• 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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• Ronald Acuna Jr., OF Atlanta Braves

• Bob Melvin Oakland A's

• Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves

• Mookie Betts, OF Boston Red Sox
• Jose Ramirez, 3B Cleveland Indians
• Mike Trout, OF Los Angeles Angels

• Nolan Arenado, 3B Colorado Rockies
• Javier Baez, 2B/SS Chicago Cubs
• Christian Yelich, OF Milwaukee Brewers

• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

• Jacob deGrom New York Mets


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)


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


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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.
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.
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.
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.

NBA's Global Party Includes New Locations, More Marketing, Increased Jersey Sales

By Barry Janoff

October 3, 2013: Claiming that "Every aspect of what we are doing will be growing," NBA commissioner David Stern this weekend will officially launch the international leg of the league's pre-season, which then will carry over to the regular season with an increased presence worldwide.

For the 2013-14 season, NBA Global Games includes a record 12 NBA teams playing ten games — eight preseason and two regular-season — in ten cities in seven countries.

NBA games will be played for the first time in Brazil; Philippines; Bilbao, Spain; and Manchester, England.

The league for the first time will be playing international regular-season games in two countries in the same season: Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs playing in the Mexico City Arena (Dec. 4); and the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets traveling to the United Kingdom for a game in The O2 (Jan. 16).

According to the league, NBA teams collectively will travel 116,341 miles.

The global travel will come with a bevy of marketing partners and activation. For the second consecutive year, the NBA's series of games in Europe will be presented by BBVA, the league's official bank partner.

Other league partners that will have a presence include adidas, Nike, Coca-Cola and its Sprite brand and Spalding.

The NBA is adding its own marketing support with a global campaign, "One Game. One Love," which will debut for international fans in each of the eight cities across five continents hosting games as part of NBA Global Games beginning on Oct. 5 in Istanbul.

The spot opens on a sequence of NBA players and fans going through their pre-game rituals. As the opening tip-off arrives, text offers, "It's been 107 days, 2,568 hours, 154,080 minutes. And now the game we love is back. New season. More amazing. From the first tip, it's the NBA. And it’s for all of us. One Game One Love.” (See the full spot here.)

Two pre-season games in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors will take place in the MasterCard Center in Beijing (Oct. 15) and Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena (Oct. 18). (See the full schedule here.)

The league said that 14 international sites would offer local language and insight. On location, about a dozen NBA legends are scheduled to make personal appearances. In addition, NBA Cares events are being scheduled for ten cities in seven countries and territories on four continents.

All eight pre-season games will air live on NBA TV in the U.S. and on NBA League Pass International, and will be televised to fans in 215 countries and territories. The NBA will also engage with its social media community of more than 455 million fans and followers on a global basis in real time and provide unprecedented behind-the-scenes access for fans.

Many of the players wearing the best-selling NBA jerseys in the world will have the opportunity to expand their reach during the NBA's global games.

According to adidas' international sales for the 2012-13 season, the Top 15 best-selling jerseys are:

1. LeBron James, Miami Heat 2. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
 3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers 
4. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
 5. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat 
6. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
 7. Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers (now with the Houston Rockets)
 8. Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
 9. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
 10. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
 11. Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers 
12. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
 13. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunde r
14. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics (now with the Nets) 15. Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets.

The top-selling NBA jerseys in the U.S. for the 2012-13 season:
1. LeBron James, Heat
 2. Derrick Rose, Bulls
 3. Kobe Bryant, Lakers
 4. Kevin Durant, Thunder 
5. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
 6. Dwyane Wade, Heat 
7. Dwight Howard, Lakers 
8. Deron Williams, Nets
 9. Blake Griffin, Clippers 
10. Rajon Rondo, Celtics.

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