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• Tennis Channel will provide exclusive, live coverage of the 2018 Davis Cup championship between France and Croatia in Lille, France, beginning Friday, Nov. 23, (8 AM ET). This will be the final entry for a Davis Cup format that has seen the tournament played during multiple weekends throughout the year. Starting in 2019, the Davis Cup will be contested in a season-ending, 18-nation event from Nov. 18-24.
 

• Calgary has decided not to pursue a strategy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a vote on Tuesday, in which citizens were asked in a non-binding plebiscite if they wanted to host the Winter Games, with 56% voting No. Sweden capital Stockholm and a joint bid between Italy’s Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo remain as IOC candidates.

• Tony Hawk, best known as a pro skateboarder but also a multi-platform businessman and entrepreneur, is among a group launching hybrid brand consultancy and creative agency D/CAL, with offices in San Diego and Detroit. “D/CAL offers a full suite of brand consultancy and agency services, but branches outside of industry norms by involving strategic and creative minds from outside the agency world.”

• Major League Lacrosse has named Troika as the agency of record for its rebranding initiative. The process will include a revamping of the MLL logo, website, branding on all marketing and communications materials, as well as all league-branded apparel and merchandise. The project will be finished before the 2019 MLL season begins

• 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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Feb292016

NBA Celebrates Fans During 'Noches Ene-Bé-a' With Marketing, Porzingas

By Barry Janoff

March 1, 2016: Fresh off of celebrating Chinese New Year, the NBA unites its teams, players and marketing acumen for the 10th annual celebration of Noches éne-bé-a, with limited-edition jerseys, special edition Stance socks, multi-media marketing anchored by a TV spot in Spanish only, "Los NBA Fans," in-arena Latin Night programs and Noches éne-bé-a-themed national TV broadcasts.

All 30 NBA teams will wear specially designed Noches éne-bé-a shooting shirts from adidas, the league’s official on-court apparel provider, during the first two weeks of March.

Taking that a step farther, several teams will wear their own Noches éne-bé-a jerseys during this month during nationally televised games, including the Brooklyn (Los Nets) Nets, Chicago (Los Bulls) Bulls, Miami (El Heat) Heat, New York (Nueva York) Knicks and the Phoenix (Los Suns) Suns.

The NBA tonight unveils “Los NBA Fans,” a TV spot to air during game coverage under this year's "This Is Why We Play" umbrella campaign, scheduled to run during NBA telecasts.

Marketing support includes TV and radio on Spanish-language media across the U.S., by unique content on the league’s Spanish-language Web site, and social media on the league’s English and Spanish-language pages.

Among marketing partners, Anheuser-Busch recently expanded its long-term alliance with the NBA to include Noches éne-bé-a activations.

Noches éne-bé-a merchandise includes jerseys, hats and special-edition Stance socks, available via NBAStore.com and in the NBA Store in New York.

The humorous TV spot envisions Hispanic fans being so popular that they are drafted by their favorite NBA teams.

In the Fan Draft, Phoenix selects "El Gallo" (The Rooster) Ruiz, Miami picks "La Chispa" (The Skeptic) Lopez; and the New York Knicks pick, an Hispanic voiceover says, "the fan who lights more veladoras (candles), who owns a blue and orange guayabera (jersey) and who can't spell chimichurri but can spell Kristaps Porzingis: Carlos Poveda!"

The voiceover then says in Spanish, "Ellos son fans como ningún otro." ("They are fans like no other.") "Y la NBA los celebra a todos en Marzo con las Noches Ené-Bé-A. ¡Sé parte de ellas!" ("And the NBA celebrates them all March with Noches Ené-Bé-A. Be a part of it!")

Text then reads, "Por los fans." (See the full spot here.)

TV begins with a nationally televised game March 5 on ABC with the Houston Rockets at Los Bulls. It runs through March 24 when Nueva York Knicks visit the Bulls.

The schedule also includes the Knicks at Los Suns (March 9), Milwaukee Bucks at Los Nets (March 13), Denver Nuggets at El Heat (March 14), Charlotte Hornets at El Heat (March 17), Cleveland Cavaliers at El Heat (March 19), the Los Angeles Lakers at Los Suns (March 23) and Nueva York at Los Bulls (March 23).

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