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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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Preparing For Super Bowl LII, Minneapolis Also Has Eyes On 2019 Men’s Final Four

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

December 11, 2017: With Super Bowl LII almost at its front door, Minneapolis is already laying out the welcome mat for the NCAA 2019 Men’s Division Final Four, which, like the NFL’s Big Game, will be played in U.S. Bank Stadium.

The NCAA and the Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee have unveiled the ’19 Final Four logo and shared details about business and citizen support, marketing and activation around the weekend, scheduled for March 29-April 1, 2019.

The event will be a multi-city affair, including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington.

Local-based companies with a national footprint that are part of the organizing activation include 3M, Delta Dental, CHS, Land O’Lakes, Polaris Industries, Target and U.S. Bancorp.

Minneapolis previously hosted the Final Four in 1951, 1992 and 2001 (the latter two played in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which was demolished in 2014).

U.S. Bank Stadium is also home to the NFL’s Vikings.

“We are thrilled to bring one of the world’s best sporting events back to Minneapolis,”  Dan Gavitt, NCAA svp-basketball, said during a ceremony on Dec. 8 to reveal the Final Four logo. “While this will be the fourth time the city has hosted the Final Four, it will look entirely different for fans who attended it here in the past.

“The days of having just two games on Saturday and another Monday are a thing of the past. There will be plenty of activities for everyone to take part in, whether or not you have a ticket to the games, or even if you’re not a basketball fan. It’s going to be an incredibly exciting time for the community,” said Gavitt.

The unveiling was accompanied by the initial stages of a marketing campaign, including a promo spot with Mike Krzyzewski, head basketball coach for Duke University; a dedicated Web site and social media.

The 2019 men’s Final Four logo, according to the MLOC, is “uniquely Minnesotan, combining the contemporary look of the Minneapolis skyline, by including the iconic shape of U.S. Bank Stadium, with the contrasting beauty of nature, a signature asset of the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.”

According to Kate Mortenson, MLOC president and CEO, “The Final Four logo itself represents a terrific opportunity to showcase Minneapolis to the rest of the world.

"As we prepare for the Final Four and four days of basketball excitement, we’re also working to ensure our initiatives engage and benefit Minnesota’s youth, business community and residents. Today’s event is just the beginning.”

As part of the 2019 Men’s Final Four event, the MLOC said that North Commons Park on the city’s North Side, which has been open to the public for more than 100 years (its first basketball hoops were installed in 1908), would be the site of the NCAA’s next Legacy Restoration project.

Super Bowl LII is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2018.

The 2018 Men’s Final Four is scheduled for the San Antonio Alamodome, March 31 and April 2.

The NCAA said that tickets for the 2019 Men’s Final Four in Minneapolis would be available through a randomized lottery selection process. Ticket applications for the lottery will be accepted between March 12-May 31, 2018.(Full details here.)

The MLOC includes the University of Minnesota as the host institution, Sports Minneapolis and Meet Minneapolis as liaisons to hospitality, the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, representing the game venue, U.S. Bank Stadium

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