• 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
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5. Terminator: Dark Fate $10.8M
6. Joker $9.2M
7. Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil $8M
8. Harriet $7.2M
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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

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Bellinger, Yelich, Trout Lead As 2019 MLB All-Star Game Voting Nears Final Tally

By Barry Janoff

June 17, 2019: MLB has released the next “Primary Round” votes for the 2019 All-Star Game, and it shows that  Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, Mike Trout and Javier Baez are among the players who will advance to the “Starters Election” but that Bryce Harper might not.

Primary voting for the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot closes June 21 (4 PM ET).

The top three vote-getters at each position in each league — and nine outfielders per league — move to "The Starters Election," which begins June 26 (Noon ET).

Harper, who in March signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, currently sits at No.10 among NL outfielders, 32,242 votes behind Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies (530,342).

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Bellinger leads all players across both leagues with 2,184,251votes.

Yelich, outfielder with the Milwaukee Brewers, is second and the only other player with more than two million votes at 2,065,382.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Trout is third (1,904,273), followed by Cubs shortstop Baez (1,672,062) and teammate catcher Willson Contreras (1,555,490).

Starters for the 2019 All-Star Game will be unveiled June 27 on on ESPN.

Pitchers and reserves will be named June 30, with Bryce potentially finding a spot among the latter if he does not accumulate enough fan votes.

The 2019 All-Star Game in Progressive Field in Cleveland, will air nationally on Fox, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries.

The Top Ten vote-getters to day across both leagues also include Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (1,495,817), Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (1,475,825), New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (1,357,340), Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (1,322,935) and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr.,(1,229,200).

People may vote in "The Primary" at and all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period.

Fans in the U.S. and Canada can also vote on Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players.

1. Gary Sanchez, Yankees 1,357,340

2. James McCann, White Sox 580,394

3. Robinson Chirinos, Astros 487,868

4. Jason Castro, Twins 444,533
5. Christian Vazquez, Red Sox 302,686
6. Jonathan Lucroy, Angels 268,710

7. Roberto Perez, Indians 176,976
8. Josh Phegley, Athletics 151,679

9. Mike Zunino, Rays 128,345

10. Martin Maldonado, Royals 113,525

1.Willson Contreras, Cubs 1,555,490

2. Brian McCann, Braves 725,484

3. Yasmani Grandal, Brewers 513,412

4. J.T. Realmuto, Phillies 438,390

5. Yadier Molina, Cardinals 375,690
6. Austin Barnes, Dodgers 344,745

7. Tony Wolters, Rockies 204,641

8. Wilson Ramos, Mets 167,879
9. Buster Posey, Giants 146,905
10. Yan Gomes, Nationals 101,584

1. Luke Voit, Yankees 696,164

2. C.J. Cron, Twins 586,303

3. Carlos Santana, Indians 560,836
4. Jose Abreu, White Sox 517,473

5. Yuli Gurriel, Astros 433,692
6. Albert Pujols, Angels 384,322
7. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 362,659
8. Edwin Encarnacion, Mariners/Yankees 205,040
9. Mitch Moreland, Red Sox 193,609

10. Ji-Man Choi, Rays 168,723

1. Josh Bell, Pirates 1,106,186

2. Freddie Freeman, Braves 1,022,535

3. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs 948,047

4. Max Muncy, Dodgers 446,704

5. Pete Alonso, Mets 319,256

6. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies 249,341

7. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals 234,176
8. Jesus Aguilar, Brewers 188,332

9. Eric Hosmer, Padres 149,749

10. Daniel Murphy, Rockies 112,317

1. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox 893,689
2. Hunter Pence, Rangers  602,766
3. Nelson Cruz, Twins 506,211
4. Shohei Ohtani, Angels 362,947
5. Aledmys Diaz, Astros 353,015
6. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees 295,326
7. Avisail Garcia, Rays 282,170
8. Khris Davis, Athletics 251,191
9. Daniel Vogelbach, Mariners 237,238
10. Yonder Alonso, White Sox 147,177

1. Tommy La Stella, Angels 1,020,912

2. Jose Altuve, Astros  923,117

3. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees 739,074
4. Jonathan Schoop, Twins 362,504
5. Whit Merrifield, Royals 247,903

