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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

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

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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

NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic Jan. 1, 2020

• Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas NBC

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NFL Gives Animated, Semi-Accurate Account Of First 100 Seasons (In 3:30)

By Barry Janoff

October 6, 2019: The NFL is celebrating its 100th season this year, en route to its official 100th anniversary in October 2020, and even with the thousands of players, coaches and others who have been part of it, has managed to encapsulate its timeline into an animated spot that runs 3:30.

The “crash course on the past 100 years of the NFL," as the league describes it, begins in 1920, when the American Football Association made its debut, morphing into the NFL two years later.

The history lesson runs through 2019 to such relatively recent innovations as games “shown on TV networks and streaming services around the globe."

The anchor spot ultimately declares, “The league’s structure and revenue sharing among all teams have kept the NFL the most popular sports league in the U.S. for several decades, and is poised to remain so for many more. Here’s to the next 100 years.”

Big this is, in some cases, revisionitst history as told by the NFL.

In the spot, the league says it is now played during the season “three days a week." We see an animated hand circling on a calendar Monday, Thursday and Saturday (rare, and which doesn’t happen until December), but neglecting the league's biggest day, Sunday.

It addresses the NFL’s integration, with a voiceover offering, “Although the league featured black players prior, in 1946 the NFL officially integrated.”

Not detailed: Fritz Pollard and Bobby Marshall were the first black players in the AFA (now the NFL) in 1920. Pollard became in 1921 the first (and until 1989, only) black coach (Akron Pros).

In 1946, Kenny Washington of UCLA became the first African American to sign a contract with a NFL team, the Los Angeles Rams.

Also signing that year: Bill Willis and Marion Motley (Cleveland Browns) and Woody Strode (Rams).

Omitted, however, is the on-going situation involving Colin Kaepernick, who as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 knelt during the playing of the National Anthem in protest of the treatment of African Americans at the hands of the police.

And while four of the league's 32 franchises have women as a majority owner, only two have non-white majority owners (Kim Pegula, Buffalo Bills; Shahid Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars).

Also not part of this history lesson are such issues as concussions, the health challenges facing  former players, suspensions due to use of  unauthorized PEDs and player situations involving domestic violence and other serious issues.

But there are plenty of highlights crammed into the spot, which will appear in shorter versions as well as via digital, social media and in-stadium.

• In 1933, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants (33-31) in the league’s inaugural championship game.

• The 1958 championship game on Dec. 28 in Yankee Stadium, in which the Baltimore Colts defeated the Giants in sudden death overtime, 23-17, in what became known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” as 45 million people watched on TV . . . “starting an explosion in viewership for future decades.”

• The NFL-AFL merger in 1966, leading to the first AFL-NFL World Championship, now known as Super Bowl I, with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, on Jan. 15, 1967 in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (airing on both CBS and NBC, with a combined viewership of more than 51 million).

• The debut of Monday Night Football in 1970.

• The 1972 Miami Dolphins going 17-0 and becoming the first and still only team in the Super Bowl era to go undefeated, including their victory in Super Bowl VII.

• The Pittsburgh Steelers winning four Super Bowls in six seasons (Super Bowls IX, X, XIII and XIV).

• The dynasties of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s and the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s.

• Tom Brady becoming the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots in 2001, with Brady now still playing and considered “the consensus choice as the Greatest Player Ever.”

And a statement that can be taken two ways: 20 of the NFL teams have won at least one of the first 53 Super Bowl, meaning that in the Super Bowl era, 12 teams are still seeking that elusive Lombardi Trophy.

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