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• Tennis Channel will provide exclusive, live coverage of the 2018 Davis Cup championship between France and Croatia in Lille, France, beginning Friday, Nov. 23, (8 AM ET). This will be the final entry for a Davis Cup format that has seen the tournament played during multiple weekends throughout the year. Starting in 2019, the Davis Cup will be contested in a season-ending, 18-nation event from Nov. 18-24.
 

• Calgary has decided not to pursue a strategy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a vote on Tuesday, in which citizens were asked in a non-binding plebiscite if they wanted to host the Winter Games, with 56% voting No. Sweden capital Stockholm and a joint bid between Italy’s Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo remain as IOC candidates.

• Tony Hawk, best known as a pro skateboarder but also a multi-platform businessman and entrepreneur, is among a group launching hybrid brand consultancy and creative agency D/CAL, with offices in San Diego and Detroit. “D/CAL offers a full suite of brand consultancy and agency services, but branches outside of industry norms by involving strategic and creative minds from outside the agency world.”

• Major League Lacrosse has named Troika as the agency of record for its rebranding initiative. The process will include a revamping of the MLL logo, website, branding on all marketing and communications materials, as well as all league-branded apparel and merchandise. The project will be finished before the 2019 MLL season begins

• 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
• Blake Snell Tampa Bay Rays

NL CY YOUNG
• Jacob deGrom New York Mets

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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Thursday
Dec042014

U.S. Post Office, Sixers Stand Tall To Honor Wilt Chamberlain, First NBA USPS Stamps

By Barry Janoff

December 4, 2014: With the team's first win of the 2014-15 season under its belt, the 1-17 Philadelphia 76ers can now focus on a more glorious time in their hisotry with an event that will honor one of the greatest players in NBA history.

During halftime of the team's game on Friday night (Dec. 5) against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Sixers and the U.S. Postal Service, with cooperation from the NBA, will formally dedicate the Wilt Chamberlain Forever Stamps in a halftime ceremony.

In addition, the USPS is hosting a Twitter "huddle" prior to and then during the game. (Details here.)

The stamps, which are an oversized two-inches tall (to reflect Chamberlain's 7'1" stature), are the first USPS stamps to feature an NBA player. They go on sale Dec. 5 in a variety of options.

Two versions of the Chamberlain show him in a Philadelphia Warriors jersey and in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, respectively.

The stamps come six years after Donald Hunt, a veteran sportswriter for the Philadelphia Tribune, initiated a campaign to immortalize Chamberlain on a U.S. postage stamp

Chamberlain, who passed away in 1999 at the age of 63, played for the Philadelphia Warriors (1959-62), the relocated San Francisco Warriors (1963-mid-65), was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers (mid-1965-1968), then was traded to the and finished his NBA career with the Lakers (1968-1973).

He won an NBA title with the Sixers in 1966-67 and the Lakers in 1971-72.

According to the team, the halftime dedication ceremony will feature the use of the Sixers’ 3-D court projection system in a new video. Scheduled to attend are Chamberlain’s sisters, Barbara Lewis and Selina Gross, whowill  take part in the ceremony, as will Sixers' legends Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Wali Jones, Sixers' advisor Sonny Hill and Sixers Director of Statistical Information Harvey "Super Stat" Pollack.

All fans attending the game will receive a commemorative poster featuring images of Chamberlain from his career as well as an image of the stamps, according to the Sixers.

Part of the event might recall Chamberlain's NBA-record 100-point game (March 2, 1962) but likely will overlook the infamous claim in his book, A View From Above, that he slept with 20,000 women.

"It is an honor to be a part of history as we dedicate this stamp and celebrate the great Wilt Chamberlain with his family, friends and teammates," Scott O’Neil, CEO for the Sixers, said in a statement. "That he is the first NBA player to be featured on a United States Postal Service stamp speaks to the untouchable legacy he left behind on the court, and we are proud to call him a Sixer."

Antonio Alcalá, an art director from Alexandria, VA, designed the stamps; Kadir Nelson, of San Diego, CA, created the two stamp image portraits, according to the USPS.

Among the products are a 18.5 x 27.5-inch press sheet with die-cuts, containing nine panes of 18 Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps positioned two across by four down ($70.56); a First Day Cover set of two stamps ($1.86); and a set of 18 Forever stamps ($12.95).

During his NBA career, Chamberlain won two NBA titles (1967, 1972), was a four-time MVP and a member of 13 All-Star Games.

Chamberlain, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979, scored 31,419 points during his career (currently fifth all-time) and holds the rebounding record with 23,924.

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