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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

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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

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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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Sep182019

Nothing But Nets: Tsai Now Brooklyn Principle Owner, David Levy Named CEO 

By Barry Janoff

September 18, 2019: First Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Now Joseph Tsai and David Levy.

Are the Brooklyn Nets hot?

As Brooklyn’s 2.5 million-plus residents might say, “Hey, youse even gotta axe?!!”

Or to borrow a line from the Beastie Boys, “No sleep ’till Brooklyn wins a NBA title.”

On a double-dip day for the franchise, Tsai, who previously owned 49% of the franchise, was approved as principal owner and governor of the Brooklyn Nets and its affiliates and chairman of Barclays Center by the NBA’s Board of Governors.

Tsai then named Levy CEO of the Nets and Barclays Center, and president of J Tsai Sports, the sports investment and holding vehicle controlled by Tsai.

Levy will also join Tsai’s family office as a venture partner, with coverage of sports, media and entertainment investments globally.

Levy, who replaces the departing Brett Yormark, comes to the Nets after 32 years at Turner Broadcasting, the last six as president.

As president, Levy had oversight of Turner’s portfolio of brands and businesses, including TNT, TBS, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and truTV; as well as ad dales and distribution.

He played a key role in the agreement beginning in 2010 among Turner, the NCAA and CBS for the rights to the NCAA Div. I Men’s Basketball Championship, under which all of the tournament games are televised across four networks: TNT, TBS, truTV and CBS.

In 2008, he developed a joint venture with the NBA for Turner to manage the league’s digital portfolio, which includes NBA TV and League Pass.

“David brings a unique combination of sports and media know-how, strategic thinking and operating skills to our sports and entertainment business,” Tsai said via the Nets.

“He is an entrepreneur at heart with the experience of managing and scaling organizations, and I really look forward to working with him.”

The Nets are worth in excess of $2.3 billion, sixth most in the NBA, according to the most recent report from Forbes. (By comparison, the New York Knicks lead the league at $4 billion.)

The Nets made big strides last season, finishing 42-40 and making the playoffs after going 28-54 in 2017-18, 20-62 in 2016-17 and 21-61 in 2015-16.

The team scored big in off-season free agency, adding All-Stars Irving and Durant (who is out indefinitely following surgery this past June on his torn right Achilles tendon).

According to Levy, “I am looking forward to working alongside Joe and the talented forward-thinking executives and team members across the entire organization.

“(GM) Sean Marks and (head coach) Kenny Atkinson have done a terrific job instilling a winning culture and I am looking forward to supporting them as we build a sustainable foundation of success on and off the court. “

In addition to the Nets and Barclays Center (acquired in 2019 for $1 billion), other holdings of J Tsai Sports include the WNBA New York Liberty, San Diego Seals (National Lacrosse League) and investments in the Premier Lacrosse League, MLS Los Angeles FC and several sports media and technology companies based in North America and Asia.

He is co-founder and executive chairman for Alibaba Group, with a net worth close to $10 billion.

“We are thrilled that Joe Tsai is becoming the principal owner and governor of the Brooklyn Nets,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said via the league.

“In addition to being a passionate basketball fan, Joe is one of China’s preeminent internet, media and e-commerce pioneers and his expertise will be invaluable in the league’s efforts to grow the game in China and other global markets.”

“With full ownership of the Nets and Barclays Center, we will continue to bring our exciting brand of basketball to our fans,” said Tsai.

“We’ve made a strong commitment to Brooklyn and it will be a privilege to present the best of Barclays Center with its great entertainment to our community.”

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