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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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Mar122018

In 2018, Capital One Mad Again For March With 'Amigos' Charles, Spike, Samuel L.

By Barry Janoff

March 12, 2018: March Madness is back and so is NCAA corporate partner Capital One and so are the "Three Musk-Amigos” — Charles Barkley, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson — united for the fifth year on their Final Four road trip.

Last year, the guest star was Gloria Gaynor. This time, CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz joins in on the fun as Barkley, Lee and Jackson make their way to San Antonio, with humorous incidents along the way.

Lead agency is DDB, Chicago. As in past years, the spots were directed by Lee.

In addition to the TV spots, Capital One's involvement in March Madness 2017 is multi-platform.

This year, it includes sponsorship of the March Madness Bracket Challenge, title sponsor of the Capital One JamFest — part of the three-day March Madness Music Festival (in The Hemisfair) that also includes the AT&T Block Party and Coca-Cola Music (March 30-April 1) — the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One (in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center) and Capital One Championship Central on-air during Final Four weekend broadcasts on TBS.

The Capital One JamFest (April 1) will star Maroon 5.

The company is also presenting sponsor for Tourney Town at the Women's Final Four in Columbus, OH (March 31 and April 2).

New this time, the financial firm has launched what it calls the "Capital One Road to the Final Four Flavor Promotion," an offshoot of one of its new spots, “A La Mode,” in which Charles doesn’t know San Antonio’s history Alamo, thinking instead its “Fort A La Mode, where they sell ice cream.”

According to Capital One, “Reply (on social media) with a unique ice cream flavor inspired by #MarchMadness for your chance to win $4,000 using #FanAntonio + #Contest. No Purchase Necessary.” (Details here.)

In the new series, Barkley is, again, the butt of most of the jokes. In addition to his mis-speaking The Alamo as “a la mode,” he calls an armadillo a “turtle rat” and sings “Home on the Range” with the line, “Where the deer and the cantaloupe play.”

Capital One has consistently been among the biggest spenders during March Madness.

In 2016, Capital One had the fourth-largest national spend during the Tournament, $50 million, with 198 commercial units, according to media intelligence firm Kantar Media, NY.

The leader in 2017 was General Motors, with $83 million in ad spend and 329 units, including pre- and post- game programming, followed by AT&T with $66 million (334 units) and Coca-Cola at $56 million (268 units).

NCAA Corporate Champions are AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.

NCAA Corporate Partners include Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Google Cloud, Infinity, Intel, Lowe’s, Marriott, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

Among the new Capital One March Madness spots:

Longhorns
Charles doesn’t believe that a breed of livestock in Texas with long horns are actually called longhorns, or that birds that run along the road are called road runners or that weeds that tumble on the ground are called tumble weeds.

Friends In Low Places
The trio, on horseback and dressed as cowboys, sing Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” (“I got friends in low places/Where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases/My blues away/And I’ll be okay/I’m not big on social graces, think I'll slip on down to the oasis Oh, I've got friends in low places”).

Hitting The Trail
Charles, Spike and Samuel L. are bonding as they hit the trail to San Antonio, dressed in western garb, leading Barkley to refer to them as “The Three Musk-Amigos.”

A La Mode
Charles mis-remembers The Alamo and is more excited about visiting the A La Mode than the Final Four, mistaking the historic site in San Antonio for a fort that serves ice cream.

Spending Habits
This spot actually shows a Capital One card feature in action: Charles needs to lock his Capital One card not because he lost it but because, “I do not trust my spending habits around smoked meats . . . or friendship bracelets, Bonzi trees, garned gnomes, hermit crabs and especially at arts & craft festivals.”

Cantaloupe
Led by Charles, the trio sing a version of “Home on the Range,” but with the line, “Where the deer and the cantaloupe play" because "Deer love cantaloupe."

Turtle Rat
Barkley mistakes an armadillo for a “turtle rat.”

Welcome
Nantz welcomes Spike, Charles and Samuel L. to San Antonio, but using his on-air broadcasting voice, infused with such TV terms as, “Guys, thanks for being here. I’ll be right back with some game-time snacks.”

March Madness

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