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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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United On Board With Team USA Athletes, P&G's Bounty Bonds With Lindsey Vonn

Special To NYSportsJournalism.com

Nov. 2, 2017: United, the official airline for the U.S. Olympic Committee, has unveiled its lineup of Team USA athletes who will represent the 'New Spirit of United' during the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

According to United, “These athletes embody United's core values of flying together and working as one unified team towards success. They are role models both in and out of competition, and will represent United throughout the PyeongChang Games.”

Among other activation, the athletes will appear in a United U.S. Olympic-themed ad campaign that will launch in January.

Team United includes Gus Kenworthy (freeskier), Jamie Anderson (snowboarder), J.R. Celski (short track speedskater), Erin Hamlin (luger), Nathan Chen ( figure skater) and Nikko Landeros (sled hockey player).

Separately, IOC and USOC partner Procter & Gamble brand Bounty has aligned with world champion skier Lindsey Vonn for an “inside look at how she’s preparing to be the quickest of quick on the slopes.”

According to the brand, “Vonn and Bounty share a unique trait of being quick, which is essential for Vonn on the slopes . . . Vonn’s training routine emphasizes the element of speed and ways to enhance it, in order to perform her quickest at PyeongChang 2018.”

Regarding Team United,  Andrew Nocella, evp and COO for United, said that the Olympians and Paralympians on Team USA “work as a team to excel in their sports, set records and bring home the gold.

“It's that same dedication and teamwork that our own United employees put forward every day to connect hundreds of thousands of our customers to the moments that matter most to them."

The carrier, which has been the official airline of Team USA for almost 40 years, is offering exclusive opportunities for MileagePlus customers to see Team USA in action at the Olympic Winter Games live in PyeongChang. (Details here.)

As for her role with Bounty, Vonn said “I’m thrilled to be partnering with Bounty for the Winter Olympics — especially given the connection between downhill skiing and the need to be quick.

“The 'Quicker Picker Upper' not only represents my energy on the slopes, which is quick, but it’s my go-to for picking up life’s everyday spills off the slopes.”

Added Jacques Hagopian, Bounty brand director, Procter & Gamble. “Bounty’s longstanding heritage as the Quicker Picker Upper is a perfect match with Lindsey Vonn’s speed, agility, and performance on the global stage.

"We are so proud to be a part of Lindsey’s journey to the Winter Olympics, and wish her all the best (and quickness) in PyeongChang.”

P&G is also aligned with Olympic athletes and icons including Gus Kenworthy, Elana Meyers Taylor, Michelle Kwan, Oksana Masters and Zahra Lari.

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