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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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Is Hummus Humorous? Is Zucchini Funny? NBA's Spurs Return With H*E*B Campaign

By Barry Janoff

October 21, 2017: What do hummus, zucchini noodles, liquid detergent and skydiving have to do with the NBA?

Everything if you are the San Antonio Spurs.

In what has become an annual event — and a highly anticipated one throughout the NBA — members of the Spurs keep on their uniforms to appear in various humorous scenarios for supermarket chain H*E*B for the 13th year.

Six 30-second spots include LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay.

There also are appearances from Spurs legends Bruce Bowen, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin and David Robinson, who are part of the “H*E*B Spurs Retirement Club.”

H-E-B operates more than 390 stores in Texas and Mexico.

The company gets national attention from the spots due to the stars and the creative, from lead agency Richards Group, Dallas, which has received numerous awards.

“At H*E*B, we are really excited for our loyal customers and Spurs fans to see this year’s commercials, which have become fan favorites for more than ten years,”Cory Basso, H-E-B Group vp-marketing and advertising, said in a statement.

According to H*E*B, “This continued collaboration between H*E*B and Spurs Sports & Entertainment has led to community investment projects and provided Spurs fans and H*E*B customers with player appearances and fan appreciation events throughout the year.”

Support for spots includes Internet, social media, POP and in-arena in AT&T Center, the Spurs home venue.

H*E*B, a 111-year-old company with sales topping $23 billion, has a vested interest as a marketing partner with the team.

That includes the 7,300 square foot H-E-B FanZone in AT&T Center, which contains 56 LCD flat-screen TVs, pop-a-shot games, arena bowl view, a private bar and multiple catering stations.

Among this year’s spots:

New Experiences
Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay taste some new Primo Picks and wonder, “What else have we been missing?” They go skydiving, but Kawhi unexpectedly is the first to jump.

Zoodles
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are cooking in a kitchen “Did you know zucchini noodles are called “zoodles?” asks Parker. The discussion then leads to squash noodles could be “squoodles,” and potato noodles could be “patoodles”. Gasol, Aldridge and  Green walk in. They are renamed “Pauoodles Gazoodles” and “Lamoodles Aldooroodles” Green asks, So am I “Danoodles?” No,” says Parker, “you are Yankee Doodle Danny.”

Hummus Tasting
Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, The Coyote are tasting hummus as if it was wine. Gets into a discussion on how to pronounce hummus. “Hummuses? Haw-Moose?”

Retirement Club SRV
Spurs icons  Bruce Bowen, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin and David Robinson order food from H*E*B* then use the SRV — Spurs Retirement Vehicle, a large party bus driven by The Coyote — for curbside pickup.

Primo Pick-nic
The guys bring H*E*B Primo Picks to Tony’s 1st Annual H*E*B Primo Pick-Nic and each item makes Kawhi Leonard’s brain explode . . .  especially when LeMarcus Aldridge shows his bottle of laundry detergent. “Grass stains are no joke, man!”

El Primo Picks
In Hispanic

H*E*B said that people can vote for their favorite commercials at heb.com/spurs immediately following the Spurs game on Oct. 23 when all six commercials will be available to view.

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