12/18/19: The NFL Ratings keep passing records


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Wednesday December 18, 2019
The NFL continues to score in ratings. CBS reported this weekend was the most-watched December Singleheader in three years with an average of 16.774 million viewers. STD viewership also clocked in as the best in three years, averaging 17.685 million viewers, while FOX Sports drew more than 23 million for the Americas Game of the Week between the Rams and Cowboys, making it the most watched telecast of the week. Americas Game of the Week continues to hold the spot as the most-watched show in all of television, while NFL on FOX is on pace for its best viewership year since 2016, up 7% from last year. FOX Sports also said the 2019 Thursday Night Football season delivered an average audience of 15.4 million viewers, including FOX, NFL Network, FOX Deportes, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital, Amazon Prime Video, Twitch and Yahoo Sports—up 4% vs. the 2018 Thursday Night Football season average. Digital streaming across Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital and Yahoo Sports platforms this season produced an average minute audience of 1.1 million up 44% vs. last year.
With more coverage for today’s National Signing Day, Sports HQ Powered by 247Sports will begin at 9 am and feature 247Sports scouting director Barton Simmons and recruiting director Steve Wiltfong along with CBS Sports Digital analysts Brady Quinn, Chip Patterson and Barrett Sallee. 
BTN is gearing up for college football’s early signing period with six hours of recruiting coverage, from 11 am to 5 pm, on BTN Live: Signing Day Special. Throughout the day, the network will speak with Big Ten head coaches, including Mark Dantonio (11:30 am), Pat Fitzgerald (1:30 pm ET), Tom Allen (1:45 pm), Jeff Brohm (2:45 pm ET), Michael Locksley (3 pm), Greg Schiano (3:30 pm), Scott Frost (3:45 pm) and Lovie Smith (4:30 pm).
ACC Network coverage includes The Huddle: Signing Day Special, Duke, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina Signing Day Press Conferences Live on ACCNX.
“Road To The NHL Winter Classic,” will chronicle the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators as they prepare to meet outdoors in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Cotton Bowl® Stadium in Dallas, will premiere on Saturday, Dec. 21. The three-week, limited series will air on NBCSN and NHL Network in the U.S. and on SN1 in Canada starting on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. ET on SN1 in Canada.
Golf Channel will debut its latest GOLF Films project, Chi Chi & Devo, scheduled to premiere Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. The film delves into the unusual connection between World Golf Hall of Fame member Chi Chi Rodriguez and ‘80s American rock band, Devo.
Discovery purchased Latin American Golf, operator of 24-hour pay TV network Golf Channel Latin America, from Simple Networks and Fornaluz Productions. The channel reaches more than 10 million homes in 17 regions and is available through pay-TV operators in 17 countries.
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The NHL and Anheuser-Busch announced a multiyear nonexclusive sponsorship deal that will give the beer company key US and Canadian rights. The arrangement includes a presence at key events such as the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend, among others. Deal also renders Bud Light the official beer of the NHL category in the US, while Budweiser holds that spot for Canada. Mike’s Hard also was named “Official Hard Drink” in Canada.
SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park signed Pechanga Resort Casino as their newest Founding Partner for the being built by Los Angeles Rams owner/chairman Stan Kroenke. Pechanga Resort Casino will also be the official California casino partner for the Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, scheduled to open for the 2020 NFL season.
To spotlight this year’s NBA Christmas Day games, ESPN presents one-hour special “Christmasketball,” a 12-hour special that gives all fans a reason to tune into Christmas Day NBA basketball. John Legend stars in a series of spots inviting fans to join him and the ESPN family to celebrate Christmasketball. The ads, which began airing across ESPN platforms this week, feature Legend’s Merry Merry Christmas track from his holiday album A Legendary Christmas: Deluxe Edition.
Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks celebrated the legalized sports gambling industry’s first birthday in November by setting a new monthly handle record and surpassing $1 billion in lifetime wagers. The industry continues to gain steam as its online product matures, a process boosted by the recent online launch of DraftKings and Unibet, according to PlayPennsylvania.com analysts. Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks accepted $316.5 million in wagers in November, up 31.2% from October’s $241.2 million, according to official data released Tuesday. Those bets generated $20.6 million in revenue—up from October’s $19.1 million win—and yielded $3.9 million in state taxes.
Westwood One added Esports 30 with Kevin Knocke to its Podcast Network. Original program covers esports news and interviews with industry personalities, celebrities, athletes, influencers and enthusiasts.
Electronic Arts Inc and Respawn Entertainment announced the  Apex Legends Global Series. The series is comprised of online and live events for PC players who will compete for a prize purse of more than $3 million. The Apex Legends Global Series will initially feature 12 global live events, either self-executed by EA and Respawn or produced by notable esports tournament  organizers PGL and GLL.
MLS formally named Charlotte home of its 30th club. Panthers owner David Tepper is paying a reported $325 million for the franchise, which will begin play in 2021 and will call the Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium home. The Charlotte team will accompany Austin FC into the league, while fellow expansion clubs St. Louis and Sacramento Republic are slated to join in ’22.
Coca-Cola promoted Asia Pacific group President Manolo Arroyo  to CMO.
 North Carolina visits Gonzaga at 9 pm on ESPN2
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In 1984 Sweden beat USA in Gothenburg 4-1 to win the 73rd Davis Cup.
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Drew Brees entered the NFL record books for career touchdown passes Monday night for the New Orleans Saints. On which team did he start his NFL career? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company and city).  
Answer To Our Last Sports Trivia Question
On Saturday Rui Hachimura and Yuta Watanabe made NBA history, becoming the first Japanese players to ever share an NBA court. Who was the first NBA player of Japanese descent? Answer: Wat Misaka, NY Knicks. Congrats: Mike Dittleman Columbia University/NY, Roger Furman Sports Marketing Communications/Greentown, PA, TK Gore Comscore/Chicago, Robin Monsky, Round Robin PR/Chicago,  Andy Pittman TAMU/College Station, TX, Brendan Hannan LA Galaxy/LA, and David Westberg SAG AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank CA

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