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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
• 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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Jan302015

Tiger Woods Swings Into New Season With Healthy Outlook, Bevy Of Marketing Deals

By Barry Janoff

January 29, 2015: Although his roster of marketing partners and annual endorsement deals are not as formidable as they once were and he has been plagued by back issues that led to surgery, Tiger Woods has shown that he still can swing with some power when it comes to signing deals and attracting the attention of brands, fans and consumers.

Now playing in his first tournament of 2015, his first PGA Tour event since August and his first competitive event since the Hero World Challenge in early December, Woods has signed a multi-year deal with music lifestyle brand Sol Republic, whose products include wireless Tracks headphones and portable Punk speakers.

The Sol Republic deal comes a week after Woods signed a pact with sport and entertainment technology and training performance company Full Swing Golf and about a month after unveiling a multi-year deal with motorcycle-scooter manufacturer Hero MotorCorp.

Also this week, Nike Golf shared details of the TW '15 golf shoe (pictured below), which will be available next month.

Terms of the Sol Republic and Full Swing Golf alliances were not disclosed. The Hero MotorCorp. pact is a four-year deal put at $8 million a year by industry analysts.

"Music is a huge part of my life and my training; it inspires me to work harder, stay focused and get better every day," Woods said in sharing the deal from Arizona, where he is competing in the Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jan. 29-Feb. 1) at the TPC Scottsdale golf course, not far from the site of Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale. "It's exciting to find a brand that cares about music the way that I do, and I'm ready to work with Sol Republic on bringing that passion to life."

(Editor's Note: Woods failed to make the cut at the WM Phoenix Open, shooting a pro-career worst 82 on Friday following a 73 on Thursday.)

Woods, who at the height of his marketing powers in 2009 earned about $110 million, currently takes in about $60 million in annual endorsements, according to industry anlysts.

His marketing deals also include Kowa, MysclePharm, NetJets, Rolex and Upper Deck.

"Athletes of all levels use music as a motivator to get in their zone and achieve their best," said Kevin Lee, co-founder and CEO for Sol Republic at the media event sharing the alliance. "Tiger is a legendary athlete with a competitive drive that changed the sport of golf and truly shares our passion for music and its power to help propel people to reach their goals."

Sol Republic's roster of endorsers also include Michael Phelps, surfer Julian Wilson and renowned DJs Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki.

According to Ryan Dotters, CEO at Full Swing Golf, "We couldn't be more excited to work with such an icon of the sport, who is one of the most talked about athletes in all of sports. We're extremely proud to have guidance from one of the greatest athletes of all time on future product development and truly becoming the leader in sports technology."

"As for my 2015 golf season, I'm mostly excited about being healthy again," Woods wrote on his blog. "I've struggled for the past year-and-half with my back, and it showed in my results. Even though I won five times two years ago, it was hit or miss some weeks and got progressively worse. Now that it feels healthy, strong and stable, it's fun to be able to play with my kids again, to play soccer and run around with them, shoot hoops . . .  things that I used to do and took for granted. For anybody who has ever had a bad back with nerve damage, it's downright debilitating. To not feel that is finally just incredible relief."

“I believe Tiger becoming Hero's global public partner, he is going to add a huge amount of value to the brand Hero, which clearly is going global in its intent and with its product and the brand,” Hero CEO Pawan Munjal said during the media conference in Deember unveiling the alliance with Woods.

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