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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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Nov112016

Play It Forward: NCAA Begins Planning For 2022 March Madness Men's Final Four

By Barry Janoff

November 10, 2016: Seeking to lock in prime real estate while emulating the process used by other sports organizations that name their future championship sites years in advance, the NCAA has decided that the Men’s Div. I Basketball championships — aka Final Four — more than five years from now will be held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The event in 2022 will mark the sixth time the venue has hosted the Final Four and the first time in ten years.

The NCAA initiated its play-it-forward strategy for the Final Four in 2014, when it named future sites for 2017-2021.

"With the Final Four competing for many of the same venues that host major events such as the Super Bowl and College Football Playoff, we did not want to wait until 2018 to make the announcement for the 2022 Final Four," Dan Gavitt, vp-NCAA men’s basketball championships, said in a statement.

"That, combined with the milestone anniversaries we’ll celebrate at that time, made the decision to move forward with New Orleans hosting in 2022 the sensible thing to do."

Among the other priorities in naming championship sites well in advance: Giving local businesses and marketers time to activate.

"More than 50 future events resulting in greater than $1.2 billion in economic impact are on the schedule for the Dallas Sports Commission, including . . . the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four," according to the DSC.

American Airlines Center in Dallas was selected in 2014 to host the 2017 event.

Gavitt said that process would continue next year with the 2023, 2024 and 2025 Men's Final Four locations scheduled to be named in the summer of 2018.

“We look forward to another competitive bid process commencing after the 2017 Final Four when we’ll determine the next three hosts,” said Gavitt, referring to to Final Four games to be played in 2023-2025.

The NCAA initiated this procedure in 2015 for college football, when it selected the sites and cities that would host the college football National Title games for 2018-2020: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta; Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.; and Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, respectively.

The 2017 title game will be played in Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.

The NFL names the sites of future Super Bowls several years out, most recently this past May, voting host cities for Super Bowl LIII (February 2019) in Atlanta, Super Bowl LIV (February 2020) in Miami and Super Bowl LV (February 2021) in Los Angeles. (Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl LII will be played in Houston and Minneapolis, respectively.)

The International Olympic Committee names its host cities seven years in advance, with the next vote scheduled for September 2017 to select the host city for the 2024 Summer Games (from among Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest).

The Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee, part of the Division I Council, approved the men’s basketball committee’s recommendation for 2022.

Between now and 2022, upcoming Men’s Div. I Final Four sites are:

• April 1/3, 2017 University of Phoenix (AZ) Stadium
• March 31/April 2, 2018 Alamodome San Antonio
• April 6/8, 2019 U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis
• April 4/6, 2020 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta
• Dares TBD 2021 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis
• Dates TBD 2022 Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans

Between now and 2020 upcoming Women’s Div. I Final Four sites are:

• March 31/April 2, 2017 American Airlines Center, Dallas
• March 30/April 1, 2018 Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
• April 5/7, 2019 Amalie Arena, Tampa
• April 3/5, 2020 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans

The 2022 Final Four will mark the 40th anniversary of the 1982 title game in New Orleans, which featured North Carolina, led by coach Dean Smith and Michael Jordan, against coach John Thompson, Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas. The Tar Heels won the game 63-62 on Jordan’s jumper with 15 seconds to play.

It will also mark the 35th anniversary of the 1987 title game featuring coach Bob Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers, whicj defeated coach Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse squad 74-73 on Keith Smart’s jumper with four seconds remaining.

The 2022 Final Four will also mark the 10th anniversary of last Final Four in New Orleans, played between the John Calipari-coached Kentucky Wildcats, led by freshman Anthony Davis, and the University of Kansas Jayhawks, coached by Bill Self, won by Kentucky, 67-59.

The 2022 Final Four will be the 84th year of the event. That year, the Superdome will join Municipal Auditorium (Kansas City, MO), Madison Square Garden (NY) and Freedom Hall (Louisville) as the only venues to have hosted at least six national championship games.

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