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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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Apr052016

WWE's WrestleMania 32, Led By 101K Fans And Shaq, Sets Financial, Media Records

By Barry Janoff

April 5, 2016: It must be the Snickers. Or the Texas BBQ. Or Shaquille O'Neal.

Despite technical difficulties that prevented a good chunk of fans from getting into the event for hours, WWE said that WrestleMania 32 on April 3 set a new attendance record of 101,763 "as fans from all 50 states and 35 countries" were on hand on Sunday evening in AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

The previous WWE attendance record was at WrestleMania 3 in 1987, when 93,173 fans watch the festivities in the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit.

WrestleMania 32 also became the highest-grossing live event in WWE history, at $17.3 million.

The previous record was WrestleMania 31 last year in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., home for the San Francisco 49ers, where gross revenue was $12.6 million, according to WWE.

In addtion, WWE released figures that showed its digital subscription service, WWE Network, hit a record 1.82 million total subscribers following WrestleMania 32, making it the most viewed WrestleMania in history.

That represents a 39% increase from March 30, 2015, the day after WrestleMania 31.

“History was made last night with both a record-setting crowd at AT&T Stadium and more households than ever before watching WrestleMania on WWE Network,” Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO, said during a conference call on Monday (April 4). “WWE Network continues to drive transformative growth for our company.”

AT&T Stadium, which opened in 2009, has a capacity of 105,000, which can be exceeded with standing room tickets.

The venue's all-time mark is 108,713, set at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, followed by the 105,121 who saw the Cowboys host the New York Giants in September 2009.

In February 2010, the stadium hosted Super Bowl XLV, when 103,219 watched the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“We are thrilled that we made history tonight at WrestleMania, further cementing its place as one of the top sports and entertainment events in the world,” WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon said in a statement. “We thank our fans, the Dallas Cowboys and the entire Jones family for their overwhelming support.”

Snickers, which recently signed on as presenting sponsor for WrestleMania 32, supported the event with multi-media marketing and on-site activation.

O'Neal was in-state to attend Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame media conference (April 4) in Houston, attached to the NCAA Final Four championship game, in which it was revealed that he would be part of the Class of 2016. He made the short detour to Dallas for Wrestlemania 32 to be part of the 3rd annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale (see WWE coverage here).

“History was made last night with both a record-setting crowd at AT&T Stadium and more households than ever before watching WrestleMania on WWE Network."

Among other figures rolled out by WWE regarding WrestleMania 32:

• Video views reached 65 million across social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and YouTube), representing an 87% increase over last year.

• WrestleMania garnered a record 10.9 million social media fan engagements, up 19% from the prior year.

“Results today further demonstrate the power of our brand, illustrate our potential to drive long-term growth and provide evidence that we are effectively executing our multi-platform content strategy,” George Barrios, WWE chief strategy & financial officer, said during the conference call.

WrestleMania 33  is scheduled for  April 2, 2017 in the Orlando Citrus Bowl.

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