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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

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

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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

NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic Jan. 1, 2020

• Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas NBC

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Sep152019

Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Marketers Game, Set For Inaugural ATP Cup Competition

By Barry Janoff

September 15, 2019: The first tennis event of 2020 is becoming even bigger than anticipated.

The Association of Tennis Professionals, which oversees men’s tennis, said that the premiere ATP Cup would feature 27 of the Top 30 ranked men in the world.

That includes the Top 5: No. 1 ranked Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, No. 3 Roger Federer, No.4 Daniil Medvedev and No. 5 Dominic Thiem.

It will also include Andy Murray, former No. 1 in the world who currently is making a comeback in singles play following hip surgery earlier this year.

The $15 million hard court ATP Cup event is similar to the FIFA World Cup, matching 24 nations and their respective top players against each other in an elimination tournament.

The ATP Cup is scheduled for Jan. 3-12, 2020, as a lead-in to the Australian Open (Jan.20-Feb. 2), the first Grand Slam for the 2020 season.

“We’re delighted to see such a star-studded player field lining up for the inaugural ATP Cup,” Chris Kermode, ATP executive chairman and president, said via the organization.

“Our belief was that week one in the calendar, together with Tennis Australia, would work best for player scheduling . . . Having the top players competing in this new global event is critical, and the ATP Cup looks set to kick off the ATP Tour season in a big way in 2020.”

Early rounds of singles and doubles matches will be held in Australia in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.

The ATP Cup Final Eight, semi-finals and finals will be in Sydney. all to be played at Ken Rosewall Arena

The U.S. team will be lead by John inner and Taylor Fritz.

Host nation Australia will be represented by Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur.

The ATP Cup is being played in partnership with Tennis Australia.

Premier Partner for the event is Emirates. Platinum Partners include FedEx, Infosys and Peugeot.

Multi-media marketing launched with an intro spot, “ATP Cup For the Love of Country: It Just Got Real.”

Among the Top 18 nations now in the ATP Cup — plus host Australia — are (in alphabetical order): Argentina, Austria, Australia,  Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Japan,  Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.

The remaining five nations will be named in November, based on world rankings.

The players will represent their nations, led by Djokovic (Serbia), Nadal (Spain), Federer (Switzerland), Medvedev (Russia), Thiem (Austria) and Murray (Great Britain).

Top-ranked players also scheduled to participate include Alexander Zverev (Germany), Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece), Kei Nishikori (Japan), Fabio Fornini (Italy), Gael Monfils (France), David Goffin (Belgium), Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) and Kevin Anderson (South Africa).

The event marks the return of an ATP team competition for the first time since the ATP World Team Cup, which was held in Düsseldorf from 1978- 2012.

Kermode said that the ATP Cup provides a “fantastic opportunity for broadcasters to bring the excitement of world class tennis to hundreds of millions of people across the globe.”

According to Mark Webster, ATP Media CEO, "With its position in the calendar, the ATP Cup will enable broadcasters to kick off their ATP Tour season coverage in a manner they have not had before and, for the first time via ATP Media, to deliver a team event that brings a different dynamic to other tournaments.

Countries were drawn into one of six groups on Sept. 16, during a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House.

The public sale for tickets begins Sept. 18.

ATP Cup 2020 Official Draw

• Group A (Brisbane): Serbia, France, South Africa, To Be Named
• Group B (Perth): Spain, Japan, Georgia, To Be Named
• Group C (Sydney): Switzerland, Belgium, Great Britain, To Be Named
• Group D (Perth): Russia, Italy, US, To Be Named
• Group E (Sydney): Austria, Croatia, Argentina, To Be Named
• Group F (Brisbane): Germany, Greece, Canada, Australia

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