• 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.

Pepsi Hits World Cup Guerrilla Marketing Stage With Leo Messi, Carli Lloyd

By Barry Janoff

March 6, 2018: Coca-Cola is the official category partner with FIFA for the 2018 World Cup, but rival Pepsi is doing all it can put the global marketing spotlight on its “disruptive content and experiences.”

With 100 days to go until the World Cup in Russia (June 14 - July 15), Pepsi has launched a worldwide multi-platform sports and lifestyle campaign, “Love It. Live It. Football.”

The effort is led by five of the most high-profile athletes in the sport: Five-time Best Player of the Year Leo Messi, U.S. star and two-time Women's Best Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, Brazilian defender Marcelo Vieira, German midfielder Toni Kroos and England rising star and two-time Young Player of the Year Dele Alli.

The five will appear in TV spots, Internet, social media and POP, including Pepsi cans.

Pepsi called “Love It. Live It. Football.” a “rich, 360-degree campaign (that) connects art and sport to bring the beautiful game to life — on and off the pitch — with a unique, highly sharable and joy-evoking take on the sport and our world-class line-up of global footballers.”

"Pepsi is known for bringing football's most iconic heroes and hopefuls to the world in unexpected, entertaining ways, showing fans the never-seen-before sides of the players they love," Natalia Filippociants, senior marketing director, Global Pepsi Trademark, Global Beverage Group, PepsiCo, said in a statement.

"What tightly links the football experience across our iconic brand, the players and our collective fans around the world is a love for the game. This year, we'll love and live the game like never before in all we do."

A key element of the campaign is artwork and visual experiences, including “a series of bold, black-and-white portraits captured by renowned lensman Danny Clinch.”

The intro spot, “Paint The World Blue,”  show Messi, Lloyd and the others in various locations, kicking soccer balls filled with "Pepsi Blue" that splatter upon impact on sidewalks, cars, buildings and even people. A growing number of people “decide to live for the moment, join the game and cheer on the players,” according to Pepsi.

The action is played out to ”Light it Up” remix by Major Lazer (feat. Nyla & Fuse ODG).

As part of the effort, Pepsi has also released individual spots for Messi, Marcelo, Kroos, Lloyd and Dele in which each of the athletes shares insight into why they play soccer and love the sport.

Pepsi said it would continue to release additional “disruptive content and experiences that enable fans to truly love and live the game” throughout the year.

Although not a FIFA partner, Pepsi and parent company PepsiCo have numerous official soccer alliances worldwide.

In February, PepsiCo extended its partnership with the UEFA Champions League, which began in 2015, for three years. Six of PepsiCo's leading global brands will support the competition through the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final, including Pepsi Zero Sugar, Lay's and Gatorade continuing to take the lead.

FIFA global partners include adidas, Coca-Cola, Gazprom, Hyundai-Kia Motors, Qatar Airways, Visa and Wanda Group.

FIFA World Cup sponsors include Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Hissende, McDonald’s, Mengniu and Vivo.

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