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• NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Nov. 10 became the decade’s (2010-19) only primetime series to average 20 million-plus viewers for 100 different broadcasts. American Ido is second with 69. The Minnesota Vikings’ 28-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 23.5 million viewers across NBC TV, NBC Sports Digital and NFL Digital platforms.

• CBS Sports said its coverage of the SEC on CBS with No. 2 ranked LSU beating No. 3 ranked Alabama, 46-41, on Nov. 9  “delivered a massive audience, had an average of 16.636 million viewers and scoring a fast national household rating/share of a 9.7/24 . . . the  highest-rated regular-season college football game (excluding Conference Championships) on any network in eight years.

• When the Seattle Sounders defeated Toronto FC, 3-1, to win the MLS title Sunday, 69,274 were in attendance in CenturyLink Field, a record for the franchise.

• Calling it the company’s biggest brand launch in more than a decade, Coca-Cola North America has unveiled Aha sparkling water, eyeing a March 2020 drop at retail. “As the largest and fastest-growing part of the water business, mainstream flavored sparkling water is a segment we know we must double-down on,” Celina Li, vp-water, Coca-Cola North America, said via the company. “Aha is our big-bet brand in this big-bet category.” Full story here.

• Taylor Swift has been named as the headline performer for the Capital One JamFest on April 5 as part of the NCAA March Madness Music Festival. The Men’s Div. I Final Four will be played in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 4 and April 6. Also part of the Music Festival is the AT&T Block Party (April 3) and the Coca-Cola event (April 4).

• Jack Hughes, rookie forward for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, has signed an endorsement deal with Gatorade. Hughes, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, joins All-Stars Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane as NHL players on the brand’s roster.

• NBC Sports and adidas have signed a multi-year extension with the All-American Bowl through 2022. Under the partnership, which began in 2011, adidas is the “official apparel company” for the All-American Bowl. The All American Bowl features 100 of the best high school athletes in the nation. NBC will air the annual East vs. West matchup. of the 2020 All-American Bowl Jan.4 in the Alamodome, San Antonio.

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MLB 2019 Award Finalists

JACKIE ROBINSON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Nov. 11 MLB Network (6 PM ET)
AL Finalists: Yordan Alvarez, DH/OF, Houston Astros; Brandon Lowe , 2B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays; John Means, LHP, Baltimore Orioles

NL Finalists: Pete Alonso, 1B, New York Mets; Mike Soroka, RHP, Atlanta Braves; Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, San Diego Padres

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Nov. 12 MLB Network (6 PM ET)
American League finalists: Rocco Baldelli, Minnesota Twins; Aaron Boone, New York Yankees; Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay Rays

National League finalists: Craig Counsell, Brewers; Mike Shildt, Cardinals; Brian Snitker, Braves

CY YOUNG

Nov. 13 MLB Network (6 PM ET)
AL Finalists: Gerrit Cole, RHP, Houston Astros; Charlie Morton, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays; Justin Verlander, RHP, Houston Astros

NL Finalists: Jacob deGrom, RHP, New York Mets; Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers; Max Scherzer, RHP, Washington Nationals

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Nov. 14 MLB Network (6 PM ET)
AL Finalists: Alex Bregman, 3B, Houston Astros; Marcus Semien, SS, Oakland A’s; Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

NL Finalists: Cody Bellinger, OF/1B, Los Angeles Dodgers; Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals; Christian Yelich, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

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Topps All-Star Rookie Team 2019

One player at each position plus a DH and pitchers. Topps said each player’s 2020 Topps Series 1 or Series 2 card would include the Rookie Cup trophy logo. Topps has been naming MLB All-Star Rookie teams for 60 years.
• Pete Alonso 1B, New York Mets
• Yordan Alvarez  DH, Houston Astros
• Nick Anderson P, Tampa Bay Rays
• Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
• Keston Hiura 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
• Eloy Jimenez OF, Chicago White Sox
• John Means P, Baltimore Orioles
• Bryan Reynolds OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
• Victor Robles OF, Washington Nationals
• Will Smith C, Los Angeles Dodgers
• Mike Soroka P, Atlanta Braves
• Fernando Tatis Jr.  SS, San Diego Padres

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Nov. 8-10
1, Midway $17.5M
2. Doctor Sleep $14.1M
3. Playing With Fire $12.8M
4. Last Christmas $11.6M
5. Terminator: Dark Fate $10.8M
6. Joker $9.2M
7. Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil $8M
8. Harriet $7.2M
9. Zombieland: Double Tap $4.3M
10. Addams Family $4.2M
BoxOfficeMojo.com

