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• ESPN said it would add two late-night shows to its programming line-up beginning Jan. 28, 2019: Now or Never (ESPN2) hosted by Steve Covino, Rich Davis, and Janelle Marie Rodriguez; and Ahora o Nunca (ESPN Deportes),hosted by ESPN Deportes’ Mauricio Pedroza, Herculez Gomez and Janelle Marie Rodriguez. The shows “will be dedicated to covering the intersection of sports and pop culture for young, multicultural sports fans.”

• Sports apparel firm Fanatics, which has alliances with most of the major pro sports leagues, has signed its first college deal, with the University of Oregon, to become a licensee, manufacturer and retailer for the University’s apparel, headwear and numerous other product categories. The deal, which begins Jan. 1, 2020, was put at $25 million for ten years by industry analysts. Nike and Columbia Sportswear will remain as prominent University of Oregon partners.

• The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the  Boston Bruins and host Chicago Blackhawks is scheduled for Jan. 1 outdoors in Notre Dame Stadium. Before that happens, Road To The NHL Winter Classic docu-series returns to go behind the scenes with both teams, with the three-week, limited series premiering in the U.S. Dec. 19 on NBCSN (11:30 PM ET).  The series is produced by Ross Greenburg Productions in association with NHL Original Productions.

• Seeking to continue expanding its presence in China, the NFL has signed a digital partnership with Youku, the video entertainment platform for Alibaba Group, intended to “bring high-quality football programming to Chinese fans.” Weekly programming on Youku's sports channel will feature game highlights and behind-the-scenes stories from NFL games, including the Super Bowl, NFL Kickoff, Thanksgiving, NFL Draft and NFL International series.

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Eight Teams And Venues For XFL 2020

• Dallas – Globe Life Park
• Houston – TDECU Stadium
• Los Angeles – StubHub Center
• New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
• St. Louis – The Dome at America’s Center
• Seattle – CenturyLink Field
• Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium
• Washington, DC – Audi Field

See full story here.

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BABE RUTH MEMORABILIA AUCTION

A live auction is scheduled to take place in Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2019 under the auspices of Hunt Auctions, to include 100s of items from the Babe Ruth family that have been in their possession since he passed away in 1948, most of which have not been seen in public. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Among the items: 
• Babe Ruth Professional Model cleats
• Babe Ruth 60th Home Run Autographed display piece
• Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan Champion Batsman presentational trophy
• Lou Gehrig signed and inscribed photograph to Babe Ruth
• Babe Ruth's 1930-31 New York Yankees "Better year than President" player contract
• Babe Ruth 1935 Boston Braves autographed contract agreement
• Babe Ruth personal check ledger with related signed documents
• Babe Ruth single signed baseballs and autographed photographs
• Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan presentational pass
• Babe Ruth personal photographic albums including autographed exemplars
• Babe Ruth 12 Point Deer Trophy Mount with photographic provenance

Other items not from the Ruth family include:
• Babe Ruth Professional Model Bat with Home Run Notches c.1926-29
• Babe Ruth "Bustin Babes" barnstorming equipment travel case c.1920s (Waite Hoyt provenance)
• Highly significant 1923 New York Yankees World Championship presentational Spalding trophy
• 1923 New York Yankees World Champions team autographed ledger sheet

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Weekend Box Office Nov. Dec. 7-9
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $16.1M
2. The Grinch $15.7M
3. Creed II $10.3M
4. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $6.8M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $6M
6. Instant Family $5.6M
7. Green Book $3.9M
8. Robin Hood $3.6M
9. Possession of Hannah Grace $3.2M
10. Widows $3.1M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Report: People In U.S. Spent More Than $100B On Sports, Gear, Exercise In 2016

By Barry Janoff

September 11, 2017: How much do people in the U.S. like sports and exercise?

More than $100 billion worth, which includes $56 billion in the past year spent on attending sporting events, some $33 billion on athletic equipment, $19 billion on gym memberships and nearly $5 billion to enter and compete in 5Ks, obstacle course competitions, bike races and other similar events.

No surprise: Attending a sports event is a significant investment, according to a just-released report and survey, Americans Spend Big On Sports, from CreditCards.com, a leading online credit card marketplace based in Austin, TX.

In 2016, it cost an average of $502.84 to take a family of four to an NFL game, up 232% from $151.33 in 1991. That amount covers two adult tickets, two children’s tickets, two small beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, two programs, two adult-size ball caps and parking.

The same family outing to an NBA game came to $339.02 in 2016, up 139% from $141.91 in 1991.

MLB fared best, with a family-of-four in 2016 spending an average of $219.53, up 176% from $79.41 in 1991, per CreditCards.com.

"Americans love sports, but it's no secret that attending a professional sporting event is a costly endeavor, even from the upper deck," Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst for CreditCards.com, said in a statement.

However, according to Schulz, ”That doesn't seem to be stopping people from spending a ton on athletics, though, proving that ‘If you build it, they will come.'"

According to CreditCards.com, 34% of those surveyed report having spent money attending sporting events.

"Sporting events, including tickets, transportation and food and beverage, comprised the majority of the spending; 79 million people indicated laying out a total of $56 billion in the past 12 months," according to Americans Spend Big On Sports.

"Americans also spent big on athletic equipment — in excess of $33 billion. Gym membership fees also totaled well into the billions, with 54 million people racking up a $19 billion tally in the past 12 months."

If you notice the average age of fans at pro sports events going down, you would be right, according to  CreditCards.com.

"When it comes to heading to the stadium, older Americans tend to sit it out. Only 21% of those 53 years and older spent money on attending a sporting event in the past year, compared to 43% of those ages 18-52."

Good news for the NFL, MLB and others: families are attending events.

Some 46% of those people surveyed with young children paid to see a sports event in-person, versus 28% of those without children.

The likelihood of spending on sporting events, athletic equipment and gym memberships also "increases with income and education."

Over the past year, 68% of those with a college degree spent money in at least one of these categories, as opposed to 41% of those with no more than a high school diploma.

For all age groups, people with an income of at least $75,000 who are college graduates were "much more inclined to buy tickets to sporting events and pay for related expenses."

Parents are much more likely than non-parents to have splurged on athletic equipment over the past year. Nearly half (46%) of those with children under age 18 indicated spending money in that category, compared to 22% of those without children.

Among other findings in Americans Spend Big On Sports:

• 23% have paid for gym memberships.

• 12% have purchased sports-themed video games, spending about $8 billion.

• 8% entered 5K, obstacle course, biking races and other similar events ($4.8 billion spend).

• 4% entered a fantasy sports league ($2.3 billion spend).

The survey was conducted for CreditCards.com by Princeton Survey Research Associates International via a nationally representative sample of 1,003 adults living in the continental United States. Interviews were conducted Aug. 17-20, 2017.

See the full report here.

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