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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
• 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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Jun032010

Despite Turmoil, EA Sports Stays The Course With New Tiger Woods Marketing

Tiger Woods gets advice from NFL coaching legend Mike Ditka in new EA Sports campaign.June 3, 2010: Tiger Woods, who is still dealing with personal problems off the golf course, remains a viable spokesman on the course, at least in the eyes of EA Sports. The videogame company, which has remained one of Woods' staunchest supporters during histime of personal trouble, puts the golfer front and center alongside former NFL coach Mike Ditka and other golfers in a new campaign for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11.

A TV spot will launch on June 3 on ABC during Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. Woods also will be featured in a series of videos breaking online this week.

Support includes ESPN.com, SI.com, FoxSports.com, SportingNews.com and Sports.Yahoo.com. The campaign was created by Heat, San Francisco. Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, is the media agency. Spend for the campaign was not disclosed.

This is the second new spot featuring Woods since a Thanksgiving Day accident led to the unraveling of his personal life. A Nike commercial with Woods was released during the Masters in April. Woods has lost about $30 million in endorsement deals from Accenture, AT&T and PepsiCo's Gatorade.

EA Sports, however, has unveiled two new products since December. According to the company, since the release of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 99, Tiger Woods' videogames have sold more than 25 million units worldwide.

"He has sponsors, but our role with him is much bigger than that. His name is on our product. He is in our product." — Peter Moore, EA Sports

"He has sponsors, but our role with him is much bigger than that. His name is on our product. He is in our product," Peter Moore, president of EA Sports, told NYSportsJournalism during an earlier interview. "This is much different from other companies that have used him mainly as an endorsement figurehead. There has never been any doubt that Tiger Woods is currently the greatest golfer in the world and will be so until someone proves that otherwise. Over the past 12 years there has been a great mutual relationship between Tiger Woods and EA and we intend for that to continue."

EA Sports said that the campaign's concept is “All the excitement of team sports meets golf . . .  now with team play.” Tag: “Welcome to team golf.” The campaign breaks to coincide with Woods defending his title at the Memorial Tournament.

In the TV spot, which will air in 30- and 60-second versions, crowds reminiscent of football and soccer games cheer on Team America (Tiger and Rickie Fowler) taking on Team Europe (Ian Poulter and Edoardo Molinari). Ditka calls Team America in for a huddle and advises in football terms, "Tiger, we're going to lay out and make sure we get the putt." When Woods sinks the winning putt, cheerleaders go wild and the crowd reacts similarly to a sign that reads, "Go crazy." (Watch it here.)

EA Sports mash-up in new videos, with curlers guding Tiger Woods' shot into the hole.Also breaking online beginning this week are five hybrid team sport/golf videos. In them, curling sweepers guide Tiger’s putt to the hole, Team Europe shoots basketball three-pointers with a pitching wedge, a hockey goalie stops three Ian Poulter drives-on-goal (on a fourth he scores) and a soccer netminder leaps to block Tiger’s putt. An omnibus combines all those sports, plus football. The voiceover for all online videos is ESPN announcer Scott Van Pelt.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 for Xbox, PlayStation and Wii is scheduled to hit retailers on June 8.

"We’ve taken a much different approach than Nike did in their well-publicized TV spot that aired during the Masters in April," Moore wrote on his EA Sports blog. "But after a tumultuous six months, both off-and now on-the course, we were ready to see the world’s best golfer smiling, laughing and having fun, something that you’ll see in abundance in these creative spots."

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