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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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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)

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• 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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Mar222018

IndyCar Series, Iconic Indy 500 Driving To NBC In Exclusive Broadcast Alliance

By Barry Janoff

March 21, 2018: This past October, ESPN signed a deal to begin exclusive U.S. coverage of the Formula One race series, taking the property from NBC, which had broadcast rights to F1 since 2013 but opted not to renew the alliance.

As the adage goes, “Everything that goes around comes around” — especially in auto racing.

NBC Sports Group and IndyCar have unveiled a multi-year media rights agreement under which NBC Sports has acquired the rights to present all IndyCar races — including crown jewel event the Indy 500 — as well as qualifying, practices, and Indy Lights races across its platforms beginning in 2019.

The Indy 500 has aired every year since 1965 on ABC, including the upcoming race in May.

The Indianapolis 500 and seven additional Verizon IndyCar Series races will be broadcast annually on NBC, with all remaining races televised on NBCSN.

All races will be live streamed to authenticated subscribers on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Details of NBC Sports’ 2019 IndyCar schedule will be announced at a later date.

NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Group’s direct-to-consumer product — will offer a package to IndyCar fans that features all qualifying and practices not televised live, all Indy Lights races and full-event replays. Additional details, including the cost of the Gold offering, will also be unveiled at a later date.

This season, Disney ESPN sibling ABC will broadcast seven races, including its last Indy 500 on May 27.

“This becomes one of the leading properties on our air,” Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports & NBCSN, said during a media conference call today. “It's one of the most iconic events in all of American sports. It's a great opportunity and a great honor for us to be part of this, too.”

According to NBC, the entire Verizon IndyCar Series will receive “unprecedented marketing and promotional support from NBC Sports, which will utilize not only its own assets, but many NBCUniversal assets as well.”

The Indy 500 will also be included every year in NBC Sports’ Championship Season marketing campaign, which touts numerous high-profile championship events that are presented across NBC Sports platforms from May to July.

They include the Triple Crown, The Players, Premier League Championship Sunday, French Open, Stanley Cup Final, Tour de France, and The Open Championship.

NBC said that with the Indy 500 and seven additional races on NBC, IndyCar would have the second-most races on broadcast TV in all of motorsports.

“We're delighted by every aspect of this announcement today and these arrangements,” Mark Miles, president and CEO, Hulman & Company, which owns and operates several business units, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IMS Productions and  IndyCar, said during the media conference call. “This brings all of IndyCar to one home, increases our exposure and includes our first direct-to-consumer offer for our fans.

“The increase in broadcast, the number of races on broadcast, is really important to the continued growth of the series,” said Miles. “The continuity with one media partner who is committed to the sport and to IndyCar, who can help promote from race to race to race to race throughout the season is important.”

According to Miles, “Having our first product, if you will, our first offering to fans in the direct-to-consumer channel is important to us.”

ESPN, via a statement from Burke Magnus, ESPN evp-programming and scheduling, said, “We have had a wonderful and rewarding relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar and it has been our distinct honor to be partners for so many years.

“We look forward to the rest of our events this season and wish them all the best in the future.”

ABC first aired races that are now part of the IndyCar Series with the 1965 Indianapolis 500 (on Wide World of Sports) and has broadcast the Indy 500 every year since, among the longest-running alliances in sports broadcast history.

From 1996, when the Indy Race League was founded, through 2008, ESPN and ESPN2  aired IndyCar Series competitions until cable rights were acquired by NBCSN predecessor Versus, with ABC retaining network broadcast rights with the league through 2018.

The news of the loss of IndyCar coincides with the beginning of ESPN’s coverage of  FIA Formula One World Championship, where it last air some 20 years ago, with the launch of the 2018 season in Australia.

ESPN and ABC will televise all 21 races in the championship as part of a multi-year linear and digital partnership beginning with the Rolex Australian Grand Prix live on ESPN2 on March 25.

“From the NBC perspective, we've seen the growth of IndyCar on our cable network NBCSN. We've had sustained growth each of the past several years,” said Miller during the media conference call.
“So the opportunity to have the entire series was very important to us.

“Of course, to be able to do the crown jewel, the Indy 500 on NBC, really puts the icing on the cake for us and makes our championship season portfolio even stronger.”

Viewership for the Indianapolis 500 in 2017 was 5.5 million, down from six million in 2015 and the lowest in the 31 years the event has been broadcast live, according to industry analysts.

Miller said that NBC Sports is up for the challenge to bring the numbers back up.

“When we unleash Jenny Storms (CMO for the NBC Sports Group) and her marketing team, use all the assets of NBC Sports at our disposal, let people know about it, there won't be anybody in America who won't know when the Indy 500 is on in May of 2019.”

ESPN Steers F1 Rights Away From NBC Sports

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