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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.

POLL POSITION

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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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

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Jul022013

Usain Bolt Sets The Gold Standard For Richard Branson, Virgin Media Campaign

By Barry Janoff

July 2, 2013: Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire, enjoys having some fun when it comes to promoting the company's goods and services.

The latest case in point: A multimillion-dollar campaign breaking this week for Virgin Media's fiber optic broadband, which features track & field and Olympic athlete Usain Bolt with guest appearances by Sir Branson.

The multi-media effort, "Challenge Your Broadband," will air throughout the U.K. It arrives during a time when eyes of the sports world are on the All-England Club, host of the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament.

Bolt has previously appeared in campaigns for Virgin Media, which said Bolt's appearance has helped to drive awareness and consumer sign-ups.

The campaign is anchored by two TV spots starring Bolt, aka the "world's fastest man." In the spots, Bolt is Virgin Media's broadband service — fast, efficient, always winning — but is challenged by Blot — short, slow and inefficient.

In "Race," Bolt and Blot are at the start of a race. "This is Virgin Media's super-fast fiber optic broadband," a voiceover says pif Bolt, "and this is regular broadband, out of shape." The scene cuts to the finish line, where a guy bed and a couple on their couch. "These people are about to download a film. Let's see which broadband is quicker. I wonder . . . "

The starting gun — held by Branson — then fires. "They're off . . . well, one of them is off," the voiceover observes as Bolt takes a huge lead and Blot is stuck at the starting line. "According to my legal team, four-times slower," he says of Blot.

Bolt, who has won six Olympic gold medals (three each in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012) reaches the couple in bed and hands them a film reel. "And there we have it," the voiceover exhalts. Meanwhile, Blot, huffing and puffing, can barely keep up. "Still going," chides the voiceover as the guy in bed awaits his film. "Challenge your broadband today." (See the full commercial here.)

In "Strength," Bolt easily lifts a barbell that has two people using Internet and mobile equipment seated on each side. "Virgin Media [is] handling all devices online at once. Very impressive."

We then see a shot of Branson as a judge, giving Bolt a thumb's up. But in the persona of Blot, "This is proving a pinch more difficult for regular broadband," who struggles to get the consumer-laden barbell off the ground.

A shot of Bolt being massaged and pamper comes with the explanation, "Maxing. Relaxing," And a shot of Blot: "Struggling."

Branson is seen again, sipping tea and playing with an electric train set. while consumer's are struggling with their devices being slowed by regular broadband. "Richard's making other plans they can't. Yep, nothing doing" when it comes to Blot. (See the full spot here.)

Support includes print, Internet and social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTUbe.  A dedicated Web microsite allows visitors to "Challenge Your Broadband" by answering a series of questions, the answers to which move animated versions of Bolt and Blot around a race track. Of course, sponsor Virgin Media wins in a landslide. "Oh, dear, this is painful to watch," the voiceover says as Bolt wins and Blot wheezes his way to the finish line.

“Our new ads champion Virgin Media’s outstanding broadband services with super-fast legend Usain Bolt in the starring role," Richard Larcombe, director of advertising and sponsorship for Virgin Media, said in a statement. "We believe everyone should get the super-fast speeds they expect — like our customers do — so you can stream TV, download music, browse online and game to your heart’s content."

According to Larcombe, "This campaign takes a humorous look at the strength of Virgin Media’s fiber optic service but goes a step further by inviting people to put their own broadband to the test and see the benefits of Virgin Media broadband for themselves.”

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