jocks," the 15 players each get some time to talk about Refresh Project as they direct fans and consumers to the dedicated Web site for voting. "We're tired of people thinking we're just jocks," says Fielder in the new commercial. "That all we're good at is hitting home runs," continues Michael Cuddyer (Minnesota Twins). "Or throwing 85 MPH fastballs," offers Sabathia. "But we are a lot more than that," says Hunter. "We want to show the world that we can think outside the diamond," explains Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates). "Together we can do a lot of good," says Damon.

"With Refresh Project what we have learned from the NFL piece is that we are reaching consumers," said Dubiel. "So our takeaway about the power of sports and the NFL was, Wow! We are certainly hoping to replicate that moving forward."

MLB Pepsi Refresh Project Ambassadors And Ideas

Justin Upton Arizona Diamondbacks
Fund the "Batter up with Buddies" project and match Arizona's youth with developmental disabilities into friendships with student volunteers. The grant will also connect other schools across Arizona with the Diamondbacks including games at Chase Field and possibly meeting the players.

Geovany Soto Chicago Cubs
Allow hundreds of kids of all ages across the Humboldt Park neighborhood to participate in baseball.

Gordon Beckham Chicago White Sox
Supply much needed school supplies to participants of the Inner City Youth Baseball Program. The kids will also be invited to their game against the Orioles in August and given a chance to be in a pre-game parade on the field.

Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians
Expand The Cleveland Baseball Federation. The CBF provides 4,200 kids, ages 5-19, Twenty-minute sessions about personal responsibility, money management, and college preparations.

Johnny Damon Detroit Tigers
Support 'Refresh Recess' and fight childhood obesity by introducing the game of baseball to nearly 20,000 students.

Billy Butler Kansas City Royals
Restore 37 baseball/softball fields with the grant of $180,000, in small communities in the Midwest region in one year with a $5,000 grant each.

Torii Hunter Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Graduate 100% of at-risk high school seniors who are four-year college eligible with a clear career path plan by rewarding successful AVID students and their families with tickets to summer and evening Angels games and having Angels players and/or executives on-campus and in-classroom in speak directly to students about the importance of education in reaching career goals.

Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers
Construct Milwaukee's first universally accessible baseball league, for children with physical or mental disabilities, to afford them the opportunity to play baseball.

Michael Cuddyer Minnesota Twins
Create a specialty softball field for Courage Center's Rolling Twins youth softball wheelchair team, which currently plays in a parking lot, and is in desperate need of a "home field".

Jeff Francoeur New York Mets
Improve educational outcomes for low-income communities, improve attendance, behavior, course performance and civic involvement through a competition among 20 NYC public schools that encourages students to attend school everyday and to arrive on time.

C.C. Sabathia New York Yankees
Provide children throughout the New York City public school system with safe, fun and developmentally beneficial play spaces by leveraging private sector resources for the building and refurbishing of school playgrounds.

Andrew Bailey Oakland As
Build an adapted sports field and community park for differently-abled people.

• Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
Partner with the City of Pittsburgh to plant and cultivate an urban garden that would grow fruits and vegetables. The harvest would then be donated to various local non-profit organizations to feed the hungry.

Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
Team up with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence to mentor young male athletes and promote positive messages of honor and respect.

Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays
Work with Moffitt Cancer Center to promote cancer awareness and provide education to kids about making healthy choices.

Source: Pepsi

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