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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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Nov272018

MLB Antes Up With MGM Resorts, Eyes $1B From Gaming, Promotions, Activation

By Barry Janoff

November 27, 2018: The legal sports betting train continues to roll on at full speed, picking up as its latest passenger Major League Baseball, which today unveiled a multi-year deal designating MGM Resorts International as the first “official gaming partner" and “official entertainment partner” of MLB.

The “all-inclusive partnership agreement” will combine the MLB brand with MGM Resorts and playMGM brands across league and team sponsorships, data usage in gaming, promotion across MLB-owned media platforms, and domestic and international activations at MLB events.

Financial terms of the pact were not shared.

MGM Resorts also has official status with the NBA and NHL.

"We are pleased to partner with MGM Resorts International, a clear industry leader in the sports gaming area, to work together on bringing innovative experiences to baseball fans and MGM customers," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said during a media conference in New York.

"Our partnership with MGM will help us navigate this evolving space responsibly, and we look forward to the fan-engagement opportunities ahead."

As an official sponsor of MLB, MGM Resorts will promote its brand and gaming options domestically across MLB's digital and broadcast platforms, including MLB Network, MLB.com, the MLB At Bat app and additional fan engagement offerings to be jointly developed.

Under terms of the deal, MGM Resorts will be identified as an MLB-authorized gaming operator and utilize MLB's official statistics feed, on a non-exclusive basis, throughout its digital and live domestic sports gaming options.

MLB will also make enhanced statistics available to MGM on an exclusive basis.

MGM Resorts and MLB said they would work together on “comprehensive responsible gaming measures and work to protect the integrity of the game both on and off the field.”

MLB intellectual property will appear in MGM advertising and promotional campaigns, and MGM also will broaden its commitment to baseball by securing multiple MLB club partnerships.

MGM will have a presence at MLB jewel events, including the All-Star Game and World Series.

The Supreme Court in May overturned the national law preventing legal betting on sports in individual states, with each state now deciding whether or not to allow the platform.

States that currently allow legal sports betting are Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Others have bills waiting to be passed or rejected.

Pro sports leagues in the U.S. are set to receive a potential $4.2 billion boost in annual revenue, not just from the betting but also from such platforms as advertising, data. merchandise and sponsorship, according to the American Gaming Assn.

AGA said the NFL has the potential to take in more than $2 billion, MLB $1.1 billion, the NBA nearly $600 million and the NHL more than $200 million.

AGA research shows that legal sports betting could help generate additional revenues of $154 million for MLB as a result of spending by betting operators and data providers, that gaming operators may spend $64 million on MLB advertising, sponsorship revenues from gaming operators providing an additional $62 million for MLB and $28 million from data rights.

According to Jim Murren, MGM Resorts chairman and CEO, "We are excited to enter into this historic partnership with MLB. We are thrilled to create a new one-of-a-kind fan experience for baseball fans.

“Combining MGM Resorts' world-class entertainment and technology with MLB data will continue to transform a rapidly changing industry. This partnership further amplifies the significance of our GVC JV, firmly establishing MGM Resorts and playMGM as the market leader in partnerships with major professional sports leagues."

"Our partnership with MGM will help us navigate this evolving space responsibly, and we look forward to the fan-engagement opportunities ahead."

The deal extends beyond the U.S.

In Japan, MGM Resorts will be an official partner at such grassroots baseball events as the MLB Road Show, an interactive fan experience that celebrates MLB.

MLB Road Show tours throughout Japan giving fans an opportunity to participate in baseball activities including batting and pitching cages, base-running stations, virtual reality and a baseball museum.

"The four major sports leagues will earn a collective $4.2 billion from widely available legal sports betting, further proving that working together with the gaming industry will pay dividends for all sports stakeholders,"  Sara Slane, svp-public affairs for the AGA, said via the group.

"Legal, regulated sports betting will create huge new revenue opportunities for sports leagues — and the NFL could be the biggest winner of all," said Slane.

“Once legal sports betting expands across the country, the NFL could take in more than $2 billion a year, reinforcing how much sports leagues stand to gain from increased viewership and private partnerships with sports betting operators."

According to Washington D.C.-based GamblingCompliance, revenue from legal sports betting will reach almost $700 million in 2019, divided about evenly between online and casino take.

The figure is estimated to rise to about $1.8 billion in 2020, the majority from online, followed by casino and a small retail segment.

In 2021, revenue could reach $2.9 billion, again with the majority from online sources.

The number will top $4 billion in 2022, with more than half from online, per GamblingCompliance.

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