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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

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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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Mayweather Jr.-McGregor Bout Hit It Really F-N Big: $600M Revenue, 4.3M PPV Buys

By Barry Janoff

December 15, 2017: They said it would be huge. And, according to the numbers, it was.

Following months of hype, a five-day three nation tour, name calling, marketing and X-rated ranting, undefeated middleweight boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. met undefeated UFC MMA champ Connor McGregor on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

Mayweather Jr. came away victorious via a 10th-round KO to up his pro career to 50-0.

And the fight, called a debacle by some and a gem by others, was a winner for the fighters and its financial backers.

Showtime Sports said that the Showtime PPV presentation of Mayweather vs. McGregor generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. The event is now the second largest pay-per-view event of all time behind Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, which in May 2015 set the North American pay-per-view mark at 4.6 million buys.

The Showtime PPV totals for Mayweather vs. McGregor far exceed what is now the third highest PPV event in history, nearly doubling the 2.48 million buys for Oscar De La Hoya vs. Mayweather in 2007.

The total global revenue from the event including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution exceeds $600 million, according to Showtime Sports.

That — along with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao— is among the largest payouts for a single-day sporting event of all time.

Mayweather and Showtime PPV now account for the three highest-grossing pay-per-view events in TV history, with the third-ranked event Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez from 2013.

The Mayweather Jr.-McGregor fight took in $2.6 million at the 534 theaters that showed it live, with tickets going for $40 each, according to Variety.

Mayweather Jr. took home at least an estimated $300 million, according to industry analysts.

McGregor was guaranteed $30 million, but industry analysts put the figure closer to $100 million, a figure not disputed by McGregor in post-fight interviews.

“It’s around that,” McGregor said when asked about the $100 million payday. “We’re still counting.”

Marketing partners for the bout included Corona, BodyArmor, Monster Energy and Hublot,

"We’re not only drawing fans from the universe of boxing and the universe of MMA, we’ve actually tapped into the audience that really doesn’t follow either sport," Dana White, UFC president, said during a media conference in June to officially unveil the fight.

"This is such an unprecedented event, such a spectacle, that all of a sudden people who have never really been interested in MMA or boxing are interested in this event due to the nature of the competition and the nature of these two personalities. That’s an untapped part of the market that not even Mayweather-Pacquiao touched," said White.

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