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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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Nov202015

NBA Players Have 'One Wish' In Holiday Campaign: Special-Edition Uniforms

By Barry Janoff

November 20, 2015: A group of NBA players have "One Wish" for the holidays, and it's not what you might think.

It's about getting the new holiday-edition NBA jerseys.

A new spot, with support on Internet, social media and in-arena, touts the NBA's Dec. 25 TV games and full ten-game schedule, during which all players will be decked out in the Xmas-themed adidas jerseys, shorts and socks (from Stance).

The NBA also has designed a snow-flake ball for use on that day.

One Wish” features Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), James Harden (Houston Rockets), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls).

In the spot, which is part of the NBA's umbrella "This Is Why We Play" effort, they all have a reason why the jolly bearded man who delivers gifts should bring them the special adidas gear.

"I've shared the ball like never before," says Leonard.

"The biggest day of the year is coming and I've been a very good boy," offers Noah.

Davis says, "This unibrow needs that uniform."

"I'll bring the love if you bring the jersey," relates Love.

And Harden offers, I've chosen team success over individual success. From one beard to another . . . "

A voiceover then says, "Tune in on Dec. 25 and watch the players' wishes come true." Text: This is why we play." (See the full spot here.)

Considering that the players get these jerseys anyway, the NBA is obviously channeling what it hopes will be the "one wish" among fans and consumers.

Each uniform features holiday-style script and a scarlet NBA seal — a nod to holiday greeting cards, according to the NBA.

Last year's Xmas uniforms featured each player's first name on the back. The previous year saw the NBA's sleeved jerseys, which drew mixed reviews — and in many case less than rave responses —  from players and fans.

Adidas gets its last shot at NBA Xmas day uniforms in 2016 before being replaced for the 2017-18 by Nike, which this past June signed an eight-year deal, valued at $1 billion by industry analysts, to become the league's official on-court apparel provider.

The jerseys are available at NBAStore.com ($109.99).

Christmas Day TV Schedule
• New Orleans Pelicans vs. Miami Heat ESPN 12:00 PM ET             
• Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ABC 2:30 PM ET
• Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors ABC 5 PM ET
• San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets ESPN 8 PM ET
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers ESPN 10:30 PM ET

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