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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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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.
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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

Monday
Apr052010

Tiger Woods Presses The Flesh At The Masters On Marketing, Motivation

April 5, 2010: Admitting that he "made a lot of mistakes and totally understand why" sponsors would drop him, Tiger Woods took the next step toward rehabilitating relationships with family, friends, fellow golfers and marketing partners during a 30-minute press conference at The Masters in Augusta, Ga.

The session on April 5, moderated by the PGA Tour, included more than 200 members of the press, Woods' largest single media gathering since his accident on Thanksgiving Day. The life-changing incident uncovered a private-now-public life that has included marital infidelities, "lies and deceit" as Woods himself put it and broken alliances with several sponsors.

Woods, who earned in excess of $100 million from endorsements in 2008, has seen that figure cut about in half, with Accenture, AT&T and PepsiCo's Gatorade cutting ties. Concurrently, Nike has remained loyal to the man whose presence was the driving force behind the creation of the Nike Golf division, and vice versa. Woods wore a Nike golf shirt to the press conference, as he has during a practice round on the course earlier in the day when he also wore a Nike hat. The only other visible logo was Woods' personal TW, which appeared on his hat at the press conference and, earlier in the day, on his golf bag.

Woods answered questions ranging from the early morning accident in November to his rehab to his relationships with fans, pro golfers and marketers moving forward.

"Do I understand why they dropped me?" Woods responded to a question about his former sponsors. "Of course. I made a lot of mistakes in my life and I totally understand why they would do that."

Woods said that he and his representatives have been in touch with his sponsors during the five months since his accident. "Hopefully I can prove to the other companies going forward that I am a worthy investment, that I can help their company grow and represent them well."

Woods stated that "I felt like I was representing companies well in the past," but was quick to qualify, "then again, I wasn't doing it the right way because of what I was engaged in."

Woods said that he was nervous when he made his way to a practice round — "I didn't know what to expect" — and that he was surprised by the amount of support he received from fans and other players. Potential good news for the marketers that remained loyal to him: "The encouragement I got, it blew me away," Woods said.

The first two rounds of The Masters will be shown on ESPN April 8-9, which has been running a promo that includes Woods. CBS picks up coverage on April 10-11. Nike is said to be unveiling a spot with Woods in conjunction with The Masters, Woods' first pro golf appearance since winning the Australian Masters in Melbourne in mid-November.

EA Sports has not backed away from its alliance with the beleaguered golfer, in fact unveiling two titles since December, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (due for release in June) and Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online, which gets its official release with marketing support this week. Like Nike, EA's strategy is as much altruistic as financial: The company said that since the launch of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 99, the franchise has sold more than 25 million units worldwide.

TV ratings thus far this year without Woods have been down about 50%, according to industry analysts. That tracks in line with a TV ratings decline in 2008 when Woods had knee surgery. Ratings are expected to set new records on ESPN this week, which has devoted its full family of networks to coverage. Should he make the cut, CBS also is expected to garner record ratings over the weekend. Ironically, among the companies that could see a significant bump due to their alliance with The Masters is AT&T; IBM and ExxonMobil also are among the major sponsors of the event.

Woods' other marketing partners include P&G's Gillette, Tag Heuer, Upper Deck, NetJets and TLC Vision.

Woods offered an apology to other pro golfers who have endured questions from the media, related that his wife Elin and family would not be attending The Masters and revealed that he has been working his way back into golf shape over the past months even while attending a rehabilitation clinic "for personal reasons."

Full transcript of Tiger Woods' April 5 press conference is here.

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