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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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Dec142017

Michael Jackson, Still ‘Earning’ $75M A Year, Gets ‘Landmark’ Deal With Sony

By Barry Janoff

December 14, 2017: Michael Jackson, who passed away in June 2009 at the age of 50, is the highest-paid deceased celebrity of 2017, with his estate taking in a estimated $75 million, the fifth consecutive year that the “Thriller” entertainer has held that position. (Arnold Palmer was second at $40 million), according to Forbes.

Jackson’s Facebook page has more than 68 million followers, and his Twitter account has 2.2 million followers.

Recent platforms from Jackson, under the auspices of his estate, include Michael Jackson's Halloween, a new, one-hour perennial animated special; and Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D.

The iconic Thriller, which this year celebrated its 35th anniversary (released in 1982), is the best-selling album worldwide of all-time, with more than 66 million copies sold and counting, according to music industry associations. (AC/DC’s Back in Black is second with 50 million copies sold.)

All told, Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson had a multitude of reasons to sign what they called a “landmark recording deal that will continue the label's 42-year relationship with Jackson.

Under the new pact, effective January 1, 2018, Sony Music will extend the term of their administration of Michael's record catalog in a long term recording agreement.  Sony will also have the opportunity to partner on additional projects that the Estate may produce during the term of the agreement.  

The new deal was unveiled by Rob Stringer, Sony Music CEO, and John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Michael Jackson was an unsurpassed genius and an iconic force in music entertainment,” said Stringer in a statement. “The music — and videos — he made as an artist as part of the Sony Music family are essential to pop culture history.

“We're proud to be part of that history, and to find new innovative ways to make Michael's music available to future generations of fans."

According to Sony and the Jackson Estate, Michael Jackson ranks in the Top 5 of all catalog artists for both audio streaming and video streaming for 2017, as well as in the Top 5 of all artists for the combined audio and video streaming for 2013–2017, alongside the likes of Chainsmokers, One Direction, Beyoncé and Sia.

Jackson's latest release, the compilation album, Scream, was his 16th Top 40 album on the Billboard charts and 30th charting album overall. The release was supported by a Michael Jackson Halloween campaign.

His previous release, 2014's Xscape, reached No. 1 in 49 countries.

According to Branca and McClain, "We couldn't ask for more creative and innovative partners than Sony and Rob Stringer.

“Michael continues to inspire generations of artists who have come after him and attract new fans who understand that his music and message are more important than ever. We look forward to continuing to preserve and develop his remarkable musical legacy with Sony."

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