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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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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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Apr242019

Super Bowl Champ Tom Brady Is The G.O.A.T. Of NFL’s $1.6B Official Merch Sales

By Barry Janoff

April 24, 2019: Winning the Super Bowl is not getting old for Tom Brady, and neither is being the player with the best-selling NFL merchandise.

For a second straight year, consumer spending made the New England Patriots quarterback No. 1 on the year-end Top 50 Player Sales List, according to the NFL Players Assn.

Numbers are based on total sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise from March 1, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2019, which includes Super Bowl LIII.

The NFLPA did not release specific sales numbers but did say that official licensees generated record retail sales, exceeding $1.6 billion during the year.

According to NFLPA, Brady is the only player to claim the retail crown three times. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has finished on top of the year-end sales list twice.
 
This also marks a record 15th appearance for Brady among the Top Three best-selling player merchandise since the list’s inception in 2014. Overall, he has never ranked outside of the Top Nine.

Dak Prescott, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, was No. 2 in sales for a third straight year.

Running back teammate Ezekiel Elliott was No. 4, meaning the duo has held two of the top four spots on the last eight Top 50 player lists, according to the NFLPA.

Carson Wentz, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, was No. 3
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II came in No. 5 following his All-Pro season.

Several players in the Top 25 should fare as least as well in upcoming sales lists as they all have changed teams and should fare well in sales of jerseys and other merchandise with new team logos.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown (No. 11) moved from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 13) went from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns and quarterback Nick Foles (No. 24), left the Eagles to join the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The five most popular Nike jerseys were Brady (jersey No. 12), Khalil Mack (No. 52), Mahomes (No. 15), Todd Gurley (No. 30) and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelma (No. 11).

The top selling collegiate alumni football jerseys from Nike were LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh), Brady (Michigan), Bryant (Oklahoma State), Joe Thomas (Wisconsin) and Marcus Mariota (Oregon).

Giants running back Saquon Barkley at No. 6 overall was the highest ranking rookie on the NFLPA list since Ezekiel Elliott topped the year-end list in 2016.

Baker Mayfield (No. 12), Sam Darnold No. 26), Leighton Vander Esch No. 31) and Josh Allen (No. 48) were the other rookies among the Top 50.

"This marks a record 15th appearance for Brady among the Top Three best-selling player merchandise since the list’s inception in 2014."

Fathead wall decals and cutouts of Brady, Barkley, Beckham Jr., Mayfield and Mahomes II were the best-sellers.

Brady also sold the most cake toppers from DecoPac, jigsaw puzzles from MasterPieces, youth apparel from Outerstuff and pet jerseys from Pets First.

The NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List is the only verified ranking of all officially licensed, NFL player-branded merchandise sold from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFLPA licensees.

They include Fanatics, Outerstuff, Nike, Fathead, FOCO, Wincraft and Funko. Licensed product categories include video games, trading cards, men’s, women’s and youth game jerseys, T-shirts and hoodies, backpacks, wall decals, pennants, collectible figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, plush, drinkware and pet products.

Top 25 NFL Players (based on officially licensed products sold March 1, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019).
1, Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
2. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
3. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
5. Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
6. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
7. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
8. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
9. Khalil Mack, LB, Chicago Bears
10. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
11. Antonio Brown, WR Pittsburgh Steelers*
12. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
13. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants*
14. Todd Gurle, RB, Los Angeles Rams
15. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
16. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
17. Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
18. Alvin Kamara, RB New Orleans Saints
19. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
20. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
21. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
22. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
23. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
24. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles*
25. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

*Now with new team
Source: NFLPA

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