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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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Mar272018

Judgement Day: Yankees, Bonds Begin MLB Season As Hottest Tickets On StubHub

By Barry Janoff

March 27, 2018: With MLB’s 2018 Opening Day thisclose, ticket demand for season-opening games as well as rivalry games and games with unique and/or historic implications is on the rise.

StubHub, entering its 11th season as the official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace for MLB and its 30 clubs, says it sorted through its “wealth of data to find the hottest selling games and trending teams” heading into the season.

"As StubHub comes off another record-breaking World Series in terms of demand last season, we're feeling the excitement from baseball fans as we head into Opening Day 2018," Jill Krimmel, StubHub's General Manager of MLB, NCAA and All Other Sports, said in a statement.

"This season is significant for StubHub because for the first time fans will be able to purchase MLB tickets right up until game time for all 30 teams.,” said Krimmel.

The top-selling home opener this year both in demand and price — averaging $218 on StubHub — belongs to the New York Yankees, led by 2017 AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge and new teammate and reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, hosting the Tampa Bay Rays in Yankee Stadium.

Beyond home openers, the San Francisco Giants game on Aug. 11 during which Barry Bonds'  No. 25  Giants jersey will be retired “is the most anticipated moment of MLB's regular season," according to StubHub data.

The second most in-demand Opening Day game on StubHub features California and National League rivals Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in the Giants' AT&T Park on April 7, averaging $212 on StubHub.

The Yankees are StubHub’s top-selling team in MLB overall going into the season, outselling the Giants and Boston Red Sox by 28% and 70%, respectively.

The Yankees moved up from No. 2 last year and No. 5 in 2016.

The Yankees have third highest growth in the league as demand in terms of ticket sales is up 61% from last year, “likely a result of the team’s off-season moves,” offers StubHub.

The Yankees replace the Chicago Cubs, which were the No. 1 in-demand team on StubHub last year following the team’s World Series win in 2015.

The Giants are currently the No. 2 most in-demand team, up from No. 4 last year after three years at No. 1 (2014-16).

The Top Five also includes the Red Sox, Dodgers and Cubs, respectively.

Coming off their 2017 World Series win, this is the first time in the last five years the Houston Astros at No. 8 have broken into StubHub’s Top Ten MLB teams going into the regular season.

Astros’ ticket sales are up 223% from this time last year, not only the highest growth among all MLB teams but also the highest year-over-year growth of regular season ticket sales over the last four seasons.

The Toronto Blue Jays have also been among the fastest-rising teams regarding ticket demand on StubHub over the past few years, entering the 2018 season at No. 9 after being as low as No. 22 in 2014.

The Yankees home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays currently outsells the Dodgers’ home opener, StubHub’s No. 2 top-selling home opening game (March 29), by 12%, according to StubHub.

Coming off a NL pennant and World Series appearance, the Dodgers‘ 2018 home opener is the “club’s best-selling in recent years and set to outpace the team’s 2017 home opener by 41% in ticket sales,” reports StubHub.

The Giants game in August, being played against Bonds’ other former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, is currently outselling the second non-home opener in-demand game of the season, Dodgers at Giants on April 7, by 46%.

The first 20,000 fans in attendance on Aug. 11 will receive a No. 25 cap in honor of Bonds, who wore the number during his 15 years with San Francisco, from 1993-2007.

Three of five of the top selling non-home openers on StubHub involve the Giants and Dodgers, which StubHub said "is proving to be the most heated MLB rivalry heading into 2018."

The complete list of top in-demand MLB home openers, according to ticket sales on StubHub:

1. Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees, April 2. Average ticket price on StubHub $218
2. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, March 29. Average ticket price on StubHub $212
3. Seattle Mariners at San Francisco Giants, April 3. Average ticket price on StubHub $197
4. Baltimore Orioles at Houston Astros, April 2. Average ticket price on StubHub $221
5. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets, March 29. Average ticket price on StubHub $164

The current list of top MLB in-demand games other than home openers according to ticket sales on StubHub:

1. Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants (Barry Bonds Jersey Retirement), August 11. Average ticket price on StubHub $154
2. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 7.  Average ticket price on StubHub $96
3. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, March 30. Average ticket price on StubHub $92
4. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 6. Average ticket price on StubHub $86
5. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, June 30. Average ticket price on StubHub $141
6. Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals, May 5. Average ticket price on StubHub $118
7. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox, April 12. Average ticket price on StubHub $120
8. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 28. Average ticket price on StubHub $97
9. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, April 8. Average ticket price on StubHub $90
10. Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees, April 7. Average ticket price on StubHub $72

The current list of Top Ten in-demand MLB teams according to regular season ticket sales on StubHub:

1. New York Yankees
2. San Francisco Giants
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Chicago Cubs
6. St. Louis Cardinals
7. New York Mets
8. Houston Astros
9. Toronto Blue Jays
10. Texas Rangers

With the big buzz around Shohei Ohtani’s debut season, the Los Angeles Angels come in as StubHub’s No. 11 top-selling team and the fourth highest growth team in the league as demand is up 55% from this time last year, per StubHub.

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