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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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Box Score: Pizza Hot Stays Hot, Signs New Multi-Year Alliance With NCAA

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

July 11, 2018: The NCAA likes its pizza, and especially likes pizza delivered to fans, student-athletes and alumni from Pizza Hut, signing a multi-year pact that maintains the brand's status as the official pizza of the NCAA.

Pizza Hut signed with the NCAA as a corporate sponsor in November 2016, enabling it to activate around all 90 NCAA championships each year.

The new pact runs through the 2020-2021 academic year. Financial terms were not released.

During March Madness in 2017 and 2018, Pizza Hut incorporated Pie Top shoes into its marketing efforts, enabling wearers to order pies with Bluetooth technology that links the shoe to the user’s phone and Pie Tops app.

Earlier this year, Pizza Hut became the official pizza partner for the NFL, replacing Papa John's in the category and becoming the only brand to have national partnerships with both the NCAA and NFL.

Pizza Hut said it would continue to support intercollegiate athletics and student-athlete achievements through marketing programs and initiatives at multiple NCAA championships.

"The excitement and entertainment of enjoying live sports with friends and family is a time-honored tradition, and Pizza Hut aligns naturally with these experiences," Zipporah Allen, CMO for Pizza Hut, U.S, said in a statement.

"Pizza and sports are a perfect match. From the Men's Final Four and College World Series, to the NFL Draft and Super Bowl, we're looking forward to feeding the passion and excitement of all sports fans at every level."

The partnership provides Pizza Hut the ability to use official NCAA marks and media, as well as the opportunity activate at official NCAA events, including NCAA March Madness, College World Series and Frozen Four.

The partnership was facilitated through CBS Sports and Turner, which manage and collaborate on the NCAA's corporate champion and partner program.

According to Ellen Lucey, director of championships and alliances for the NCAA, ”We've seen some highlight-reel worthy performances from Pizza Hut over the past few years, everything from the pizza ordering Pie Tops to the Pizza Hut Fan Challenge at many of our championships.

“We can't imagine a partner who is more committed to bringing additional excitement and entertainment to NCAA fans.”

Over the past year, Pizza Hut has rolled out a new loyalty program, Hut Rewards; and worked to improve technology and equipment.

Pizza Hut said it has spent more than two years looking at the entire delivery ecosystem, "from the box, to the pouch, to delivery dispatch at the restaurant."

Pizza Hut also said it is in the process of “redesigning several of its 6,300 dine-in and delivery/carryout locations in an effort better service customers and efficiency back of house.”

“We can't imagine a partner who is more committed to bringing additional excitement and entertainment to NCAA fans than Pizza Hut.”

The recently released 2018 American Customer Satisfaction Index report saw Pizza Hut tied with Papa John’s for the top spot among national pizza chains.

However, according to ACSI, Papa John’s index dropped 2% versus 2017 while Pizza Hut rose 5% “for the biggest ACSI gain in the industry — likely the result of a new rewards program, and investments in equipment, technology, and marketing,” according to the ACSI.

Domino’s was third, Little Caesars fourth.

"We are extremely proud to be ranked No. 1 in customer satisfaction, as it is a testament to the commitment that our 120,000 team members show to our customers every day," Nicolas Burquier, chief customer and operations officer for Pizza Hut, said in a statement.

"We re-trained all of our employees in the fall, and also introduced an oven-hot delivery system that keeps our pizzas hotter while adding thousands of drivers to enable our speed of service to be faster. It's great to know that customers are noticing and we are constantly engaging with our teams to make sure their satisfaction only continues," said Burquier.

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