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NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca ESPN (Monday Night Football) 8 PM (ET

NFL Thanksgiving Nov. 28, 2019
• Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions Fox 12:30 PM (ET)
• Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys CBS 4:30 PM (ET)
• New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons NBC 8 PM (ET)

NBA Mexico 2019
• Dec. 12 Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City NBA TV 9 PM (ET)

NBA Christmas Dec. 25, 2019
• Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors ESPN Noon (ET)
• Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers ABC 2:30 PM (ET)
• Houston Rockets vs. Godlen State Warriors ABC 5 PM (ET)
• Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers ESPN/ABC 8 PM (ET)
• New Orleans Pelicans vs. Denver Nuggets ESPN 10:30 PM

NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic Jan. 1, 2020

• Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas NBC

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Mar222011

Phillies Hit Home Run In 2011 Brand Keys Sports Loyalty Engagement Study

March 22, 2011: The San Francisco Giants may have won the 2010 World Series, but they failed to take the title of the team with the most loyal fans. That honor goes to the Philadelphia Phillies, according to marketing and research firm Brand Keys, which has released the 2011 Brand Keys Sports Loyalty Engagement Index to coincide with the start of the MLB season.

The Sports Loyalty Index, now in its 19th season, was designed "to help professional sports teams’ management identify precise fan loyalty rankings in hometown [and national] markets," according to Robert Passikoff, founder and president of New York-based Brand Keys. “These insights allow league and team marketers to identify areas that need strategic brand coaching,” said Passikoff in a statement.

The top five MLB teams in 2011, per the Sports Loyalty Index, are the Phillies, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Brand Keys said it surveyed 250 fans within the market of each pro team in baseball, the NFL, NBA and NHL in February to help accumulate information. “Everybody loves a winner, but it’s important to note that win/loss ratios do not entirely govern fan loyalty," said Passikoff.

The Sports Loyalty Index is based on four factors:

Pure Entertainment: How well a team performs, but more importantly, how exciting is their play?

Authenticity: How well they play as a team (and in the case of MLB is it natural talent or steroid-enhanced performance?). New stadia can help propel this driver, and sometimes a new manager.

Fan Bonding: Are players respected and admired?

History and Tradition: Is the game, and the team, part of a fan’s and a community’s rituals, institutions and beliefs?

According to Brand Keys, the Sports Loyalty Engagement Index provides a direct comparison of the intensity with which fans within the team’s market support the home team versus corresponding values for fans of other teams in the market. “That’s important because fan loyalty correlates highly with broadcast viewership, merchandise purchase and ticket revenue," said Passikoff. "And happier fans, as well."

In 2010, Brand Key's Sports Loyalty Index ranked the top five MLB teams as Boston, the Yankees, Philadelphia, a tie between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Dodgers and a tie between the Minnesota Twins and the Milwaukee Brewers.

In the 2009 Sports Loyalty Index, the top five MLB teams were Boston, Philadelphia, a tie between the New York Yankees and Mets, the Anaheim Angels and the Oakland A's.

The bottom five MLB teams, per the 2011 Sports Loyalty Index are the Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners.

What does that mean?

“Since overall league and team rankings do correlate with viewership and merchandise sales, and rankings can be influenced depending upon how loyalty drivers are managed, it’s critical that team marketers do accurate scouting regarding the strategic ball they intend to pitch to the fans,” said Passikoff.

The 2011 Sports Loyalty Index for the NFL, NBA and NHL used the same parameters as it did for MLB. Their findings:

National Football League
Top Five
1. New England Patriots
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Green Bay Packers
5. New York Jets

Bottom Five
1. Oakland Raiders
2. Cincinnati Bengals
3. Washington Redskins
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Carolina Panthers

National Basketball Assn.
Top Five
1. San Antonio Spurs
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Dallas Mavericks
4. Boston Celtics
5. Phoenix Suns

Bottom Five
1. Charlotte Bobcats
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Minnesota Timberwolves/Golden State Warriors
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Atlanta Hawks/Toronto Raptors

National Hockey League
Top Five
1. Detroit Red Wings
2. Philadelphia Flyers
3. San Jose Sharks
4. Vancouver Canucks
5. Boston Bruins

Bottom Five
1. Atlanta Thrashers
2. St. Louis Blues
3. New York Islanders
4. Phoenix Coyotes
5. Tampa Bay Lightening/Nashville Predators

Source: Brand Keys

On The Ball: Brand Keys 2010 Sports Loyalty Index

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