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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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IOC Adds 3x3 Hoops, Seeks ‘More Urban, Youthful Gender-Balanced’ Olympic Games

By Barry Janoff

June 9, 2017: In what was defined as a major move to make the Olympics more "youthful, more urban and (to) include more women," the International Olympic Committee today (June 9) approved several significant changes for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, including adding 3x3 Basketball medal events for men and women and several mixed-gender events that would feature men and women competing together and against each other.

The executive committee also approved a decision to select host cities for the next two available Summer Games, meaning that Los Angeles and Paris, the only two cities currently in the running to host upcoming Summer Games, would each be named.

These changes are in addition to a previous decision to add five sports to the 2020 Olympics, including baseball/softball, skateboard, surfing, karate and sport climbing.

The new mixed-gender events are scheduled to include swimming (4x100 meter medley), archery, judo, table tennis and the triathlon.

"The fascinating new events that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 program last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic program," Thomas Bach, IOC president, said during a media conference following a meeting of the IOC executive committee in Tokyo.

"I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women," said Bach.

The next Summer Youth Olympic Games, scheduled to be held in Buenos Aires in October 2018, already includes BMX Freestyle, Karate and Sport Climbing, as well as what were described as “innovative urban sports such as Breakdance and Roller Sports.”

The IOC is scheduled to name specific host cities for the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru, during en executive committee annual meeting.

"This represents a golden opportunity for the Olympic Games and for the IOC," said Bach during the media conference.

"Both cities have really embraced Olympic Agenda 2020 in different ways, but particularly in the way they are planning to use a record number of existing and temporary facilities. This is something we have not seen in this dimension before in the Olympic Games and this will lead to significant cost reductions in the organization of the Olympic Games and will make the Games more sustainable and more feasible," said Bach.

According to the IOC, these and other approved changes would lead to a "net increase of 15 events, an overall reduction of 285 athletes from Rio 2016 and the highest representation of female athletes in Olympic history."

The 2020 Games would see 48.85 women athletes, double the number of mixed events compared to the 2016 Games in Rio (from 9 to 18) and the most women’s events, per the IOC.

"The decision is a significant step towards achieving the 50% gender balance at the Olympic Games in both athletes and events, as clearly stated by Olympic Agenda 2020," according to the IOC.

The IOC said that Basketball 3x3 was a "successful innovation" at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014.

FIBA, the international organization that oversees basketball, said that 3x3 is "widely considered the No. 1 urban team sport — perfect for social media engagement with youngsters — and is simple enough to be played anywhere by anybody."

"This is a historic day for FIBA and 3x3," Patrick Baumann, FIBA secretary general and an IOC member, said in a statement.

"It is the recognition of ten years of hard work to codify the rules of 3x3 and to innovate with a unique 3x3 digital platform and player ranking system that bring together athletes with private and institutional organizers in a worldwide network of FIBA organized or sanctioned 3x3 events."

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