• 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.


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

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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

Diddy, Beyoncé, J.K. Rowling Take It To The Bank Among Highest-Paid Celebrities

By Barry Janoff

June 12, 2017: It pays to be a musician if you want to be among the highest-paid celebrities in the world.

The two highest-paid celebs in the world are in the music business — Sean "Diddy" Combs, who earned $130 million this past year, and Beyoncé, who made $105 million — and musicians make up five of the top eight highest paid celebrities, also including No. 4 Drake ($94 million), No. 6 The Weekend ($92 million) and No. 8 Coldplay ($88 million).

Musicians comprise 37% of the Top 100 and athletes 30% with the remainder considered actors, performers and/or in the media, topped by author J.K. Rowling at No. 3, who earned $95 million this past year, according to a new report from Forbes.

The earning period is June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017.

Diddy stars in a new documentary, from Live Nation Productions, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story, an Apple Music exclusive schedule to debut June 25.

The documentary traces his rise from as a youth in Harlem and follows him during a three-week rehearsal session during which he reunites with members of his Bad Boy Records label for a sold-out show in Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, according to Apple Music.

Among the athletes, the leading earners are No. 5 Cristiano Ronaldo ($93 million), No. 10 LeBron James ($86 million) and No. 14 Lionel Messi ($80 million).

In addition to Coldplay, top-earning groups over the past year include No. 11 Guns N’ Roses ($84 million), No. 21 Metallica ($66.5 million) and No. 32 Red Hot Chili Peppers ($54 million).

Musicians make up five of the top eight highest paid celebrities in the world: Diddy, Beyoncé, Drake, The Weekend and Coldplay.

Mark Wahlberg is Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, with $68 million (No. 20), followed by No. 22 Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ($65 million) and No. 31 Vin Diesel ($54.5 million), according to Forbes.

There are no female athletes on the list. Serena Williams was the only woman athlete among the Top 100 Earning Athletes in the world in a recent Forbes report, coming in at No. 51 with some $27 million in tennis winnings and endorsements (but not including income from investments in such companies as Mission and the NFL’s Miami Dolphins).

The third highest-ranked woman in the Top 100 was Ellen DeGeneres (No. 16, $77 million), listed as a media "personality."

There was only one actress on the Forbes list: No. 58. Sofia Vergara ($41 million).

See the full list here.

Top 25 Highest-Paid Celebrities
1. Diddy $130 million (Musician, U.S.)
2. Beyoncé $105 million (Musician, U.S.)
3. J.K. Rowling $95 million (Author, U.K.)
4. Drake $94 million (Musician, U.S.)
5. Cristiano Ronaldo $93 million (Athlete, Portugal)
6. The Weeknd $92 million (Musician, Canada)
7. Howard Stern $90 million (Personality, U.S.)
8. Coldplay $88 million (Musicians, U.K.)
9. James Patterson $87 million (Author, U.S.)
10. LeBron James $86 million (Athlete, U.S.)
11. Guns N' Roses $84 million (Musicians, U.S.)
11. Rush Limbaugh $84 million (Personality, U.S.)
13. Justin Bieber $83.5 million (Musician, Canada)
14. Lionel Messi $80 million (Athlete, Argentina)
15. Dr. Phil McGraw $79 million (Personality, U.S.)
16. Ellen DeGeneres $77 million (Personality, U.S.)
17. Bruce Springsteen $75 million (Musician, U.S.)
18. Adele $69 million (Musician, U.K.)
18. Jerry Seinfeld $69 million (Comedian, U.S.)
20. Mark Wahlberg $68 million (Actor, U.S.)
21. Metallica $66.5 million (Musicians, U.S.)
22. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, $65 million (Actor, U.S.)
23. Roger Federer $64 million (Athlete, Switzerland)
24. David Copperfield $61.5 million (Magician, U.S.)
25. Kevin Durant $60.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)


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