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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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Nov202014

NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, Duncan Reap Benefits Of (Super) Marketing

By Barry Janoff

November 19, 2014: It's good to be the NBA's defending champions, as the San Antonio Spurs are, especially when it comes to marketing and promoting goods and services.

A group of the Spurs, including Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills, get a starting role in a series of new humorous spots  for supermarket chain H*E*B, an alliance that supports the partnership between the team and the grocer.

Duncan, who has won five NBA titles since joining the Spurs in 1997, also appears in a new national push for sports footwear and apparel retailer Foot Locker for its "Week of Greatness" promotion, which showcases releases from such brands as Nike, Under Armour and adidas, the latter of which Duncan also is a spokesman.

The Spurs-H*E*B alliance dates back two decades and includes presenting sponsorship status, player appearances, fan appreciation events, support of community endeavors and a variety of marketing on TV, in-arena, print, Internet and social media.

H*E*B also is the presenting sponsor for the WNBA San Antonio Stars and has deals with the American Hockey League's San Antonio Rampage and the Austin Spurs of the NBA's Development Leauge.

“The H-E-B Spurs commercials reflect the very unique partnership we have enjoyed with the Spurs for over 20 years,” Cory Basso, group vp-marketing and advertising for H-E-B, said in a statement. "We have a unique ability to showcase each player’s sense of humor in a way that fans may not see during a courtside or post-game interview."

In the four new spots, the Spurs appear in uniform in various scenarios, each touting a different aspect of the supermarket destination.

In "Barbie," the teammates are at a barbecue enjoying H*E*B's assortment of specialty burgers. The title comes from Australian-born Mills being coerced into saying, "Toss another burger on the barbie," which Leonard misinterprets as a Barbie doll.

"Wise" sees Ginobili doing a Dali Lama impersonation to tout H*E*B organic items, which make him feel "more one with nature, more one with myself.

In "Toga," everyone but Duncan has morphed into Greek gods complete with togas to push the grocer's line of 100-calorie Greek Yogurt, which turns into a mini-Animal House version of the chant, "Toga! Toga! Toga!."

The guys put their marketing skills to use in "Slogans," coming up for tag lines for H*E*B's Creamy Creations ice cream.

"The response to the new line of commercials has been overwhelmingly positive," said Basso. "H*E*B is pleased that our longstanding partnership with the Spurs creates the best opportunities for our customers and Spurs fans to enjoy the team together."

The alliance with the Spurs has helped the chain, founded in 1905, expand to more than more than 350 stores in Texas and Mexico and grow sales to more than $20 billion

"In just 15 seconds, we can give the fans a glimpse into the genuine personality of our hometown team," said Basso.

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