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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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Sep272017

Report: Impact Of BofA Chicago Marathon Has Topped $1.1B Over Past Four Years

By Barry Janoff

September 27, 2017: Calling it an "important economic driver for the city," a new report shows that the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has delivered more than $1.1 billion over the past four years in economic impact to the city, more than $280 million per year during that period.

The 40th anniversary of the event, scheduled for Oct. 8, is again expected to top the $280 million figure.

"Over the past 12 years, the economic impact of the event has nearly tripled, generating $96 million in 2005 and rising to more than $282 million in 2016," according to an independent study conducted by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Regional Economics Applications Laboratory.

According to the report, the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon "directly contributed an estimated $115 million to the main sectors of the tourism industry, which includes lodging, entertainment and transportation; in addition to more than $167 million in indirect activity.

"This is an equivalent of 1,939 jobs and $95 million worth of wages and salary income. Each dollar spent by a race participant generated an additional $1.27 worth of activity distributed throughout Chicago," according to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s study.

This is in addition to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon "raising millions of dollars for a variety of charitable causes."

The event has been held since 1977, with Bank of America becoming title sponsor in 2008.

In comparison, the TCS New York City Marathon creates in excess of $415 million in economic impact to New York and the 2017 Boston Marathon, with lead sponsor John Hancock, surpassed $192 million in economic impact to the region, according to the respective race organizers.

"As we celebrate the 40th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, we’re proud to be part of an event that continues to have an enormously positive economic benefit for the city of Chicago," Paul Lambert, Chicago market president for Bank of America, said in a statement.

"Everyone associated with this iconic running event, including runners, spectators, residents, businesses and charity partners, feels the effects of the marathon across this great city in the heart of our communities, well beyond race weekend," said Lambert.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which also includes Tokyo, Boston, BMW Berlin and TCS New York City.

In addition to Bank of America, Chicago Marathon sponsors include Abbott, Merrill Lynch, Nike, Molex, Tata Consultancy, Advocate Health Card, Gatorade, Wanda, American Airlines, Aquafina and McDonald’s.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon had 41,608 race participants pick up packets in 2016, a 5% increase over 2015. Of those participants, 28% noted that they were visiting Chicago for the first time, according to race organizers.

According to Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon executive race director, "As runners have raced through our city streets over the past 40 years, they have powered more than $1 billion into our local economy.

"Taking on 26.2 miles is no small task, and the commitment and dedication of our participants, volunteers and corporate partners can be seen in the marathon’s outsized impact on our city and community."

In advance of the race, a two-day Abbott Health & Fitness Expo will be held in McCormick Place Convention Center.

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