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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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Jun072017

Money Ball: Ronaldo, LeBron, Messi, Federer, World’s Highest Paid Athletes

By Barry Janoff

June 7, 2017: On the court, LeBron James is associated with the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

Off the court, he has deals that include Nike, Coca-Cola (Sprite, picturred), Kia and Beats by Dre.

Put them together and James is the second-highest paid athlete in the world, earning $86.2 million between June 2016-June 2017, including the second-most in endorsements among all athletes worldwide, taking in $55 million.

In fact, James is among 32 NBA players who made the 2017 World’s Highest-Paid Athletes In The World list, just released by Forbes.

Although he strives to be No. 1, that position among the world’s highest-paid athletes goes to Cristiano Ronaldo, forward for Real Madrid and the Portugal National Team.

Ronaldo earned $58 million in salary and bonuses, an additional $35 million from such endorsement deals as Nike, Tag Heuer, Herbalife and Abbott Labs. His CR7 brand includes shoes, underwear, clothing, cologne and an investment in hotels.

On the list of endorsement deals, James is second behind tennis star Roger Federer, who earned $58 million in deals that include Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Moet & Chandon, Barilla, Lindt, NetJets, Wilson and Credit Suisse.

According to Forbes, the 100 highest-paid sports stars earned a cumulative $3.11 billion over the past 12 months. Although that was down 1% from the previous year, the cutoff point to even make the list rose $600,000 to $21.4 million.

There was only woman athlete on the list: Serena Williams at No. 51, who had $8 million in tennis winnings and $19 million in endorsements including Nike, Chase (pictured), Intel, Tempur-Pedic, Beats by Dre, Berlei, Audemars Piguet and Wilson (not counting money from partnership deals including Mission and the Miami Dolphins).

Maria Sharapova, who was the only other woman in the previous Top 100, did not make this list because she was off the court due to her suspension for use of a banned drug. Her endorsement deals on the 2016 list totaled about $19 million.

There were athletes from 21 countries, but America-born players led the list with 63.

Three of the Top Eight highest-paid players are currently involved in the NBA Finals: James and Golden State Warriors teammates Kevin Durant (No. 5) and Stephen Curry (No. 8).

Following the NBA’s 32 players, the Top 100 also includes 22 MLB players, 15 from the NFL, nine soccer stars, six each from tennis and auto racing, four from golf and three boxers.

Three athletes were the sole representatives from their respective sports: Usain Bolt (track & field), Conor McGregor (UFC/MMA) and cricket star Virat Kohl.

Of the 22 MLB players, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the list at No. 28, earning $33.3 million total in total but only $800,000 from endorsements. Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants topped MLB players with $4 million in endorsement deals.

Among the 15 NFL players. Drew Brees led in endorsements with $14 million while Cam Newton was second in endorsements at $13 million.

In auto racing, Lewis Hamilton at No. 10 earned $46 million overall and took in $8 million from endorsements. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also had $8 million in endorsements but came in at No. 100 overall.

Golf’s foursome was led by No. 3 Phil Michelson with $40 million in endorsements. Tigers Woods was No. 17 with $37.1 million in total, but just $107,000 in prize money. At one time, he earned more than $110 million from endorsements alone.

Boxing’s trio was topped by Canelo Alvarez at No. 43 with $26.6 million in overall earnings, but No. 98 Wladimir Klitschko led the category with $4 million in endorsements.

There was no Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the list, although he has been atop the list over the past few years, as he has not fought since September 2015 and earns no money from endorsement deals.

That could change for the next list because of the hyped and, to date, much talked about bout with Conor McGregor comes to fruition.

According to Forbes, earnings figures include salaries, prize money and bonuses earned between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017.

Top 15 Athletes By Endorsement Earnings
1. Roger Federer Tennis $58 million
2. LeBron James NBA $55 million
3. Phil  Mickelson Golf $40 million
4. Tiger Woods Golf $37 million
5. Ronaldo Soccer $35 million
6. Stephen Curry NBA $35 million
7. Kevin Durant NBA $34 million
8. Rory McIlroy Golf $34 million
9. Rafael Nadal Tennis $32 million
10. Usain Bolt Track $32 million
11. Kei Nishikori Tennis $30 million
12. Novak Djokovic Tennis $28 million
13. Lionel Messi Soccer $27 million
14. Neymar Soccer $22 million
15. James Harden NBA $20 million

30 Highest-Paid Atheltes (Total/Endorsements)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo Soccer $93M $35M endorsements
2. LeBron James NBA $86.2M $55M endorsements
3. Lionel Messi Soccer $80M $27M endorsements
4. Roger Federer Tennis $64M $58M endorsements
5. Kevin Durant NBA $60.6M $34M endorsements
6. Andrew Luck NFL $50M $3M endorsements
7. Rory McIlroy Golf $50M $34M endorsements
8. Stephen Curry NBA $37.3M $35M endorsements
9. James Harden NBA $46.6M $20M endorsements
10. Lewis Hamilton Auto Racing $46M $8M endorsements

11. Drew Brees NFL $45.3M $14M endorsements
12. Phil Mickelson Golf $34.3M $40M endorsements
13. Russell Westbrook NBA $38.6M $12M endorsements
14. Sebastian Vettel Auto Racing $38.5M $500K endorsements
15. Damian Llilard NBA $38.4M $14M endorsements
16. Novak Djokovic Tennis $37.6M $28M endorsements
17. Tiger Woods Golf $37.1M 437M endorsements
18. Neymar Soccer $37M $22M endorsements
19. Dwayne Wade NBA $36.2M $13M endorsements
20. Fernando Alonso Auto Racing $36M $2M endorsements

21.Jordan Spieth Golf $34.5M $29M endorsements
22. Derrick Rose NBA $34.3M $23M endorsements
23. Usain Bolt Track $34.2M $32M endorsements
24. Gareth Bale Soccer $34M $11M endorsements
25. Conor McGregor MMA $34M $7M endorsements

26. Kei Nishikori Tennis $33.9M $30M endorsements
27. Fletcher Cox NFL $33.4M $75K endorsements
28. Clayton Kershaw MLB $33.3M $800K endorsements
29. Carmelo Anthony NBA $32.6M $8M endorsements
30. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Soccer $32M $5M endorsements

See the full list here.

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