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• China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba said it set a sales record on Singles Day, 11-11 — aka  the Double 11 shopping festival, “the world’s largest 24-hour shopping event" — with sales across Alibaba’s shopping platforms at $38.3 billion involving more than 200,000 brands. That exceeded last year’s record of nearly $30.5 billion. Alibaba also said that in its first hour, it generated an estimated $13 billion in sales. By comparison, in 2018, Black Friday sales were $6.2 billion, and Cyber Monday sales reached $7.9 billion, according to Forbes.

• Volcom has signed a deal to become the official apparel sponsor for the U.S. Snowboard Team. Volcom, a part of Authentic Brands Group, replaces Burton, which had been the apparel supplier for the group for the past four Winter Olympics. Financial terms of the deal, which runs through the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, were not shared.

• 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.

• 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.

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MLB 2019 Award Finalists

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

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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

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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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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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• Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas NBC

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Apr102018

MLB Celebrating Jackie Robinson Day With Events, Apparel, Ceremonies, Memories

By Barry Janoff

April 10, 2018: Jackie Robinson Day has been a major annual event since 2004, but MLB has taken steps to make this year’s commemoration even grander.

Among the new platforms that will help to celebrate the life, career and impact of Robinson are activation at the national and local level, increased national coverage via MLB media resources, additional on-field uniform elements including a commemorative patch on all team caps and jersey sleeves and an array of such apparel as socks, hoodies and caps.

MLB will donate its licensed royalties from the sales of caps and apparel to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

On April 15, as has happened every season since 2009, all players and on-field personnel (managers, coaches and umpires) will wear jersey uniform No. 42 to honor Robinson, who wore the number during his MLB career with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1947-1956).

In 1997, MLB retired his uniform number across all Major League teams, making Robinson the first pro athlete in any sport to be so honored.

Clubs playing at home on Sunday, April 15 will commemorate Jackie Robinson Day with special on-field, pre-game ceremonies in their ballparks — including Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars — as well as activities in their respective communities.

Jackie’s wife, Rachel Robinson (pictured below with this article's writer), who is founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and Jackie and Rachel's children, Sharon and David Robinson, are scheduled to attend Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies in the New York Mets’ Citi Field.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation is also overseeing the construction and launch of the Jackie Robinson Museum, being planned in New York’s lower Manhattan. Then Foundation said it has almost reached its construction goal of $24 million.

On April 15,  the Los Angeles Dodgers will give Jackie Robinson replica No. 42 jerseys presented by Bank of America to the first 40,000 ticketed fans in attendance in Dodger Stadium.

In addition to all players wearing the No. 42 jersey, this year there will be such on-field uniform elements as a commemorative patch on all team caps and jersey sleeves, socks emblazoned with “42” and a new lightweight hooded fleece for batting practice and dugout wear, also featuring the “42” logo.

Jeweled bases and lineup cards will also be featured.

MLB Network and MLB.com will have coverage of the day’s events from each MLB ballpark, including video highlights and interviews.

Prior to April 15, MLB Network will look back at the legacy of Jackie Robinson on “MLB Tonight,” and on its kids-focused show “Play Ball” on April 14.

Jackie Robinson Day events will be supported across MLB At Bat app, Cut4.com and through official MLB and club accounts on such social media channels as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

Jackie Robinson Day will be supported across social media with its official hashtag: #Jackie42.

In conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day weekend, MLB will host the second annual “Trailblazer Series” at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, Calif.

Some 100 girls, ages 13 and under, will participate in the three-day tournament (April 12-15) representing 21 states as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada.

According to MLB, top female baseball coaches and players, including those from USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team, will coach the girls, who are affiliated with such programs as AAU, Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken Baseball, Little League International, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, PONY and USSSA.

On April 16, MLB and Scholastic will reveal the ten winners of the "Breaking Barriers: In Sport, In Life" essay contest, which honors the legacy of Jackie Robinson.

According to MLB, the contest “recognizes students who have overcome barriers in their own lives using the example set forth by Jackie Robinson.” Grand prize winners will receive a trip to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game and World Series, respectively.

As part of its Jackie Robinson celebration, in addition to the jersey giveaway, the Dodgers will host a “Breaking Barriers” panel (April 13) for 100 students from John Muir High School (Robinson’s alma mater), Crenshaw High School and Garfield High School.

The team’s pre-game ceremonies will include current and former Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars, while students from John Muir High School will attend the game as part of the club’s Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball initiative; and students from Robinson’s elementary school, Cleveland Elementary School in Pasadena, will participate in Kids Take the Field presented by 99 Cents Only Stores.

Among other team-level platforms:

Chicago Cubs will host Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars, a program “designed to address the financial needs of minority college students and provide comprehensive mentoring services.”

Cincinnati Reds will honor Chuck Harmon, the first African-American to play for the Reds, along with Reds Hall of Famer Dave Parker, during pre-game ceremonies.

Detroit Tigers will honor winners of the 22nd annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest as well as the recipient of the 12th Annual Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award.

• Houston Astros will host a special pregame reception featuring Jackie Robinson scholars and alumni, former Astros players and several Houston community leaders. Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., a 19-year veteran astronaut and president of the Harris Foundation, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

St. Louis Cardinals will mark the 59th anniversary of Bob Gibson’s first game with the team on Jackie Robinson Day by launching a season-long social media-based fan engagement campaign honoring the Hall of Fame pitcher.

Washington Nationals will have Congressman John Lewis will throw out the first pitch in Nationals Park. Rep. Lewis is a civil rights icon, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and has been a member of Congress for more than 30 years. Rep. Lewis was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington.

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