• 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.

Simmons, Ingram, Top NBA Rookies Ready To Rock The Marketing Games

By Barry Janoff

June 27, 2016: Ben Simmons is in Foot Locker spots, Kris Dunn and Brandon Ingram are selling Speed Stick, Marquese Chriss and Buddy Hield are on Panini America trading cards and five incoming rookies have signed with adidas basketball.

Tthe NBA Draft Class of '16 is good to go in hitting the marketing and merchandising hardwood of life.

Simmons was taken No. 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, and the team immediately filled its Web site with the likes of Simmons' No. 25 jerseys and T-shirts. That helped to support his recently signed deal with Nike, which in turn translated to starring in a pair of commercials for Foot Locker, "It's Not Real Yet" and "It's Real Now."

The spots are part of Foot Locker's "Approved" marketing platform, from lead agency BBDO, NY.

In "It's Not Real Yet,"  Simmons seeks pre-Draft advice and uses a life-size papier-mâché version of NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns to get answers.

When Simmons asks the faux Towns, both outfitted head-to-toe in Nike gear from Foot Locker, "Any advice for my rookie year?" the answer, as Simmons speaking as Towns says, is "You're Ben Simmons. All that natural talent you got, just be yourself and you'll be Rookie of the Year, just like me."

In the second spot, which is set after he has been drafted, Simmons again asks, ""Any advice for my rookie year now that I've been drafted?"

This time, the real Towns answers, "Being drafted doesn't mean a thing. Now the real work starts. This isn't college. This is a grown-man's league."

Simmons also gets advice from Devin Booker and D'Angelo Russell, who both were rookies last year. Russell takes Simmons' cell phone and throws it out the window. "Trust me," he says, a nod to the situation during last season when he used his cell phone to record Los Angeles Lakers' teammate Nick Young talking about fooling around behind the back of his then fiancée Iggy Azalea, which went viral.

"We're thrilled to celebrate another NBA Draft with an elite player like Ben Simmons," Stacy Cunningham, evp-marketing for Foot Locker, said in a statement. "Featuring four awesome young talents in our Foot Locker Draft campaign speaks volumes to the brand during this marquee sports moment."

Five now NBA rookies signed with adidas just prior to the Draft, including Ingram, signed No. 2 overall by the Lakers; Jaylen Brown, signed No. 3 by the Boston Celtics; Dragan Bender, the No. 4 overall pick by the Phoenix Suns); Dunn, taken at No. 5 by the Minnesota Timberwolves; and  Jamal Murray, selected at No. 7 by the Denver Nuggets.

"Our playbook is simple — partner with the best players and use their insights to change the game and connect with young athletes," Chris Grancio, general manager, adidas global basketball, said in a statement. "It's no secret that at adidas players have a voice to share ideas and insights that will create the best basketball gear in the world. We're proud to welcome them to our family and we look forward to getting started."

These players will be featured in upcoming brand campaigns, activations and global tours and will "play a collaborative and instrumental role in driving performance insights to create new footwear and apparel," according to adidas/

Panini America, the exclusive trading card and collectible sticker partner of the NBA, signed exclusive autograph trading card and memorabilia agreements with Marquese Chriss (drafted No. 8 by the Phoenix Suns, then had rights traded to the Washington Wizards) and Buddy Hield (drafted No. 6 by the New Orleans Pelicans).

Panini America ultimately unveiled digital cards of 21 top NBA draft picks (see them here).

Other exclusive athletes for memorabilia include Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin and John Wall.

Chriss and Hield saw their digital cards hit the Internet even as they hit the stage to officially meet NBA commissioner Adam Sillver.

They both will be featured throughout Panini America's 2016-17 NBA and Collegiate Basketball product seasons as well as in NBA Dunk, the company's digital trading card app.

Panini America said the first trading cards of both players will arrive in the Oct. 5 release of its 2016-17 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball. Their first NBA Rookie Cards will arrive the following week in the company's NBA Hoops Basketball brand.

According to Panini America CEO Mark Warsop, "There's a lot of excitement surrounding the 2016 NBA Draft Class and these two players are a big reason why. As we look to the start of a new NBA trading card season and the importance every new rookie crop plays in our success, we can't wait to get started."

Other exclusive athletes for Panini America memorabilia include Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin and John Wall.

In "First Impressions," from Colgate-Palmolive's Speed Stick antiperspirant, Ingram and Dunn get advice from Coach Speedman (played by actor John C. McFinley). "New team, new expectations," he tells them. "So if a veteran player asks you to sing karaoke in a tutu, let 'er rip. Connecting with your new teammates starts on Day One."

Speed Stick ran a similar ad around the NFL Draft with Jalen Ramsey (selected No. 5 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars) and Myles Jack (selected by Jacksonville in the second round).

NBA, Partners Get 2016 Draft Party Started

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