• 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.


MLB 2019 Award Finalists


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Channel Chasers

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


Capital One Continues College Football Bowl Marketing With TV, Bradshaw, Sweeps

By Barry Janoff

November 24, 2015: Capital One, which last week launched a multi-media campaign to support its alliance with the College Football Playoff and National Championship — anchored by a TV spot starring The Muppets and company spokesmen Charles Barkley, Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee — has expanded its effort with new spots, a sweepstakes and more guest appearances.

The umbrella campaign, "Bowl Mania," touts the financial firm's Quicksilver card and title sponsorship of the Capital One Orange Bowl, where on Dec. 31 one of two semi-final College Football Playoff games will be played in Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida (ESPN).

The initial spot, "Bowl Mania: Kermit," finds the guys watching a college football game on TV but with Kermit unable to stay due to demands from Miss Piggy.

Three new spots advance the story all the way to a tailgate party prior to the Capital One Orange Bowl, including a sweepstakes offering a trip and tickets to the game. (Details here).

In "Funny Guy," former college and NFL star quarterback Terry Bradshaw wants to joins Charles, Spike, and Samuel L. on bus trip to Capital One Orange Bowl and the National Championship Game, but they won't let him one the bus.

"We already have a funny man," Jackson says, pointing to Charles. Replies Bradshaw, "There's no way he's funnier than me." "Have you heard some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth?" asks Jackson.

As they get on the bus, Barkley says to a dejected Bradshaw, "Don't have me because you're the poor man's me." Walking away, Bradshaw says,  "If I could think of something, I'd say it."

In "Ball Control," the guys are at the pre-game tailgate party discussing tactics.

"If I was a coach I would never punt," says Barkley.

Lee asks, "Even with the ball on you town one-yard line, fourth down?"

"Never," says Barkley. Then, channeling such college football coaching legends as Eddie Robinson, Bobby Bowden and Bear Bryant, he says, "I understand field position is tantamount in a game of inches. But more critical than said inches are points, and to obtain points one must always control the ball."

As Jackson and Lee look on amazed, Jackson says, "Whoa, Chuck. It sounds like you actually know something about . . . "

But Barkley is distracted by something on the tailgate food table: "Wow! Bendy straws."

"Separated" finds Barkley planning a strategy in case the trio get separated. He offers aloud to a crowd of people his  "cell phone number" — 844-4CHUCKB — which actually links to the code to the Capital One sweepstakes details at Twitter: #CallChuckB. (Details here.)

The spots, all directed by Lee, end with Capital One's tag, "What's In Your Wallet?" and the text, "Official Sponsor of the College Football Playoff."

Lead agency is DDB Worldwide.

In addition to TV and the sweeps, Capital One will support with Internet, social media, outdoor in and around the South Florida region and fan and customer activations.

The other semi-final playoff game will be held in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, also on Dec. 31, in AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas.

The CFB National Championship is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2016, in the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Az. It also airs on ESPN.

In 2010, Capital One signed a long-term deal to become a Corporate Champion partner of the NCAA, a top-tier partnership that also includes Coca-Cola and AT&T.

In 2014, Capital One signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to become title sponsor for the Orange Bowl.

Spike, Charles, Samuel L. (And Muppets) On CFB Bowl Mania Road Trip

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