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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

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
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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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Nascar Drivers Navigate A 'New' Track: "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke"

February 10, 2010: Call it American Idol on wheels. Coca-Cola, a prime sponsor of the über-popular show on Fox, will break a TV spot during the Daytona 500 Feb. 14, also on Fox, featuring a chorus of Nascar drivers attempting to sing the classic marketing anthem, “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke." Coca-Cola is the "official sparkling beverage" of Nascar.

The spot channels the iconic "Hilltop," which first aired in 1971 showing people gathering on a hill in a Woodstock-era of peace and love, joining hands as they sing about “apple trees and honey bees and snow white turtle doves.”

Here, the crooners laying down the track and showing off their racing and vocal pipes include Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Elliott Sadler and Tony Stewart. The spot was filmed on location at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, this past December. Lead agency is Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, Ore.

The commercial, “Harmony,” shows the Nascar drivers embroiled in action during the heat of a race. They each pull in for a pit stop after complaining to their respective crew chiefs over the radio and calling for adjustments. Before heading back out, the drivers are handed a Coke for refreshment. As we monitor subsequent driver radio chatter, we hear that the previously exasperated drivers are now harmonious in their thoughts, although not quite singing in harmony.

An updated version of the original Coke spot aired during Super Bowl XXIV on CBS in 1990 to help launch the "Can't Beat the Real Thing" ad campaign. According to Coke, 15 members of the original "Hilltop" commercial reprised their roles for that reunion ad.

“In the original ad, Coca-Cola was the bond that connected people through a spirit of optimism. That uplifting outlook still rings true today and is reflected in our Nascar-themed commercial in a fun, unexpected way,” Katie Bayne, CMO for Coca-Cola North America, said in a statement. “By showing how a refreshing Coca-Cola can bring together even the most competitive rivals, we’re reminding people to take a moment to have fun, open a little happiness and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.”

Added Kevin Harvick, “It’s been both fun and an honor to be a part of creating a new Nascar take on a commercial that is such a big part of Coke’s history. Most of us drivers should probably stick to our day jobs, though, because I’m pretty sure our version of the famous Coca-Cola song won’t make it to the top of the charts.”

Consumers can hear exclusive audio of the drivers singing “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke”  at www.MyCokeRewards.com. A video featuring behind-the-scenes footage and the “Harmony” ad is available at YouTube.

Closing scene from the original "Hilltop" commercial in 1971.According to Coke, the song was recorded for the original spot by Australian pop group The New Seekers. Lead agency at the time was McCann-Erickson. It was slightly reworded to remove references to Coca-Cola and released in non-commercial form as "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" by The New Seekers and also The Hilltop Singers (a group formed by McCann-Erickson). Both versions sold more than a combined one million copies within the first year.

Others who have recorded the song as recently as 2002 include Chet Atkins, Jan Howard, Willis "Gator" Jackson, Ray Conniff Singers, Jessi Colter & Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare Jr., Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Jordanaires, Vera Lynn, Lea Salonga, Joe Loss & His Orchestra, Jim Nabors and Erich Kunzel & The Cincinatti Pops.

ORIGINAL COCA-COLA VERSION

"I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke"
(Bill Backer / Billy Davis / Roger Cook / Roger Greenaway)

On a hilltop in Italy
We assembled young people
From all over the world
To bring you this message
From Coca-Cola Bottlers
All over the world
It's the real thing - Coke
And they sang...

I'd like to buy the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves

I'd like to teach the world to sing (Sing with me)
In perfect harmony (Perfect harmony)
I'd like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company (That's the real thing)
I'd like to teach the world to sing
(What the world wants today)
In perfect harmony (Perfect harmony)
And I'd like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company (It's the real thing)
I'd like to buy the world a coke
(Coke is what the world wants today)
And keep it company (Coca-Cola)
(It's the real thing)
I'd like to buy the world a coke
(Coke is what the world wants today)
And keep it company (Coca-Cola).

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