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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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Wednesday
Jan042017

UFC’s Conor McGregor Turns Jockey To Win Prestigious, Lucrative Horse Racing Crown

By Barry Janoff

January 4, 2017: Is Conor McGregor planning for life after the UFC?

The top-ranked and multi-time champion McGregor has now turned his attention to becoming a jockey, In particular, to compete in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational Thoroughbred horse race, in which 12 horses are scheduled to compete in Gulfstream Park (South Florida) on Jan. 28 for a record $12 million purse.

McGregor is in training to become "The 13th Jockey," according to a multi-platform campaign from The Stronach Group, which operates the race and a multitude of other horse racing events and venues.

In the humorous effort, McGregor is aided by actor/comic Jon Lovitz, playing a stereotypical gruff trainer who has devoted his life to the sport.

"The Stronach Group is thrilled to be working with Conor McGregor to introduce The Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Sport of Kings to a new generation of fans," Belinda Stronach, chairman and president, said in a statement. "Conor is a natural athlete, showman and now, a jockey!"

The effort is anchored by four spots, which will be released now through race day, with the last to break just prior to the event on NBC.

Accord to The Stronach Group, in order for McGregor to become the 13th Jockey and conquer the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing, he "had a lot of training to do! He had to get to know his way around the stables, train like a jockey, bond with a horse and learn how to ride."

The initial spot follows his progress and includes a press conference that ends in typical McGregor fashion: With a fight.

"Alexander wept when he had no worlds to conquer,” McGregor says at his press event. "That’s exactly how I feel. I would like to announce that I will become the pound-for-pound No. 1 jockey on the planet. I will compete in, and win, the  Pegasus World Cup Invitational.

"Now, I’ll take questions until I’m bored."

Among the questions: "Why the Pegasus?" "It's the biggest horse racing purse in the world," McGregor replies. "$12 million."

Another reporter asks, "Doesn't being a jockey require years of focus and training?" "How hard can horse racing even be?!" McGregor answers. "I'm the greatest at whatever I decide to do!" When the reporter laughs, Lovitz jumps him, which turns into an MMA brawl.

Support includes Internet, social media and a Pegasus Win-Win Contest offering people the opportunity to win $1 million. (Details here.)

Lead agency is space150.

The Stronach Group said that attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger (Bloom Hergott LLP, and nephew of Arnold Schwarzenegger), who represents both McGregor and Lovitz, "assisted in bringing the two A-listers to this project."

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational $12 million purse surpasses the previous record of $10 million at the 2016 Dubai World Cup.

The Stronach Group’s portfolio of racing and gaming businesse sinlcudes Santa Anita Park, Pimlico Race Course (home for the Preakness Stakes), Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, Golden Gate Fields and Portland Meadows; as well as parimutuel technology subsidiaries AmTote and Xpressbet.

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