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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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Oct282017

IOC Takes Steps To Bring eSports, eGamers Closer To Olympic Competition Reality

By Barry Janoff

October 28, 2017: The International Olympic Committee moved steps closer to, but remained cautious about, adding eSports to future Games, stating that the category is “showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic,” and already has the “involvement of various Olympic movement stakeholders.”

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity . . . the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports,” the IOC said today (Oct. 28) during an Olympic Summit meeting held at its headquarters in Lausanne.

The meeting came with about 100 days to go until the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea (Feb. 9-25) and 1,000 days to go until the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo (July 24-Aug. 9).

Any addition of eSports and eGames likely would not get approval until the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.

eSports will for the first time will be part of the medal events at the 2022 Asian Games via an alliance between the Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports, the eSports division of China-based e-commerce firm Alibaba Group.

Alibaba Group is a top tier partner with the IOC, as is Intel, which has significant investments in the eSports category.

Among those attending the Olympic Summit meeting were IOC president Thomas Bach, U.S. Olympic Committee president Lawrence Probst; IOC vice-presidents Yu Zaiqing, Juan Antonio Samaranch, U─čur Erdener, and Anita DeFranz; and various heads of international federations and national Olympic committees.

Under discussion were “a number of topics which are important to the future of the Olympic Movement,” including the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, protection of “clean athletes,  pre-Games testing and eSports.

According to the IOC, attendees at the Summit agreed that "eSports" are showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic across different countries, and can provide a platform for engagement with the Olympic Movement.

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports.”

In order to be recognized by the IOC as a sport, ‘The content of eSports must not infringe on the Olympic values.

“A further requirement for recognition by the IOC must be the existence of an organization guaranteeing compliance with the rules and regulations of the Olympic Movement (anti-doping, betting, manipulation, etc.).”

The Summit asked the IOC together with the Global Association of Sports Federations “in a dialogue with the gaming industry and players to explore this area further and to come back to the Olympic Movement stakeholders in due course.”

eSports is expected to be a $700 million category this year and nearly triple to $1.5 billion by 2020, according to NewZoo, San Francisco, which is among the leading eSports research and consulting firms in the world.

“Competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, players prepare and train with an intensity . . . comparable to athletes in traditional sports.”

“eSsports is not only growing exponentially as a new independent business and industry, it is also accelerating the convergence of various established industries,”  Peter Warman, CEO for NewZoo, wrote in an eSports report.

“For brands, media, and entertainment companies, eSports provides a chance to capitalize on the favorite pastime of digital natives and millennials: playing games and watching game content. With the arrival of live-streams and events, gaming has entered the realm of broadcasters and media that can now apply their advertising business model to a market previously out of reach for them,” according to Warman.

Regarding the 2018 Winter Games, the Olympic Summit participants “expressed their full support for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.”

The Summit also applauded the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for all the progress in the technical preparations for the Games.

“The safety and security of the athletes are of course the top priority for everyone in the Olympic Movement, and this was highlighted again by the Olympic Summit. The IOC will continue to monitor the situation in cooperation with governments, NOCs and International Federations (IFs).”

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