6. Brandon Lowe, Rays 237,277

7. Michael Chavis, Red Sox 236,526

8. Jason Kipnis, Indians 137,724

9. Dee Gordon, Mariners 119,799

10. Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox 110,786

1. Ozzie Albies, Braves 1,011,132

2. Mike Moustakas, Brewers 966,391

3. Ketel Marte, D-backs 554,524

4. Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers 455,704
5. Cesar Hernandez, Phillies 424,379
6. Daniel Descalso, Cubs 410,122

7. Robinson Cano, Mets 179,750

8. Kolten Wong, Cardinals 163,237
9. Brian Dozier, Nationals 156,129

10. Ryan McMahon, Rockies  109,692

1. Alex Bregman, Astros 1,322,935

2. Gio Urshela, Yankees 502,614

3. Hunter Dozier, Royals 424,028

4. Rafael Devers, Red Sox 335,635

5. Marwin Gonzalez, Twins 290,264

6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays 269,492

7. Matt Chapman, Athletics 267,590

8. Yoan Moncada, White Sox 262,416

9. David Fletcher, Angels 192,712

10. Jose Ramirez, Indians 136,766

1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies 1,475,825

2. Kris Bryant, Cubs 850,758

3. Josh Donaldson, Braves 550,947

4. Justin Turner, Dodgers 512,237

5. Anthony Rendon, Nationals 378,761
6. Manny Machado, Padres 207,354
7. Eduardo Escobar, D-backs 185,561
8. Travis Shaw, Brewers 148,322

9. Maikel Franco, Phillies 138,948

10. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals 132,248

1. Jorge Polanco, Twins 818,082
2. Carlos Correa, Astros 656,995
3. Gleyber Torres, Yankees 565,728

4. Tim Anderson, White Sox 510,337
5. Francisco Lindor, Indians 460,952
6. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox 410,134
7. Andrelton Simmons, Angels 274,181

8. Elvis Andrus, Rangers 166,275

9. Adalberto Mondesi, Royals 148,843
10. Willy Adames, Rays 126,583

1. Javier Baez, Cubs 1,672,062

2. Dansby Swanson, Braves 764,663
3. Corey Seager, Dodgers 494,546

4. Trevor Story, Rockies 457,159
5. Jean Segura, Phillies 286,287

6. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres 246,374

7. Orlando Arcia, Brewers 233,953

8. Paul DeJong, Cardinals 195,357

9. Trea Turner, Nationals 150,392

10. Jose Iglesias, Reds 134,143

1. Mike Trout, Angels 1,904,273

2. George Springer, Astros 1,495,817

3. Michael Brantley, Astros 924,173

4. Austin Meadows, Rays 887,946

5. Mookie Betts, Red Sox 777,642

6. Eddie Rosario, Twins 687,515

7. Aaron Judge, Yankees 577,640
8. Joey Gallo, Rangers 537,934

9. Josh Reddick, Astros 511,903

10. Max Kepler, Twins 435,789

11. Byron Buxton, Twins 418,287
12. Brett Gardner, Yankees 259,179
13. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox 258,476
14. Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox 234,302
15. Tommy Pham, Rays 223,250

16. Aaron Hicks, Yankees 221,578
17. Trey Mancini, Orioles 206,620

18. Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers 194,328
19. Kole Calhoun, Angels 168,971
20. Kevin Kiermaier, Rays 158,609

1. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers 2,184,251

2. Christian Yelich, Brewers 2,065,382

3. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves 1,229,200

4. Albert Almora Jr., Cubs 645,291

5. Jason Heyward, Cubs  614,823

6. Nick Markakis, Braves 614,358

7. Joc Pederson, Dodgers 598,909
8. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs 585,997

9. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies 530,342
10. Bryce Harper, Phillies 498,100

11. Alex Verdugo, Dodgers 437,115
12. Ender Inciarte, Braves 332,134
13. Juan Soto, Nationals 302,375
14. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers  282,069
15. Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals  275,590
16. Melky Cabrera, Pirates  252,384
17. Scott Kingery, Phillies 233,131

18. Andrew McCutchen, Phillies 224,871
19. Ryan Braun, Brewers 221,172
20. Jeff McNeil, Mets 205,542

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