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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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Jan132015

For NBA Global Game, NY Knicks Hit London With More Sponsors Than Wins

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

January 13, 2015: When the Milwaukee Bucks play the New York Knicks on Jan. 15 in London's The O2, the NBA Global Game will have arrived with a bevy of sponsors, a sold out venue and plenty of cause-marketing activation throughout the region.

What it also will have is a decided lack of star power and victories from the Knicks.

In the midst of a tumultuous rebuilding season, the Knicks have amassed just five wins and a league-worst 5-35 record going into the London game against the Bucks, which under first-year head coach Jason Kidd are a respectable 20-19.

In fact, the event has more sponsors than the Knicks have victories.

Online sports network Sportlobster is title sponsor of NBA Global Games London 2015. Also activating are adidas, BBVA, Capital Radio, Cisco, Foot Locker, Gatorade, SAP and Sprite.

In addition to being the presenting partner Sportlobster is the event’s official social media partner, allowing fans to engage with the NBA through its ‘lobs’ and user-generated content.

Sportlobster, which launched its partnership with the NBA in October as presenting partner of NBA Global Games Berlin 2014 and was then associate partner of NBA Global Games Istanbul 2014, gets brand exposure, including event logo inclusion, on-court and in-arena signage, and will stage fan activities on the day of the game.

“Our experience as presenting partner of the NBA Global Games in Berlin and Istanbul was second to none,” Andy Meikle, co-founder and CEO for Sportlobster, said in a statement. “We received fantastic exposure and witnessed an influx of new basketball fans join and interact on Sportlobster, as they recognized the value of our sports social network and the multiple functionalities that come with it. It made sense to continue our collaboration with the NBA."

The NBA is using the global games as a way to boost international exposure and support the growth of international players on NBA rosters, of which there were more than 100 when the season began. The league has been supporting the London event with Internet and social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

The Knicks would just like a victory, which would put an end to their franchise-record 15-game losing streak. They may not have their top two stars, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, who both have missed the past several games due to respective injuries.

None the less, Anthony is still making his commitments off the court. He is scheduled to join Prince Harry and former NBA player John Amaechi at the Royal Foundation’s Coach Core graduation ceremony on Jan. 14 as part of the partnership between NBA Cares and the Royal Foundation unveiled in December. Coach Core is an apprenticeship program training the next generation of sports coaches and mentors.

The NBA is also advancing other cause-marketing efforts in London. Among them, the league has aligned with BT Sport’s The Supporters Club to support Greenhouse, a national sports charity that uses sport to engage hard-to-reach young people.

In addition, NBA Cares is scheduled to hold a Unified Basketball Clinic presented by Coca-Cola on Jan. 14 in partnership with Special Olympics Great Britain and local youth groups.

According to Meikle, "The excitement and attention around NBA Global Games London 2015 presented by Sportlobster will help to expand our reach around the world, particularly in the U.S., which is a focus market for us.”

The four previous NBA regular season games in London, all sell-outs, included the then New Jersey Nets vs. Toronto Raptors in back-to-back games (2011); Detroit Pistons vs. Knicks (2013) and Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets (2014).

The game will be seen in the U.S. live on NBA TV at 3 PM ET.

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