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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
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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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Marshawn Lynch Makes ‘Beast Mode’ Ownership Run With IFL Oakland Panthers

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

September 11, 2019: For 17 NFL seasons, Marshawn Lynch made news on the field as a running back with the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders.

Now Lynch is making news off the field as a “player” with the Indoor Football League.

Lynch said he is joining with entertainment and gaming entrepreneur Roy Choi to found the Oakland Panthers, which will join the IFL for the 2020 season this February.’

Lynch, a native of Oakland, said he was driven to keep pro football in Oakland, which will be without a NFL team when the Raiders move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.

”I believe the power of football has the ability to transform a community and the families who live there,” Lynch said via the IFL.

“I’ve seen it and lived it. I'm excited that Da' Town will get another team to call its own.”

Lynch, who was a key part of the Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII championship team (2014) and a five-time Pro Bowl selection, said he attended some IFL games last year “and had a good-ass time. The games have lots of fluidity and tickets are priced so that the entire family can check it out,.”

The Panthers are scheduled to play seven home games in the Oakland Arena, formerly known as Oracle Arena when the NBA’s Golden State Warriors played there before moving to their new Chase Center venue in San Francisco for the 2019-20 season.

According to the IFL and Lynch, the Panthers franchise will support its athletes in a “unique manner.”

“Given the challenges of Bay Area housing prices, the Panthers will not only provide salaries for players, but the team will also provide lodging and meals during the season.”

Lodging and practice facilities will be located in the East Bay.

Also according to the IFL and Lynch, the team name Panthers “is no accident.”

"The Oakland community has a long history with the name. It references the Bay Area indigenous cougar and (2018) film, Black Panther film, directed by Oakland native Ryan Coogler.

“It also pays tribute to Oakland's history of activism with the groundbreaking social action of the Black Panther movement of the '60s.”

"Oakland and the Bay Area embody activism, work ethic, passion, and loyalty,” Choi said via the league. “Those qualities are represented by the Panther name and by my co-founder Marshawn Lynch.

“While I am obviously impressed by his on-field performance, it is his community work that is the most inspiring. There is no one better than Marshawn to lead such a community-oriented sports franchise like the Oakland Panthers.

Choi said Lynch and he were “exploring ways the community can also have ownership in our team."

"I was blessed with my time and journey making it to the (NFL) but there are more ways of getting there than the route I took."

Choi, who owns two other IFL franchises (Cedar Rapids Iowa River Kings, San Diego Strike Force) as managing partner of Knighted Ventures, a Los Angeles-based company investing in and managing projects in entertainment and gaming; and founder of KCM Agency, a marketing firm.

He is also the executive producer for Kollaboration Global, a national nonprofit organization that “provides Asian American artists and leaders a platform to discover, empower, and connect.  of the “gourmet food truck movement.”

The Panthers have named veteran sports executive Scott McKibben as president and Kurt Bryan their head coach as part of a ten-man coaching staff.

Founded in 2008, the IFL currently has 12 other franchises: Arizona Rattlers, Bismarck (ND) Bucks, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) River Kings, Dunk City (Albuquerque, NM) Gladiators, Green Bat Blizzard, Iowa (Des Moines) Barnstormers, Nebraska (Grand Island) Danger, Quad City (Moline, Ill.) Steam wheelers, San Diego Strike Force, Souix Falls (SD) Storm and the Tucson Sugar Skulls.

The season runs February to July.

"I was blessed with my time and journey making it to the (NFL) but there are more ways of getting there than the route I took,” said Lynch, who has an apparel and accessories line under his nickname, Beast Mode.

“So its hella important to me, to keep finding opportunities for players to pursue their dreams of getting to that next level, and I know the Panthers and this league can help with that."

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