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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.

POLL POSITION

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

KEEPING SCORE

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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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

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Mar072012

Dove Men+Care Gets Fans Into March Madness With Major Social Media Campaign  

By Barry Janoff

March 7, 2012: Tapping into what might be one of the top two online sports viewerships of the year, Unilever brand Dove Men+Care plans one of the biggest social media pushes in NCAA men's basketball tournament history.

Dove Men+Care "Journey to Comfort" will include Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Amazon and Viggle. The campaign also features a series of March Madness TV spots, all anchored by new deals with former NBA star and current TV analyst Shaquille O'Neal, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and Michigan State University head basketball coach Tom Izzo.

Comparing 2011 against 2010, CBS and Turner reported a 63% increase in total digital visits and a 17% increase in total hours of streamed video, according to marketing research firm Kantar Media, New York. In 2011, advertisiers spend $738 million during the NCAA men's hoops tournament, second only to the $900 million spent during Super Bowl XLV in February 2011.

Analysts predict that the 2012 Summer Olympics in London might be the only sports event to surpass 2012 March Madness in online viewership.

Unilever is in the second season of a multi-year deal as an official "corporate champion" of the NCAA.

The Dove Men+Care “Journey to Comfort” campaign during the NCAA men's basketball Division I tournament will see O'Neal, Nash and Izzo share personal experiences that have helped them "become comfortable in their own skin." The campaign is breaking this week at Dove's Web site and dedicated Facebook and YouTube destinations.

It will expand beginning on March 11, aka "Selection Sunday," when the teams and brackets for the 2012 NCAA tournament will be unveiled.

Throughout the tournament, Dove Men+Care will air a series of TV spots with O'Neal, Nash and Izzo on the networks covering March Madness: CBS and Turner Network's TBS, TNT and TruTV, as well as their online properties. The 2012 tournament culminates with the Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on March 31 and April 1.

Among its social and new media activations, Dove Men+Care said it has partnered with Viggle, a loyalty program for television, to offer fans who check into NCAA basketball games within Viggle the "chance to earn extra points" by watching the 'Journey to Comfort' videos."

Visitors will have access to a Viggle Dove Men+Care NCAA tournament page featuring live tournament stats, discussions, “Journey to Comfort” talent videos, and opportunities to purchase Dove Men+Care products through Amazon.com.

The Dove Men+Care Twitter and Facebook pages will enable visitors to connect with O’Neal, Nash and Izzo for game predictions and basketball discussions. Their stories will also be available via downloadable Dove Men+Care apps for IOS or Android devices.

A “Shaq’s Big Excuse” Facebook app will enable users to send one of several customizable phone messages to a boss, co-worker or friend to use as a "hall pass" to get out of obligations and stay home to watch March Madness.

“I wasn’t always ‘the man,’” O’Neal says in one of his vignettes. “I had to work hard for my success in basketball, and had tremendous coaches along the way. Now I’m a coach, both as a father and to my teams at the Boys and Girls Club — growing into that role has been a huge part of my journey.”

Nash, in one of his spots, recalls his senior year at the University of Santa Clara on Selection Sunday "waiting for our name to come up. I had the whole team at my house. When our name came up, I took off out of the house and ran four blocks as fast as I could. It was a huge sense of relief and joy. When I came back my teammates were waiting in front of the house. 'Where'd you go? What were you doing?'"

"[This campaign] will resonate with fans who are also fathers, and not only enhances their NCAA tournament experience, but also their relationship with our brand.”

Via an interactive game of basketball challenges and sports trivia, visitors can be entered into the “Journey to the Final Four” sweepstakes at  for a chance to win basketball prizes, autographed gear and a VIP trip to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Atlanta. (Full details here.)

“This campaign takes even the most successful sports figures and transforms them from herculean to human,” Rob Candelino, vp-brand building for Unilever Skincare, said in a statement. “Most men admire these three legends for leading their teams to victory, but when Shaq, Nash and Izzo talk about the most important ‘team’ to them, it’s their children that take center court."

According to Candelino, this perspective will resonate "with fans who are also fathers, and not only enhances their NCAA tournament experience, but also their relationship with our brand.”

O’Neal, Nash and Izzo join a roster of athletes and coaches who have appeared in past “Journey to Comfort”  activation that includes Drew Brees, Albert Pujols, Joe Girardi, Andy Pettitte, Magic Johnson, John Thompson III, Bobby Hurley, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III and Kirk Herbstreit.

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