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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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Jan092018

Tech Company ABB In Driver’s Seat With $100M FIA Formula E Title Sponsorship

By Barry Janoff

January 9, 2018: The people who are associated with FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) Formula E — the world's first all-electric street racing series — believe theirs is the racing circuit of the future.

The organization received a major boost to support that claim with the signing of Swiss technology company ABB as title sponsor to seven-year alliance through 2025.

Beginning with a race this weekend, the circuit will now be known as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but industry analysts valued it at $100 million.

"Today, two pioneers are uniting,” ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said during a media conference in London, where Formula E is headquartered. “ABB and Formula E are a natural fit at the forefront of the latest electrification and digital technologies.

“Together, we will write the next phase of this exciting sports activity and foster high-performance teams."

The alliance was supported by multi-media marketing, including an intro spot, “Now We Become The ABB FIA Formula E Championship.”

The deal comes as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Nissan join the series within the next year, “adding to the long list of car companies using Formula E to drive forward the development of road-ready mobility technology,” according to ABB FIA Formula E.

Current teams include Audi Sport, MS & AD Andretti, Jaguar Racing, Virgin Racing, Mahindra Racing, Renault and Venturi.

In addition to ABB, sponsors include Allianz, BMW, Boss, Julius Bär Banking, Michelin, Qualcomm, Tag Heuer and Visa.

In what has been has year of big changes in motor sports — including Monster Energy taking over for Sprint as title sponsor for the lead Nascar Cup Series and Liberty Media acquiring Formula 1 — sponsors are still spending on motorsports activation but at a slower rate than predicted.

Global spending on motorsports sanctioning bodies, teams and tracks hit $5.75 billion in 2017, up 3.1% from $5.58 billion in 2016, according to research and consulting firm ESP Properties, Chicago.

"Our two companies are synonymous with pushing the boundaries of what is possible," series founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said at the event.

“With Formula E serving as a competitive platform for global car manufacturers and mobility providers to test and develop road-relevant technologies, both ABB and Formula E share the same vision of a future where electric mobility is the preferred form of transportation,” said Agag.

Formula E, which began competition in 2014, is now in its fourth season, with the next round of the 2017-18 championship taking place this weekend in Marrakesh.

The upcoming also includes Santiago (Feb. 3), Mexico City (March 3), Punta del Esta (March 17), Rome (April 14), Paris (April 28), Berlin (May 19), Zurich (June 10), New York (July 14-15) and two addition dates TBD (July 28-29).

“Together, we will write the next phase of this exciting sports activity and foster high-performance teams."

Formula E said that the New York E-Prix, being staged in Brooklyn, will be the first FIA-sanctioned motorsports event to take place in any of the five boroughs of New York in modern history.

The 1.2 mile circuit features ten turns winding through the waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook, with views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty

According to driver Antonio Felix da Costa, “To be the first FIA series to race in New York City is going to be amazing and the track layout looks really cool. We are going to be racing in a central part of New York City, one of the greatest cities in the world!

“To have a motorsports race, especially with Formula E, where we are part of the innovation of all the electric powertrains in the world, we will create awareness for all the people that have had question marks about this,” said da Costa.

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