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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.

POLL POSITION

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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Mar072011

For NHL, March Madness Leads To April, May, June Stanley Cup Greatness

March 7, 2011: March Madness is sometimes best served on ice, even if the real madness doesn't begin until April — and the NHL knows that better than most.

In 2010, the NHL supported the Stanley Cup playoffs with "History Will Be Made," a campaign that the league said was a catalyst in attracting more than 302 million TV viewers, the most watched NHL post-season in 36 years.

This year, in an effort to attract even more casual and non-hockey fans to the playoff run that culminates with the awarding of the Stanley Cup, the NHL and the NBC Sports Group said they would work together to support "History Will be Made" with a multi-media campaign that would "significantly broader distribution."

The national ad campaign will reach fans via TV, online, radio, print, in-arena, POP, mobile and social media platforms of the NHL, NBC and Versus, as well as additional NBC Universal platforms, such as CNBC and MSNBC. The campaign was developed collaboratively by the NHL, NBC Sports Group and Versus, in consultation with global advertising agency, Young & Rubicam.

“There is both quality and power in the History Will Be Made campaign,” John Miller, who heads the NBC Sports Agency and the NBCUniversal Marketing Council, said in a statement. “By pooling our creative resources and air time, we believe collectively we can effectively tell the story of the excitement and emotion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”

The first pair of TV spots in this season’s campaign — “Wish” and “Mess” — will debut March 13 during the NBC Sports broadcast of the Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals game. More than 20 additional spots will launch by April 13, the first day of the Playoffs. Starting April 14 through the conclusion of the Stanley Cup finals in June, a new spot will be produced each day, highlighting a key moment from the previous night’s games, according to the NHL.

The campaign also features prominent Stanley Cup playoff moments from the past, including "49 Years," highlighting the Blackhawks winning the 2009-10 Stanley Cup, the team's first league championship in 49 years. Interactive elements include YouTube, where last season fans created more than 2,400 versions of the NHL's "History Will Be Made" spots, eliciting more than 8 million total views. Also for the second year, fans will be able to download the music composed for the History Will Be Made campaign from the NHL’s Facebook page for fan-generated spots.

“The Stanley Cup Playoffs are filled with drama, the emotional highs and lows of crucial wins and losses, the unbearable tension of sudden death overtime and performances that can define a career forever," Brian Jennings, NHL evp-marketing. "Last season, the 'History Will Be Made' campaign . . .  elicited an overwhelming emotional reaction from our fans."

"We expect the campaign to continue to reach and resonate with even more fans, further helping to drive interest and viewership.”

According to Jennings, in addition to generating their own YouTube versions of TV spots, fans brought handmade "History Will Be Made" signs to games and "players even referenced the campaign in post-game interviews. This year, by taking a truly collaborative approach on creative, production and media with NBC Sports and Versus, we expect the campaign to continue to reach and resonate with even more fans, further helping to drive interest and viewership.”

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