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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

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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Dec202010

WIll Green Lantern, Captain America, X-Men Be The Super Heroes Of Super Bowl XLV?

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

'Green Lantern' could get the green light from Warner Bros. for a Super Bowl XLV commercial.December 19, 2010: If advertising on Fox during Super Bowl XVL resembles a journey into the local comic book store, that's because no fewer than six movies scheduled for release in May-June-July 2011 that could get ad slots during the game feature pulp fiction heroes.

Movie studios traditionally buy several ads during the heavily watched Super Bowl — Universal, Paramount and Disney had five among them during Super Bowl XLIV; and included among the nine movie preview ads during Super Bowl XLIII was DreamWorks' 3D spot for Monsters vs. Aliens in conjunction with Pepsi. The game from Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 6 will be no different, with no fewer than five and as many as eight movie previews likely to air. The cost per 30 seconds during the game will be $2.8-$3 million, according to industry analysts. But just add that to the multimillion-dollar marketing budgets these films are expected to garner.

Bursting through the wall of commercials from Bridgestone, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Danica Patrick for GoDaddy.com and a parking lot of car companies could be a Justice League of spots featuring super heroes, mostly from DC and Marvel origins. Among the films that will hit big screens next year with a super-solid shot at Super Bowl stardom are Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Captain America: The First Avenger and the reboot of Conan the Barbarian (however, no Arnold Schwarzenegger here). Plus what is supposed to be the last in the Harry Potter movies. In addition, Super is about an ordinary guy whose downtrodden life leads him to become the Crimson Bolt. Also high on the chart for Super Bowl XLV viewing with scheduled 2011 release dates are several invasions by aliens (including Mars Needs Moms, Super Eight and Cowboys & Aliens) and a bevy of animated/CGI actioners (Mars Needs Moms, Kung-Fu Panda 2, Cars 2, Rango).

Grab some popcorn and soda and settle in for what is often the best part of a movie-going experience: The previews (list in order of scheduled release date).

Paramount
Rango
March 4
Johnny Depp, Timothy Olymphant
Animated adventure about an awkward chameleon who becomes sheriff in the lawless wild west town of Dirt. One key selling point: Director Gore Verbinksi also directed Depp in the first three Pirates of the Caribbean.

Walt Disney Pictures
Mars Needs Moms
March 11
Seth Green, Joan Cusack
Martians wants to abduct an Earth mom (and then others) and the mission is on to rescue her and other potential victims.

Columbia
Battle: Los Angeles
March 11
Aaron Eckhard
Visions of Alien 2 meeting Escape From L.A.: Marines must save the Hollywood sign and other local landmarks from invaders from outer space.

Twentieth Century Fox
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Roderick Rules
March 25
Zachary Gordon
Following the original hit, Greg Heffley and friends go to middle school.

Universal
Fast Five
April 29
Vin Diesel, Dwyane Johnson
In the Fast and the Furious franchise, a group of drivers must compete for their freedom.

Paramount
Thor
May 6
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins
The "God of Thunder" is banned from his home on high and sent down to Earth, where he is challenged by humans and mythical villains.

Walt Disney Studios
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
May 20
Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane
The fourth installment in the franchise (two more are TK) follows Capt. Jack Sparrow on his quest to find the Fountain of Youth.

Warner Bros.
The Hangover II
May 27
Zach Galifianakis
Follow up to the original hit (and certainly suited to a heavily imbibed Super Bowl viewing audience )follows the buddies on another edgy misadventure. And, yes, Ken Jeong (currently starring with Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard in a series of adidas commercials) is back as Mr. Chow.


Paramount
Kung Fu Panda 2
May 27
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan
Animated adventure follows Po (Black) and the Furious Five uncovering secrets in China.

Twentieth Century Fox
X-Men: First Class
June 3
James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
Prequel to the X-Men hit shows how the battle between mutants and humans led to the creation of Charles Xavier's X-Men and Magneto's Brotherhood.

Paramount Pictures
Super 8
June 10
Elle Fanning, Kyle CHandler
Director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg follow an alien from Area 51 who escapes and must be recaptured.

Warner Bros.
Green Lantern
June 17
Ryan Reynolds
A test pilot is selected by an intergalactic group to join them to protect the universe.

Mater and McQueen could be driving in a Super Bowl ad.Walt Disney Studios
Cars 2
June 24
Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Michael Keaton
Lightning McQueen, Mater and crew head to Europe to compete in the grueling World Grand Prix and become involved in an international mystery.

Paramount
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
July 1
Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
The next installment in the Transformers franchise finds Sam Witwicky and Optimus Prime take the battle against foes to outer space.

Warner Bros.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
July 15
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson
The last (?) in the series finds the ultimate battle between Potter and Lord Voldemort.

Captain America seeks to save America from the Nazis.Paramount
Captain America: The First Avenger
July 22
Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson
The hero who helped America to defeat the Nazis — at least in the comics — gets a retro resurfacing with updated stylings from director Joe Johnson (Ironman) and co-writer Josh Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Universal
Cowboys & Aliens
July 29
Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde
The ultimate summer adventure? James Bond (Craig) and Indiana Jones/Han Solo (Ford) united to fend off aliens who invade their 1873 Arizona frontier.

DreamWorks
Real Steel
Oct. 7
Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly
An $80 million remake of a classic episode from the original Twilight Zone TV series, set in a future world where boxing is done by robots but one human tries to extend his own time in the ring.

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