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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

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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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Nov192017

NFL Extends Games In Mexico Through 2021; Will Super Bowl, Expansion Follow?

By Barry Janoff

November 19, 2017: Having the NFL play games in Mexico last season and this has been so invigorating for fans, politicians and marketers that the alliance has been extended.

Even as the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots were facing off in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on Sunday (Nov. 19), the league extended a partnership with Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism for the NFL Mexico Series with three additional regular season games, 2019-2021.

The current agreement covered games in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Back in 2005, the first NFL game in Mexico saw the San Francisco 49ers play the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City in front of 103,467 people.

The Raiders played the Washington Redskins in Estadio Azteca in 2016, with more than 76,400 in attendance.

(Editor's note: Attendance was 77,357 for the game between the Patriots and Raiders, won by New England, 33-8.)

The NFL International Series in London began in 2007, with four games per season now on the schedule.

The NFL said that the agreement would be formalized by both parties at a later date, “at which time representatives of the parties will finalize the corresponding legal and administrative documents.”

Mexico City has been mentioned as a possible site for NFL international expansion and a potential Super Bowl, along with London.

Among other activation, the league has a Web site dedicated to fans in Mexico and has had an office in Mexico City for almost 20 years.

NFL held a Fan Fest in Zocalo Square Nov. 18-19, which included the Vince Lombardi Trophy, interactive games and sponsor activities, NFL merchandise, all 51 Super Bowl rings, photo opportunities and player autograph signings.

Sponsors included banking firm Banorte, CMDX (Mexico City), Dodge, Televise Network, Wilson and Visit Mexico Tourism.

MLB next season is playing regular season games in Mexico for the first time since 1999, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, with three games scheduled for May 4-6, 2018 in Estadio de Beisbol. MLB has also mentioned Mexico City as a possible expansion site.

Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism said the relationship with the NFL has “highlighted the importance of high impact sporting events for the promotion of Mexico’s tourism both nationally and internationally . . . (providing) economic benefits to Mexico City and the country as well, by supporting the tourism sector and offering our country a platform to be promoted internationally within the main markets that generate tourists.

“(This) has served as a platform to significantly boost the tourism industry in Mexico, with fans taking advantage of the opportunity to expand their trips and explore the country . . . (as) part of the strategies that are implemented within this sector to increase economic impact.” 

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