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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.

POLL POSITION

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

Thursday
Nov152018

New Deals Ensure Fox Sports, Manfred, DAZN Will Continue To Be Hits With MLB

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2018: The World Series is over, and the 2019 season is months off, but, just like crying, there is no off-season in baseball.

MLB unveiled three deals today during its GM meetings that will have major impacts on the league with Fox Sports, DAZN and commissioner Rob Manfred.

Fox Sports and MLB have signed a multi-year, multi-platform rights agreement, beginning in 2022, expanding the network’s TV, digital and Spanish-language rights thru 2028.

Fox Sports and Fox Deportes maintain the TV rights to MLB’s jewel events, including serving as the exclusive TV broadcast partner.

Financial terms were not shared, but the extension was put at $5.1 billion by industry analysts.

MLB also said that owners have unanimously agreed to extend the contract of commissioner Rob Manfred through the 2024 regular season. Manfred was elected commissioner in August 2014, taking over from Bud Selig in January 2015.

In addition, MLB signed a pact with DAZN (pronounced Da-Zone), the sports-streaming and PPV service under the auspices of former ESPN president John Skipper, to create live “look-in” shows during the season.

The weeknight shows will be similar to the NFL’s RedZone and segments on NBA TV that move from game to game to present live key plays and highlights.

Financial terms of the DAZN deal were also not released, but were put at $300 million over three years by industry insiders.

“We have great partners, and at the top of that list is Fox,” Manfred said during a press event at the GM meetings in Carlsbad, Calif.

“Fox has been innovative in the way our game is presented to fans, which is important to us. It is really important to have a partner like Fox to represent our games and jewel events.”

Fox Sports has been a national MLB rights-holder since 1996 and the league’s exclusive national broadcast partner since 2001. To date, Fox Sports said it has aired 21 World Series and 23 All-Star Games since its inaugural national rights deal with MLB.

Beginning in 2022, the amount of regular season and post-season games televised by the Fox broadcast network will increase.

The new MLB and Fox agreement includes expanded streaming, social media and highlight rights. Fox will also televise special event games to be determined over the term of the agreement.

The network’s League Championship Series and Division Series coverage will remain the same as it’s been since 2014, alternating leagues each season (currently with Turner’s TBS).

As in previous deals, MLB Network would continue to have the rights to two games from the League’s Division Series that Fox is airing. Under terms of the new deal, Fox Sports will also expand its digital rights.

In addition, under the new deal, Fox Sports continues its Saturday regular-season broadcast windows — two per Saturday (52 total) — with highlights packages as well as MLB-centric programs and Spanish-language rights through Fox Deportes.

According to Eric Shanks, Fox Sports CEO and executive producer, “Major League Baseball has been a cornerstone of Fox Sports since 1996.

“It’s an honor to have shared countless historic moments with our viewers over the last 22 seasons. We are extremely proud to continue to be the home of Major League Baseball’s jewel events for the next decade.”

The deal with DAZN is its first for a U.S.-based MLB telecast but not the first between the two sides.

Prior to the 2018 season, DAZN signed a three-year agreement to carry programming in Canada from MLB Network, including 200 live regular season games.

In 2017, DAZN signed a four-year deal to show more than 600 live MLB games in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, covering the regular season, the All-Star Game, playoffs and World Series.

The MLB-DAZN alliance will be anchored by a live show each weeknight, co-produced by MLB and DAZN and available to subscribers via DAZN's digital sports streaming platform.

It will feature live look-ins at MLB action across the AL and NL. There also will be on-demand MLB content and live weekend wrap shows available to DAZN subscribers.

"DAZN's multi-sport streaming platform provides Major League Baseball and our clubs an important opportunity to extend the game's digital reach," said Manfred via MLB.

"Our collaborative production will benefit DAZN's subscribers with new ways to follow the captivating storylines, talented young stars and impactful plays happening around the game every day."

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