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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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KEEPING SCORE

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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Despite DFS DraftKings, FanDuel Woes, Fantasy Sports Industry Tops 59M Players

By Barry Janoff

June 20, 2017: Daily fantasy sports firms DraftKings and FanDuel may be having myriad of problems with the Federal Trade Commission in trying to enact a proposed merger, but the fantasy sports industry is alive, kicking and thriving.

Fantasy sports has reached a record 59.3 million players in the U.S. and Canada, up from 57.4 million last year and more than double the number of players (28.4 million) in 2009, according to new research from the Fantasy Sports Trade Assn.

And those players like to spend, to the tune of more than $7.2 billion.

Taking into account all platforms, spending and all other venues of revenue associated with fantasy sports, the industry as a whole is valued at upward of $70 billion, according to industry analysts.

Football still reigns, with nearly three-quarters of all fantasy players associated with football-related fantasy games, leagues and groups.

The players still skew heavily male — 71% to 29% female — but combined are a stronger consumer force than ever.

That includes spending more than $1 billion on such  "ancillary" activities and goods as draft parties, food and drink and fantasy-related memorabilia.

"The fantasy sports industry's continuing growth demonstrates consumers' passion for the hobby and their desire to play with friends and family," Paul Charchian, president for Madison, WI-based FSTA, said in a statement. "We continue to see innovation that broadens the appeal of fantasy sports and data that shows tremendous gains in the scale of participation and economic impact."

The future landscape of daily fantasy sports remains uncertain with the news this week that the FTC is attempting to block a potential merger between No. 1 player DraftKings and No. 2 FanDuel.

"This merger would deprive customers of the substantial benefits of direct competition between DraftKings and FanDuel," Tad Lipsky, acting director for the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, said in a statement.

According to the FTC’s complaint, at present, the two companies "battle head-to-head to offer the best prices and product quality, including the largest prize pools and greatest variety of contests. The proposed merger would create a single provider with by far the largest share of the market for paid daily fantasy sports contests in the United States."

Meanwhile, fantasy sports continues to show spending strength across the board.

Of the fantasy players who watch Sunday games at someone's home, 73% order delivery from such pizza places as Domino's, Papa John's or Pizza Hut; while 61% purchase food from places like Burger King, Wendy's, or McDonald’s, according to the FSTA.

"We continue to see innovation that broadens the appeal of fantasy sports and data that shows tremendous gains in the scale of participation and economic impact."

Among other stats from the FSTA survey, conducted by Ipsos Marketing:

• 84% hold a draft party and more than 90% of players buy food and/or alcohol for the party

• 57% have a league-wide event outside of the draft party, including going to bars or clubs (51%), a group trip (47%) or a golf outing (44%)

• 73% spend money on a non-cash prize for their league winner (e.g., trophy, belt, ring)
    
• 68% spend money on a "prize" for the league loser, such as a "toilet bowl" trophy, tattoo or T-shirt.

The FSTA survey was conducted March 1-6, 2017 in Canada, and May 30-June 1, 2017 in the U.S.

It included a "representative, randomly selected sample of 3,600 teens and adults from Ipsos' online panel who were interviewed online to determine the fantasy sports market size in the U.S. and Canada."

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