• 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.


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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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

Led By A-B, GnR, U2, Music Sponsorship Spend To Top Record $1.5B in 2017

By Barry Janoff

July 26, 2017: With such power groups and performers as U2, Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Adele, Ed Sheehan, Bruno Mars and The Weekend on tour in 2017, it is small wonder that brands have lined up to be part of the action and income.

Sponsorship spending on music tours, festivals and venues is projected to total a record $1.54 billion in 2017, up 4.8% from the previous record of $1.47 billion 2016.

That projected increase exceeds the projected 4.1% increase in overall 2017 North American sponsorship spending and 3.9% increase in entertainment spending, but trails the 5.6% increase in music spending in 2016, according to research and consulting firm IEG, Chicago.

The increase in sponsorship spend this year follows an upward trend in the category over the past few years, when spend was $1.4 billion in 2015, $1.34 billion in 2014, $1.28 billion in 2013, $1.22 billion in 2012 and $1.17 billion in 2011.

According to the 2017 IEG Music Sponsorship Report, "Anheuser-Busch InBev remains the undisputed leader in live music."
Some 51% of music festivals with a sponsor in the alcoholic beverage category report a partnership with an Anheuser-Busch brand, up from 28% in 2016.

The brewer is followed by ride-share service Uber, which replaces PepsiCo as the second most active sponsor of music festivals, with 21% of properties with a sponsor in the ride-share category listing a partnership with Uber.

That is more than double the number of properties in 2016 (8%), per IEG.

Brown-Forman (Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador) is the third most active sponsor of music (19%), followed by Fifth Generation (led by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, 17%) and MillerCoors (17%).

PepsiCo comes in at No. 6 (16%), with the Top Ten also including Heineken (16%), Coca-Cola (14%), Diageo (14%) and E&J Gallo (12%), Deep Eddy Vodka (12%) and Monster Energy (12%).

Bud Light (Anheuser-Busch) is among the lead sponsors for the upcoming Lollapalooza festival (Chicago Aug. 3-6), as are, Uber, Pepsi and Jack Daniel’s.

The wine and spirits category remains the most active category sponsoring music, but at a slightly less active pace than in 2016.

According to the 2017 IEG Music Sponsorship Report wine and spirits brands are 5.3 times more likely to sponsor live music in 2017 than the average of all sponsors, still No. 1 but down from 7.4 in 2016.

The Top Ten most active categories sponsoring music also includes beer (4.0), retail (3.5), food (3.1), non-alcoholic beverages (2.9), media and publishing (2.9), banks (1.6), automotive (1.5), hotels and resorts (1.5) and tech (1.4)

Among the highest-grossing tours for the first half of the year (January-June), Guns N’ Roses leads the way, grossing $152.5 million, followed by U2 ($118.1 million), according to Pollstar.

Top Ten Grossing Tours January-June 2017
1. Guns N’ Roses $151.5 million
2. U2 $118.1 million
3. Justin Bieber $98.2 million (remainder of tour postponed)
4. Metallica $88 million
5. Depeche Mode $68.2 million
6. Red Hot Chili Peppers $60.5 million
7. Adele $59 million
8. Ed Sheeran $57.2 million
9. Eric Church $54.5 million
10. Bruno Mars $52.7 million
Source: Pollstar

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