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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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Dec052017

IOC Bans Russia From 2018 Winter Games, But FIFA Says No Impact On World Cup

By Barry Janoff

December 5, 2017: Calling it an “unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport,” the  International Olympic Committee Tuesday (Dec. 5) banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics, but left the door open for athletes from Russia to compete “under strict conditions.”

The IOC’s Executive Board said that it made the decision “after studying and discussing the findings of the Commission led by the former President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, addressing the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia.”

(Editor's Note: In response to his nation being banned by the IOC from competing in the 2018 Olympics but allowing athletes from the nation to compete under strict regulations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Dec. 6 in a statement that the government would not prevent Russian athletes from competing at the 2018 Winter Games. “It will be up to each individual Russian sportsperson to decide if they participate in the February Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as neutral competitors.”)

The report specified by the IOC also addressed in particular the “manipulation at the anti-doping laboratory at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, which targeted the Olympic Games directly.”

According to the IOC, “Over 17 months of extensive work, the Schmid Commission gathered evidence and information and held hearings with all the main actors. Due process, to which every individual and every organization is entitled, was followed. This opportunity was not available to the IOC prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016.”

This summer, Russia will play host to the FIFA World Cup. Its national soccer team is part of Group A with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay.

"FIFA has taken note of the decision made by the IOC regarding the participation of Russian athletes at the upcoming Winter Olympics," according to a statement from FIFA.

”(The IOC) decision has no impact on the preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as we continue to work to deliver the best possible event."

For the IOC, the conclusions of the Schmid Report, “on both factual and legal aspects, confirmed the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia, through the 'Disappearing Positive Methodology' and during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as well as the various levels of administrative, legal and contractual responsibility, resulting from the failure to respect the respective obligations of the various entities involved,” according to the IOC.

"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement. “The IOC EB, after following due process, has issued proportional sanctions for this systemic manipulation while protecting the clean athletes.

“This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency),” said Bach.

The IOC said it would invite individual Russian athletes “under strict conditions” to the Games in PyeongChang, adhering to specific guidelines that it laid out.

“These invited athletes will participate, be it in individual or team competitions, under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)” according to the IOC. “They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony” rather than their national anthem should any of these invited athletes win a medal.”

The Schmid Commission itself recommended to the IOC Executive Board that it “take the appropriate measures that should be strong enough to effectively sanction the existence of a systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia, as well as the legal responsibility of the various entities involved (i.e., including uniform, flag and anthem) while protecting the rights of the individual Russian clean athletes.”

“As the exclusive U.S. media rights holder through 2032, we believe in clean competition and strong actions to ensure it.,” NBCUniversal said in a statement. “Therefore, we fully support today’s IOC decision, which levels significant sanctions against the guilty, but also provides a path for clean athletes to compete in PyeongChang.”

According to Scott Blackmun, CEO for the U.S. Olympic Committee, “The IOC took a strong and principled decision. There were no perfect options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again. Now it is time to look ahead to PyeongChang."

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