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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

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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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Aug082017

Florida, Stanford Named Most Successful Athletic Programs Of Past 25 Years

By Barry Janoff

August 8, 2017: College athletes generally believe that their university is the best ever.

A new study might support the beliefs of some and disavow those of others.

The best Div. I college sports program over the past 25 years is Florida-Gainesville, followed by Stanford, UCLA, Connecticut (Storrs) and North Carolina (Chapel Hill), according to "The 30 Most Successful College Sports Programs" from BestCollegeReviews.org.

According to the editors, the ranking "is intended to inform and inspire student-athletes."

To determine the base ranking of the sports programs, Best College Reviews said it "referred to data gleaned from the Capital One Cup, which measures colleges' achievements in multiple sports. Data were analyzed for the number of NCAA championship finals that each college has both reached going back to 1992."

The basic equation method: Base Ranking + Championship Ranking = Overall Ranking.

Although a variety of sports were included in the equation, the following Div. I sports were given priority: Men's Football, Men's and Women’s Basketball, Men's Baseball and Women's Softball.

So the University of Minnesota, for example, whose men’s and women’s hockey teams have won nine national titles since 2000, is not on the list.

In addition, major incidents involving student athletes and/or coaches were not factored and did not detract from the equation, such as the situations with Penn State and Baylor, as well as problems encountered by numerous Florida Gators athletes over the course of several years.

Florida took the top spot for its plethora of titles and sports achievements.

According to BestCollegeReviews.org, "The University of Florida Gators made yet more history when they clinched all three Southeastern Conference All-Sports titles of the 2016-17 season. This feat is something that has never been achieved by any other school in the conference’s history — and yet, incredibly, it was the 16th time that the Gators have managed to triumph.

"Moreover, those new trophies helped take the Gators’ total league titles to an astonishing 234 — a tally that beats all of their Southeastern Conference rivals. University of Florida athletes have done exceptionally well when it comes to NCAA team championships, too, with 30 such trophies won during the Gators’ history, including two for the men’s basketball team, three for the football team and seven for the women’s tennis team."

Stanford place second, according to the report driven by its 23 consecutive wins of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Learfield Directors Cup, presented annually to the university in the  U.S. with the most success in collegiate athletics.

"Stanford stands alone. Indeed, the California college’s peerless 23 consecutive wins of the prestigious trophy may be a feat that no other school will match. And as that record suggests, Cardinal athletes are no strangers to sporting success.

"For example, 2017 NCAA championship triumphs came for Stanford’s women’s water polo team and the women’s swimming and diving team . . . 30 Cardinal (student-athletes) made it to Rio 2016 (Summer Olympics) — the largest number from any U.S. university."

In addition, Stanford has won ten national women’s tennis titles since 1997. although that was not mentioned in the summary of the University’s achievements.

At No. 3, while acknowledging the university’s success in producing football and basketball who went on to outstanding pro careers, “Many other varsity teams have helped take UCLA to 113 NCAA championship titles. In 2015, for example, the men’s water polo team clinched their tenth championship win, while nine years prior the men’s volleyball team established themselves as top UCLA athletes by earning their 19th NCAA national title."

"Stanford stands alone. Indeed, 23 consecutive wins of the Learfield Directors Cup may be a feat that no other school will match."

Connecticut was No. 4 largely due to the overwhelming success of its women’s hoops program.

“With a remarkable 11 NCAA championship titles to their name, the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has dominated the varsity sport for much of the past 25 years. To date, they have also appeared in the Final Four 18 times and have broken records left, right and center. The only women’s team in Division I to have won NCAA titles four years in a row, Connecticut furthermore racked up an astonishing 111-game winning streak from 2014 to 2017. “

Michael Jordan’s school, UNC, rounded out the Top Five, but not just for hoops.

"After their narrow defeat at the hands of the Villanova Wildcats in 2016, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s men’s basketball team claimed their sixth NCAA Tournament trophy the following year — adding to 2016’s ACC Tournament crown," per the study.

"But, while legendary alumnus Michael Jordan is undoubtedly proud, the Tar Heels’ sporting successes aren’t limited to just the basketball court. Most notably, the college’s women’s soccer team have brought an incredible 21 NCAA championship titles back to Chapel Hill since 1982, with nine of those won over consecutive years. The men’s lacrosse team are also in excellent form, having clinched an NCAA title in 2016."

See the full report here.

The 30 Most Successful Div. I College Sports Programs Since '92
1. Florida-Gainesville
2. Stanford, Stanford, CA
3. UCLA, Los Angeles
4. Connecticut, Storrs, CT
5. North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
6. Oregon, Eugene, OR
7. Arizona, Tuscon, AZ
8. Oklahoma, Norman, OK
9. Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
10. Duke, Durham, NC
11. USC, Los Angeles
12. Texas-Austin
13, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
14. Texas A&M, College Station, TX
15. Maryland, College Park, MD
16. Ohio State, Columbus, OH
17. Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
18. Florida State, Tallahassee, FL
19. Cal-Berkley
20. Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
21. Penn State, State College, PA
22. Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
23. Syracuse, Syracuse, NY
24. Michigan, An Arbor, MI
25. Kentucky, Lexington, KY
26. USC, Columbia, SC
27. Nebraska-Lincoln
28. Georgia, Athens, GA
29. Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK
30. Baylor, Waco, Texas

SOURCE: BestCollegeReviews.org

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