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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

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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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CBS Sports, Turner Seek To Make Sense Of March Madness Marketing, Programming

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2018: CBS Sports and Turner Sports, which for the eighth consecutive year will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, have detailed which rounds and how many games would be aired on each broadcast platform.

The networks also shared specifics regarding pre-game, halftime, bridge and post-game shows; and the NCAA Selection Show, which kicks off March Madness on Sunday, March 11 and, for the first time, will air on TBS rather than CBS, where it has been since 1992.

March Madness generates more than $1.25 billion in national TV ad spend, “making it one of the most valuable franchises in televised sports,” according to media intelligence firm Kantar Media, NY.

The spend is second in sports only to the NFL post-season, which includes the Super Bowl.

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.

CBS and Turner in 2010 signed a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with the NCAA for exclusive rights to the Men’s Div. I hoops tournament, then extended the deal in 2016 for eight years at $8.8 billion.

As in previous year under the CBS-Turner alliance, games this month will across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – with all games also streamed on NCAA March Madness Live.
 
TBS will televise the NCAA Final Four national semi-finals on Saturday, March 31; and then the National Championship game on Monday, April 2, from the Alamodome in San Antonio.

By network, programming will see CBS will broadcast 21 games throughout the Tournament, including the Elite 8, Sweet 16 and first and second rounds.

TBS will televise 21 contests including the National Championship, Final Four semi-finals, Elite 8, Sweet 16 and first- and second-round games.

TruTV will air a total of 13 games, including the First Four and the first and second rounds, in addition to "TeamCas"t presentations for the National Championship and Final Four semifinals.

TNT will televise 12 games including first- and second-round match-ups, plus "TeamCast" presentations for the National Championship and Final Four semifinals.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will again air “March Madness Confidential,” providing exclusive, behind-the-scenes access of select NCAA Tournament teams, with features airing during studio coverage and on NCAA.com, chronicling their Tournament journeys. 
 
In addition, Turner and CBS will again present integrated game and studio productions with pregame, halftime, bridge and post-game shows from studios in New York and Atlanta.

Studio shows will include The Road to the Final Four and Infiniti NCAA Tip-Off pre-game shows, AT&T at the Half, Capital One Tournament Central and the Inside March Madness presented by Buick post-game show.

NCAA March Madness Live returns as a digital destination for direct access to all 67 games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

In addition, social integrations will include highlights, features and news updates across the official March Madness Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts for companion content throughout the Tournament.

According to CBS and Turner, The Selection Show will start with the announcement of all 68 tournament teams, followed by the release of the brackets and match-ups, with “analysis, discussion, interviews and reactions from teams as they find out if they made the Tournament, along with their region, seeding and opponent.”

Hosts Ernie Johnson and Greg Gumbel will work with analysts and commentators Clark Kellogg, Charles Barkley, Seth Davis and Kenny Smith in Atlanta.

Selection Committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen will join Adam Zucker in the CBS Studios in New York.

Prior to the 2018 NCAA March Madness Selection Show, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will produce a special four-hour Social Madness social media pre-show, running exclusively on official March Madness handles across YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, along with NCAA.com and Bleacher Report (beginning at 2 PM ET).

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