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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

BUY SELL

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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Nov152017

Foot Locker: NBA Stars Are So Busy With Cause Marketing We Needed Stand-Ins

By Barry Janoff

November 15, 2017: Foot Locker has been real about its “Week of Greatness” campaign for the past five years, but for its sixth annual effort it is getting “unreal” to support some very real causes.

The retailer will continue to use the campaign to sell goods, but has added a significant altruistic component.

“(We are) not only delivering the most anticipated footwear and apparel launches, but committing and championing Acts of Greatness — physical acts of generosity that inspire and uplift others — through the action-oriented platform, Greatness Does Good.”

New York-headquartered Foot Locker said it has joined with such brands as Nike, Jordan, adidas, Puma, Converse and Reebok, plus the NBA’s New York Knicks, to aid people in Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria and others those affected by “recent U.S. and global events.”

The push comes with multi-media marketing, anchored by two “Greatness Does Good” spots explaining that NBA stars including Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kristaps Porzingis and Damian Lillard “were so busy doing good, they didn’t have time to star in commercials.”

Instead, we get lookalikes of the aforementioned players, who stay in character as they explain how Foot Locker is working during the holiday season to aid and comfort others.

Doubles for Anthony, Irving and Davis appear in one, lookalikes for Harden, Porzinagas and Lillard in the other.

Support includes digital, POP and social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).

Lead agency is BBDO, New York.

Among the Greatness Does Good efforts, Foot Locker has placed sneaker donation bins in more than 1,650 of its stores worldwide as a part of its partnership with non-profit Soles4Souls.

According to Foot Locker, people are invited to donate new and gently worn shoes in store (Nov. 18-26, 2017).

New shoes donated in the U.S. will be sent to Puerto Rico.

Gently used shoes, as well as all footwear donations made in Foot Locker locations outside the U.S., will benefit the Soles4Souls Micro-Enterprise program, “driving commerce for entrepreneurs in developing countries.”

Foot Locker said it would join its customers by donating “thousands of new pairs from its own supply to support on-going recovery efforts in Puerto Rico . . . (We have) committed to donating more than $1,000,000 toward humanitarian relief efforts around the globe, including $100,000 to support Soles4Souls from the Foot Locker Foundation.”

Top athletes, artists and influencers, including Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Kyrie Irving will also commit their own Acts of Greatness by “donating their shoes to the cause, with additional support from their peers rolling in.”

"At Foot Locker, we believe that greatness is not only about what sneakers you wear, it's about what you do while you're in them," Dick Johnson, CEO and president for Foot Locker, Inc., said in a statement.

"This year, instead of bringing together the biggest stars in sports to create our well-known, humorous ads for the annual Week of Greatness, we are bringing global ‘sneakerheads’ together to commit and champion Acts of Greatness."

According to Anthony, who has fronted his own relief efforts in support of Puerto Rico, "Helping Puerto Rico overcome the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.

“Foot Locker's generosity throughout the Week of Greatness will undoubtedly have an impact as the island continues to rebuild and recover the many items, including clothing and shoes, that were lost.”

New sneaker releases from Nike, Jordan, adidas and more will drop daily beginning Nov. 18 in Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, and Kids Foot Locker stores globally.

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