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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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Mar102016

NBA Boosts Global Strategy, Radio Signal, Fan Reach Via Alliance With TuneIn Audio

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 10, 2016: As part of a strategic effort to grow its fan base and reach consumers around the world, the NBA this week signed a deal with audio network TuneIn to air all of its games and jewel events, as well as those for sibling WNBA.

TuneIn, which said it has more than 60 million active monthly users, 100,000-plus radio stations and more than 5.7 million on-demand programs, also has sports deals with the NFL, MLB and English Premier League, as well as ESPN Radio, talkSport, CBS Radio sports stations and South By Southwest.

TuneIn also involved with the NCAA Div. I Men's Basketball Tournament, including a Selection Sunday Special on March 13 and March Madness listening parties throughout the month.

Financial terms of the multi-year NBA deal were not shared.

The alliance, which will impact audiences outside of the U.S., Canada and China, begins immediately and includes all remaining games for this season and then the NBA playoffs and Finals.

Beginning with 2016-17, TuneIn said it would provide premium users with access to all 1,230 NBA regular-season games, the entire NBA playoffs and Finals and such marquee events as the NBA All-Star Game, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night and the NBA Draft presented by State Farm.

TuneIn said it would also work with the NBA to "create and launch original content alongside the game broadcasts, including daily talk, analysis and fantasy shows during the regular season."

In addition, TuneIn said it plans to offer "On-Demand Content,' through which users would be able to listen to replays of the most recent ten games for each team on a rolling basis; and 24/7 NBA channel, a live channel consisting of a "mix of NBA TV content and original programming so users can listen to live and on-demand basketball programming year-round."

"NBA fans worldwide are passionate about the game and consume our content in numerous ways from television and radio, to mobile and social media," David Denenberg, svp-global media distribution and business affairs for the NBA said in a statement. "TuneIn's global platform is another unique way for our fans to experience the excitement of our game."

WNBA regular season and playoff games will be available beginning with the season opener in May, as will games from the NBA Development League, to stay up-to-date on star prospects.

The NBA is finding a growing audience not just for its U.S.-born stars but also from the increased number of players international players in the league.

The number of international players now in the NBA has more than doubled since 2000-01, when the league had 45 international players, and nearly quintupled since 1990-91 (21 international players).

Prior to the TuneIn deals, NBA games broadcast to 215 nations and territories in 47 languages.

According to Kevin Straley, chief content officer for San Francisco-based TuneIn, "We're excited to announce this new partnership with the NBA. The combination of our platform with a global reach in 230 countries and territories, and the NBA's international fan base makes this a perfect fit to extend TuneIn's growing sports content portfolio. The NBA is the worldwide leader for sports leagues in terms of engaging fans in both social and mobile distribution."

TuneI's playlist also includes music, news and talk stations. People can subscribe to TuneIn Premium or sign up for a free trial via TuneIn.com, iOS and Android apps.

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