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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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100 Days To World Cup Has FIFA, Fox, Telemundo Deportes, Putin Kicking Balls

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2018: In what was billed as a preview of action that will take place this summer, FIFA, Fox Sports, NBCU’s Telemundo Deportes, marketers, fans and even Vladimir Putin celebrated 100 Days to the World Cup, which will take place in Russia June 14-July 15.

FIFA had what arguably was the most eccentric clip of the day: Russian leader Putin kicking and heading a soccer ball with FIFA president Gianni Infantino in the Kremlin
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The scene was part of a 90-second promo spot from FIFA, “100 Days to Go,” which shows current and retired players from around the world — including England’s Wayne Rooney, Brazil’s Ronaldo, Argentine’s Diego Maradona, Mexico’s Jorge Campos, Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha, Australia’s Harry Kewell and Japan’s Hidetoshi Nakata — in various soccer action poses counting down to “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

FIFA official marketing partners are also set to ramp-up activation as the competition nears.

FIFA Global Partners are adidas, Coca-Cola, Gazprom, Hyundai-Kia Motors, Qatar Airways, Visa and Wanda Group.

FIFA World Cup sponsors include Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Hissende, McDonald’s, Mengniu and Vivo.

Fox Sports, entering its first time as the official English-language broadcaster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup (taking over from ESPN), used the occasion to unveil various marketing and technical elements.

Among them were a promotion spot, “The World Becomes The World Cup”; the original theme song to be used during World Cup broadcasts —  “Where Angels Fear to Tread” by Russian neoclassical pianist and composer Kirill Richter — and company-wide coverage and initiatives across all Fox Networks Group channels, including television, digital and social platforms.

Fox Sports said it would produce 100 FIFA World Cup features and video essays, premiering on June 14 during coverage of the opening match, providing audiences with “one-of-kind storytelling journeys of the most compelling and inspiring athletes and teams participating in the tournament.”

In addition, Fox  Sports, which said it would be the only network in the world with a standalone studio set in Moscow’s Red Square at this summer, launched the “100 Most Memorable FIFA World Cup Moments” countdown and a weekly minute-long "Road to Russia" segment featuring this year’s FIFA World Cup hopefuls.

“Today, we celebrate another milestone in our journey to Russia,” David Neal, executive producer for FIFA World Cup on Fox and vp-production for Fox Sports, said in a statement.

“We are delighted to kick off the celebration by unveiling Kirill’s extraordinary Fox Sports World Cup theme music, rolling out the digital and social campaigns and implementing company-wide initiatives, helping to build momentum before the tournament begins on June 14.”

Concurrently, NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Deportes, the exclusive Spanish-language home for the World Cup. revealed a series of key updates for its coverage plans and alliances with such marketers as Sprint, Coca-Cola and Volkswagen

As an official FIFA partner, Coca-Cola will be the presenting sponsor of the Telemundo Deportes Post-Game, “El Resumen del Partido,” for all 64 World Cup matches as well as the in-game match clocks.

Powerade, a Coca-Cola Co. brand, will have exposure during the tournament via socially led activations.

Sprint will work with Telemundo Deportes as the official halftime sponsor of all 64 matches.

Sprint said it would offer its customers an exclusive portal in the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app that will be home to various content all in one place, inclusive of FIFA content that no one else can provide in Spanish-language.

Volkswagen will be presenting sponsor for the network’s primetime show exclusively dedicated to the FIFA World Cup (to air nightly from 7-8 PM ET).

Volkswagen will have brand presence within each of the 64 matches as well as within Telemundo Deportes live-stream coverage. All Volkswagen content will feature the new Jetta and Tiguan models.

The network is partnering with global youth media brand VICE to produce short-form features and stories of the “culture and fandom that the World Cup brings around the world.”

The content will air exclusively across Telemundo Deportes’ television coverage during the FIFA World Cup and TelemundoDeportes.com.

As part of its planned 1,000-plus hours of FIFA World Cup content across digital platforms, Telemundo Deportes unveiled a content partnership with NBCU Digital Lab to create “Somos el Mundial,” a digital docu-series to be featured on TelemundoDeportes.com and Telemundo Deportes’ YouTube page.

In addition, BuzzFeed will create short-form content from the series to be integrated across its platforms. The series will debut in May and continue running during the tournament.

“This will be the most consumed and most widely distributed digital event in Spanish-language television history."

According to Ray Warren, president forTelemundo Deportes, “This will be the most consumed and most widely distributed digital event in Spanish-language television history. All of the initiatives announced today support our mission to bring our viewers the most authentic and complete coverage in the history of the tournament.”

Other key digital highlights for Fox Sports’ month-long tournament coverage include the “first instant native highlights on Twitter for every single goal of the FIFA World Cup,” a live show every match day from Red Square hosted by Rachel Bonnetta and daily Publisher Stories on Snapchat chronicling the World Cup.

All matches will be available live on Fox Sports GO, with special pre-game content on “Who You Got?,” and post-game highlights “90’ in 90’” distributed across FoxSports.com, the Fox Sports App and Fox Sports’ social handles, set to launch around the first match on June 13. 

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