• 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.


MLB 2019 Award Finalists


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


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


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


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


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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Walmart: Seattle, Denver Top NFL, Alabama Leads College In Merchandise Sales

By Barry Janoff

September 10, 2015: Having reached the Super Bowl for the past two seasons, it would be no surprise to find that the Seattle Seahawks have fans and "frenemies" far beyond the confines of CenturyLink Field.

According to mega-retail chain Walmart, the Seahawks' fan base also is strong when it comes to spending power.

Seattle, which saw a boost in support following its victory in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, leads all NFL teams in merchandise sales based on figures from in-store purchases, according to Walmart's first rankings based on purchases by NFL and college consumers.

In fact, led by sales of quarterback Russell Wilson No. 3 jerseys, the Seahawks sell "more than three times the apparel per store per week than the next most productive team per store," the Denver Broncos.

The Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans fill out the Top Five on Walmart's NFL list.

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, which defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX this past February, are No. 9 on the NFL list, according to Walmart.

On the college side, the Top Five schools based on sales of merchandise (led by college football) in Walmart are Alabama, defending national CFB champion Ohio State, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas.

Walmart, which reported $16.4 billion in net income in 2014, did not release financial figures for their NFL and college merchandise sales.

However, there is little doubt that sales of licensed merchandise from the NFL and college is big business.

Sales of licensed NFL merchandise tops $3.5 billion, according to industry analysts.

Sales of licensed college merchandise is a $4.6 billion category, according to IMG College.

In addition to the required jerseys and T-shirts, Walmart's fan shop offers items that include towels, bedding, shower curtains, tissue boxes and stationery adored with NFL and college team logos.

Walmart said its No. 1 selling item in the category is a licensed team bean bag toss game, which is popular at tailgating, parties and other gatherings. The top three NFL teams here are the Seahawks, Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers. The top three NCAA teams are Alabama, Arkansas, and West Virginia.
Overall, according to Walmart, Seattle, Denver, and Green Bay represent nearly 40% of its total NFL sales (to date).

In turn, the sales of Packers merchandise are ahead of the Chicago Bears by 36% to date.

At the other end of the spectrum, consumers go to Walmart the least to buy merchandise for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and the St Louis Rams.

In the college category, the SEC represents 35% of Walmart’s season to-date sales- 2.5 times the sales of the Big 12 and 5.5 times the sales of the Pac 12

And in the "It Pays To Be National Champ" department, Ohio State has sold 4.4 times as much merchandise as Michigan.

Walmart’s NFL Team Merchandise Rankings:                                                                     
1. Seattle  Seahawks
2. Denver Broncos
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Dallas Cowboys
5. Houston Texans
6. Chicago Bears
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
8. New Orleans Saints
9. New England Patriots
10. San Francisco 49ers
11. Baltimore Ravens
12. Kansas City Chiefs
13. Oakland Raiders
14. San Diego Chargers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Washington Redskins
17. Philadelphia Eagles
18. Indianapolis Colts
19. Cleveland Browns
20. Carolina Panthers
21. Minnesota Vikings
22. Buffalo Bills
23. New York Giants
24. Atlanta Falcons
25. Miami Dolphins
26. Cincinnati Bengals
27. Tampa Bay Bucs
28. Detroit Lions
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Tennessee Titans
31. New York Jets
32. St Louis Rams
Walmart College Team Merchandise Rankings:                                                                     
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
3. Arkansas Razorbacks
4. Georgia Bulldogs
5. Texas Longhorns
6. Tennessee Vols
7. West Virginia Mountaineers
8. Kentucky Wildcats
9. Oklahoma Sooners
10. Nebraska Cornhuskers
11. Florida Gators
12. South Carolina Gamecocks
13. Iowa Hawkeyes
14. Louisiana State University Tigers
15. Auburn Tigers
16. Wisconsin Badgers
17. Missouri Tigers
18. Michigan Wolverines
19. Oregon Ducks
20. Florida State Seminoles
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys
22. North Carolina Tar Heels
23. Arizona Wildcats
24. Texas A&M Aggies
25. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Source: Walmart

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