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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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Nov282017

Spending Too Much This Holiday Season? You’re Not Alone (Especially In New York)

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

November 27, 2017: When hitting the stores this holiday season, you will need to be armed with cash, credit cards, a shopping list and some interesting — and perhaps necessary — statistics.

Holiday-season shoppers will spend an average of $500.

For most, even that won’t be enough as 76% of people said they have overspent on holiday purchases by an average of $263 in the past, according to the "Merry Money Holiday Spending Survey" from TD Bank.

The most-requested presents: Gift cards were No. 1 (62%), followed by cash (59%) and purchased gifts (48%), according to TD Bank.

Although more than 50% of people create a budget, 76% of them overspend.

The highest level of holiday overspend in the country comes from shoppers in New Yorkers (80%) and South Florida (78%) as compared to the national average (76%).

Shoppers in New York overspend by 21% ($318) more than the average American ($263).

The most common budget-breakers: 71% spent more than expected for the gifts on their list, 57% bought items for people not on their original list and 41% spent extra money on themselves.

The worst offenders:

“Experience-driven millennials far overspend their budget (72%) on holiday-related events compared to members of Generation X (24%) and baby boomers (18%),” according to the "Merry Money Holiday Spending Survey."

Millennials tend to overspend the most on:


    •    Gifts for friends and family (49%)
    •    Purchases for themselves (33%)
    •    Candy/desserts (33%)
    •    Home decorations (31%)
    •    Wine/Beer/Spirits (30%)

However, the good news is that while the majority of holiday shoppers have overspent in the past, 59% indicated that they “expect to pay back their spending before February 2018.”

Some people know how to save money: 59% of people give homemade food as a gift.

Meanwhile, some people don’t like what they have received: 56% of people have re-gifted their gifts

"Holiday shopping should not create any added stress to such an enjoyable time of year," Jason Thacker, head of U.S. Consumer Deposits and Payments for TD Bank, said in a statement.

“These findings only further emphasize that by establishing a budget and exploring gift alternatives, people can still make meaningful memories and get the most out of the season." 

Research company MARU/Matchbox conducted the "Merry Money Holiday Spending Survey" “among a nationally representative sample of Americans shopping for the holiday season.”

Interviews occurred between Nov. 2-8, 2017. A total 1,295 "completes" were gathered in the U.S.

Data has been weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the population, per TD Bank.

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