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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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Feb262018

Draymond Green Works Out Deal To Bring 'Affordable' Blink Fitness To Michigan, Illinois

By Barry Janoff

February 26, 2018: Draymond Green is known for his aggressive, solid, clutch play on the court, which has helped the Golden State Warriors win two NBA titles.

The All-Star forward is now taking his style into a business venture.

Green has partnered with Blink Fitness to open in Michigan and Illinois at least 20 fitness and workout gyms under the Blink Fitness mantra, “affordable, inclusive, high-quality fitness concept,” with the tag, “Every. Body. Happy.”

Blink, which opened its first locations in 2011, now has nearly 70 company-owned locations serving more than 370,000 members throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California.

The company said it also has more than 40 other gyms, both corporate and franchisee-owned, under contract in various U.S. markets.

Blink said the deal with Green would be its first venture into the Great Lakes region.

Financial terms of the alliance between Green and Blink Fitness were not disclosed.

According to Green, “This is not an endorsement deal for me. I'm going to invest my money and my time to partner with Blink to bring an amazing gym experience to these communities."

While no locations have been formally announced, Green said that he and his partner in the Blink Fitness deal, Tom Shumaker, have been "actively evaluating Detroit and its surrounding suburbs, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and parts of the Chicagoland region."

"I'm really excited about bringing Blink gyms to Michigan and Chicago,” Green, a native of Saginaw, Mich., who played four years of basketball at Michigan State University, said in a statement. “I think about where I grew up and the people I grew up with. We didn't have anything like Blink.

”Everyone wants a cool place to get fit and workout. But lots of communities don't have any options. The places are either terrible or too expensive. We're going to change that,” said Green.

Although no marketing details were unveiled, a humorous intro video shows Green taking over for Todd Magazine as president for Blink Fitness in the company’s New York headquarters.

Walking around the office, he fines people for having a messy desk or not recycling, has dance music piped in and advices a woman having trouble with a copy machine not to get physical with it because “it’s not worth the technical — believe me, I know."

His last request as president is to open 20 locations in Michigan and Illinois, to which Magazine agrees.

"I'm going to invest my money and my time to partner with Blink to bring an amazing gym experience to these communities."

Magazine said that Blink would have approximately 90 locations open and operating by the end of the year and expects to surpass the 300-unit mark over the next five years.

"Draymond and Tom are the perfect franchisees for Blink because of their complementary skill sets, shared passion for fitness, and deep knowledge of the Midwest market," Magazine said in a statement. "This deal is extremely significant to Blink's national expansion because it represents a stronghold in the Midwest, adding to our East and West Coast footprint."

Blink said that it offers a “truly unique experience to its members based on a company philosophy of Mood Above Muscle, which celebrates the positive feelings you get from exercise rather than just the physical benefits (and) comes to life in each gym through a commitment to providing contemporary and colorful design, elevated customer service, relentless focus on cleanliness, energizing music and confidence-boosting training programs.”

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