• 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


Bellinger, Yelich, Trout Power Players In MLB All-Star Game ‘Starters Election’ Voting

By Barry Janoff

June 23, 2019: Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich and Mike Trout were the only players who collected more than three million votes each; and Gary Sánchez, Willson Contreras, Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuña Jr., George Springer, Nolan Arenado, Alex Bregman  and Javier Baez were among the handful who amassed more than two million votes each.

But that all goes back to zero with the Primary voting section over and finalists for the MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard moving on to the Starters Election phase under new guidelines for the 2019 game.

The three-week Primary phase of the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot, which  ran May 28-June 2, saw the top three from each position in each league — and top nine outfielders from each league — move on to the Starters phase.

The Starters Election begins June 26 (12 PM ET) and ends on June 27 (4 PM ET).

People can vote at and also on Google.

The winners will be unveiled on ESPN June 27 (starting at 7 PM ET).

All-Star pitchers and reserves will be announced on June 30 (5:30 PM ET).

The 2019 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard is scheduled for July 9 in Progressive Field, Cleveland.

It will air nationally on Fox; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries.

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Bellinger recorded the most votes overall in both leagues (3,685,170), followed by Milwaukee Brewers outfielder  Yelich (3,646,071) and Los Angeles Angeles outfielder Trout (3,370,499).

Outfielder Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies fell short of the Top Nine NL outfielders, but could still be in the game if he is selected as a reserve.

The teams with the most players in the Starters Election, with seven each, include the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.

Among both leagues, 17 teams are represented in the Starers Election: the Braves, Cubs, Astros, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Angeles, Brewers, Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays.

Players Eligible For Starters Voting By Position


Gary Sánchez (Yankees) 2,266,469
James McCann (White Sox) 1,085,254
Robinson Chirinos (Astros) 946,823

Willson Contreras (Cubs) 2,384,622
Brian McCann (Braves) 1,762,917
Yasmani Grandal (Brewers) 1,193,3

Luke Voit (Yankees) 1,205,706
Carlos Santana (Indians) 1,180,719
C.J. Cron (Twins) 1,045,120


Freddie Freeman (Braves) 2,214,793
Josh Bell (Pirates) 1,831,933
Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) 1,545,682)


Tommy La Stella (Angels) 1,713,094
José Altuve (Astros) 1,629,148
DJ LeMahieu (Yankees) 1,312,490


Ozzie Albies (Braves) 2,190,518
Mike Moustakas (Brewers) 1,758,636
Ketel Marte (D-backs) 1,102,419

Jorge Polanco (Twins) 1,450,913
Carlos Correa (Astros) 1,115,469
Gleyber Torres (Yankees) 976,163)

Javier Báez (Cubs) 2,598,426
Dansby Swanson (Braves) 1,719,262
Trevor Story (Rockies) 961,384

Alex Bregman (Astros) 2,341,355
Gio Urshela (Yankees),857,474
Hunter Dozier (Royals),746,742

Nolan Arenado (Rockies) 2,483,867
Kris Bryant (Cubs) 1,400,401
Josh Donaldson (Braves) 1,376,228


Mike Trout (Angels) 3,370,499
George Springer (Astros) 2,565,706
Michael Brantley (Astros) 1,667,430
Austin Meadows (Rays) 1,344,031
Mookie Betts (Red Sox) 1,325,117
Eddie Rosario (Twins) 1,172,657
Aaron Judge (Yankees) 995,903
Josh Reddick (Astros) 928,606
Joey Gallo (Rangers) 904,563


Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) 3,685,170
Christian Yelich (Brewers) 3,646,071
Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves) 2,553,169
Nick Markakis (Braves) 1,425,889
Charlie Blackmon (Rockies) 1,242,552
Albert Almora Jr. (Cubs) 1,071,664
Jason Heyward (Cubs) 1,040,260
Kyle Schwarber (Cubs) 997,340
Joc Pederson (Dodgers) 961,515

J.D. Martinez (Red Sox) 1,564,520
Hunter Pence (Rangers) 1,054,282
Nelson Cruz (Twins) 974,788

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