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• The Oakland Raiders, playing their last season in the Bay Area before a planned move to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL season, said they have signed a deal with AEG Facilities to operate their $2 billion, 65,000-seat stadium, now under construction. Full story here.

• SAP has launched “Call the Shots,” an interactive, online game that puts people in the shoes of Wimbledon champ Angelique Kerber the day before a big match. Players use SAP Tennis Analytics to get Kerber match-ready, by using data and insights to make decisions that will help – or potentially hurt – her success on the court the next day.

• FIBA, the international governing body for basketball, said the annual FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final would be held in Los Angeles 2020-23 in partnership with the Los Angeles Times media group. ‘This will undoubtedly cement the FIBA 3x3 culture in the build up to the Los Angeles 2028 Games,” said Andreas Zagklis, FIBA secretary general. 

• The IOC said that breaking (break-dancing), skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been provisionally included on the sports program for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will make their debut on the Olympic program in Tokyo 2020.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

POLL POSITION

Wimbledon 2019
Gentlemen's Singles Seeding
1. DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)
2. FEDERER, Roger (SUI)
3. NADAL, Rafael (ESP)
4. ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA)
5. THIEM, Dominic (AUT)
6. ZVEREV, Alexander (GER)
7. TSITSIPAS, Stefanos (GRE)
8. NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN)
9. ISNER, John (USA)
10. KHACHANOV, Karen (RUS)

Ladies' Singles Seeding
1. BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS)
2. OSAKA, Naomi (JPN)
3. PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)
4. BERTENS, Kiki (NED)
5. KERBER, Angelique (GER)
6. KVITOVA, Petra (CZE)
7. HALEP, Simona (ROU)
8. SVITOLINA, Elina (UKR)
9. STEPHENS, Sloane (USA)
10. SABALENKA, Aryna (BLR)
11. WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)

Source: All England Lawn and Tennis Club

KEEPING SCORE

2019 Top Selling Summer Acts
Based on total sales on StubHub for U.S. tour dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2019
1. The Rolling Stones
2. Queen with Adam Lambert
3. Paul McCartney
4. Ariana Grande
5. Shawn Mendes
6. Billie Eilish
7. JoJo Siwa
8. Twenty One Pilots
9. Hootie and the Blowfish
10. Florida Georgia Line

Full story here.

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office June 21-23
1. Toy Story 4 $121M
2. Child’s Play $14M
3. Aladdin $13.2M
4. Men In Black International $10.7M
5. Secret Life of Pets 2 $10.3M
6. Rocketman $5.6M
7. John Wick 3 $4M
8. Godzilla $3.8M
9. Anna $3.6M
10. Dark Phoenix $3.5M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

Wednesday
Nov142018

Escape To L.A.: NFL Moves 'Unsuitable' Mexico City Game To City Of Angels

By Barry Janoff

November 14, 2018: The teams, players, marketers, ticket-buyers and ESPN were ready, but in the end the stadium and its field were not.

In a rare but necessary decision, the NFL is moving its Monday Night Football game on Nov. 19  (ESPN) between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, originally scheduled for Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

The stadium became, in effect, a field of screams due to recent concerts and soccer matches that made the surface unplayable.

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.”

"We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca for months in preparation for this game," Mark Waller, NFL evp-international, said via the league.

"Until very recently, we had no major concerns. But, the combination of a difficult rainy season and a heavy multi-event calendar of events at the stadium, have resulted in significant damage to the field that presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unsuitable to host an NFL game.

“As a result, we have determined that moving the game is the right decision, and one that we needed to announce now in order to allow our teams and fans to make alternate arrangements," said Waller.

The Coliseum is available for Monday because all NFL teams that forgo a home game — with the Rams playing in Mexico as the home team — to play internationally are required to keep their home stadium available as a contingency, according to the league.

“We understand the circumstances and just have to adjust as difficult as the logistics were for both teams, the Rams and Chiefs,” Burke Magnus, ESPN evp-programming and scheduling, said during a media conference call today.

“The same holds true for our crew. We had 150 people that were mobilizing, a ton of logistic, travel, security, transportation, equipment, setting up at the stadium, Estadio Azteca, we had a catering truck already in Mexico.

“So as you can imagine, with a game like that, a lot of detail, a lot of logistics, a lot of planning, a lot of thought and all of that you have to adjust.”

According to Magnus, a fleet of ESPN trucks left Santa Clara and were in Arizona heading toward Mexico,  scheduled to be at the Mexican border this morning.

“So with the news yesterday it turned into scramble mode for a number of hours for much of our team,” he said.

This would have been the third NFL game played in Estadio Azteca, which  holds more than 87,000 people.

In 2016, the Oakland Raiders defeated the Houston Texans, 27-20, before 76,473 people.

Last season, the New England Patriots defeated the Raiders, 33-8, before a crowd of 77,357.

The Rams, who are training in Colorado Springs, are using the situation to the advantage of its region, which is being ravaged by fires and earlier this month was the scene of a shooting in the Borderline Bar & Grill, located in Thousand Oaks, that left 12 people dead.

“The decision is based on the determination . . . that the playing field at Estadio Azteca does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency.”

The Rams said they would be “providing thousands of complimentary tickets to first responders who are bravely protecting the greater Los Angeles community, as well as people who have been impacted by our community’s recent tragedies.”

According to ESPN’s Magnus, “We’re sensitive to what's going on here in Los Angeles, certainly we experienced it in Santa Clara, over the weekend, with the fires north. And now the same holds true with the news that occurred in Thousand Oaks a week ago, the fires in Malibu, potential air quality concerns, which seem to have gotten better here in .LA. where I am now and all of that.

“But at the end of the day we're excited for this matchup and excited to be televising from Los Angeles now.”

Tickets were made available to Rams Season Ticket Members on Tuesday and beginning today for the general public.

Due to the quick turnaround, the team said tickets for this game would be mobile only. (Details here.)

The NFL will be sharing details on ticket reimbursement procedures this week.

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