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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

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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Dec202010

ESPN, Marketers Hoop It Up For UConn Women's Shot At Basketball Immortality

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

Ad from XL Arena offering high-end seats to possibly witness hoops history.December 20, 2010: ESPN was not around when the UCLA men's basketball team, led by coach John Wooden, set an NCAA Division I mark by winning 88 consecutive games from Jan. 30, 1971 until a 71-70 loss to Notre Dame on Jan. 19, 1974. But the "worldwide leader in sports" is making up for that with an extensive full-court press that will begin hours before University of Connecticut women's basketball team seeks to win its 89th consecutive game on Dec. 21 against Florida State. UConn's streak began in April 2008.

The game will be played at XL Center in Hartford, which might eventually rank among the venue's all-time highlights. Good news for XL Insurance, also based in Hartford, which signed six-year naming rights in 2007 for the home to both UConn men's and women's hoops and the Big East Women's Basketball championship through 2011.

The game has been moved from ESPNU to ESPN2, affording the players and corporate sponsors a much wider potential audience: about 99.5 million households for ESPN2 versus about 73 million for ESPNU. ESPN and ESPN.com also will allot chunks of time and space leading up to, during and then after the game.

The game is part of a larger umbrella sponsorship, "Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers", that encompasses all of ESPN's college basketball games from Dec 18-24. Via media buys with ESPN, advertisers with multiple spots during the Connecticut-FSU game include Pizza Hut, Audi, Ford, Toyota, Anheuser-Busch, Best Buy and Macy's, according to ESPN.

New York Life has a season-long marketing deal with both the UConn Huskies men's and women' basketball team, which includes an on-court logo, courtside and baseline signage boards. This will expand during the  game on Dec. 21, when New York Life will have TV spots airing during the national broadcast, banners, a display presence at the main entrances to distribute information, will receive public address announcements, exposure on the video board and LED signage boards and its logo on the front cover of the game day program.


In addition to New York Life, other marketing partners of the two-time defending NCAA champion UConn Huskies are AT&T, Toyota, People's United Bank, Nike and Dunkin' Donuts. Dunkin' Donuts also is an official partner of XL Center, along with such companies as Anheuser-Busch (Bud Light), Verizon Wireless, The Hartford, Geico, Bob's Discount Furniture and Hilton Hartford. XL Center seats about 16,300 for basketball games, and the event is sold out, according to UConn.

Deals for the Husikes are handled by UConn Sports Marketing, the multimedia rights partner for the University of Connecticut Athletics and an IMG College property. Jeffrey A. Hathaway, is UConn's director of athletics.

The team is lead by Maya Moore, a projected No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft. Head coach Geno Auremma is in his 26th season. UConn's last loss was April 6, 2008, 82-73, to Stanford.

According to ESPN, included among the highlights leading up the game, scheduled to begin at 7 PM ET, are:

• ESPNU will conduct five consecutive hours of UConn programming prior to the ESPN2 pregame special Dec. 21.
• ESPN's Women's Basketball's Final Four studio team of Trey Wingo, Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck will host from XL Center an hour-long pre-game show on Dec. 21 beginning at 6 PM ET, as well as additional post-game segments. The Final Four announcing team of Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke will call the game, with reporting by former Connecticut All-American Rebecca Lobo.
• ESPNU will air UConn’s Record Run: UConn Legends Roundtable, a half-hour show starting at 5 PM ET.  Doris Burke will host a forum with former Connecticut All-Americans Lobo, Jen Rizzotti and Sue Bird, in addition to current UConn All-American Maya Moore.
UConn’s Record Run: Debating the Streak, a half-hour special, will follow on ESPNU at 5:30 PM ET. Hosted by Trey Wingo, the show will feature discussions about UConn’s streak from hosts of such ESPN programming as Pardon the Interruption, First Take, SportsNation, Mike & Mike and Jim Rome is Burning.
• On Dec. 22, UConn’s national championship wins over Stanford (2010) and Louisville (2009) will air several times on ESPNU, in addition to the Huskies’ games from this season vs. Baylor (original airdate Nov. 16), vs. Ohio State (Dec. 19) and the potential record-setting game vs. Florida State (Dec. 21).

Meanwhile, Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell said that downtown Hartford buildings Hartford 21 and Aetna would display lights in the blue and while colors of UConn and in a statement urged "all UConn fans to show their pride and support by wearing blue and white to the office or in classrooms."

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