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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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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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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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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

Thursday
Nov152018

Foot Locker Unites NBA, Celeb Sneaker Heads In ‘Because Sneakers’ Campaign

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2018: Sneaker heads know who they are and why they are dedicated to doing what they do.

Now, thanks to Foot Locker — as well as NBA players Ben Simmons, Paul George and JR Smith; and such music celebrities as Meek Mill, DJ Khaled and DaniLeigh — the non-sneaker heads among us get a peak into the unique, quirky, dedicated and rewarding lifestyle.

Foot Locker is supporting its seventh consecutive “Week of Greatness” with a multi-media campaign, “Because Sneakers,” that focuses on kicks and those who crave them, including TV, digital, social media and POP.

Lead agency is BBDO, NY.

Week of Greatness “Because Sneakers” will also have a week of activation for sneaker heads in select global cities including Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris and Toronto.

Featured brands include Nike, adidas, Reebok, Puma, Timberland and Champion.

“To the outside world, we are a little unusual,” Foot Locker says of the global alliance of sneaker heads, defined by UrbanDictionary.com as someone who is willing to camp out and face lines that wind around blocks for a pair of once-in-a -lifetime exclusives, is running out of closet space because the boxes can only stack up so high and lives for the first time they open the box and that new sneaker smell just fills up the air.

“Why do we get up at 3 AM to cop a drop in a different time zone?" offers Foot Locker. "Why do we secretly sniff box-fresh sneakers? To us, the answer is obvious. Because Sneakers.”

"Supporting the sneaker community has always been at the core of what we do at Foot Locker," Dick Johnson, chairman, president and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc., said via the company.

"By unveiling #BecauseSneakers, we're celebrating the passion, energy and individuality of our fans from around the world. With our longstanding heritage in sneaker culture, we understand and respect why sneaker heads do what they do."

In the extended 90-second lead spot, “Because Sneakers,” narrated and featuring sneaker designer Don C., celebrity sneaker heads are shown coping with everyday situations.

Simmons takes too much time on an airport security line to ensure that his new kicks don’t get scratched when going through an X-ray scanner and Paul George takes a chunk of time out of his pre-game routine to select a specific shade of kicks.

Meanwhile, rap artist DaniLeigh shows off her wall of endless shoes and DJ Khaled is ultra-dedicated to photographing his son, Asahd, wearing his new shoes from Kids Foot Locker.

Shorter versions will also air.

In a stand-alone spot, JR Smith admits to being a sneaker head since he was eight and says he would go to extremes to appear in a Foot Locker “Because Sneakers” commercial, including shaving his head bald or getting a tattoo that reads Foot Locker. “Anything you guys need,” he says as he looks for an open spot on his tattoo-covered body.
In his stand-alone spot, musician-comic Haha Davis says he is a sneaker head because he has "10,000 pairs of sneakers.” But when pressed, the number drops to 13, “two of which are orthopedic sneakers.”

Foot Locker's content also features BMX pro Nigel Sylvester; vidoegamer Ronnie 2K; music celebrities J. Balvin, Bad Bunny and Juice WRLD; and such global sneaker heads as Qias Omar (U.S.), Ray Polanco, Jr. (U.S.), Kai Bent-Lee (Canada), Anna Bediones (Canada), Federico Schwartz (Italy) and Jeanne Santoli (France).

Foot Locker said that a specially curated Week of Greatness product lineup would begin dropping Nov. 17 across the Foot Locker family of brands, including, Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker and Lady Foot Locker, both in stores and online.

Activations are scheduled to include:

Nov. 15: Timberland x Champion store takeover and performance by Mike Skinner in London, with a subsequent takeover planned for Milan on Nov. 22.

Nov. 16-18: Foot Locker and Nike come together to present the Gold Room, a New York Sunshine gallery inspired by the Nike Gold Pack. Visitors will have early access to the Nike AM 97, AM Plus and Vapormax Plus. The gallery will be featured at two locations, in NYC and Toronto.

Nov. 20: In partnership with adidas, Foot Locker's Hollywood & Highland Flagship in Los Angeles will feature a vault-like escape room experience where shoppers can try and escape from the vault with the adidas Ultra Boost "Medal" Pack in advance of the drop.

Nov. 22: Reebok 3:AM activation in Paris with Betty Autier, unveiling the inspiration behind her Reebok shoe design.

Nov. 22-Dec. 6: Puma Transformers takeovers in London and Liverpool, touting free Transformer toys with any Puma purchase, while supplies last.

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