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Last night’s ESPN Monday Night Football game – a Los Angeles Rams’ 54-51 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs (which produced the most combined points in a game in MNF history), earned an 11.3 overnight rating, based on the metered markets. It is the best overnight rating for an ESPN MNF game since 2014 (12.1, Dallas-Washington, 10/27/2014) and ESPN’s highest overnight rating since the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan 8.

• The PGA Tour has signed a multi-year deal with IMG Arena, IMG’s leading sports betting service and content hub, to distribute official PGA Tour scoring data for media usage and sports betting purposes to sports media companies, news services and other media organizations worldwide. IMG Arena will also have exclusive right to distribute official data and selected live video of PGA Tour competitions to international regulated sports betting and gaming markets.

• ESPN and Uninterrupted, the digital media company founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, will debut an original series, More Than An Athlete, Nov. 20, exclusively on ESPN+. The eight-episode series follows James’ journey from basketball prodigy to global sports icon, businessman and philanthropist via the bonds of friendship and partnership among four men over more than two decades: James, Carter, Randy Mims and Rich Paul.

• The NFL and Mexico's President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that the third game of the existing agreement signed in 2016 will be played in 2019 at Estadio Azteca. The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the 2019 NFL schedule next spring.

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Baseball Hall of Fame First-Time Nominees

• Rick Ankiel
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• Lance Berkman
• Freddy Garcia
• Jon Garland
• Travis Hafner
• Roy Halladay
• Todd Helton
• Ted Lilly
• Derek Lowe
• Darren Oliver
• Roy Oswalt
• Andy Pettitte
• Juan Pierre
• Placido Polanco
• Mariano Rivera
• Miguel Tejada
• Vernon Wells
• Kevin Youkilis
• Michael Young

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All-Time NBA Scoring Leaders (To Date)

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38, 387
2. Karl Malone 36,928
3. Kobe Bryant 33,643
4. Michael Jordan 32.292
5. LeBron James 31.425*
6. Wilt Chamberlain 31.419
7. Dirk Nowitzki 31,187*
8. Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
9. Moses Malone 27,409
10. Elvin Hays 27,313
11. Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
12. Oscar Robertson 26,710
13. Dominique Wilkins 26,668
14. Tim Duncan 26,496
15. Paul Pierce 26,397
19. Carmelo Anthony 25,551*
22. Vince Carter 24,967*
30. Dwayne Wade 22,211*
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Weekend Box Office Nov. 16-18
1. Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald $62.2M
2. The Grinch $38.1M
3. Bohemian Rhapsody $15.7M
4. Instant Family $14.7M
5. Widows $12.3M
6. Nutcracker and the Four Realms $4.7M
7. A Star is Born $4.3M
8. Overlord $3.8M
9. Girl in the Spider’s Web $2.5M
10. Burn the Stage $2.3M

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Humorous PGA America Campaign Seeks To Reverse The Tiger Woods 'Curse'

By Barry Janoff

April 3, 2014: In light of the fact that Tiger Woods will not play in The Masters due to back surgery and that a major golf association recently released statistics that show a decline in the number of people who play golf, the PGA of America wants you to know that not being perfect is alright by them.

A new campaign, "Perfect Day," depicts people on the golf course with imperfect swings, hitting balls off course, practically living in sand traps and missing what should be "gimme" putts. What they also have in common is that they are enjoying themselves.

"Out here, every day is perfect, even if you're not," intones a voiceover, played out to Dean Martin singing, "Open Up The Door, Let The Good Times In."

"Intimidation is one of the key barriers for participation in golf," Kevin Ring, CMO for PGA of America, said in a statement. "That barrier and the myth that all golfers are 'good' are what we plan to break down through this campaign — with targeted messages that engage golfers and non-golfers."

The effort is aimed toward former and non-golfers and comes on the heels of a report from the National Golf Foundation showing that five million fewer people are now playing golf in the U.S. versus a decade ago, that golf participation among 18-34-year olds has declined 30% during that same period and that in 2013, for the eighth consecutive year, more golf courses closed than were opened in the U.S.

Stats also show that TV viewing is soft when Woods does not participate in an event and that interest in golf wanes among non-core golf fans. Woods said he would miss The Masters this month — and could be out three-four or more months — following surgery.

Although it's new campaign is humorous, the PGA of America is taking the situation seriously. Among other activations, the group has compiled a Task Force "to grown the game through non-traditional means." The Task Force includes world champion skier Bode Miller, former NFL defensive back Melvin Bullitt and Arien Kantarian, former CEO for the U.S. Tennis Assn.

The "Perfect Day" effort also is seeking to reach people using some non-traditional methods. The media buy "will include non-golfer channels targeting consumers identified as likely to pick up the game," according to the PGA of America, including Living Social, Food Network, HGTV, CNN.com, Bleacher Report, Men's Health, Women's Health and Fast Company.

The PGA of America said it would also work with its strategic media partners to get out the message, including SiriusXM, PGA.com, Golf Channel, CBS, NBC, TNT and Golfweek.

Two spots are scheduled to run during the events overseen by the PGA of America, including the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. (See "Perfect Day 1" and "Perfect Day 2".)

Support includes Internet and social media.

Media value for the campaign was put at $6 million, according to the PGA of America. Lead agency is Ammirati, NY.

The campaign comes with a call to action, encouraging people to "get in the game with five lessons starting at $99 at GetGolfReady.com, a player development program endorsed by the golf industry and operated by the PGA. of America.

"The campaign is based on a simple consumer truth: golf is intimidating to new players," Kristen Rumble, vp-account services and partner at Ammirati, said in a statement. "We are chipping away at that intimidation by showing real players enjoying real golf moments, perfect or otherwise, while still having fun. By showing golf through this honest lens, more people will be compelled to pick up the sport."

"The myth that all golfers are 'good' [is] what we plan to break down through this campaign, with targeted messages that engage golfers and non-golfers."

According to Kevin Ring, "Ultimately, we want all players to get past the fear and to realize that no matter your skill level, golf is an activity that truly anyone can enjoy."

PGA of America marketing partners include PepsiCo (Aquafina, Gatorade, Pepsi), KitchenAid, Belvedere, OfficeMax, Moet & Chandon, Lipton Tea and Westin.

PGA of America, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is comprised of some 27,000 men and women who are involved with golf as pros, coaches, teachers and other aspects.

PGA of America Launches Task Force To Reverse Downward Trend

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