• 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.



• Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Los Angeles Angels

• 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

• Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays
• Justin Verlander Houston Astros

• Jacob deGrom New York Mets
• Aaron Nola Philadelphia Phillies
• Max Scherzer Washington Nationals


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.

New NBA Marketing Takes Roll Call, Wants Everybody Up For 2014-15 Season

By Barry Janoff

October 11, 2014: With MLB post-season in full swing, the NFL in over-drive, Nascar in the new playoff knockout rounds in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and the NHL season officially underway, the NBA has jammed into an energetic new campaign a bevy of current and past players, fans, dancers, mascots, a rap star, domestic and international city scenes and social media images, all screaming to remind everyone that the NBA season will soon begin in earnest.

Under a new very big umbrella campaign, "Everybody Up!," the league intends to show that it is ready to hit the court running. The launch spot, "Roll Call," incorporates new scenarios — LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, rookie head coaches Derek Fisher (New York Knicks) and Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) — with some of the best of the rest, including shots of Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and Tony Parker and the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

It broke over the weekend during the NBA's pre-season Global Games and online.

The multi-platform season-long effort will include a series of national TV spots on ESPN, TNT, ABC, and NBA TV; as well as on regional sports networks, league and team social media platforms, in-arena and internationally.

Localized team "Roll Call" spots will launch on regional sports networks, in-arena and on digital platforms.

Everybody Up!, which also encompasses print and Internet, will be integrated across all of the league's digital platforms, including NBA TV,, mobile and social media assets, throughout the season. Lead agency is Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

"We are all united by our love of the game, and the new 'Everybody Up' campaign captures the passion, dedication and endless contributions of the global NBA community," Pam El, NBA  CMO, said in a statement. "With tremendous momentum heading into the season, we look forward to engaging both our avid and casual fans like never before."

"Roll Call" is played out to a remix of the classic Ray Charles song, "What'd I Say Pt. I & II," with a rap from Grammy Award-winning artist and actor Common.

"Alright, ya'll. This is a roll call. Let me see you, Big City, Live City, Rip City, Mexico City, China. London.

"Where you at, dude with all the hats? Dude with the hair cut. Dude with the beard (James Harden). All you baby sizes. Shag sizes. No, really — Shaq sizes (as we see a shot of Shaquille O'Neal dancing with Jabbawockeez during his introduction at the 2009 All-Star Game)."

NBA fans then get their turn. "Let me see you fantasy owners, tweeters, blog readers. Gamers. Game-timers. Let me see you floor seats (we get a shot of Griffen diving into the crowd), family seats, your momma's seats (as Durant kisses him mom), best seats in the house.

"Let's see you legends (Larry Bird and Magic Johnosn), coaches, trainers. You too, rookie (Derek Fisher). Both of you (Steve Kerr). Pick No. 1 (Andrew Wiggins). Pick No. 2 (Jabari Parker). Pick No. 28 (Tony Parker, who was drafted by the Spurs in 2001). Pick of the Year."

Then we see James being introduced with his new Cavaliers teammates. "Ha, that's gonna be fun. Let's see you dancers, ring leaders, real leaders (a shot of military personnel). Guy coming off the bench. Guy leaving the bench behind. Passers. Dunkers. Blockers Buzzer-beaters. Contenders. Championship defenders. It's tip-off time, ya'll. Everybody up!" (See the full spot here.)

Separately, the NBA said that  it has signed a multi-year extension with Cisco, with whom they began working in 2007. Cisco will continue as the official technology partner of the NBA, WNBA, NBA Development League and USA Basketball. 

According Emilio Collins., evp-global marketing partnerships for the NBA, “Cisco has consistently incorporated innovative technology solutions into our partnership, from enabling connections with our fans to transforming collaboration among our employees. As we continue to look at growing the game experience and the ways in which it can be presented and consumed, we know that Cisco will play a vital leadership role with us.”

The 2014-15 NBA season begins Oct. 28.

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