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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
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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New U.S. Oracle Tennis Pro Series An ‘Unprecedented Expansion’ In Tournaments

By Barry Janoff

September 4, 2019: Tech company Oracle is making hoops news these days as the former naming rights holder to Oracle Arena in Oakland, which had been home to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and now as a Founding Partner at Chase Center, the venue that is the new San Francisco home for the Warriors.

Oracle is also serving up news in tennis, unveiling the Oracle Pro Series, a planned schedule of more than 25 new ATP, WTA and ITF World Tennis Tour pro tournaments to be held nationwide in 2019 and 2020.

Oracle is partnering with InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, led by Jim Courier, Tennis Hall of Famer and Tennis Channel analyst; and his business partner, Jon Venison, to manage the Oracle Pro Series.

The company said the lower-tier Oracle Pro Series would create more than 40% new playing opportunities in the United States for tennis professionals and “expand the pathway for the next generation of aspiring champions from college tennis up to the ATP Tour and the WTA Tour.”

"The Oracle Pro Series is an unprecedented expansion in the number of U.S. professional tournaments and reinforces Oracle's commitment to advancing the sport," Courier said via InsideOut Sports & Entertainment.

According to Oracle, “The Oracle Pro Series would reward success with immediate access to higher-level tournaments by connecting all Oracle events into one merit-based path to the highest levels of international professional tennis.

"At Oracle, we're looking at this holistically," Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said via the firm, headquartered south of San Francisco in Redwood City.

"We want more exposure for tennis at all levels in the United States. All of our efforts, from awards to tournament series to collegiate sponsorships and strategic partnerships, are pieces of an overall plan to raise the quality of American tennis."

Many of the tournaments will be combined men's and women's events with equal prize money ranging from $25,000 to $108,000 per tournament.

The six combined tournaments scheduled for the fall of 2019 will be played in California, Texas and Florida. (See schedule below.)

The final schedule for 2020 will include more than 20 tournaments, most of which will be combined events. Locations will be unveiled later this year.

According to Courier, ”We are thrilled to be partnering with Oracle to give up-and-coming players more opportunities to compete for prize money, improve their rankings and launch their careers.

"Together, we will play a big part influencing the future of tennis in the U.S."

The new platform builds on Oracle's presence at the pro and college tennis levels, including the Oracle Challenger Series, an annual hard-court tournament as part of the ATP Challenger Tour and the WTA 125K Series.

Oracle also supports collegiate tennis through sponsorship of the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. This includes hosting several marquee ITA championship events throughout the year, such as the Oracle ITA Masters and the Oracle ITA Fall Championships.

At the grassroots level, Oracle supports tennis through a strategic partnership with Universal Tennis Rating. UTR leverages Oracle'scloud technology to power its algorithm-based, big-data rating system and digital platform.

"We are incredibly excited that Oracle is providing even more opportunities for American players to compete throughout the year, as well as more opportunities for fans to attend professional tennis events throughout the country,” Stacey Allaster, CEO for the U.S. Tennis Assn., said via the organization.

"These events help develop American talent and serve as a stepping stone for players to reach the highest levels of the game, while at the same time inspire kids across the nation to pick up a racket and play this sport."

The 2019 Oracle Pro Series schedule (subject to change):

• Oct. 6-13: The Claremont Club, Los Angeles

• Oct. 13-20: Baylor University, Waco, Texas

• Oct. 20 -27: Texas Christian University,  Fort Worth, Texas (ATP)

• Oct. 20-27: Southern Methodist University, Dallas (WTA)

• Nov. 4-10: Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif.
Nov. 11-17: USTA National Campus, Orlando

• Nov. 17-24: Sanchez-Casal Academy, Naples, Fla.

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