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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

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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

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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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

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Pay As You Enter: Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners Most Expensive MLB Games

By Barry Janoff

March 29, 2018: It is much too early to tell which team will lead MLB in wins, homers, batting or runs scored.

However, the New York Yankees enter the 2018 already leading in one category: Most expensive average cost to attend a game.

The average cost for two people to see a game in Yankee Stadium (pictured), also purchasing two hot dogs, two beers and paying for parking would total $95, the highest such average cost in MLB.

Not far behind, the same average cost package in the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field is $92.83 and in the Boston Red Sox Fenway Park $91, according to an MLB 2018 Opening Day survey from online personal finance and investment site GOBankingRates.com.

At the other end of the spectrum, the average cost for two tickets while also purchasing two hot dogs, two beers and paying for parking to see the Colorado Rockies in Coors Field is $50, the lowest average in MLB this season.

Also offering among the lowest average cost to see a MLB game are the Atlanta Braves in SunTrust Park (pictured below) at $51 and the Los Angeles Angels in Angel Stadium at $52.67.

Tickets to see the Braves are the least expensive on average in MLB, according to GOBankingRates.com.

GOBankingRates said it calculated the average cost to visit each stadium by taking the average of the three cheapest 2018 season ticket seat options and dividing that number by 81 home games.

It then multiplied that number by two attendees and added the price of parking, food and beverages.

On a separate but related note, people attending MLB games this season are projected to purchase a record 19 million hot dogs — everything from official MLB partner Nathan’s to Texas Rangers Dilly Dog and the Tampa Bay Rays Bacon Fried Doggy — according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Washington, DC.

The fact that the Yankees average cost per game leads MLB has not stopped people from wanting tickets.

The top-selling home opener this year both in demand and price — averaging $218 on StubHub — belongs to the Yankees, led by 2017 AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge and new teammate and reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, hosting the Tampa Bay Rays in Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees are also StubHub’s top-selling team in MLB overall going into the season, with demand in terms of ticket sales up 61% from last year, “likely a result of the team’s off-season moves,” offers StubHub.

People who want to see a MLB game in New York would save some money by seeing the Mets rather than the Yankees.

The average cost for two tickets, hot dogs, beer and parking at Citi Field is $83.67.

People in Chicago also have a choice, and not just based on loyalty.

The average cost for the Chicago White Sox in U.S. Cellular Field: $62.33.

The average cost for the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field: $76.17.

In Los Angeles, the Dodgers come in with an average in Dodgers Stadium of $73.83.

Slightly south, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Angel Stadium come in at $52.67.

Three Most Expensive MLB Stadiums

1. Average Cost to Attend Yankee Stadium: $95
• Two tickets: $42
• Two hot dogs: $6
• Two beers: $12
• Parking: $35

2. Average Cost to Attend Seattle Mariners Safeco Field: $92.83
• Two tickets: $51.33
• Two hot dogs: $9.50
• Two beers: $12
• Parking: $20

3. Average Cost to Attend Boston Red Sox Fenway Park: $91
• Two tickets: $30
• Two hot dogs: $10.50
• Two beers: $15.50
• Parking: $35

Three Least Expensive MLB Stadiums

1. Average Cost to Attend Colorado Rockies Coors Field: $50
• Two tickets: $20
• Two hot dogs: $10
• Two beers: $6
• Parking: $14

2. Average Cost to Attend Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park: $51
• Two tickets: $12
• Two hot dogs: $13
• Two beers: $10
• Parking: $16

3. Average Cost to Attend Los Angeles Angels Angel Stadium: $52.67
• Two tickets: $24.67
• Two hot dogs: $9
• Two beers: $9
• Parking: $10

Average Cost Per Team
1. Colorado Rockies Coors Field: $50
2. Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park: $51
3. Los Angeles Angels Angel Stadium: $52.67
4. Cincinnati Reds Great America Ball Park $55.17
5. Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field $56
6. Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards $57.83
7. Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park $58.33
8. Houston Astros Minute Maid Park $59.17
9.  Cleveland Indians Progressive Field $62
10. Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field $62.33
11. San Diego Padres Petco Park $63
12. Minnesota Twins Target Field $63.67
13. St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium $65.97
14. Miami Marlins Park $69.50
15. Tampa Bay Rays Tropicana Field $70
16. San Francisco Giants AT&T Park $70.83
17. Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park $72.50
18. Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park $73
19. Oakland A’s Oakland Coliseum $73.67
20. Los Angeles Dodgers Dodgers Stadium $73.83
21. Detroit Tigers Comerica Park $75.50
22. Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field $76.17
23. Washington Nationals Nationals Park $77.50
24. Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium $77.67
25. Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Centre $78.22
26. Texas Rangers Globe Life Park $80.33
27.  New York Mets Citi Field $83.67
28. Boston Red Sox Fenway Park: $91
29. Seattle Mariners Safeco Field: $92.83
30. New York Yankees Yankee Stadium: $95
SOURCE: GOBankingRates.com

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