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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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Sponsorship Spend In ’18 To Top Record $24B In North America, $65.8B Worldwide

By Barry Janoff

January 9, 2018: Calling it a “rebound year” — and led by such companies as PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors — sponsorship spending in North America is projected to reach a record $24.2 billion and $65.8 billion worldwide.

Sports will continue to be the leading category, with 70% of North America sponsorship marketing in 2018 in the category, topping $17 billion, according to research, marketing and consulting firm ESP Properties (formerly IEG), Chicago.

That figure is up nearly 5% from $16.3 billion is 2017 and some $1.3 billion more than the $15.7 billion spend  in 2016,

Global sponsorship spend was $55.3 billion in 2014, $67.5 billion in 2015, $60.1 billion in 2016, $62.7 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach $65.8 billion in 2018, up 4.8%.

“On the heels of a tighter-than-anticipated North American sponsorship market in the year just ended, (2018) projects (to be) a rebound this year, alongside continued steady growth globally,” according to the ESP Sponsorship Year-End Industry Review and Forecast.

Last year, ESP said it projected worldwide growth of 4.5% and an increase in North America of 4.1%.

However, that forecast’s caveat that “caution on the part of brand and corporate marketers could grow into concern as the year progresses, thus limiting their willingness to commit additional dollars to partnerships,” proved accurate in North America, where spend increased only 3.6% to $23.1 billion.

“A key factor was continued examination of sponsorship budgets, with an eye to reducing overall spending, by major players in the beverage industry — the largest spending category — including soft drink and beer giants PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors,” according to ESP.

Also, per ESP Sponsorship Year-End Industry Review and Forecast, “While 2017 growth rates for advertising and other forms of marketing—including public relations, direct marketing and promotions—were just above 2% in North America and 35% globally, both are expected to rebound by about a percentage point or more this year.”

For 2018, sports sponsorship spending is projected to be followed by entertainment, which saw a $2.3 billion sponsor spend in 2017 and is projected to reach $2.4 billion in 2018.

Sponsor spend on causes in North America was $2 billion in 2017 with a projection of $2.14 billion in 2018.

Sponsor spend on arts in 2018 is projected to top $1 billion for the first time, up fro $993 million in 2017.

Festivals, fairs and annual events was $903 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $936 million in 2018.

Associations and membership organizations sponsor spend was $616 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $635 million in 2018.

By region, sponsorships spend in Europe was $16 billion in 2016, $16.7 billion in 2017 and is projected to be $17.6 billion in 2018.

Asia Pacific is projected to go from $15.7 billion in 2017 to $16.6 billion in 20218, and Central-South America rise from $4.5 billion to $4.6 billion.

PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch Top Spends In Sponsorships

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